Target: United States Representative Darrell Issa
Goal: Cease advocating for the deportation of children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents
Signalling a desire to erase progress made on the issue of illegal immigration, a conservative congressman and his allies recently called for the deportation of innocent children from the United States. In 2012 President Obama signed an executive order that granted stays of deportation to children who were brought to the U.S. by their parents without documentation. Many of these children had no choice whether or not to come to America. The President’s argument is that it makes no sense to punish them for actions they had no control over, and many people agree.
Representative Darrell Issa wrote a letter asking for the executive order to be repealed, and it was signed by 32 fellow congresspeople. Representative Issa claims that undoing the move would “send a signal” to other children and parents in Central America, according to The Rachel Maddow Show. Recently large numbers of undocumented children have been caught crossing the border; yet the President’s executive action doesn’t necessarily apply to these youth. Resuming the deportations would punish innocents without addressing the current border situation at all.
It makes no sense to try and solve a problem by hurting people who aren’t responsible for it. Most of the children granted respite by the President’s order know no other country; the U.S. is their home. Call upon Representative Issa to rethink his position and stop calling for deportations.
Dear Representative Issa,
You recently wrote a letter to the President on the subject of illegal immigration. This letter, signed by 32 of your colleagues in the House of Representatives, called on the President to rescind his 2012 executive order that protects many children from deportation. Though you claim this change in policy could work to prevent more undocumented children from crossing the border as they are doing now, the fact remains that the executive order would not apply to these new undocumented immigrants in the firs place. It is intended to protect only those children who had no choice whether or not to follow their parents over the border: those who pose no threat to national security, who entered the country before age 16, have been in the U.S. at least five years, have obtained a high school degree or the equivalent or who have served honorably in the military.
Deporting innocent children is not the way to solve our current immigration issues–and consider the impact of deporting honorably discharged Veterans right before the 2016 elections. You are in a position to help shape policy in the years to come, and I urge you to stop calling for the removal of children who have never known another home.
[Your Name Here]
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