Ensure a Bright Future for Young, Undocumented Immigrants

Target: President Obama

Goal: Provide a path to citizenship for young, educated undocumented immigrants so they can have a future in the U.S.

The DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for unauthorized US residents who entered the country at a young age and have grown up and been educated in the US. The bill was defeated in Congress in 2010, despite President Obama’s efforts to get it passed into law.

Nearly one hundred lawyers wrote a letter to President Obama recently to tell him that he has constitutional power to help those who would benefit from the DREAM Act without changing the law or obtaining approval from Congress. Written in part by law professors at some of the top US universities, the letter tells President Obama that he has options when it comes to sidestepping Congress’ decision to block passage of the DREAM Act.

“We offer no views on the policy dimension of a decision to exercise or not to exercise this authority. We write only to say that there is clear executive authority for several forms of administrative relief for DREAM Act beneficiaries: deferred action, parole-in-place, and deferred enforced departure,” the letter states.

Although none of President Obama’s possible routes would allow him to grant citizenship directly, they would allow him to give unauthorized individuals permission to avoid deportation for the time being. And the Obama administration has already used the same authority to stop deportations of Haitians after the nation’s earthquake.

Given the widespread support of the DREAM Act as shown by the signatures of top lawyers on President Obama’s letter, the use of executive authority as a means to halt deportations of DREAMers is reasonable and appropriate. Sign the petition below to urge President Obama to take the advice he has received and help young, educated undocumented immigrants to find a future in the US.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

I understand that you have received a letter signed by nearly one hundred law professors, which describes your constitutional power to help those who would benefit from the DREAM Act without changing the law or obtaining approval from Congress.

The decision to deport young, educated undocumented immigrants who have grown up and been educated in the US is cruel and unreasonable. It revokes their right to dream of a future in the country that has become their home and prevents American society from receiving the contributions of some remarkable individuals.

Given the widespread support of the DREAM Act as well, the use of executive authority as a means to halt the deportations of DREAMers is appropriate. I urge you to exercise the authority outlined in your letter and take the first step toward an immigration policy that is both practical and compassionate.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  • Lea Faulks
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