Target: US Congress
Goal: Support President Obama’s decision to grant temporary legal status to young illegal immigrants by passing immigration reform legislation.
The Obama administration recently released its decision to grant work permits to undocumented immigrants who would qualify for citizenship under the DREAM Act. To legally avoid deportation, immigrants must have been brought to the US before their 16th birthdays, been enrolled in high school in the US, and be presently under 30 years old.
“They pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” President Obama said of the students his new policy will help.
About 800,000 individuals are expected to come forward and receive work permits on a case-by-case basis that will allow them to continue to pursue an education and a career in the US. However, they will not receive the opportunity to achieve citizenship unless Congress is able to finally get it together and pass the DREAM Act.
“I’ve said time and time again to Congress, send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away,” Obama said. “Both parties wrote this legislation.”
President Obama’s decision to bypass Congress with his new policy that will halt deportations of undocumented students is both rational and compassionate. Since Congress has repeatedly failed to pass the DREAM Act, the Obama administration took one step toward reforming the presently unreasonable and ineffective immigration policy.
The new decision to help DREAM Act-eligible students is a temporary solution that will help hundreds of thousands of immigrants. But passage of the DREAM Act is the only way to establish a path to citizenship for young, educated undocumented immigrants. It is time that our congressmen remember the value of laws that are based in compassion as well as practicality. Sign the petition below to express support of President Obama’s recent policy change and to urge Congress to finally pass the DREAM Act.
Dear US Congress,
With the Obama administration’s recent decision to grant work permits to undocumented immigrants who would qualify for citizenship under the DREAM Act, the need for widespread immigration reform is becoming apparent.
The DREAM Act provides an opportunity for a solution to the immigration problem that is both rational and compassionate. It takes into account the individual stories and achievements of undocumented young people, who were brought to the US as children. As President Obama recently said, “They pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.”
President Obama’s decision provides a temporary solution to the immigration problem. But passage of the DREAM Act is the only way to establish a path to citizenship for young, educated undocumented immigrants. I hope that you will consider the need for reform and remember the value of laws that are based in compassion as well as practicality. I would like to express my support for President Obama’s recent decision to halt deportations of DREAM Act-eligible students and to urge you to finally come together to pass the DREAM Act.
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