APALA-DC applauds the Administration’s promise to protect students and families in this country that are here to work and contribute to their communities. Thanks to the dedication and courage of DREAM act students and immigrant rights activists around the country, we witnessed a small victory in yesterday’s announcement affirming Obama’s commitment to focus deportation efforts on violent criminals and to allow DREAM Act eligible youth to apply for work permits.
Despite numerous promises in the past to deliver on comprehensive immigration reform, the Administration has been repeatedly called out for their record high number of deportations. Obama’s term alone has seen to the deportation of over 1 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom had no criminal records. We believe that the re-direction in the Administration’s priorities to target those that are truly dangerous, will contribute to a more efficient and effective system of enforcement.
Unfortunately, there is still so much work to do. Although this is a step in the right direction, it is by no means a permanent solution to the long standing broken immigration system our country has had to live with. Although this relieves deserving immigrants of their fears and burdens of deportation, it is still not a path to legalization, and it can easily be taken away.
We urge Obama and our members in Congress to continue to work together to pass comprehensive immigration reform, starting with the DREAM Act. We have taken the first step to help build momentum for this, and we encourage our country’s leaders to do the right thing by keeping up the fight for an immigration system that integrates those that work towards making our country prosper.
Yes We Can. Si Se Puede. Kaya Natin.