|Thank You, Obama: Deferred Action for DREAMers|
|Friday, June 15 2012 20:15|
Border Action Network (BAN) celebrates the White House's decision to offer immigration relief to undocumented students in the form of deferred action. Hispanic youth in Arizona and young people from many countries throughout the United States will almost certainly benefit greatly from this change in policy. The responses from DREAM Act students all over the country are marked by gratitude, hope, and a sense of disbelief. “It is a dream and at last I woke up from the dream,” Maria, a DREAM Act Student from Tucson, said. When a reporter asked her, “How do you feel about this opportunity?” Maria responded, “My life has barely started.” It is estimated that 800,000 youth will come forward to request deferred action. Adelina, another DREAM Act Student says, “Now I plan to go to college and get a Master’s degree. I don’t just want to take what I was given but give back to the community.”
The Department of Homeland Security expects to begin the process for applications within 60 days. BAN will release additional information about the impact of this new policy in the near future and will work with the Department of Homeland Security and the White House to ensure its full and fair implementation. It is important to note that deferred action is a temporary form of relief that does not lead to citizenship. Congress must still take action to craft a permanent solution for relief in order to fix the range of problems plaguing our broken immigration system.
This announcement from the White House marks an important moment in the struggle for immigration reform in our country. BAN Statewide Organizer Julissa Villa states, “This is truly a blessing for parents before Father’s Day. This is a tribute to parents who have sacrificed so much. These parents have walked across the desert, worked 3 jobs, organized within their community, all to make their children’s dreams come true.” We commend the tremendous advocacy efforts of the DREAMers, their parents, and grassroots organizations around the country whose courage paved the way for this policy change.
|Last Updated on Monday, July 30 2012 15:08|