Sign the petition to President Obama: Suspend deportations now!
President Obama has deported more immigrants than any president in history — more than 1,000 every day. The administration seems to have believed that preemptively accelerating deportations and taking steps to further militarize our southern border would persuade Republicans to support a comprehensive immigration reform bill. But that clearly didn’t happen and now the administration must take action to stop the deportations that are tearing families apart.
The president recently asked Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to study what the administration can do regarding to deportations. So now is the time to generate as much public pressure as possible.
Tell the Obama administration: Use all legal means available to suspend the deportations that are breaking up families.
Over 11 million aspiring undocumented immigrants are currently living in the United States and will live here for the rest of their lives. I am one of these immigrants aspiring to have an opportunity to contribute to our country, and I’m now working in the immigrant youth rights movement at United We Dream.
Thanks to the activism of thousands of other undocumented youth across the country, in 2012 President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed young people like me to finally live without the fear of deportation.
But the vast majority of our families are still not covered by President Obama’s DACA. Most are still prevented from working or driving and still live in constant fear of being deported. Tragically, many of these 11 million people would have been granted a pathway to citizenship under the immigration bill recently blocked by House Republicans.
Regardless of what Representative Steve King and extreme right-wing Republicans in Congress say, we all know that there is no way that the 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. without papers can all be deported. The question before the country now is not whether they stay, but under what conditions they stay.
Sign the petition: Use all legal means available to suspend the deportations that are breaking up families.