Administrative Relief For Dream Act–Eligible Young People Reinforces Faith Values
Washington, D.C. — Obama administration officials announced plans today to immediately grant administrative relief to young people who would be eligible for the DREAM Act. This sweeping rule change comes the same week that more than 150 evangelical leaders, including Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly, came together in an unprecedented manner to launch the Evangelical Immigration Table and call for immigration reform.
Several signatories to the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform spoke in favor the decision:
Dr. David Fleming, Senior Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church (Houston)“No amnesty, not citizenship, but a humane and common-sense decision on behalf of the children who were brought here through no action nor fault of their own. Now our government can focus more resources on finding those who are a real threat to our national security and to our way of life.”
Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals “This new policy is good news for America and is good news for undocumented young adults who came to America through the choice of others. It is the right thing to do. I hope that the Congress will quickly follow with a just and compassionate reform of our entire system of immigration. Our country has already waited a long time to get our immigration laws fixed. This is an encouraging first step.”
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference “Today’s announcement by the Obama Administration protecting Dream Act–eligible young people from deportation is morally just, welcomed, practical, fair and worthy of celebration. As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, this announcement presents the antidote to the unfortunate separation of families. I applaud the president for his decision to protect the innocent who currently pay the price for a broken immigration system. Today, Justice spoke loud and clear: The dreams of all children stand worthy of protection.”
The Rev. Luis Cortés Jr., President, Esperanza “Today, the Obama administration’s announcement to stop the deportation of undocumented people age 30 and under who meet certain eligibility criteria and are in school, graduated, or U.S. veterans will have an immediate impact on almost a million eligible children and young adults. Hundreds of thousands of these young people arrived here through no fault of their own, were raised in the United States, and for all intents and purposes are Americans in their culture, language, and life experience. We applaud President Obama for providing thousands of young people with the opportunity to truly thrive, as a recognized and integrated piece of our country’s vibrant tapestry.
The Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition “Secretary Napolitano’s announcement today is a welcome decision. As evangelicals committed to common-sense and humane immigration policies, we remain hopeful. Young immigrants have much to offer this nation and we stand behind them. We now call on Republicans and Democrats to roll up their sleeves and provide long-term legislative solutions.” immigrationforum.org.
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