CHC MEMBERS ON DHS DEPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENT
Washington D.C.: Following their press call this afternoon, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus released this statement regarding President Obama’s Rose Garden announcement that he will halt the deportations of certain young people who were brought to the United States as children and do not present a risk to national security or public safety.
Chairman Charles Gonzalez (TX-20): “We commend the president for taking this necessary action to stop the unfair and unnecessary hardship that has been placed on young people who have never committed any offense. It is in the economic best interests of the United States to give these dedicated and productive students a chance to fully become part of the only country they have known and loved.
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ): “For all the young people who call this country their home but have been unable to fulfill their dreams, I am profoundly grateful to the President and the Administration for suspending the deportation of Dreamers,” said Menendez. “For these young men and women who want to become doctors, teachers, police officers and soldiers, this announcement will change their lives forever.”
Rep. Ed Pastor (AZ-4): “I commend the Obama Administration’s decision to grant relief to undocumented young people who are already positively contributing to our communities and country,” Pastor said Friday. “This is an encouraging move and it gives me hope that we can now work in a bipartisan manner towards a permanent solution, such as comprehensive immigration reform.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04): “For a year and a half after the DREAM Act was filibustered, I have been standing with others and saying to the President ‘yes you can’ prevent the deportation of DREAMers and now he and the Secretary clearly agree and are taking proper action. This could protect 800,000 or more young immigrants with roots here right now, and will be seen in the immigrant and Latino community as a very significant down payment on broader reform. It is the right thing to do and I am overjoyed and proud that the President has acted.”
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-12): “The President’s announcement is a welcome step in the right direction. For too long, our broken immigration system has torn apart families and victimized young people who came to the United States as children. Now, it is incumbent on Congress to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform.”
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