YDA Applauds Obama for Standing Up for Undocumented Children

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President Vows to Keep Undocumented Children in United States – Will Block Deportations
WASHINGTON, D.C. (JUNE 15) - President Obama announced today that his Administration will end the deportation of undocumented children and students. The President’s move represents one of the boldest efforts to uplift the dignity of the estimated more than one million undocumented children and students who would benefit from this change in policy. As the President explained, “Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people.  They are American in their hearts and in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.  This is the right thing to do.”

 The Young Democrats of America enthusiastically stands by the President’s decision as the values represented in his decision allude to the most basic notion that we are our brother’s and sister’s keepers. YDA Democratic National Committeeman Francisco J. Domenech stated, “Yet again, President Obama has taken a courageous step forward in expanding the American Dream to people who have come to our shores looking for a chance to succeed.”

The decision by the Administration is one that demonstrates true leadership and the foresight to stand on the side of basic fairness. The policy change will impact those who came to the United States before the age of 16, have lived here continuously for at least 5 years and are currently in the country. They must be pursing an education, have graduated from high school, or be honorably discharged veterans of the Armed Forces. YDA Hispanic Caucus Vice Chair Eden Ramirez noted, “We are truly privileged to be able to witness such a historic announcement by a President who time after time demonstrates true leadership by doing the right thing by defending the best interests of the Hispanic Community and the American people as a whole.”

Most of those who will benefit from the policy change would have been able to seek relief under the DREAM Act. Unfortunately, the Republican House with the support of Mitt Romney has been blocking any real effort to reform our broken immigration system. YDA Treasurer Jonathan Padilla pointed out, “The DREAM Act represents commonsense reform that would have allowed those attending college or serving our nation in the military to remain in the country they call home. President Obama is committed to real reform and leadership, while Mitt Romney and the Republican Congress can’t even agree on what their immigration policy is going to be over the next 5 months.”

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