Monday, December 09, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: House Democrats Pen Letter To Obama Urging Suspension Of Deportations

These representatives want the president to suspend more deportations.    - - Donna Poisl

By David Iaconangelo

29 House Democrats led by Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) put their names to a letter which urges President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to suspend deportations for many more of the nation's undocumented immigrants, as immigration reform legislation remains stalled in the Republican-led House.  "We cannot continue to witness potential citizens in our districts go through the anguish of deportation when legalization could be just around the corner for them," wrote the letters' authors.  "Let us not take these policies lightly."

The lawmakers suggested that the president expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Obama created in June 2012 in a memo directing immigration authorities to halt the deportation of many young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and grew up here.  Since then more than 550,000 people have benefited from the temporary deportation reprieve that memo extended.
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