Our next Stop The Checkpoints meeting
in the lower level meeting room.
It will be a community information meeting with guest speaker attorney Lisa
Seifert from Olympia, who will give us details on President Obama’s recent
executive order creating a deferred action program for undocumented
youth brought to the US. before age 16.
We will discuss -
This information is of vital importance to all immigrants and to anyone who
knows immigrant youth and families. There will be ample time for questions and
discussion. # # #
[Undocumented activists occupy Obama campaign office in Oakland, CA / Image: Krsna Avila]
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today issued instructions to federal immigration agencies not to deport undocumented youth who meet certain criteria. The criteria are based on the provisions of the proposed DREAM Act. President Obama announced the policy change at the White House soon afterward.
The new policy, if implemented, would provide temporary relief to many undocumented youth in the United States. Undocumented organizers who fought for their rights and their communities deserve the credit for today’s policy change.
But I worry that this announcement, like those before it, is intended to improve poll numbers more than to benefit undocumented families. I am skeptical because DHS is institutionally oriented towards deporting people and because this administration has made deportations its number one immigration policy priority. Serious questions about the new policy remain unanswered. Read more
Huffungton Post Posted: 06/18/2012 7:06 am
“The sad situation that so many unauthorized children face, being born in another country but raised American, can only be permanently resolved with immigration reform that vastly diminishes the government’s role in regulating, limiting, and controlling immigration.”