We all know the importance of family. Deportation of parents goes against everything that we believe is important in ensuring that children grow up safe and secure. In a country as rich as ours, we cannot imagine a child fleeing violence, coming to a new country alone and then running the risk of being sent back to the nightmare they just escaped. People Demanding Action joins with our partner, CREDO, in telling President Obama to end the deportations now.
Please sign their petition to President Obama asking him to declare a moratorium on deportations.
The petition to President Obama reads:
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In 2014, after facing intense pressure from activists in the immigration movement, President Obama took executive action that protected nearly 5 million children, young adults, and their parents who live under constant fear of deportation. This week, the Supreme Court took away that protection in a heartbreaking decision.1
Right-wing extremists have been relentless in their fight to block any relief for undocumented immigrants and any attempts at immigration reform, and it's no surprise that a divided Supreme Court failed this week to protect millions of immigrant families. But we can't give up.
The executive branch directs how and when to deploy immigration enforcement resources. That means President Obama has the power to declare an immediate moratorium on deportations, helping keep families and communities together. We know that the president won't act unless he's forced to. That's why we're joining with our friends at United We Dream and Mijente to raise our voices and demand bold action.
The executive actions that were blocked, commonly known as expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), were not all that immigration activists asked for, but were a historic move to protect the families of millions of aspiring Americans from being ripped apart by our broken immigration system.2 DAPA would have deferred deportation and granted temporary work permits for millions of undocumented immigrants whose children have legal status, while changes to DACA would have expanded exemptions from deportation to 330,000 more children and young adults.3
We know the right-wing majority in the House has never had any intention of passing meaningful immigration reform. And since the Republicans are in charge of Congress, there's no chance that Congress will fix our broken immigration system any time soon.
Without a permanent solution in place, President Obama must do everything in his power to immediately halt the administration's ongoing raids against undocumented families who came to the U.S. seeking refuge from violence in their home countries.
President Obama has the worst deportation record in our history, with over 2.4 million people deported during the seven years of his presidency.4 Continuing these massive raids across the country in the last year of his presidency will cement his legacy as the deporter-in-chief. There will be no going back, and no way to undo the pain and separation of countless families.
The president can't blast Donald Trump for extremist comments against immigrants when he himself is implementing inhumane policies that help legitimize Trump's position. It's reckless for President Obama to leave the fate of millions of people in the hands of the next president and her or his Supreme Court.
Activism works. When the progressive movement supported the leadership of the migrants' rights movement, we pressured President Obama to make the right decisions with DACA and DAPA. That's why we must speak up today to end these raids of immigrant families. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Thank you for fighting for the rights of immigrants,
Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
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