Obama: For Deportations & Against DREAMers

The Immigration Policy Center just released their Second Annual DHS Progress Report.

From the Executive Summary:

From the beginning of the Obama Administration, there has been a tension between enhanced immigration enforcement and a push for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). This tension increased significantly in 2010 as the Administration ramped up its immigration-enforcement efforts at the expense, many believe, of the very people most likely to benefit from legalization and CIR. With the 111th Congress essentially immobilized on reform, but for the dramatic lame-duck passage of the DREAM Act in the House and its near miss in the Senate, the public looked to the President and his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for some measure of immigration relief. For the most part, they didn’t find it.

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At least some in the Senate are calling President to step up, based on his continued enforcement only policy, specifically regarding DREAM Act eligible students and use the executive power that he so often has claimed he doesn’t have.

U.S .Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Majority Leader Harry Reid and 16 of her Senate colleagues yesterday in calling on President Obama to halt deportations of young people who qualify for the DREAM Act and grant those students and young people deferred action on deportation proceedings…The Senators wrote in a letter to President Obama, “We would support a grant of deferred action to all young people who meet the rigorous requirements necessary to be eligible for cancellation of removal or a stay of removal under the DREAM Act. We strongly believe that DREAM Act students should not be removed from the United States.

The letter was signed by Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mark Begich (D-AK), Jack Reed (D-RI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John Kerry (D-MA), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bill Nelson (D-FL).

While I personally think that all deportations should be put on hold given how out of control enforcement has gone, in large parts thanks to Secure Communities and 287(g), this letter is a step in the right direction. I also, however remain committed to fighting against the “good vs. bad immigrant narrative”. For example, the letter refers to the “mistakes” of the parents of DREAM eligible students. As if neoliberal policies have done nothing to contribute to the causes of migration. Also it criminalizes parents in order to push the “American Dream” of class mobility and academia. But the DREAMers have actually revealed what a false ticket the administration is selling, as it continues to target even those so – called “good immigrants” for deportion, just the same.

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2 comments on “Obama: For Deportations & Against DREAMers
  1. The Dream Act, was the first step in the right direction in solving the problem of illegal immigration.

    The steps required to obtain legal status in the country for the children of illegal immigrants would require that within the six year period of temporary residence, student’s must have received a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the United States,” or have “served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years.

    The bill would have provided under its provisions, immigrants that would make a significant contribution, economically, as well as militarily. The Dream Act was not intended to be A free path to citizenship as led to believe by the opponents of the bill, but a challenge to each and every individual involved in the program.

    Republicans who strongly opposed the bill, calling it another form of amnesty, and a reward for illegal entry into the country were successful in their opposition, not withstanding the advice given by top officials of the Pentagon who favored the bill along with various civil rights groups.

    G.O.P. constituents made their voices heard in the November elections. Top and foremost on their agenda was immigration, which included blocking any attempt in providing a path for the children of illegal immigrants to become lawful citizens. Could this have been a once in a life time opportunity for America to finally establish a blue print for all future immigration policies?

    Tensions run deep when it comes to immigration. Negative publicity on the matter has played a major role in not being able to find a practical, and logical solution to the problem.

    Immigration reform is temporally out of service in Washington. Unfortunately the innocent children of undocumented aliens are caught up in the middle of a political feud between the Hatfield’s, (Democrats) and McCoys,( Republicans) with no bipartisan relief in sight. In addition, they face a nation unwilling to take into consideration the circumstances that led to their predicament.

    We identify ourselves as a nation of immigrants, and our assessment is correct. At the present time the country seems to be suffering from mass amnesia. Perhaps we should all take a closer look in the mirror, It might just bring back to memory, what America is composed of.

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