Dear President Obama,
We are is excited to know that the Senate and House have reached a deal to finally re-open the government. It gives us hope that Republicans and Democrats can work together to fix pressing issues facing our country. At the same time, Dreamers and Congress are ready to get back to work to complete immigration reform and finally end record-breaking deportation numbers. Just yesterday, Barack Obama echoed the same sentiment to work on immigration the "day after” Congress re-opens the government.
Dreamers and the American people, however, specially Latino voters, have heard the same empty words and broken promises before from candidate Barack Obama and President Obama. The President is thinking about immigration in the middle of this fiscal crisis, because the reality is that the government might be shut down, but his administration has ICE open and running, bringing his Administration closer to the 2 million deportations milestone.
We will not be fooled by your rhetoric again. The Latino and immigrant community is working so hard to halt deportations. President Obama may just be reacting to the pressure that activists have built in the past few weeks to expand DACA beyond DREAMers.
We are urging the President to deliver on his promise and establish a real legacy of leadership. Thus, Dreamers and the American people demand that the President:
NOT follow Leader Pelosi's and Rep. Becerra's strategy to just make immigration a partisan issue to win more seats the next election;
Make a determined and honest effort to reach across the isle to moderate Republicans and make something happen;
Make phone calls to the Speaker and Republican leadership on immigration;
Organize meetings in the White House with the Republican rank-and-file;
Organize meeting with DREAMers and families to discuss halting deportations in the event Congress does not act
Your term as President of the United States will one day be over. What will remain and be embedded in history as your legacy, however, is still unsure. The record number of deportations is not only about numbers but also about broken families being separated everyday.
The opportunity to take leadership is presenting itself on the issue of immigration. The American people, and Latino voters in particular, no longer want to hear words but we want to see the actions of a dignified American leader.
DREAM Action Coalition & Latino Voters
Dream Action Coalition serves as a voice for undocumented youth and lobbying arm of the dream movement. Our work ensures that undocumented youth are represented in the halls of power and are correctly and directly informed of the actions of Congress, Executive Agencies, and the Courts.