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1:43pm June 14, 2012

DREAMers to Obama: Executive Order Now

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Ratcheting up the pressure on the President and his re-election bid, DREAMers in Cincinnati, Ohio and in Dearborn, Michigan paid his campaign offices a visit to deliver hundreds of pages of petition signatures.

The ask: the President should use his executive authority to cease the deportations of DREAM eligible youth.  In the meantime, replicating bold moves throughout the nation, the DREAMers plan to stage sit-ins in these locations and more.

The DREAM Act, which is over a decade old, is legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who have completed college and/or military service. Through the years, President Obama has indicated that he would support this legislation, but the last attempt at making this bill an actual law failed back in 2010 with a Democratic Congress.

Yesterday’s sit-ins come a week after a group of DREAMers staged a sit-in in Obama campaign offices in  Denver, Colorado. The demand for an executive order from the President is the latest demand by immigration activists who have grown frustrated as they fight the deportations of DREAM eligible youth, many of whom have no criminal records and who should be eligible for prosecutorial discretion under the Morton memo, which was issued last year.

Last year activists were hopeful that the Department of Homeland Security would prioritize removals focusing on those immigrants with criminal records and who posed a true threat to national security. In the petition that DREAM Act youth have been delivering to Obama campaign offices, it states:

“President Obama tried his best to stop the deportation of hard-working immigrants by providing Prosecutorial Discretion for “low-priority” cases, including cases involving undocumented youth. Despite the President’s best efforts, there are still countless DREAMers being deported each day. It is time for President Obama to do the responsible thing and recognize that Prosecutorial Discretion is not working and use his power to grant an executive order stopping the deportation of DREAM Act eligible youth.”

Politic365 was able to speak with some of the youth who are involved in the sit-ins. In Dearborn, Michigan, Dayanna Rebolledo, a 22 year old who came to the U.S. when she was nine and is studying political science and secondary education at Marygrove College, explained that “President Obama is not keeping his word” in reference to the administration’s prosecutorial discretion guidelines.

Rebolledo also explained that when she and the other DREAMers entered the Dearborn campaign office that the staff wanted to put them in the back of the campaign office to “keep them in the shadows,” but the youth ended up occupying a space in the front so people outside of the building can see them. Recently, she indicated that there were about 50 supporters outside of the office.

Santiago Garcia, a 21 year old undocumented student who has been in the U.S. since he was three, was not in the Cincinnati campaign office but was providing support outside.  He told Politic365 that there was one DREAMer and one ally in the campaign office. Garcia also indicated that campaign staff were friendly and told the two protesters that they had a right to express themselves.

When asked whether Obama’s failure to provide meaningful relief to DREAMers could cost him the election, Garcia added: ” … All I can say is that if we didn’t have to fight him [Obama] in order to hold him accountable to his words, we’d be going out there and volunteering for his campaign.”

Law professors and Senators have been saying for over a year that the President does have the legal authority to grant relief to DREAMers via executive order. So the request of DREAMers and petitioners is not unreasonable, especially given the administration’s record breaking deportations and low rate of immigration cases found eligible for administrative closure.

The Obama campaign is now at a critical juncture with Latino voters. This week SEIU and a Democratic super PAC launched a $4 million Spanish language ad campaign targeting Latino voters in key swing states. The DREAM Act is still extremely popular with this segment of voters. If Latino voters begin to take more notice of what’s going on with some of the most promising young people the community produces – who are driven to achieve despite their immigration status yet still find themselves at risk for removal – the Obama campaign will have some serious explaining to do as it tries to convince Latinos to support the President’s re-election.



About the Author

Adriana Maestas
Adriana Maestas is the senior contributing editor of Politic365.com.




 
 

 
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21 Comments


  1. Delaware Bob

    The DREAM Act is amnesty, and that is why I was always against the DREAM Act, but, I’ll give in to the DREAM Act under two conditions. First, the parents who bought their illegal alien children here illegally MUST be deported. Second, the parents can NEVER return to this country and the student can NEVER sponsor them or any other family member that would start a chain migration. The student will start the DREAM Act as soon as the parents are deported or leave. This, I believe, is a good compromise. The students will be rewarded for something that was not their fault and the parents will pay for their crime of entering this country illegally and putting their child in this position. If you do not like this compromise, then the parents can just take their children back to the country from which they came. AGREE? If not, let all of them pack their bags and get the hell out of this country. They DO NOT belong here.

    Illegal immigration is a cancer, it has to be eradicated not tolerated.


    • Jimmy D

      They want the president to act based on non-existent legislation that has been shot down a dozen times over the past decade. So can the next president refuse to enforce laws on assault rifles based on the belief that at some point in the future the assault rifle ban will be lifted? Can the next president have the DoJ press murder charges on those who get abortions based on his belief that one day abortions will be outlawed? Sounds like a downward spiral and unraveling of the rule of law. No surprise that liberals seek to be above the law.


    • Guest

      Delaware Bob…I'm sure youre motives are heartfelt, but why should we give an inch to anyone who doesn't belong her?. That is why we now have millions of illegals in this country. The bleeding hearts and those that profit (votes and big donations) have supported the seven or eight amnesties we've had and which has brought even more into this country. We've been lied to by our own government about amnesties. If it were left up to me, I would support deportation for all – parents, children and anchor babies for a start. /stick with your final decision and supprt any provision that would send them all home. Why doesn't our government speak out and tell the world that we are no longer their dumping grounds and every penny in aid will stop immediately until all illegals have left our nation.


      • Ali999

        Good point about the lying. We can bet that even if the Dream Act contained a provision requiring the parents to be deported, that this or the next administration would bend and twist it the way this admin is already bending and twisting other laws to keep Dreamers AND THE PARENTS WHO BROUGHT THEM HERE from being deported.


    • Jessica

      You are so ignorant honestly.


  2. Ali999

    The only tihng an Executive Order can do is put these students in limbo. It can't take away their illegal status, can't get them a permanent path to legal residency, can't get them the benefits of citizens such as access to aid for college, can't get them anything other than a temporary permit to work. In short, it can't make them "legal". Only CONGRESS has the authority to do that, and the more these students get "in your face", the more they antagonize the citizens who they'd need to pressure Congress to amnesty them. I also seriously doubt than any of these students would like what a Dream Act might cost them: a requirement that the PARENTS WHO BROUGHT THEM HERE be deported and face a permanent bar to re-entry. Anything short of that encourages more illegal immigration.


  3. John Bowman

    These people are definitely not college material, the Obama administration has ALREADY adopted guidelines to stop deportations of Dream eligible illegals. So apparently the ones being deported are too stupid to qualify for the Dream Act just like these protesters.


  4. Guest

    Dear illegal aliens, please hold as many nation-wide protests as you can. Please be vocal, do some damage and even get arrested. These actions will further seal your fate and ensure your permanent deportation from the United States.


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  6. Brittanicus

    Second in line for rapid enactment should be the ‘Birthright Citizenship Act (H.R.140), is possibly the most financially devastating hundred billion dollar cost that effects taxpayers. This is definitely a piece of law that must be amended. Both laws are gathering dust and only by the force of voters, will these pieces of legislation resurface again. If Both Republicans and Democrats fail to bring these bills to a floor vote, then the latter should specifically take a ride to the U.S. Supreme Court, as it’s never been judged constitutional or otherwise? Annually 400.000 mostly unborn children are smuggled into American through airlines and regions of the border, so the Mothers can then gain from an injudicious statute achieving instant citizenship for their baby. Only Canada and United States amongst the industrial nations have allowed this commitment to continue? The law must be changed, so that one parent must be a citizen, before the child can become a citizen?

    Bar none these urgent immigration bills will not come to maturity, without the sponsorship of politicians and you the voter? Also consider that the TEA PARTY is a very substantial political organization, very much more moderate to the either the Democrats or Republicans and more supportive of the doctrines of the U.S, Constitution. Years of planned encouragement by both political parties, has erupted in a major response from anti-illegal alien organizations, including NumbersUSA, Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), The Heritage foundation, The Federation for Immigration Reform(FAIR), Judicial Watch and thousands of more groups, blogs available to all avid readers across the web. Let your Senator or Congressman/Women know how you will vote, by giving your name to the politician’s aides and that you want them to sponsor E-Verify and the Birthright Citizenship bills. Phone the Washington DC. , Switchboard at 202-224-3121. BOTH OBAMA AND ROMNEY HAD BETTER TAKE NOTE, AS MILLIONS OF AMERICAN VOTERS FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE IS JOINING THE TEA PARTY. In addition demand also that your state adopts a voter ID law, so no non-citizens, illegal aliens, felons or even deceased people are removed from election rolls for pending elections, including the Presidential vote. Whether it’s Florida or any of the other 50 states, non-citizens voting in an election, compromises the integrity and trust of the system.

    Incidentally, do the church and every denomination want to pay the way for every illegal alien, who snubs our laws and enters this country?

    If you want to read the truth about the lawlessness and carnage along the border, then bookmark the ‘AMERICAN PATROL’ website. Investigate other headlines today such as ‘Rep. Steve King rebuffs Rubio and Rivera DREAM Act proposals, Should counties bear the financial burden of criminal aliens? Mexican cops discover human slaughterhouse in truck, Holder offers documents to avert gun probe contempt vote, Omnibus Bill: Canadians protest North American Union agenda, Spanish graduation speech enrages community, A Message from World War II–Still fighting for America. American Patrol is a current exposure of the nationwide E-media and newspapers, for rural, national, blogs and commentary of the Liberal party, which keeps concealed facts. Daily the truth is revealed about illegal immigration and the corruption in Washington and state assemblies.

    In close races there is an ever present danger in even the most minor of municipal elections, specifically in states with millions of illegal aliens like the Sanctuary state of California, Nevada and New York. Absentee ballots are particularly vulnerable as nobody has to arrive at the voting booth in person, but is counted from a piece of paper that can be forged. This November will be extremely prominent election for President, as it means the loss of our sovereignty under Obama, and his administration ignoring the doctrines of the U.S. Constitution. Americans must insist on strict oversight of the voting booth, as many states have no serious restrictions during the election cycle. This is not voter repression that the special interest organization likes to crow about, but the growing need for voters to possess some form of government ID, so all those eligible have a fair and equitable in the voting cycle.


  7. Bobby

    These arrogant and ignorant ilegal aliens, are turning this nation upside down with the help of our Congress, Senate, and White House, while so many utterly equally ignorant Americans look on or are sleeping in regard to this issue involving American law and order. It's amazing how these ignorants, who often cannot even communicate in English, are demanding things from American citizens. What a country.


  8. Brittanicus

    Then we have the consortiums in the giant agricultural and the farmers, who have inroads in to Congress, and lobbying advocates who has created for their industry a guest worker program (the H-2A visa). The agricultural organizations have no limit on the number of workers a business owner can sponsor. Employers prefer illegal workers because it's less paper work or have to pay the minimum wage, overtime, sick pay, observe safety rules, provide housing, or pay social security taxes. Illegal workers are amazingly obedient, and their company owners have a large benefit over competitors who play by the Department of Labor regulations. These noxious farmers have the advantages by the protection of federal policies, that recurrently awarded by decades of administrations who scorn the law, with so called “comprehensive” immigration legislation that the Liberal press promotes.

    The Pew Hispanic Center, have reported that only 4% of illegal migrants work in agriculture. While the larger majority have taken jobs in construction, janitorial, manufacturing, food preparation, entertainment and other services. Are we to believe that Americans don’t want these types of jobs? In a Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of workers in each of those fields are native born, but it less obvious jobs not seen through the public eye, this is far from the truth. Behind the façade of Las Vegas for instance, is a very high number of foreign national working in jobs, American should have. Hundreds of thousands of illegal workers have flooded those labor markets and driven down wages. And that’s why President Clinton’s U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform advised Congress to reduce legal immigration and strictly enforce laws at the worksite, not more legalization schemes. Barbara Jordan, Chair for U.S. Immigration Reform stated in February 1986, “It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.” Her position on immigration cited by opponents of current US immigration policy who cited her willingness to sanction employers who violate US immigration regulations, to tighten border security, and to oppose amnesty or any other pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.


  9. Brittanicus

    The only avenue that will bring to a halt illegal immigration is for all American voters to demand that a mandatory “Legal Workforce Act” Commonly known as E-Verify (H.R. 2885), if expedited through Congress. The Republicans amplify that they want to help American labor, so tell me why by House speaker, John Boehner (R-OH) and Dave Camp, ranking Chairman of the influential Ways and Means Committee are placing obstacles to stop E-Verify being enacted? Simply put, under this intentionally dormant law, that if implemented nationwide millions of illegal aliens will recognize the pointlessness of searching for a job. The electronic computer program accesses two major databases, Homeland Security and Social Security Administration, which has a 99.5 percent rate at flagging foreign workers. E-Verify has expanded its information sources to include driver’s license records, which strengthens the reliability of the program. E-Verify has been collecting driver’s license information since June 2011, for employees who present a state-issued driver’s license. Applicants for jobs will notice new screens that support this change, which further detects unauthorized job seekers. As some states have repudiated E-Verify, American citizens as voters must call Congress and demand from the spineless lawmakers to press ‘THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT’ be passed-and be expedited. Even ‘The Pew Hispanic Center’ estimated that 8 million illegal aliens attained American jobs in 2010, even as 20 million unemployed and underemployed citizens/legal residents sought after work.

    When the Obama administration temporarily enforced immigration laws with worksite raids throughout the last years of the Bush administration, Americans lined up to take those jobs, even before the economy downturn. The raid at Swift Meats, Colorado 2006, and the line of applicants eager to fill jobs vacated by illegal workers was “out the door”. After the raid at Smithfield Foods, North Carolina 2007, blacks again became the majority of workers, and after 16 years of struggle, workers were finally unionized. Multiple times illegal labors in numerous industries, after ICE raids thousands of legal workers have been hired. Saying that Americans won’t do those jobs is ludicrous? But Americans couldn’t get these worker’s until the government enforced our laws. Many newspapers reporters spotlight on illegal alien neighborhoods, feeling “under attack” and “distraught” after enforcement operations, recounting enforcement legislation as “tough” and “anti-immigrant”, and they generally disregard the advantageous effect of enforcement on birthright workers, lawful immigrants, and refugees who rapidly arrived to those jobs after ICE had left.

    The highest jobless rates currently are among unskilled African American and native born Hispanics with the seemingly skilled experience as most illegal alien job seekers. Well educated Americans, as the newspaper editors, pundits and legislators, corporate who incessantly call for “fixing” a broken immigration, is in by awarding themselves by beneficial legalization schemes, and are not in best interest of U.S. labor. They have the resources to hire immigrants to clean their houses, mow their lawns and babysit. And they’re unconscious to the dissimilarity between who hires and who has to compete for few jobs.


  10. Rick

    All of your commentators are insensitive ignorant immigrants. Good for nothings. It funny how fat lazy slobs can blame others for their problems. love not hate. I'm Irish and I'm an immigrant and so are all you pricks. This is Native American land.


    • Bobby

      Yeah, your'e the kind that shames the Irish. You are an ignorant fool that doesn't know the first thing about American history, who created this land and that includes its laws. Go back to sleep.


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  13. Jessica

    Oh my I can't believe all of you ignorant people telling all the illegal immigrants to leave. Stop for a second and think what that would do to our economy. They contribute with so much, cars, houses, food, clothes, gas etc… I'm a hundred percent white and I'm not a racist bitch like all you. I believe in deporting all does who are committing crimes but leaving the hard working people and the young ones who's dream is to have a career. Not all illegal immigrants commit crimes such as not all white people are angels.


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