Immigrant Communities on Federal Judge Hanen’s Ruling: Partisan Approaches Are Not the Solution And the Way to Solve Immigration Issues.
February 17 marked the first anniversary of the Power of the Pen campaign which called on President Obama to use his Executive Authority to protect immigrants from deportation, a campaign led by The National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), a network of organizations created by the Latino immigrant community, who have been calling on President Obama to make compassionate use of his executive authority to stop deportations since 2009. On November 20, 2014, President Obama took a positive first step in the right direction with his executive action on immigration that promises to benefit up to five of the nearly 12 million foreigners residing in the United States without immigration authorization.
On February 16, 2015, the Federal judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Obama administration has to temporarily halt implementation of its executive actions on immigration. We are deeply concerned that this type of partisan statement only serves to further fuel the anti-immigrant sentiment, rather than finding a humane and common sense solution to our broken immigration system.
At NALACC, we will continue to be a strong proponent and supporter of the use of Executive Action on Immigration, in the absence of real leadership and political will of the United States Congress, to find a solution that puts immigration policy in tune with the realities of the twenty-first century.
Delaying the applications process for an expanded version of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), is not the right approach. Regardless of this irresponsible and inhumane attitude, we will continue moving forward with our efforts to educate, inform, mobilize and organize until we ensure that the 5 million people who are supposed to benefit from DACA and DAPA, are able to fully benefit from this relief.
We celebrate and will commemorate the immigrant communities’ efforts that have organized, marched and prayed for years to bring their stories to life and to press for this hard-won action. We believe in The Power of the Pen, our work will continue and be amplified in the weeks and months to come. We will engage immigrants and their families in telling our stories and educating the public about the realities of immigration in the United States. We will engage immigrant communities across the country to take advantage of this moment to press for reforms that bring us closer to a truly just, fair, functional, and efficient U.S. immigration policy in the future.
We won Administrative Relief,