Tell President Obama: Time to go big on immigration

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Tell President Obama: It is time for bold action on immigration

Petition to President Obama:
"We urge you to use your executive authority to offer affirmative relief to millions of aspiring Americans by decreasing the number of deportations and directing the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice to use compassion and common sense in how we treat immigrants and their families. Affirmative relief must include using all legal means available to expand deferred action to immigrants who would have qualified for legalization under the Senate's immigration reform bill."

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Dear 5849376,

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Before the elections, President Obama and Senate Democrats put political considerations above moral and humanitarian concerns of millions of aspiring Americans by delaying action on immigration reform until after the mid-term elections.

The president's broken promise1 ended up backfiring as it deflated key parts of the Democratic party's base.2

We cannot accept any more excuses, and we won't accept half-measures. The president can no longer put off executive action to protect millions of our families who are at grave risk of being separated because of our broken immigration system.

Tell President Obama: Use all legal means available to suspend deportations and expand deferred action to immigrants who would have qualified for legalization under the Senate immigration reform bill. Click here to sign the petition.

In the coming days the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security are expected to send their final recommendations to the president detailing what the administration can do to suspend the deportations of millions of aspiring Americans.3 In his first press conference since the election the president indicated that he is committed to taking executive action on immigration.4

But, the president has made promises on immigration before, and there have been disconcerting reports from insiders suggesting that the president is considering going small on immigration leaving millions of immigrants, who would have qualified for legalization under the Senate's immigration reform bill, at risk of deportation.5 This is the time to push back and generate as much public pressure as possible urging the president to go big.

Tell President Obama: Use all legal means available to suspend deportations and expand deferred action to immigrants who would have qualified for legalization under the Senate immigration reform bill. Click here to sign the petition.

Over 11 million aspiring Americans are currently living in the United States, and most will live here for the rest of their lives. Thanks to the activism of thousands of undocumented youth across the country in 2012, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed young people to finally live without the fear of deportation.

But the vast majority of their families are still not covered by President Obama's DACA program. Most are still prevented from working or driving and still live in constant fear of being deported. Tragically, many of these 11 million people would have been granted a roadmap to citizenship under the Senate immigration reform bill, which was killed by the extreme right-wing leadership of the House Republicans.

The right-wing majority in the House has never had any intention of passing meaningful immigration reform. And now that Republicans have taken over the Senate, there's no chance that Congress will fix our broken immigration system any time soon.

President Obama has twice promised to use executive action to stop the deportations, and twice postponed his executive order. We simply can't wait any longer – the time for action is now.

Tell President Obama: Use all legal means available to suspend deportations and expand deferred action to immigrants who would have qualified for legalization under the Senate immigration reform bill. Click here to sign the petition.

Tragically, President Obama has deported more immigrants than any president in history – an average of more than 1,000 per day. The administration may have believed that preemptively accelerating deportations and taking steps to further militarize our southern border would win over Republicans to support a comprehensive immigration reform bill, but that clearly didn't happen – and will not happen – with both houses of Congress now hostage to the Republican party's extreme right-wing. Now it is up to President Obama to take immediate action to stop the deportations that are tearing families apart.

As legal experts have noted, "as a purely legal matter, the president does have wide discretion when it comes to immigration."6 President Obama's "broad menu of options" on immigration include,"expanding deferred action to anyone who could have gained legal status under the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate in June 2013."7 The various opinions make it very clear that if there is a "constraint" on the president from making a bold decision, it's a political one, rather than legal.8

If President Obama wants to secure a legacy of courageous leadership it is up to him to keep his promise to fix our broken immigration system and create a pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans. Click below to sign our petition

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Obama_immigration?t=7&akid=12214.3291973.xPjSQ7

Thank you for fighting for the rights immigrants.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. "BREAKING: President Obama Agrees to Deport 70,000 More People, Separate Countless More Families," UnitedWeDream.org, September 6, 2014.
  2. "CSPAN Clip: Matt Barreto Talks About the Latino Vote in the 2014 Midterms at the National Press Club," CSPAN.org, November 5, 2014, and "2014 Latino Election Eve Poll (PDF)," Latino Decisions, November 5, 2014.
  3. Adrian Carrasquillo, "The Final Recommendations For Immigration Actions Are Being Sent To Obama," BuzzFeed.com, October 28, 2014.
  4. Elise Foley and Sabrina Siddiqui, "Obama Pledges Immigration Executive Order By End Of Year," HuffingtonPost.com, November 5, 2014
  5. Adrian Carrasquillo, "The Final Recommendations For Immigration Actions Are Being Sent To Obama."
  6. Alex Altman, "Obama Eyes Major Immigration Move," Time.com, July 24, 2014.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Nora Caplan-Bricker, "Obama Will Review Deportations. Here's What He Can Do To Stop Them.," The New Republic, March 17, 2014.

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