On November 20, President Obama announced steps he is taking to improve the lives of millions of immigrants who work hard and contribute to our economy and our communities. His executive action will prevent parents from being snatched from their children by deportation. They will finally be able to come out of the shadows, work legally, and stop living in fear.
Click here for the link to view the President’s address.
The President’s actions will mean nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants will no longer have to worry about being deported, including nearly 3.7 million parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents, and nearly 300,000 people brought here as children who have grown up here. They will now be able to work legally, get better jobs, and pay taxes. We can’t overstate how huge this is. See the Coalition on Human Needs’ statement supporting the President’s action.
Unfortunately, some in Congress have vowed to fight the President’s actions “tooth and nail.” Congress needs to hear that you support these historic steps to help immigrant families and that you don’t want them standing in the way of this progress.
Please send an email to President Obama telling him you support his action, and urge Congress to support it as well.
We will provide resources and updates as information is available.
Related News & Resources:
President Obama Acts to Right Wrongs That Affront Our Ideals (Huffington Post, 11/21/14)
CHN’s Statement supporting President Obama’s Action (CHN, 11/21/14)
The President’s Action on Immigration: What it Does, Why we Support it, and What’s Still Left to Do (CHN, 11/21/14)
Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform (Presbyterian Church USA, 11/21/14)
DHS Memo: Policies Supporting U.S. High-Skilled Businesses and Workers (DHS, 11/20/14)
DHS Memo: Expansion of the Provisional Waiver Program (DHS, 11/20/14)
DHS Memo: On new policies for the use of deferred action (DHS, 11/20/14)
DHS Memo: Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants (DHS, 11/20/14)
Obama Immigration Fix Will Bring Relief to Millions (NILC, 11/20/14)
Press Release: NETWORK Responds to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration (NETWORK, 11/20/14)
Border Communities Respond to President’s Announcement on Administrative Relief (SBCC, 11/20/14)
Administrative Relief & Prosecutorial Discretion (NILC)
Administrative Relief Resource Center (www.adminrelief.org)
Administrative Relief Briefing Book (Alliance for Citizenship)
Your complete guide to Obama’s immigration executive action (WaPo, 11/19/14)
The Top 10 Ways You Can Prepare for Executive Action on Immigration (Buzzfeed, 11/19/14)
Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform (The White House, 11/19/14)
See the latest news section below for more immigration news and resources.
Reform of our broken immigration policy is a moral and economic imperative. There are an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, 8 million of who are in the nation’s workforce. These immigrants work in the toughest, hardest-to-fill jobs for the least amount of pay. Our broken immigration system leaves millions of immigrant workers without any way to become citizens, regardless of the taxes they pay and their significant contributions to the places where they work and the communities in which they live.
More than 5.5 million children in the United States have at least one parent who is an unauthorized immigrant. Eighty-two percent (4.5 million) of these children are U.S. citizens by birth and 18 percent (1 million) are undocumented immigrants themselves. Children of immigrants are significantly more likely to be economically disadvantaged than children of native born parents. Hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to this country as children live in fear of deportation.
The United States is also home to over 13 million lawful permanent residents (LPR) or green card holders who have not yet become U.S. citizens. These individuals arrived through family reunification, employment sponsorship or humanitarian programs. Many new immigrants find themselves in low wage jobs, with limited access to scarce resources such as job training and English language programs, to advance in the workforce. Many immigrants with advanced training and skills obtained abroad also must resort to lower wage jobs that don’t fully utilize their skills due to limited, lengthy or costly recertification programs.
Despite high rates of employment, immigrant and mixed status families experience a wide range of unnecessary hardships. Immigrants – including those lawfully present in the U.S. — are often shut out of basic economic support programs available to other taxpayers due to arbitrary eligibility restrictions that bear no relation to need. Even when eligible, immigrant and mixed status families are less likely to receive critical economic supports because of inconsistent and confusing rules and fear of repercussions.
An effective and meaningful immigration system will advance our nation’s economic growth and productivity. We will become a stronger nation when our immigrant population can assume the rights and responsibilities of full citizenship. The President and Congress must give priority to creating an immigration system that preserves family unity, provides opportunity, protects the rights of individuals and communities and strengthens the U.S. economy.
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2013-2014.
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Page
American Friends Service Committee – immigrants’ rights page
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Migration Policy Institute
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
National Council of La Raza
National Immigration Law Center
- November 21, 2014Huff Post: President Obama Acts to Right Wrongs That Affront Our Ideals
Policy Analyses and Research
- July 15, 2014Immigration Policy Center - Children in Danger: A Guide to the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border
- February 26, 2014U.S. Census Bureau: Noncitizens Under Age 35: 2010–2012