As Congress seeks to legalize undocumented people in the US and reform our immigration system, more than 1,100 people who could be included in reform are deported each day.
Stopping deportations is sensible and humane. It makes little sense to deport today the people that Congress could make citizens tomorrow. The President brought relief to Dreamers and has the ability to extend that same relief to their parents, neighbors, and all who could become citizens under immigration reform.
The AFL-CIO, United We Dream, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and MALDEF Ask that Your Organization Signs On to this Letter to the President Calling for a Suspension of Deportations.
Dear President Obama,
We applaud your commitment to reform our broken and unjust immigration system. As you have said, the time has come to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity. Toward this end, we write with an urgent message:
The best way to open a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is for you to immediately suspend deportations, at a bare minimum, for those who would eventually be eligible for the Senate bill’s legalization program.
As Congress debates federal immigration reform, deportations of the very people you seek to legalize continue to mount. Every day, over 1,000 potential citizens are deported. Each one leaves behind a story – a family broken, a child abandoned, a dream crushed, a community damaged.
Stopping those deportations is not only sensible and humane; it will help advance efforts in Congress. It is now clear that the best advocates for immigration reform are undocumented immigrants themselves. However, immigrants and their families will remain in the shadows as long as deportations continue, and their voice will not be heard as a consequence.
In contrast, when undocumented people publicly step forward to ask for citizenship and political equality, they are able to turn the tide on a national debate that has been held hostage by fear and bigotry for over a decade. Free from the threat of deportation, immigrants are able to effectively make the case that they simply want the same opportunity for citizenship afforded to previous generations of Americans.
Political equality for these eleven million undocumented women and men should not be delayed to accommodate unreasonable demands of nativists. To the contrary, a suspension of deportations is a necessary precondition- or trigger- for a rational debate about how to modernize our immigration laws.
In creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, you took a common sense step toward protecting our future citizens in waiting by granting them relief from deportation and the opportunity to work and contribute to our country. It is time to do the same for their mothers and fathers and the rest of the 11 million who call this country home. It makes no sense to deport today the people you have committed to legalizing tomorrow. We call on you to relieve their needless suffering and suspend deportations to move the immigration reform debate forward.
NotOneMoreDeportation.com is a project of NDLON meant to foster collaboration between individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.
As the immigration debate continues, #Not1More enters the discussion from the place that touches people in concrete ways and can offer tangible relief. By collectively challenging unfair deportations and inequality through organizing, art, legislation, and action, we aim to reverse criminalization, build migrant power, and create immigration policies based on principles of inclusion.
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