Twenty-Two Senators Sign Letter to Obama to Stop Deporting DREAM Act immigrants

4/15/2011
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​​​On April 13th, twenty-two senators sent a letter to President Obama four months after the DREAM Act failed to clear the Senate. The letter asks President Obama for deferred action for those undocumented youth who would have qualified for the bill. The DREAM Act would allow for undocumented immigrant youth to commit to two years in college or the military in exchange for the right to adjust their immigration status, if they clear additional security and medical hurdles.

In their letter, the Senators write to the President saying, “We know that you share our desire to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation as soon as possible, and we appreciate your support for our efforts to find solutions to this critical problem facing our nation. While we continue to work toward enactment of comprehensive reform of our immigration system, we have also fought to enact the DREAM Act.” The Senators also noted, “As you said in your State of the Union address, ‘let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who could be staffing our research labs or starting a new business, who could be further enriching this nation.”​