As you know, President Obama just released his highly-anticipated Executive Actions on immigration, which will provide much-needed, temporary relief for millions of families currently suffering under our broken immigration system. These significant changes include deportation relief for certain parents, an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and an end to the highly-controversial Secure Communities program. Importantly, the Department of Homeland Security will also reprioritize immigration enforcement actions to focus resources on those who pose a threat to our community.
As people of faith, we believe that family is the fundamental building block of strong communities. This set of crucial actions will allow millions of mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters in our families, communities, and congregations to come out of the shadows and reclaim their human dignity.
Tonight, more parents will go to bed knowing that they can soon drive their child to school and provide for their family without fear of deportation. All families belong together, regardless of immigration status.
Now that the President has officially released his announcement, we need your help ensuring that he and our elected representatives hear the strong support of people of faith. Please take a moment to use LIRS’s Action Center to urge your elected representatives to stand with the President in promoting family unity. Please also call the White House Comment Line at (202) 456-1111 to thank President Obama for standing firm in his commitment to family unity.
Unfortunately, all executive actions are limited in scope and provide only a temporary fix. We will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to enact long-term legislative reforms to our broken immigration system and to end the inhumane practice of family detention.
For a more detailed analysis of the President’s plan, please see LIRS’s statement.
Thank you for standing for welcome.