Dear MoveOn member,
Last week, a Supreme Court ruling put approximately five million undocumented parents back at risk of deportation and continued the exclusion of those who wouldn't have qualified under President Obama's executive action on immigration.1
But President Obama has the power to stop these inhumane deportations today.2 That's why I started a petition to President Barack Obama, which says:
The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) executive action temporarily relieved parents of DREAMers—undocumented young people who came to America as children—and lawful permanent residents from deportation and would have provided them with work authorization.
But the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA programs aren't the president's only option to protect migrant communities. As head of the executive branch, President Obama directs how and when enforcement resources are deployed. Under his administration, immigration enforcement agencies have expanded enormously, but the undocumented people who would've received deferred action or who could someday benefit from legalization shouldn't be subjected to their abuse.
While Republicans have been able to block reform and delay DAPA, they can't control how the president uses his executive authority for the implementation of immigration enforcement. He can make sure that families and communities are kept together by declaring a moratorium on deportations immediately.
—Marisa Franco, #Not1More
1. "Supreme Court’s Decision on Immigration Case Affects Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants," The New York Times, June 23, 2016
2. "Can President Obama Still Stop Deportations?" #Not1More, June 24, 2016
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