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Obama halts deportations of DREAM-eligible youth

August 19, 2011

Yesterday, the Obama administration proved that it’s trying to do something - anything - to win back the votes of its Latino-based electorate.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued new guidelines that would prevent the deportations of some 300,000 undocumented people throughout the country – that is, those with a low-risk profile who entered the United States as children, having no criminal record and not posing any potential threat by remaining in the country.

Those benefiting most from this order would be DREAM-eligible men, women, and youth, although the administration failed to add any provisions that would grant citizenship to this group. Also, according to presente.org, President Obama is still sticking by his dangerous S-COMM policy–a highly criticized law that forces police officers to act like immigration officials, puts countless immigrant families at risk and tears hundreds of thousands of families apart.

Yesterday’s announcement also does little to help the more than 12 million undocumented immigrants who are not currently in deportation proceedings. “I think the feeling is, 300,000 down, about 12 million to go,” said Matias Ramos, a founding member of the immigrant youth organizing network United We Dream.

In 2008, Obama won the hearts of Latinos by campaigning on immigration reform and a change we could believe in, but I can’t help but wonder what his quick-fix to stop deportations really does to change anything. What are your thoughts?

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  • Tryingtomakeadifference

    What is HIS quick fix is?  The Government and big buisinesses run this country, not one particular president.  A presidentail campaign is called a campaign because all of the candidates are running around trying to win over America.  Well America needs to start thinking for themselves and not be swept off of their feet by the new bullshitter with the most charm.
     
    Systems are successfull because of rules and regulations.  It is not our fault that immigrants took the risk to come here knowning they could be sent back.  I’m sorry for the hardship families will face but responsibility needs to be taken, and if you break a law, get caught, deal with your decisions. Do not put them on others who have issues of their own.  It is too bad if someone was to too ignorant to legally and safely do something correctly.