Obama halts deportations of DREAM-eligible youth
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?