The Washington Post reports today that President Obama and his administration will stop deporting younger undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children and have since led law-abiding lives. These undocumented immigrants will also receive work permits to legally work in the United States. There are strings attached, but this decision is the most advanced executive order for undocumented immigrants since President Reagan granted amnesty to millions in 1986.
According to the Post, “The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of a growing Latino electorate that has opposed administration deportation policies. The administration’s decision will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez praised the decision.
“Today the President made a bold and unprecedented step by ensuring undocumented students brought to the United States at a young age are recognized and able to live and contribute to our country. On a case by case basis, current undocumented students under the age of thirty will be able to request deferred action and obtain work permits, if they meet certain requirements,” said Sanchez in a statement.
“As a supporter of the Dream Act for years, this executive order will have a lasting impact on many young individuals throughout Orange County and our country,” said Sanchez. “As a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I have always worked towards ensuring that ICE and DHS target individuals who pose a threat to our country and community. I am glad the President will continue to apply prosecutorial discretion during deportation proceedings.
“So many young people are not able to graduate and live their lives because they have been in the shadows of our society with the fear of deportation always on their mind. This will now provide those students an opportunity to give back to the community and country they know so well. I look forward to continue working with the President and my colleagues here in Congress to push for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 47th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and parts of Fullerton in Orange County. She serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.