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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Union leaders praise Obama decision on immigration
by Laura Clawson, the Daily Kos
AFL-CIO and the SEIU are applauding President Obama's decision to give work
permits to young, law-abiding undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as
children, rather than deporting them.
Obama showed leadership and courage," according to SEIU
Secretary Treasurer Eliseo Medina, on a "common sense move [that] is
fiscally responsible and widely supported."
Obama is showing great courage in taking this action, and it presents a stark
contrast with the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee who has vowed to stop
the DREAM Act if elected. In Congress, polarizing partisan politics kept the
DREAM Act from becoming law in 2010.
President Obama’s courageous leadership, DREAM eligible students can get relief
from the immediate threat of deportation. The president has now done all he can
do, but the kind of relief he is able to grant is temporary. It is now up to
Congress to pass the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, which is
the only way that the dreams of these productive Americans can be
[note; Eliseo Medina shown above is an Honorary Chair of DSA]
are thrilled," AFL-CIO
President Richard Trumka said in a statement.
President’s actions bring much-needed security and encouragement to our nation's
youth who can finally live without fear of separation from their families and
deportation to a country they barely remember. [...] The AFL-CIO commends the
Administration for its courage and leadership in taking an important step
towards a more just America.
Obama’s announcement is a critical step that begins to address our nation’s
dire need for comprehensive immigration reform. We call on both parties to work
with the President towards a legislative solution that will address the parents
and families of these immigrant youth, and the millions of undocumented workers
who are now living in the shadows.
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