‘Immigration Should Be About People, Not Politics’

Communications Associate

November 20, 2014

En Español

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This evening, President Obama announced plans for executive action that will create a new Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan, expand deferred action to grant temporary relief to additional DREAMers and parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, reform enforcement priorities including ending Secure Communities, and expand options for entrepreneurs, employers and workers.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded to the announcement:

“Immigration should be about people, not politics. Although we still need action from Congress, executive action will help millions of people. It will also boost the economy, keep us secure and keep families together. Our communities and our country will benefit because immigrants will be able to contribute more fully.

“Executive action is not ideal, nor is it the permanent answer we need for our broken immigration system. Only Congress can provide that answer.

“It is up to Republican leadership to be strategic. They can get the credit for leading on their version of immigration reform. Or they can get credit for obstruction. We hope they will seize this golden opportunity to lead.”

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