Now that President Obama has made his announcement on Immigration Action, it is important to make sure that our community has the facts it needs in order to educate those who need it most and continue to advocate for comprehensive reform.
The President’s executive actions:
- Increase border security, making it more likely for someone crossing the border illegally to be caught and sent back.
- Focus on felons, not families. Priority deportation will be given to those who pose a threat to national security and public safety, including those who have been suspected of terrorism, violent crimes, gang members, and recent border crossers.
- Provides for accountability. By registering and passing criminal background checks, millions of undocumented immigrants will start paying their fair share of taxes and temporarily stay in the US without fear of deportation for three years at a time.
Acting within his legal authority, the President is taking an important step to fix our broken immigration system. This process streamlines legal immigration in order to boost our economy and promote naturalization for those who qualify. But even these implementations are only temporary. Congress will still need to pass a bipartisan bill with more permanent and comprehensive provisions, and we must continue speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves in order to make sure that it happens.
Be empowered by being informed. Take a look at some documents that more fully explain the situation.