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Congress Thanks President Obama for DREAM Policy

Congress Thanks President Obama for DREAM Policy

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20515July18,2012PresidentBarackObamaTheWhiteHouse1600PennsylvaniaAvenueWashington,D.C.20500DearMr.President:Wewritetothankyouandexpressourappreciationforyourrecentdecisiontogrant"deferredaction,"protectionfromdeportation,andworkpermitstocertainyoungpeoplewhocalltheUnitedStateshomeandwhoarenotanenforcementpriorityfortheDepartmentofHomelandSecurity(DHS).Wewelcometheopportunitytoensurethatourconstituentswhofitthecriteriaforreliefareamongtheestimated800,000individualswhoseliveswillforeverbechangedasaresultofyourleadership.DREAMerscomingforwardtoapplywillmarkanewchapter,butnotthelastchapter,inalongstruggleforinclusioninsociety.Thenewpolicyrepresentsanimportantdownpaymenttowardachievingbroaderreformsinthefuture.Theimplicationsofyourpolicyarealreadyreverberatingwellbeyondthosewhoarepotentiallyeligiblefordeferredaction.Withthisannouncement,youhavechangedthepublicdiscourseaboutimmigrationandimmigrants,andourcommunitiesarenowexcitedandhopeful.Eventhosewhoattackimmigrantsforpoliticalpurposesaresecondguessingtheirnegativeposturetowardtheyoungimmigrantsyouareprotecting.Youhaveopenedthedoortoreform,andpeopleofallpoliticalstripesrecognizethatchangeiscomingandisinevitable.WerecognizethattherearethosewhowillwanttotakethepowerofdiscretionawayfromyouandtheExecutivebranch.Likeyou,weagreethatyouareonsolidmoralandlegalgroundandwewilldoeverythingwithinourpowertodefendyouractionsandtheauthoritythatyou,likepastPresidents,canexercisetosetenforcementprioritiesandbetterprotectourneighborhoodsandournation.Despitethisvitalreprieveforadeservinggroupofpromisingindividuals,wealsounderstandthat
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