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Grijalva Letter Urging Pause in Deportations

Grijalva Letter Urging Pause in Deportations

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titangrass
of
tlje
United
states
 asljmrrtun
£
5X5
President
Barack
Obama
TheWhiteHouse
1600PennsylvaniaAve.,N.W.Washington,D.C.20500
Dear
Mr.
President
December
5th
2013
TheundersignedMembersofCongressrespectfullyrequestthatyoususpendanyfurther
deportationsandexpandthesuccessfuldeferredactionprogramtoallthosewhowouldbe
potentialcitizensunderimmigrationreform.
Westandbythe543faith-based,labor,neighborhood,legal,andcivilrightsorganizations,
includingtheAFL-CIO,MALDEF,UnitedWeDream,andNDLONthatsupportthisproposal,
andagreethatthisisthebestwaytoadvancethepathtocitizenshipforundocumented
individualsacrossthecountry.
Weappreciateyourcommitmenttoreformingournation sbrokenimmigrationpoliciesforthebenefit
of
all.Inthecontext
of
theintransigence
of
asmallnumber
of
legislatorsthatarewilling
toholdthelegislationhostageunlesswepassaseries
of
incrediblyextremeproposals,a
cessation
of
thedeportation
of
the1,100potentialcitizensexpelleddailywoulddoagreatdealto
set
theparameters
of
theconversation.
Letusnottakethesepolicieslightly.Everydeportation
of
afather,asister,oraneighbortearsatoursocialconsciousness;everyunnecessaryraidanddetentionseriouslythreatensthefabric
of
civillibertieswesworetouphold.WearetalkingaboutAmericanfamiliesandAmerican
communities.CriminalizingAmericanfamiliesorgivinglocallawenforcementthe
responsibilitytochoosewhostaysandwhogoes,isnottherightoption.OureffortsinCongresswillonlybehelpedbythesensibleandmoralstep
of
stopping
deportations.
Aswehaveseenwithdeferredactionforchildhoodarrivals,suchreliefbringswithitthebenefit
of
activeparticipationinthedebatebyundocumentedpeoplethemselves.Whentheirstoriesareknownandvoicesareheard,wehavewitnessedhowthedebateshifts.Thefearandxenophobiathatblockprogressonlyshrinkinthedisplay
of
theircourage.Butleftunchecked,thethreat
of
deportationswillpreventsomanyfromcomingforwardandcontributingtothenationalconversation.Instead,thespecter
of
deportationremovesthehumanandgroundingelementinanypoliticaldiscussion—thoseindividualswhoaremostdirectlyimpacted.
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Thesenselessoppositionthatneitherreflectsthepublicwill,northemoralresponsibilitywe
hold,shouldnotallowustoprolongtheneedlesssuffering
of
thosewhocouldsosoonhavetheir
placeinoursocietyfullyrecognized.Infact,takingastrongsteptowardgrantingreliefwould
moveusinthedirection
of
wheretheimmigrationdebaterightfullyshouldstart,withthe
legalization
of
eleven
million
men
andwomenwho
calltheUnitedStates
their
home.
Asthedebateproceeds,itisnecessarytoexpandtheprotections
of
ourfuturecitizensthatwere
establishedbytheDeferredActionforChildhoodArrivalsprogramandgrantittothe
family
and
neighborsandallofthosewhohavemadetheirlivesherebutareyettobefullyrecognized.Wecannotcontinuetowitnesspotentialcitizensinourdistrictsgothroughtheanguishofdeportationwhenlegalizationcouldbejustaroundthecornerforthem.Welooktoyouto
firmly
contributetoadvancinginclusionforimmigrantsbysuspendingdeportationsandexpanding
DACA.
Sincerely,
The
undersigned
 
M.Grijalva
Mefeber
of
Congress
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ladeleineBordallo
Member
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Member
of
Congress
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YvetteClarke
Member
of
CongressTonyCardenasMember
of
Congress
LloydDoggett
Member
of
Congress
 
Gwen
Mooce
Member
of
Congress
Beto
O Rourke
Member
of
CongressCharlesRangel
Member
of
Congress
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Schakowsky
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of
Congress
DinaTitus
Member
of
Congress
FilemonVela
Member
of
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of
Congress
MarkPocan
Member
of
Congress
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Bobby
L.Rush
Member
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Mark
Takano
Member
of
Congress
 
MarcVeasey
Member
of
Congress

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