Barrack Obama announced that as President of the United States he is taking executive action and overstepping Congress and putting a stop to the deportation of certain illegal immigrants back to their own countries.
The president said in his speech on November 20, 2014, “If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”
“This is not a partisan issue,” said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, “When the bluest of blue states like Oregon, for example, vote overwhelmingly to prohibit illegal aliens from obtaining drivers licenses, it speaks volumes about the widespread lack of support for President Obama’s immigration policies. The American people have spoken, and time and again they have been ignored.”
Close to five million non-American’s could get relief from deportation and the immigrant community campaigned the president through phone calls, petitions, rallies, vigils and years of fighting to stay in America. Reform Immigration for America (RIA) is leading the fight for relief from deportation of millions of families living illegally in the United States.RIA says the fight is far from over, but this incredible step forward could never have happened without the tireless work or all illegals and their supporter, Barrack Obama. Reform Immigration for America does not have all the details yet, but they want to make sure that everyone who needs help getting immigration relief is able to get it.
An illegal immigrant living with his family and working in Columbus, OH, over the past 10 years was arrested this week but feels strongly that he should be allowed to remain in the United States. Angel Bustos-Gonzales was arrested in October and released the day Obama’s executive action went in place. Bustos-Gonzalez hopes one day to apply for citizenship and says he’s able to earn a living by working construction.
Yuridia Loera says, “I came to the United States over 16 years ago when I was just two years old. My parents crossed the boarder in hopes of a better life for our family. Since coming to this country, I have watched my parents sacrifice and live in constant fear of deportation, all so that our family could have a brighter future. Life in the United States has never been easy. Both of my parents are undocumented and my mother has never been able to work. Despite our struggles, this is my home. It is where I have grown up and it is where five of my siblings were born and raised.”
Administrative relief from deportations will change everything. This executive action on immigration means to her that their six siblings will not have to live with fear of being separated. Relief means hope for the future of not just the Loera family, but all illegal immigrants because they will be able to work and live in the United States freely.
Loera calls it a monumental day for millions of families just like her and it means to her family that they will not have to live in fear for being in the U.S. illegally. This relief will not apply to all and is only temporary relief until there is comprehensive legislation reform with a path to citizenship to the United States of America.
Others have varying opinions, such as, Isaura Pena, a 20-year-old whose father and mother are illegally living in Portland, OR, says, “This will definitely help our family no longer live in fear, fear that we will have to drop everything if our parents are deported. But there is still fear, because this is a temporary, and we need something permanent.”
Another illegal immigrant feels slighted, “I am a mother of Dreamers (the children who benefited from Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.) They are not citizens. It was a great disappointment to hear I won’t benefit from it. It’s bland. He gave us a little taste but it had no taste,” said Rosa Mejia, an immigrant in El Paso, Texas, who has been living in the US since 1999.
John Wilson, a citizen protesting illegal immigrants says, “We have a lot of unemployed Americans right now, and I don’t understand why unemployed Americans can’t be hired to do the jobs these illegals are doing.”
Read Obama’s full speech addressing immigration executive action.