Press Release: 22 Senators Ask President for Administrative Changes to Deportations

Washington - Yesterday, 22 U.S. Senators signed a letter to President Obama deploring the record number of deportations and asking for administrative relief. The following is a statement by Marissa Graciosa, director of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement: "We applaud the senators who have joined the call for swift administrative action to remedy the administration’s wrongheaded and destructive deportation policies. Earlier this month, FIRM launched a campaign, Change Takes Courage, urging President Obama to reexamine his priorities and stop deporting immigrants who contribute to our collective well-being, are the bread winners of their family, have children born here or were brought here as children.

"These 23 senators share our concern that the despite the messages coming out of the White House, the U.S. is deporting promising young people from the only country they know as their home, and who right now would be on a path to citizenship if the DREAM Act had not fallen a few votes short last year in the Senate.

"We urge President Obama to direct Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to immediately implement each ask made by the senators. Who we deport is a matter of priorities given our limited resources. Young people who want to go to school or the military should not be that priority. It neither should be parents of citizen children, workers who right now are helping our economy recover, men and and women who have served in the military, and immigrants who are caught in in DHS' bureaucratic backlog.

"President Obama has suggested these changes are out of his hands. That simply is not true. The growth in deportations wasn't accidental. He clearly has the authority to set the policies that determine who DHS targets and how aggressively it pursues those targets. Going after immigrants who pose no threat is a mistake, one that should be corrected immediately."

### AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: Marissa Graciosa is the director of FIRM and has been actively involved in the immigration reform movement for more than 10 years. She has been quoted by numerous publications and interviewed by various television and radio news outlets. Ms. Graciosa is available for interviews. To schedule her, please contact Mary Moreno at or at 202-630-0230.

FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement) is a coalition of more than 200 of the country’s largest and most active state and local immigration advocacy groups representing nearly every state. It is convened by the Center for Community Change.

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