President Obama is currently announcing an executive order regarding his administration's new policy for granting young immigrants workers permits. The announcement is being broadcast live from the White House Rose Garden.
This current administration has reportedly deported more illegal immigrants than any previous administration and with 150 days left before election day, critics say he had to do something to increase his popularity.
NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg says...“With its action today, the Obama Administration is making a significant portion of the DREAM Act a reality. Ending deportations of innocent young people who have the potential to drive tomorrow’s economy is long overdue, as are many common-sense reforms needed to center our immigration policy around our economic needs. We have a system that is choking our economic growth by chasing away the entrepreneurs who can create jobs and the talented people businesses need to succeed and grow. Smart immigration policy protects our borders while ensuring America remains the destination for all those willing to work hard and dream big.
Bloomberg adds, “Moving major issues requires action, not rhetoric, and today the Administration took a step towards breaking the Washington logjam on immigration that has hamstrung our economy and made America less competitive in the global marketplace.”
Meanwhile, US Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), who is a chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives, issued the following statement welcoming Obama’s decision to end the deportation of children eligible for the DREAM Act via an executive order:
“Today’s announcement is a great step forward in improving our nation’s immigration policy, and I applaud President Obama’s decisive action to protect young immigrants who were brought here as children and have stayed on the right path since then.
“These are kids who live here, go to school here, and want nothing more than to continue giving back to the country they love. But instead of these kids having a real shot at the American dream, they have a continuous cloud hanging over their heads that makes it harder for them to go to college, serve in our Armed Forces, or work to support their families. Today’s announcement gives us the chance to change the status quo and bring a ray of hope to this generation.
“This move not only is a significant step forward that will change the lives of young immigrants in New York City and throughout the country, but also illustrates the urgent need for reform of our immigration system. I hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will recognize this and will join me in passing comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible.”