By Emily Badger and Kennedy Elliott
The deportation reprieves that President Obama extended to millions of immigrants this week are relatively arbitrary. The president’s executive action would delay deportation for the undocumented mother of a child born in the U.S. on Thursday — but not an undocumented mother who gave birth here one day later. Similarly, the president has offered deferrals to children brought to this country by their parents before their 16th birthday — but not a few weeks after.
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“It’s a really good [initial] step, but that’s not what we were hoping for. We are gonna make sure to push until everyone who’s here gets a work permit or legal status.” – Alejandro Caceres
Click Here to Watch Alejandro Caceres’ reaction to Executive Order
Tonight, President Obama announced his executive action on immigration that would protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation by granting legal status. Along with that, few changes to the iniquitous Secure Communities program was announced.
According to Alan Gomez of USA Today, “Under the president’s order, the program will be re-named to the Priority Enforcement Program, or PEP, and more importantly, it will only notify ICE agents that someone with an immigration violation has been arrested. The ICE official will not respond if the person does not fit into one of the priority groups.”
For highlights from Obama’s immigration plan, click here.
Come see the President’s announcement on executive action together, so together we can see how it affects our families, how it affects our city, and how we plan to continue our fight until all of our immigrant community is included!
Vengan a ver el anuncio del Presidente sobre la acción ejecutiva juntos, así juntos podemos ver como afecta a nuestras familias, como afecta a nuestra cuidad, y como vamos a seguir luchando hasta que toda nuestra comunidad inmigrante se incluida!
When: Thursday, November 20 @ 7:00pm in CST
Where: Mexitas Mexican Food @ 1109 N IH-35, Austin, Texas 78702
Watch Austin IRC’s testimony in front of Austin City Council calling for change in the city’s proposed interlocal agreement with Travis County on Secure Communities and urging the council members to pressure the County to end its participation in S-Comm.
Click Here To Watch (Click on Item 35 under Meeting Index for the testimonies)