60 Dems Ask President Obama to Pardon DREAMers Before Trump Takes Office
Sixty Democrats have sent a letter to President Obama, asking him to pardon undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers. These children were brought to the US by their immigrant parents and are now under direct threat of deportation with the incoming administration.
The letter reads in part: “We ask for the narrow reprieve of a retroactive and prospective pardon of categorical civil immigration violations for a unique group of young immigrants who have placed their trust in both you as their President and us as their lawmakers. To be clear we are not asking you to ‘create legal status.’”
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, one of the letter’s signatories, said : “We clearly understand such a pardon will not grant legal status and that is not the intent of our request. We are simply asking the president to protect the nearly 750,000 DACA recipients who are living in fear of immediate deportation because they trusted our government.”
Roybal-Allard and Congressman Luis Gutierrez have joined forces along with Congressman Joe Crowley and 59 others.
Gutierrez said: “We believe that this action is critical, although it does not create legal status, because for many DREAMers it could clear a path to a legal status that already exists under current law. Providing protection and stability for immigrants is a shared goal, especially at a time when fear and uncertainty in our communities is at an all-time high.”
President elect Donald Trump now claims he will “work something out” for the DREAMers who live in the US. Trump told the media: “I want Dreamers for our children also. We’re going to work something out. On a humanitarian basis it’s a very tough situation. We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. But that’s a very tough situation.”
He went on to say: “They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”
There has been no waiver by Trump to back away from his promise to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a staple of his campaign platform.
Senators Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake are working to prevent the president elect from deporting DREAMers, immigrants who overstay their visas, or enter the US illegally.
Graham and Senator Dick Durbin have introduced a bill that would reform immigrants but also take a softer approach to those illegals already in the country.