The Fierce Urgency of Waiting? United We Dream Outraged at President Obama’s Decision to Postpone DHS Deportation Review


WASHINGTON D.C. – As reported in an Associated Press article published yesterday, President Obama has asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to delay completing his review of U.S. deportation policies, which have now deported more than 2 million people and separated hundreds of thousands of families.

The news came after a statement released yesterday afternoon by the National Immigration Forum, the Service Employees International Union, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, among others, which asked President Obama to wait until August to use his executive authority to expand administrative relief and stop deportations.

Lorella Praeli, Director of Policy and Advocacy with United We Dream, issued the following statement:

“United We Dream is outraged at the President’s decision to halt the deportation review he ordered in March of this year, as he continues cowering before House Republicans who show no real commitment to move immigration reform forward . His decision demonstrates his complacency and willingness to deport more than 1,100 people every day and separate countless families, cementing his legacy as the Deporter-in-Chief.

President Obama’s enforcement machine has continually criminalized our community, and his failed policies like Secure Communities continue tearing our families apart.

The immigration reform movement and its allies are united in the need for President Obama to take executive action to deliver affirmative relief and deportation reforms. Those asking us to wait are denying the moral crisis that exists in our community and the urgency of having the President move now.

To say that we can wait is to be complacent with the more than 97,000 deportations that will happen between now and August. To say that we can wait is to tell Oneeka Johnson that it’s acceptable for her father to be taken from his home and sent to a detention center a thousand miles away to await deportation only weeks after being granted deferred action for one year.

We can’t wait. United We Dream remains committed to keeping our families together, and we will escalate and hold any politicians and organizations accountable that stand in the way of justice and dignity for our communities.”