September 9th, 2014
SEATTLE, WA –Over the weekend, President Obama announced he would delay any executive action on immigration until after the mid-term elections.
Dreamers in Washington State were disappointed and outraged to find that, once again, relief for their families was pushed aside in favor of political convenience. With the Obama administration deporting an estimated 1,100 people per day, more than 70,000 undocumented individuals, including undocumented Washingtonians, will be deported by the November elections.
Moses Chege, Director of Policy & Advocacy for Washington Dream Act Coalition, gave this response:
“Where is the fierce urgency of now? Earlier this spring, I sat across the table from President Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, to deliver recommendations for the administration review of deportation procedures and a clear message that ‘We can’t wait’. Several weeks later, the President announced he would delay the review.
At that same time, Dreamers in Washington garnered support for executive action on immigration from nearly every Democratic member of Congress in Washington State. I along with Dreamers in Washington State continue to send the message of ‘We can’t wait.’ to the Obama Administration.
We can’t wait for uncompromising Republicans in Congress. We can’t wait for politically insecure Democrats running for office. We Can’t Wait! Every delay to take action in the future is only a promise to deport in the present.”
Karen Fierro Ruiz, a leader with Washington Dream Act Coalition in Spokane, issued the following response:
“I’m disappointed that once again we are being put on the back burner. Without administrative relief, our families will continue to live in fear of deportation from the communities they contribute to everyday. We don’t need time, we need action. We don’t need political accommodation, we need political courage."