Students Want Action taken on Immigration
A number of young illegal immigrants have begun a campaign to pressure President Obama to use his executive powers to give them permission to remain in the U.S. legally. The immigrants have said that Obama has done little if anything to lower the threat of deportation they constantly face, despite a number of promises.
United We Dream Network is leading the campaign. The organization is the largest made up of young immigrants who are illegal and would be eligible to become legal under the proposal currently in Congress referred to as the Dream Act.
The younger generation have become the most visible of all immigration activists and their pressure focused directly at the White House reflects the amount of frustration they have with Congress for not taking any action on the Dream Act, and with the White House for allowing deportations to continue with undocumented immigrant students.
Student leaders this week presented officials at the White House with a single letter signed by over 90 law professors who specialize in immigration. The letter argued the president could use clear executive authority and stop undocumented students from being deported who may benefit from pending legislation.
The professors represent universities across the nation and in their letter pointed to a number of measures President Obama could use via existing law to defer the current deportations permitting young student immigrants to temporarily stay.
Earlier this month the students publicized their demands through small demonstrations in 19 places across the country. Larger demonstrations have been planned for June if no response is received from the White House.