Get undocumented youths out of the detention NOW. Don’t let Obama waste time and dreams of our youth in detention, like he did with the false promise of prosecutorial discretion a year ago.
I am undocumented and am tired of false promises made to my family, friends, neighbors, and community.
We know that under the pressure of undocumented immigrant rights activists, Obama made an announcement on Fri, June 15th that DREAMers will not be subject to deportation proceedings and that some of them would be eligible for work permits. But a year ago, he made a similar promise of not priortizing the deportation of DREAMers--prosecutorial discretion--and it was a lie.
With LESS THAN 1% of detained cases closed under prosecutorial discretion, we know that Obama’s prosecutorial discretion was a FALSE promise made for electoral gains.
Unlike Obama’s announcement on Friday June 15th, his instruction through Janet Napolitano’s memo to Department of Homeland Security was NOT an executive order nor does it prevent DHS from denying eligible cases. Its eligibility criteria specifying the applicant should not have “significant misdemeanor” will cause the same problem we faced under prosecutorial discretion--DHS unreasonably and freely denying cases using a loose definition of “threat to the community” including minor offenses, traffic tickets, and for the most part just being undocumented.
We, as a community, need to hold Obama accountable for his statements. I was in jail for a civil disobedience action I did in Philadelphia last March to stand up for the undocumented community. From the experience, I know that it is not fair that so many lives are being wasted at the detention center for months and years for just being undocumented.
DREAMers are being denied freedom at this moment. Sign the petition NOW to demand Obama to release DREAMers IMMEDIATELY from the detention centers and be free to go home to their families, their loved ones, their schools, their churches, and their communities.