Snapshot 7.16.13


Our own Brian Symonds


Immigration in the News 6.15.12


Deportations Of Law-Abiding, Younger Illegal Immigrants To Stop

“The Obama administration announced today that it will stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the country as children and have no criminal history.”

Read the rest of the story from NPR here.

Relief, Work Permits Offered to Certain Immigrants

“This week a very broad and deep table of Evangelical leaders called on the political leaders of both parties to fix that broken system and protect ‘the stranger’ whom Christ calls us to defend. As Evangelicals we love the ‘good news’ of the gospel, and today we affirm this good news that gives hope and a future for young immigrants who are an important part of both the church and this country.”

Read the rest of this Christian perspective from Sojourners here.

Obama anuncia que dejará de expulsar a jóvenes inmigrantes sin papeles

“El anuncio presidencial, histórico como otros hechos en el pasado reciente –apoyo al matrimonio homosexual-, adelanta por la derecha a la lenta legislación -conocida como Dream Act- que desde hace 10 años se lleva a cabo en el Congreso y que fue bloqueada de nuevo por los republicanos hace menos de un par de años. Los llamados ‘dreamers’ (soñadores) –se estima su total en unos 800.000- son “americanos de corazón y mente en todos los aspectos excepto en los papeles”, ha informado Obama.”

Lea esta perspectiva europea de El País aquí.

UPDATE 6.16.12

Obama to Permit Young Migrants to Remain in U.S.

“They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” President Obama said in announcing the new policy in the White House Rose Garden on Friday.

Read the rest of this New York Times story here.

News Item: 5.12.12


Deported Moms With American Children Separated On Mother’s Day
(from the Huffington Post)

As the rest of the nation celebrates the importance of motherhood Sunday, thousands of young Americans will, for the first time, be without their moms on Mother’s Day.

About 22 percent of all undocumented immigrants deported in the first half of 2011 were parents of U.S.-born children. As part of the Obama administration’s record-setting deportation year, between January and June 2011, 46,486 undocumented mothers and fathers received orders to leave the country and were forced to decide what to do with their U.S.-born children. While in some instances, deported parents decide to bring their children with them, parents thinking it was in their child’s best interest, left them with relatives, neighbors, or friends in the United States.

Read the rest here.

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