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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:13 PM
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"22 Senators Demand President Obama Exercise Executive Action on Immigration "


http://immigrationimpact.com/2011/04/14/22-senators-dem... /

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is one of the letters 22 signators.
As it becomes increasingly evident that Congress is too mired in politics to reform our broken immigration system, a steady chorus demanding executive action is growing. This week, 22 U.S. Senators, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, sent a letter to President Obama asking him to grant deferred action─a stay from deportation─to DREAM Act-eligible students. The letter follows a campaign by immigrant rights and advocacy groups earlier this month calling on the Obama Administration to use executive authority to reform immigration policy.

Referencing the Bush Administrations use of prosecutorial discretion, 22 members of Congress urged President Obama to use his executive authority to provide relief in a letter sent Wednesday. They write:

You are the nations chief law enforcement officer and are, of course, obligated to
enforce the law. However, the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in light of
law enforcement priorities and limited resources has a long history in this nation and
is fully consistent with our strong interest in the rule of law. Your Administration
has a strong record of enforcement, having deported a record number of undocumented
immigrants last year. At the same time, you have granted deferred action to a small
number of DREAM Act students on a case-by-case basis, just as the Bush Administration did.

We would support a grant of deferred action to all young people who meet the rigorous
requirements necessary to be eligible for cancellation of removal or a stay of removal
under the DREAM Act.

Although the enforcement-only crowd loves to claim that the Presidents use of executive authority would be an attempt to make end-runs around Congress, the American Immigration Council highlighted the important and completely legitimate role the Executive branch of government has always played in interpreting and implementing existing laws in a statement issued this week. The Council also urged the Obama Administration to stop insisting its hands are tied when it comes to immigration.

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http://www.dreamactivist.org/blog/2011/04/13/gillibrand... /
Gillibrand to Obama: Stop Deporting DREAMers
April 13, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Contact: Angie Hu (917) 841-0354

GILLIBRAND URGES PRESIDENT TO HALT DEPORTATIONS OF DREAM ACT YOUTH

Washington, DC U.S .Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Majority Leader Harry Reid and 16 of her Senate colleagues today in calling on President Obama to halt deportations of young people who qualify for the DREAM Act and grant those students and young people deferred action on deportation proceedings. Currently, tens of thousands of young people who were brought to this country by their parents and pose no threat to our national security face the prospect of being deported.

Current law unfairly punishes thousands of young people who grew up here and know only America as their home, holding them back from making a contribution to our countrys military and economy, said Senator Gillibrand, an original co-sponsor of the DREAM Act. These young people deserve better. They deserve a chance at the American dream to work hard, get a good education, serve in the military, earn their way to legal status, help grow our economy and keep our country safe. While we work to move this important bill forward, I urge the President to take action now by halting these deportations to strengthen our national security and our economy.

The Senators wrote in a letter to President Obama, We would support a grant of deferred action to all young people who meet the rigorous requirements necessary to be eligible for cancellation of removal or a stay of removal under the DREAM Act. We strongly believe that DREAM Act students should not be removed from the United States, because they have great potential to contribute to our country and children should not be punished for their parents mistakes.

The DREAM Act is legislation that would provide 50,000 to 65,000 young people who were brought to America by their parents access to an affordable college education, U.S. citizenship, and eligibility to serve in Americas armed forces. The DREAM Act passed the House last year, but was blocked by a Senate filibuster in December 2010. Senator Gillibrandwill continue to push for passage of this legislation in the 112th Congress.

--More at the links--

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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:18 PM
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1. kick
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Vattel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:19 PM
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2. Great idea.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:02 PM
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17. Thanks! Last night I was reading about "Deferred Action" and am intrigued by it.
I know there has been concern about the Dream Act that it would put the parents in jeopardy.

It sounds like the Deferred Action would help with that. :hi:
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:20 PM
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3. Said it before, say it again. In Gillibrand you are looking at the first female President
of the USA.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:24 PM
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5. IF she is this solid on poverty issues, then I will hope what you are saying comes to pass.
At least on this issue, she is showing real feminist spine, and I will be watching her!

Thanks! :yourock:
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:08 PM
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13. I would be thrilled.
She is a really good person. Smart and kind, passionate, hard working.
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Drale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:18 PM
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14. There won't be a women president for many many years
because the one thing the repukes hate more then anything else is women.
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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:08 PM
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22. Whoo...I like that idea!
Gillibrand is the best thing Gov Patterson did for the state of NY. I remember I was disappointed when she was appointed because I didn't know anything about her. Now I LOVE her!
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:19 PM
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24. Please call her office and thank her for her work on this letter to Obama!
:hi:
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TuxedoKat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:23 PM
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25. I've been thinking that too for awhile (nt)
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:23 PM
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4. Ruh-Roh! Nt
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:41 PM
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9. Curious.... why are you uh-ohing?
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 05:38 AM
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29. the # 22 -- that's quite a block in the senate. nt
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:59 PM
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34. Hmmm, I was thinking that was low... glad to hear you think it is encouraging.
I posted this because I was hoping more people would write and call their Senators to get more signatories.

22 out of 100.... I wish it was more like 75! Yeah, I'm a dreamer... ^_^
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:29 PM
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6. K &R!!!!
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:34 PM
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7. kick!
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:39 PM
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8. K&R
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:05 PM
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12. Thanks!
I'm hoping for this one, because of a few young people I know.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:45 AM
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30. You're welcome.
Oops, I kicked it again. ;)
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:06 PM
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33. S'ok...your boots are made for kickin'
:hi: :yourock:
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tomg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 04:18 PM
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42. Same here, including
some students I have taught. And I agree with what people are saying about Gillibrand. She was a Rep in the district next to mine and I teach in what was her district. It is very conservative. She was very good as a rep, but she is fantastic - and far more progressive - as a senator. I really like her.
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:42 PM
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10. k&r!!
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MedleyMisty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:43 PM
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11. I like this woman
I too will be watching her.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:25 PM
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15. Kick & shared nt
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:37 PM
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19. Thanks for sharing it! I hope all will call their Senators, and ask them to sign the letter!
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:04 PM
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20. I have bookmarked it to call tomorrow. Do you happen to know what happens if you call late?
Voicemail I suppose.

I like to talk to staff if I can in order to communicate emotional tone and, hence, commitment to the issue.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:08 PM
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21. That's easy... do both. ^_^
Last night, we called Reid's office to thank him, and his voice mail box was FULL!

While that is good news, I told my young Latino friend that meant it was really important to call and thank him, because he was also probably getting hate messages!

Same with Gillibrand... the thanks are just as important as the pushes!

If you want a personal message that is fine, but I know they also tally the voice messages.

Thanks for doing that, and please... do continue to share this. Especially if you Facebook, like my young Latino friend. He will probably reach a couple hundred that way, and that is really important, especially with our one senator who didn't sign. We were pleased to find out that Bennet *did* sign!

A call of thanks goes to Bennet tomorrow! :)
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:27 PM
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26. I will Facebook it daily with different recommendations, including call anyway, even
though we're a red state and Pat Robertson & Jerry Moran are owned lock-stock-and-barrel by the Kochs & ChurchCo.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:03 PM
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31. you have my sympathy... its tough in a red state. I would lose what precious little is left
of my sanity. ^_^

In those cases, assuming you are like most of us and have limitations on both time and energy, I would suggest working on doing some educational things.... get away from political "tags" that separate us.

I find I can get through on issues if I approach it in different ways. I've been able to get more people to take action, and that is satisfying. Slow and tedious, but its happening....

Thank you for Facebooking it! I think that has a lot of potential, and keep us updated with the calling efforts!

:hi:
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:48 PM
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16. Will phone-bank for the state organization if they get that going. Signed on for news.
Thanks, bobbolink!
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:15 PM
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23. Which organization? The DREAMaction?
That sounds good... I encouraged my young latino friend to look into that one. Join with some others who are also affected. He is young and a bit timid but I hope he does!

Let us know what you hear from them, 'K?
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:35 PM
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27. Sunflower website is new and not fully functional yet, but I Facebooked it too.
http://www.sunfloweract.com /

Organizing for America (Obama's organization) had a pretty strong phone-bank going on this last summer when we had that trainwreck in the Senate with the Bush Tax Cut extensions, the Unemployment benefit extensions, the end of DADT, and the Dream Act. I hope OFA has handed off to these state organizations, so they can get themselves some experience and a chance to be successful, so they can recruit and build their organizations independently from whatever administration is in D.C.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 02:00 PM
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35. Thanks for that... interesting. I see they have a student activism section, too.
Thanks!
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:15 PM
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18. KnR
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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 05:29 AM
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28. "Senate Dems To Obama: Stop Deporting DREAM Act Students"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/14/senate-dems-to...

Leading Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), called on the president on Wednesday to stop deporting undocumented young people who grew up in the United States.

A letter signed by 22 Senate Democrats asks President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to prevent deportation of young people who would have benefited from the DREAM Act, a bill that failed in the upper chamber last year. The legislation would have allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to stay, provided they kept a clean record and either enrolled in college or joined the military.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and her Democratic co-signers said in the letter that they will try to push to pass the DREAM Act through the Senate this session. But facing strong opposition from the Republican-led House, the senators argued the president should move in the meantime to help DREAM Act-eligible students and military service members.

The letter from Senate Democrats calls for the president to grant "deferred action" to young people who meet the requirements that would allow them to avoid deportation under the bill. The letter was also signed by Democratic Sens. Carl Levin (Mich.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Patty Murray (Wash.) and others. "We strongly believe that DREAM Act students should not be removed from the United States," the letter reads, "because they have great potential to contribute to our country and children should not be punished for their parents' mistakes."


Gillibrand makes the case for DREAMers.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:05 PM
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32. So, if the DREAMact failed last year, and the way to avoid deportation is to
go to college or join the military, but they can't go to college because the DREAMact failed... then......???

That pretty much leaves being forced to join the military????

That really sux.....

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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 05:13 PM
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36. Kick for the DREAMact!
:kick:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 07:42 AM
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37. Kicked and shared
Sorry I'm too late to rec.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 10:53 AM
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39. Thanks for putting it back in view! I hope you will contact your senators!
:yourock:

(I have been taking your name in vain.... when I am showing people the eagles, I relay the story you told about your classroom. ^_^ )
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 05:12 PM
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43. Why thank you
And I don't see that as taking my name in vain. :)
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bengalherder Donating Member (718 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 10:49 AM
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38. K&R
Glad to see my two senators first and foremost here....
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 01:47 PM
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41. You are fortunate, indeed! I was pleased and surprised to see one of my senators had signed.
We need to push this!
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 10:57 AM
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40. Excellent. This is how you fight.
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