Today the Department of Homeland Security announced a new immigration policy that will allow an estimated 1 million students an opportunity to avoid deportation and to receive authorization to work. These young people are a bright part of America’s national fabric. Students who might otherwise find themselves in deportation proceedings, or who would qualify for the DREAM Act under better circumstances, will not be deported, and will be allowed to work and make a contribution to this nation. They will not need to live in the shadows anymore.
This action brings hope to more than a million students and their families. It is clearly in the nation’s best interest. While the House of Representatives seems to be moving backwards on relief for these students, and the U.S. Senate seems to be in paralysis on the issue, today DHS acted to do the right thing. UNITE HERE International Union and its 250,000 members applaud President Obama and his Administration for taking this much needed and courageous step.