MIRA welcomes President Obama’s action today to extend administrative immigration relief to millions of immigrants and their families. Our coalition has been working for years for changes to immigration laws that would protect immigrants and their families. Today’s action comes as a long-awaited relief for many families who will now be able to live and work without being haunted by the specter of deportation. This is a life-changing event for families who are impacted, and makes our community stronger.
This announcement is a major milestone, but it is only a temporary solution to a long-term problem. Our current immigration laws tear apart families, exploit workers, and ignore the reality of our nation’s immigration needs. The American people have consistently demanded Congress take action on comprehensive immigration reform, and been met with recalcitrance. President Obama has followed in a long tradition of American presidents taking executive action to protect immigrants, but this action will not solve the long term problem that can only be solved by comprehensive congressional action.
“Our coalition has been working toward this since Congress failed to pass immigration reform earlier this year,” said Vanessa Crawford Aragón, MIRA’s Executive Director. “This is a welcome relief for thousands of Missourians, be will not rest until all 11 million undocumented Americans have an opportunity for citizenship.”