Democrats call on President Obama to Protect DREAMers with Pardon
November 17, 2016
Today, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04) held a press conference at the U.S. Capitol to release a letter they have written to President Obama asking him to use the President's pardon authority to protect DREAMers – young people who were brought to the United States as children and signed up for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The letter can be read here.
Since it began in 2012, approximately 750,000 young people have come forward to register under the DACA initiative. They have paid fees, submitted fingerprints, and undergone a background check. The goal of the program is to protect from deportation these young immigrants who are assets to their communities.
The press conference can be viewed here.