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June 15, 2012: Hastings' Statement on Administration's Changes to Deportation Policy for Young People


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) made the following statement on the Obama administration's announcement of a deferred action process for young people who are low enforcement priorities:

"I commend the administration for finally taking meaningful steps toward a more rational, humane approach to immigration enforcement.

"Rather than wasting limited resources deporting productive, hard-working young people, we should focus our efforts on those individuals who pose a threat to our national security and public safety.

"These young people came to this country through no choice of their own and are being forced to pay the price for decisions that weren't theirs to make. They have been educated in our schools, they have become valued members of our communities, and they stand to make a positive impact on our nation's future. They epitomize the American Dream, and deportation is not only a loss for them, but a loss to our country as a whole.

"As a proud supporter of the DREAM Act, I recognize that this Executive Order does not go far enough. Congress must do its job and finally pass the DREAM Act as well comprehensive legislation to reform our broken immigration system."

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