Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), a chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives, issued the following statement welcoming President Obama's decision to end the deportation of children eligible for the DREAM Act via an executive order:
"Today's announcement is a great step forward in improving our nation's immigration policy, and I applaud President Obama's decisive action to protect young immigrants who were brought here as children and have stayed on the right path since then.
"These are kids who live here, go to school here, and want nothing more than to continue giving back to the country they love. But instead of these kids having a real shot at the American dream, they have a continuous cloud hanging over their heads that makes it harder for them to go to college, serve in our Armed Forces, or work to support their families. Today's announcement gives us the chance to change the status quo and bring a ray of hope to this generation.
"This move not only is a significant step forward that will change the lives of young immigrants in New York City and throughout the country, but also illustrates the urgent need for reform of our immigration system. I hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will recognize this and will join me in passing comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible."
Congressman Crowley is the seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as a Chief Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives.