Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) released the following statement today after President Obama announced he will direct the Department of Homeland Security to halt the deportation of individuals who were brought to the United States as young people, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria:
"I applaud President Obama for taking a positive step toward reforming our immigration system. Those who work hard and abide by our laws should have the opportunity to educate themselves and help our great nation prosper and grow," said Congresswoman Sánchez. "These changes will make a world of difference to the hundreds of young people in my district who want to give back to the country they call home. It is my hope that the Republican leadership will follow the President's example and pass the DREAM Act in the House of Representatives."
Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible on a case by case basis to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.
Congresswoman Sánchez voted in favor of the DREAM Act during the 111th Congress when it successfully passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The DREAM Act is narrow, targeted legislation that has had broad support in the past from the Pentagon, the University of California System, Catholic Charities, and numerous business groups, including the LA Area Chamber of Commerce.