U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement in response to the administration's announcement today about the deferred action process for young people who are low enforcement priorities:
"Today the Obama Administration turned part of the DREAM Act into a reality by ordering an end to deporting young people who pose no threat to our society. A crucial component to creating an economy that's built to last is strengthening the middle class and lifting up those who strive for a better life for themselves and for their families. We must recognize the contributions many of these young people have already made to our society, and encourage their potential achievements. America is still a country full of possibility. American ingenuity and the American work ethic are second to none. The American dream of freedom, love of country, prosperity, job security, and access to a quality education should not be denied to those who are giving back to the country they love and have called home for so many years.
"As Secretary Janet Napolitano said, this decision enhances the Department of Homeland Security's ability to focus on removing anyone who is considered a risk to national security or public safety. That should be our first priority, rather than utilizing limited resources to punish young people who did not have a voice in the decision to come to America years ago, yet have overcome countless obstacles to become productive members of society.
"While today's news is an important step for creating a more realistic and humane approach to our immigration enforcement policies, I hope my colleagues in Congress will come together so we can finally pass the full DREAM Act as a part of comprehensive immigration reform."