Congresswoman Judy Chu, D-El Monte, released the following statement today lauding the Obama Administration's announcement that it would generally halt deportation of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as young children, as long as they have graduated from high school or served in the armed forces:
"I applaud President Obama's decision to allow immigration officials to exercise prosecutorial discretion in allowing individuals who were raised as Americans and were educated in U.S. schools to remain in the country," said Rep. Chu. "These are upstanding young men and women, some of whom have excelled in school, others who have served proudly in our military. They were brought to this country by no choice of their own, and we have to stop punishing them for this and instead embrace their potential to grow into proud, productive Americans. It is long overdue that the U.S. start focusing its immigration enforcement efforts on individuals with criminal records, and stop deporting children and separating families."
"As a strong supporter of the DREAM Act, I was proud when we were able to pass that historic bill through the House of Representatives last December," Chu continued. "And now, I am proud as an American that the Administration is following through on the intent of that legislation, which narrowly failed to pass the Senate. Not only does this action allow immigration officials to focus their resources toward individuals who pose a threat to public safety; it is simply the right and humane thing to do."