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Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Hailing Decision to Grant Relief to Undocumented Youth


Location: Washington, DC

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As original co-authors of the DREAM Act, we write in strong support of your administration's new policy granting deferred action to undocumented youth who grew up in our communities, graduated from our high schools and want to give back to the only country they have ever known. This decision will result in the more effective use of our limited enforcement resources and prevent the loss of future leaders in countless fields. More broadly, it also constitutes a significant step towards our shared goal of building an America where all of our young people can realize their full potential.

These young people are Americans in every respect except on paper. They share a deep love for this country and an appreciation for its culture, ideals and institutions. Most had no say in the decision to cross our borders and many have little connection to the places their families left behind. To deport them would be uncaring, unjust and un-American.

Beyond its profound impact on the lives of undocumented youth, we recognize the positive implications of the new policy for American businesses and communities. These driven young people have the knowledge and skills to contribute to an array of industries and endeavors. They comprise a vast pool of untapped talent and if we are to prosper in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, we simply cannot afford to squander their gifts.

The temporary relief your administration is granting represents a measured response to the human and economic costs of Congressional inaction spanning almost two decades. Yet, the new policy is far from a permanent solution. Ensuring that undocumented young people are free to pursue the American dream, including the responsibilities and rewards of U.S. citizenship, will require the passage of our bill, H.R. 1842, the DREAM Act. We remain committed to that goal and, with your help, believe it can be accomplished despite the political obstacles we face. We look forward to working together to enact this critical legislation, and to make certain that the new policy is swiftly and appropriately implemented.


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