Obama! Take Action Now!
President Barack Obama
Immigrants across the country shouldn’t have to wait in limbo until the courts make a final decision on DAPA and expanded DACA programs, and families shouldn't live in fear while Obama terrorizes people with raids in the community.
Immigrant youth leaders from United We Dream are actively organizing to demand that the Obama Administration make the following 5 changes in policy NOW while we fight to defend Deferred Action and stop the raids.
You can join us by signing the petition and demanding action from the President and his administration NOW.
President Barack Obama
From: [Your Name]
Although Republicans have held up DAPA and expanded DACA, you can your administration can still take steps to fix the out of control immigration system that continues to tear our families and communities apart. We demand the following action from your administration now:
1.) Stop deportations and hold the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accountable for prosecutorial discretion and enforcement priorities.
On January 5, 2015, DHS released new priorities for immigration enforcement. Despite this, rogue ICE field offices have ignored the rules and continue to detain and deport people that their own memo says should not be deported including long time residents, veterans, business owners, grandparents, parents and people with severe health problems including those fleeing from extreme violence and poverty.
2. Shut down family detention centers and end detention of refugees
Instead of creating a safe haven, the Obama administration sends families fleeing violence and poverty to jail-like detention centers. Women and children in these jails have faced documented abuses, like a lack of proper medical care, overcrowding, and psychological abuse yet the facilities remain open and in-use.
3. End the jailing of transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer immigrants.
Thousands of LGBTQ immigrants arrive to the U.S. seeking a safe haven from the violence and discrimination in their home countries. But instead of finding safety, our immigration system delivers abuse. Although transgender immigrants are less than 1 percent of the detainee population, they make up 20 percent of document sexual assault cases in detention, LGBTQ immigrants are put into solitary confinement for being gay and abused much more than their peers.
4. Stop entangling federal immigration enforcement with local police
Last year, your administration acknowledged your signature immigration enforcement program, “Secure Communities” was dangerous. Over 300 communities opted out of the program and a court found the administration’s practices to be unconstitutional. But instead of ending the practice, ICE doubled down and created the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) and continues to operate programs that entangle police with federal immigration agents and discourage immigrant communities from reporting crimes like domestic violence or abuse for fear of getting caught up with ICE.
5. Hold immigration agencies accountable for civil rights violations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) are the two largest law enforcement agencies in the country but operate with little to no accountability for continuously violating the civil rights of immigrants. In the last 5 years, over 42 people have died at the hands of CBP officers and since 2001, over 100 have died while in ICE detention. Immigration agencies are not exempt from the larger national conversation around police accountability and must be reined in.