June 15, 2012
What: News Conference
When: 12:30 pm, June 15, 2012
Where: 300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Who: Cheryl Little, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Executive Director,
SWER Jose Machado
At long last, young undocumented immigrants who have graduated college or served in the military will have a shot at the American dream. We commend the White House for offering temporary relief from deportation to “DREAMers” who arrived in the U.S. before age 16, are younger than 30, have no criminal history and have been in the country for at least five years.
“We are elated! For years we have been saving DREAMers one-by-one from immigration detention and deportation. They are aspiring bankers, engineers, artists, teachers and positions. We know that their talent will enrich our country,” said Cheryl Little, AI Justice Executive Director. “Kudos to the Obama administration for offering them a path out of the shadows.”
Recently, Cheryl Little wrote a column in the Miami Herald, Rubio proposal offers way toward Dream Act Click here to read article from The Miami Herald: Rubio proposal offers way toward DREAM Act, which argued that the Administration already had the authority to provide DREAMers discretionary relief from deportion. She submitted a legal brief to the White House, Summary Regarding Executive Branch Authority to Grant DREAMers temporary Relief (click here to read brief) describing various options for offering relief. Her efforts did not fall on deaf ears.
In the coming days AI Justice will be helping DREAMers to understand and obtain discretionary relief from deportation. We salute all the DREAMer activists who pushed for this to happen, particularly Gaby Pacheco and Jose Antonio Vargas.
Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) has been fighting for the American dream since its founding in 1996. One of the nation’s largest non-profit immigration law firms, AI Justice represents vulnerable immigrants at no charge. This direct service work informs its broader policy work. AI Justice influences national policy; successfully litigates or otherwise challenges patterns of abuse; and educates the public about the impact immigration laws and directives have on our communities. AI Justice is dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants. Please visit www.aijustice.org for more information.