On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an immigration executive action to prevent the immediate deportation of undocumented individuals in the U.S. that have lived in hiding for five years or more. The action has caused partisan and political waves, with debates over whether the President has overreached with his executive order, or if he is acting lawfully and in a way to ensure protection for families that have been quietly and steadily contributing to the economy and labor force all the while under a cloud of fear of deportation and separation from their families.
The result? Congressional Hearings by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that begin today. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an association of over 13,000 attorneys and law professors, contributed a statement in support of the President’s executive action, shedding light on the plight of families that have, for years, been dealing with separation, trauma, and instability due to their undocumented status.
The AILA statement, in light of the partisan polarization, focuses not on politics, but on “deferred action and the principle of prosecutorial discretion” that is summarized in their statement, “it is AILA’s judgment that the President has acted well within his legal authority.”
The statement is to be presented as part of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Hearing on December 2, 2014 for “President Obama’s Executive Overreach on Immigration”, along with the testimony of legal experts from multiple perspectives.
In its statement to the House Judiciary Committee, AILA clearly communicated: The President stepped in where Congress had failed to act. In AILA’s position of support for the President’s executive action, the statement further explains that it would be irresponsible to allow the 23% of those undocumented immigrant families who have lived in the shadows to continue to be torn apart simply due to lack of legislation, “It would be irresponsible for the President to wait and do nothing while American families, businesses, and communities languish under the current system. AILA welcomes the opportunity to work with Congress and the President to make our system better for America.”
Read the full statement here.
Attorney Jacqueline Delgado is a long-standing member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and also a member of the Palm Beach County Liaison Committee for the Association.
- 2 Dec, 2014
- Jackie Delgado
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