Senator Boxer Applauds President Obama’s New Immigration Policy
Friday, June 15, 2012
Today President Obama announced a new immigration policy that will help young people who were brought to this country from abroad as children. Under this new policy, young people who would have qualified under the DREAM Act - legislation I strongly support - will be able to remain in the United States without the constant threat of deportation. To read more, please click here.
I applaud the President for helping these talented young people continue to contribute to the country they call home. It was the right thing to do, and now Congress must take the next step by passing comprehensive reforms that will fix our nation’s broken immigration system.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
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On behalf of my Franciscan congregation and the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, I applaud and thank President Obama for taking action on this most deserving issue. He has given hope for a future to young people who are so deserving. May he continue to effect change in the lives of the U.S population and make of this world a more hopeful peaceful place.
President Obama's new immigration policy is, as he stated, "the right thing to do." I recently retired from Santa Rosa City Schools where I worked and taught at a school with a very high immigrant population. Fear of deportation ruled too many youngsters' lives. These teens had no choice when parents or relatives brought them here. What child stops at the border to tell their parents it's not legal to cross? These teens have spent the majority of their lives in the United States---they are "Americans" whether or not they are citizens. Thanks to the president's new policy, there is hope for them to remain here safely to create and share a positive future.
Carol, Santa Rosa
Thank you for your support of President Obama's decision to help children brought here illegally. I taught for 20 years at a high school in a predominantly Latino neighborhood, and saw the difficulties of these children firsthand. As an immigrant child myself, with legal status, I understood their dilemma even more personally. We are a better nation for this decision. Please extend my thanks and appreciation to President Obama.
Teresa, Canoga Park
I support Obama's support of Latino Americans who were brought here as children, who have subsequently become model citizens. We need them. They are not displacing other Americans from jobs as they are already here. Some are willing to do jobs other Americans refuse. California's economy is heavily dependent on our Latinos who are willing to do the dirty grunt work like in agriculture.
Today, I too am very proud of my President and the decision he made to take immigration issues off the table for these young people and allow them to become full fledged people under the law. We are all God's children and I am soooo glad that President Obama has stood on the side of humanity and social justice. I applaud his stance and will work for his re-election.
Zulmara, Long Beach
I agree with the decision to open a way for the children of immigrants brought into this country as children. They have committed no crime, they had no part in the decision of their parents to enter this country illegally. The basic problem lies with the Mexican Government and their lack of providing for their citizens. It is the Mexican government that must provide for the education of their citizens. Mexicans deserve better than what is being provided for them by the current government policies.
Frances, Hermosa Beach
Good for you President Obama and Barbara Boxer. Unfortunately I am the enemy of most. I am Half Hawaiian/Half Native American (Navajo). I am all for any "Illegals" coming here to the United States. All they are looking for is a better way of life. Isn't that what the French, Irish, Scots, English, etc, etc, etc were looking for? What's the difference of then and now. I know what the difference is, the people who were here then, accepted them, befriended them and helped them. What happened? We were robbed, slautered, taken from our land, kidnapped, forced to follow way of teaching, religion, etc. Pretty sad, huh? I love President Obama and everythinnng he stands for but one man can only do so much and as far as I am concerned, he has gone over and above. Where does so much hate come from?
Thank you for your support of President Obama's announcement, and your early support of the Dream Act. I also support major reform to the immigration laws that will allow many undocumented immigrants to eventually gain the right to apply for U.S. citizenship! Sincerely,
this is a day that all the children who are affected by the presidential pronouncement have been waiting for. this is magnificent!
I am a mix of Irish, German, English and Spanish. My ancestors were allowed to immigrate. People cannot be rejected when they are upstanding non citizens. We cannot blindly deport on principle. People are involved and when you involve people, you must incorporate humanity. Kudos to President Obama, and kudos to you for supporting him.
Thank you Senator for this good news! It's good to see a humane face in politics. My grandparents were immigrants and were always grateful and proud to be Americans, as am I. It is so good to see our President putting the needs of innocent people first. This news made my day.
Pinky, Upper Lake
So glad that you are supporting this with President Obama. Wonderful to give the opportunity to all of our children and young adults who know this as their home.
As a teacher of high school students, I thank you for supporting Obama in his decision to bypass the deadlock that has prevented the Dream Act from passing. You already know all the reasons why this policy makes sense, so I won't list them here. THANK YOU!
Marina, Fort Bragg
I strongly support efforts to grant young immigrants who were brought to this country without making that move a choice of their own a more secure future in the United States. Many of these young people know no other home and have lived here much as American citizens with no real ties to another country. They deserve our help.
I am delighted that someone has finally taken a first step towards Immigration reform. The time has come to return to our policy of welcoming immigrants to this country and, especially, to let the children who have come here through no action of their own, who have grown up American, who contribute to and cherish our country, have the benefits of citizenship with all its rewards and responsibilities. They are deserving of a chance to become fully accepted members of our society. Let's keep trying to make reform of our outdated and ineffective immigration policies a priority.
Karen, San Francisco
I most adamantly disagree with you applauding Pres. Obama doing an executive order to circumvent Congress. We need to take a look at this issue on a long term basis and not grandstand during an election year.
John, Santa Rosa
I am planning to vote for Obama given his recent decision to provide temporary legal status to children brought to the US illegally. These types of decisions show that democracy is still alive and well in the US. Thanks 4 your service,
Monica, Republican Mom from Los Angeles
More needs to be done to show respect for the many immigrants whose work we utilize in our agricultural sector who are not paid decent wages or receiving any benefits due to their illegal status. We can't play both sides off each other; we need to respect those who are helpful to our country's success.
Jean, Santa Rosa
I got really excited when I first read about the new immigration policy for the dreamers, but now that I have thought about it some more I have some serious questions about how helpful it will really be. As a high school teacher I am well aware of the issues that my undocumented students face and the bleakness of a future where, although they can get a degree, they can only find under the table jobs. Most of the dreamers I know lie low. This policy would require them to register with the government for a chance to get a work permit, but, after 2 years then what? Being on the radar now, do they risk deportation? What about their parents who are now "outed"? I sincerely hope, as I know you do, that at last the Dream Act will be passed to give these young people some security. I also hope that we will recognize that it is our own economic policies that have driven many people to risk death to come here, and make changes to that people can make a living in their home countries if they wish. Thank you.
Patricia, Crescent City
I respectfully disagree with your stance on immigration. I believe that nations should determine their own immigration policy, and that this policy should help citizens of this country. Immigration policy should not be driven by people in this country illegally. We need a strong immigration policy to protect jobs of lesser skilled individuals and to allow full employment of American citizens and legal immigrants. Jobs being done by illegal immigrants should be made acceptable to Americans who are out of work. Immigrants drive down wages making these jobs less acceptable to American and legal immigrants. We need to take care of our own citizens and legal immigrants. Also we should hold other countries to a higher standard and let them fix their own societies so that their citizens will be productive there. Thank you for all your hard work.
Tina, Palo Alto
Thank you, Senator Boxer, for supporting President Obama's new immigration policy. This has been a source of great rejoicing in this County of San Bernardino!
It is a terrible idea, when unemployment is still so high. The young people, especially black youth can't find work. Now it will be harder to find a job. How about considering American citizens and legal immigrants for a change. Thanks for listening.
I applaud your support of the President's decision to provide an intermediate resolution for the 800,000 to 1.4 million sons and daughters of immigrants brought to the U.S. before they became 16 yrs old. I think it's a tremendous opportunity to legitimately add to our human resources.
I understand President Obama's wish to reach out to those who have been 'wronged'. However, it was not the US that wronged them. It was their parents that wronged them by entering our country illegally. Why does it become our responsibility to provide for them because their parents decided to disobey the law? I feel for them, and I feel that they should be given a chance. A chance to enter our country legally. Send them home, then let them apply for a visa like all of the other law abiding immigrants that want to enter the country.
I am very pleased with the President decision to secure a future for the young people who came with parents, unable to secure legal entry to our country. Some of these individuals actually came with work visas and were, due to their own unique circumstances, did not renew or seek renewal of those visa's. I know of one such family. The two boys have now grown, one who graduated with honors at his high school. The other, younger brother is also in school now and doing exceptionally well. Our country needs intelligent, determined to earn higher education individuals, going into fields that many are striving to do. They will serve themselves as excellent citizens and our country as grateful citizens.
Thank you for your support to our dreamers, please continue with your hard work. We need more of this.
Ana, San Francisco
Thank You for standing up for "the right thing to do".
Esther, Long Beach
I oppose President Obama's amnesty to illegal aliens in this country. We are in a recession with job shortages caused by unpatriotic corporations sending our jobs overseas in the name of profits before people. Now we have to pay for more people that should have never been here to begin with. This is simply unacceptable and unsustainable in our current economic situation.
Michael, North Hollywood
Thanks for your support of President's immigration policy as pertains to children. We need your continued leadership and push until the DREAM act is passed. Thank you.
President Obama's arguments are convincing and humane; but his (and your) new policy on illegal immigrants IS in fact another step towards full amnesty.
Catherine, Santa Cruz
I am VERY happy our President decided to make this bold decision. It is a step to stop racism against latinos in particular. We are all immigrants! Thank you for your support.
Robin, San Francisco
I strongly support the Dream Act and ask you to take the fight to the mat. Stand up and no longer take the Republican obstructionist strategy.
While I agree that this immigration policy is a good idea, I don't think it need have been a political ploy by our incumbent President. You and the other members of our legislative branch should have worked this out years ago.
Thank You for supporting the President and voting to support the Dream Act policy.
Steve, Los Angeles
While I agree with the objective of President Obama's new policy I have serious concerns about his "legislating through executive order." I don't believe the Constitution grants the President the power to take this step, and I hate to think what a President Romney might do now that President Obama has established a precedent of acting when Congress fails to act. Of course, if Congress were to do its job and create legislation to meet the demands of our Country and its citizens, President Obama would not be taking such drastic steps. Unfortunately, the dysfunctional body that Congress has become appears incapable of doing anything productive.
Thanks for the strong support for President Obama's recent announcement about not deporting Mexican youth who will be an asset to our country. More needs to be done to show respect for the many immigrants whose work we utilize in our agricultural sector who are not paid decent wages or receiving any benefits due to their illegal status. We can't play both sides off each other; we need to respect those who are helpful to our country's success.
Jean, Santa Rosa
Our economy needs these people. We need to improve their status and make it possible for them to work here without fear of deportation.
In my opinion the president made a huge mistake by his decision. He needs to take care of things in this country before he starts to do things for other countries. Amnesty is what he has done no matter what name he gives it. His new law is so rediculous. The illegals and their families should be deported and and badly needed jobs should be given to American citizens who are just that, American citizens. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to voice my opinion.
Ann, El Cajon
Thanks for your e-mail in reference to your support of President Obama's new immigration policy. I agree with you that this was a good move.
Dear Senator, we have legal children from the USA that are unemployed. Don't they count for employment?
I disagree with your assesment of President Obama's new immigration directive. Yes I agree that these children are innocent, however, why must I be compelled, by your decision, to help a person to the detriment of my own children. By allowing people to come to America by breaking our laws you enable their country of origin to disregard their internal social issues since you have told the world it is ok... America will take care of your problems. Please stop giving them fish....rather teach them to fish. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
John, Santa Ana
I applaud your support of President Obama's stand on immigration issues for undocumented youth. Right on!
I do not agree with this policy. There are millions of people trying to come to America legally and are put through the mill often taking enormous amounts of time, money, and commitments to succeed. Allowing people to crash our borders, then declaring them eligible to stay here is not only ludicrous but also unfair to those playing by the rules.
I was pleased to receive your email about your support of the Dream Act and President Obama's immigration announcement today. I'm grateful you are on board with this and other progressive causes. I wish the president had been more focused on a liberal agenda overall for the last 3 years, but I am pleased he stepped up today. In the meantime, it's important to have state and local representation that does support such causes. Keep up the good work and don't back down!
I am in hopes you will also support a legal guest worker program to allow Immigrant Migrants Workers into California to help tend our crops and travel safely home. This would be for the benefit of all and the good of the country.
The subject of "comprehensive immigration reform" comes up again. Several times over the past decade or so this issue has been proposed and each time the people have said that, "yes, there is an urgent need to fix a function that is not being controlled according to the laws on the books. Before we do, let's make sure that the borders are closed." Why can't the Congress do this?
Jame, Newport Beach
I believe it is wrong to reward children of illegal immigrants, no matter how long they have been here. The fact remains that they and their parents are here without permission. Not only does President Obama's order send a message a mixed message to future illegal immigrants, but it robs US born children of jobs they desperately need.
Janice, Fountain Valley