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Send a Pen to Stop Unjust Deportations


The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

As a candidate, you promised us immigration reform. As president, you promised us immigration reform. But two years into your administration, that promise remains undelivered.

I am looking to you to fulfill your promise to fix our broken immigration system and reverse the increasingly punitive and divisive immigration policies that have held sway in recent years.

Last year, your administration deported a record number of immigrants, even more than during the Bush administration. These broad-based enforcement tactics, which are as likely to target hard-working immigrants and family members as those who pose a threat to the public’s safety and security, cannot continue.

You say that you need Congress to pull together, end their partisan divisions, and fix our immigration system. True. But Congress has held us hostage for far too long, and while we will keep seeking legislative solutions, there are steps you can take right now.

With a stroke of the pen, you can sign executive orders that would end these unjust deportations and stop local law enforcement officers from becoming immigration agents.

You don’t need Congress to begin to move us toward a smarter and fairer immigration system that respects human dignity, serves the public interest, and targets its resources wisely.

You just need a pen. And the audacity of hope and courage to use it.


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