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Deportations Hit 1 Million Since Obama Sworn -In- Sign Petition To HALT Dreamer Deportations
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One million—as unbelievable as it sounds, that’s the number of immigrants the Obama Administration has deported since the President was sworn into office.
In a major speech to Latino leaders yesterday, President Obama claimed that he couldn’t do more to stop these deportations because Congress won’t let him. But the crowd knew better. They erupted with chants of “Yes you can!” “yes you can!” 
The President heard their message loud and clear. Now, we all need to ensure that this message reverberates across the country.
Instead of relieving the pain, the Obama Administration has decided to outpace and outflank President Bush on harsh immigration enforcement.
It’s time for President Obama to order his Administration to uphold the values he promised us back in 2008 and to deliver positive change that we can all believe in.
Legal experts agree that the President has the executive authority to change the way his administration enforces their policies.
Such a change in policy would provide critical relief for immigrants and their families until Congress passes a permanent, legislative solution.
Sign our petition to President Obama today:
In his speech yesterday, the President rightly pointed out that Republican anti-immigrant hardliners are shamefully blocking real immigration reform in Congress. But blaming Republicans won’t stop a single deportation or keep a single family together.
The President has responsibilities too and it’s up to us to ensure that he delivers on them.
Thanks for your support,
1. As of May 23, 2011, the U.S. government has deported 1,026,517 immigrants since the beginning of fiscal year 2009. http://www.ice.gov/doclib/about/offices/ero/pdf/ero-removals.pdf
2. Hat tip to leaders of the United We Dream Network and Presente.org who ensured that the President saw the faces of those still being arrested and deported by his administration - leading the chant and standing silently throughout the speech.
3. In 2008, Obama spoke at an event sponsored by the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, the National Conference of La Raza (NCLR) and said:
I think it’s time for a President who won’t walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular. And that’s the commitment I’m making to you. I marched with you in the streets of Chicago. I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year as President.