Friday, 25 January 2013 11:14

President Can 'Quarterback' on Immigration Reform by Declaring a Moratorium on Deportations

President's Executive Action Can Lead by Example for Congress 
In response to the news of the President and Congressional Hispanic Caucus' meeting regarding immigration reform today, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:
"This nation is in desperate need of modernizing its immigration laws. If the President is to be the 'quarterback' on a push for reform, his first play can clear executive action to relieve the suffering caused by the record deportations his administration has overseen.  He can bench those who have undermined his efforts thus far like Director of ICE, John Morton. Immigrant communities will push to  reverse federal policies that have made the country a mirror of Arizona's playbook. The roadmap to citizenship starts with the President declaring a moratorium on deportations and stopping the removal of the same people he says he wishes to legalize."