Dream Activists: Obama Should Use Presidential Power To Help Young Immigrants

President Obama’s campaign literature talks about his support for the DREAM Act.

With that in mind, Dream Activists are asking him to stop using the legislation to raise money if he is not willing to take steps to improve the lives of young immigrants.

The national youth immigrant rights group United We Dream put this strategy into practice last week, protesting outside an Obama fundraiser in Boston.

The Huffington Post reports:

“We needed this kind of leadership last year,” said Carlos Saavedra, a national coordinator for United We DREAM. “Now we have very small chances in Congress, but he still has an ability to secure the lives of DREAM Act youth.”

The group’s petition, which has more than 1170 signatures, is part of a broader effort in the immigration advocacy community to lobby for executive action for DREAM Act-eligible young people.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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