Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2011) – The Asian American Justice Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, commends Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and 21 of his Democratic Senate colleagues for issuing a letter yesterday to President Obama urging him to use his authority and grant relief from deportation to young people who would be eligible for the DREAM Act.
Senator Akaka, who has been a steadfast champion for the DREAM Act, was joined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), both of whom have shown great leadership on this issue.
The letter supporting DREAM students was also signed by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Mark Begich (D-AL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Christopher Coons (D-DL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Kerry (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
“AAJC applauds Senator Akaka and his colleagues for encouraging President Obama to grant deferred action to DREAM-eligible students,” said Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director of AAJC. “This is a common sense policy that aligns with the administration’s stated priority of targeting serious criminals.
“We hope the administration will do all that it can to keep these talented and hardworking young people here, in the only country many of them have ever known,” she added. “At the same time, we strongly urge Congress to work together to fix our broken immigration system, including quickly passing the DREAM Act if that legislation is reintroduced.”
The Asian American Justice Center (www.advancingequality.org), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, works closely with its sister organizations – the Asian American Institute in Chicago (www.aaichicago.org), the Asian Law Caucus (www.asianlawcaucus.org) in San Francisco and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (www.apalc.org) in Los Angeles – to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.
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