Last night, President Obama participated in a Community Forum put together by Univision, where he spoke about education, bullying, the DREAM Act, and the deportation of undocumented students, among other important issues in the Latino community. And well, let’s just say we’re less than pleased with his responses to those vital questions (Actually, we’re pretty mad about it and you can read our tweets if you don’t believe us).
First of all, we understand that the President supports the DREAM Act, has supported the DREAM Act, will continue to support the DREAM Act. Thank you. We get it. But what exactly has he done to push the bill forward in the past 2 years? What did he do last year to help pass the bill? Calling Senators is great and all, but when the President promised to pass the DREAM Act during the first year of his administration, a few phone calls just aren’t enough.
After the failure of the DREAM Act late last year, a lot of us asked ourselves: “Now what is the President going to do about student deportations?” Well, last night Karen Maldonado, a student who is currently facing deportation, asked him the same question. And we got our response: Nothing. President Obama tells us that his administration’s focus is on deporting “criminals,” not DREAM-eligible students. But as undocumented youth, we know better. We know that, for the past few years, we have fought the deportation of many students. We know that we’re currently fighting to stop the deportation of our friend Nallely, who is being transferred to a detention facility in Arizona because of a “wide right turn”. We know that the deportations of students have not stopped.
President Obama needs to stop lying to the immigrant community. He needs to stop telling us his administration is not deporting immigrant youth, while going behind our backs and detaining students like Karen and Nallely, separating them from their friends, families, and only country they know. As a supporter of the DREAM Act, this is no longer acceptable. And as undocumented youth, it is up to us to stand up and say that enough is enough. We will not let President Obama lie to our community any longer.
Mr. President, it is time for you to make a decision. Will you finally support us or will you continue to deport us? Which side are you on?
- The Team at DREAMActivist