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'Deporter-In-Chief?' Young Immigrants Feel Betrayed by Obama's Deportation Policies

Immigrant activists are crying foul. Earlier this week, President Obama asked his Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies. It’s the same review the President had asked for back in March, but as of Tuesday, he decided to halt the deportation study in hopes that Congress would enact a more permanent solution this summer.

Lorella Praeli, the director of policy and advocacy at “United We Dream”–the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation–issued the following statement in response:

“‘United We Dream’ is outraged at the President’s decision to halt the deportation review he ordered in March of this year, as he continues cowering before House Republicans who show no real commitment to move immigration reform forward. His decision demonstrates his complacency and willingness to deport more than 1,100 people every day and separate countless families, cementing his legacy as the Deporter-In-Chief.”

In an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, Praeli calls both parties to task.

“I think both Republicans and Democrats have used this issue for their own political self-interest for far too long,” Pareli told Fusion. “I think the time for excuses and deadlines has come and gone. We don’t need ninety days. We don’t need thirty days. The time for the review has come and gone.”

CREDIT: Victoria Moreno

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