Democratic Leaders Encourage Obama To Pardon Undocumented Immigrants

Several Democratic leaders are pushing President Obama to take a controversial step before he leaves office, and they’ve put pen to paper to make it happen. As the Daily Mail reports, the leaders have composed a letter to the president asking him to pardon roughly 750,000 young undocumented immigrants.

Democratic Congressmen Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Luis Gutiérrez are asking Obama to use the shield of his 2012 executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act to protect the immigrants from possible deportation efforts by President-elect Donald Trump.

“We urge the president to provide security to these young people. I have spoken personally to children who are so frightened about what is to happen to them next,” Lofgren shared at a news conference.

The letter was a full-on call to action for the current commander-in-chief to act before it’s too late.

“Indeed, we have received reports of Dreamers who have taken their own lives as they are now facing the threat posed by the incoming president,” the letter reads in part.

A White House official has brushed aside the plea from the Congressmen, and has pointed out that it’s simply not the president’s job to make those dreams become a reality.

“As we have repeatedly said for years, only Congress can create legal status for undocumented individuals,” the official said.

Source: MailOnline
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