Monday, May 23, 2011

President Obama and an executive order to halt deportations of DREAMers

Okay, I'll accept that President Obama likely can't keep his promises of comprehensive immigration reform. But he can halt the deportations of young people eligible for the DREAM Act simply by issuing an executive order. That would go a long way toward showing he made his immigration promises in good faith. I will accept no less than that.
Today there are literally thousands of students facing deportation from the only home they have ever known because the DREAM Act, a measure that would provide worthy young people who were brought here as undocumented minors with a path to citizenship, still isn't law. President Obama has the power to help them, according to he has to do is issue an executive order to halt their deportation until the DREAM Act is passed.
Issuing an executive order is simple, but it would have a powerful impact. It would protect thousands of hard working young people. It also would show voters that Obama is willing to do more than just talk about immigration reform--it would show that he is serious about action.
Throughout history, many presidents have stepped up to take similar executive actions on critical issues facing our country--especially when those facing oppression needed intervention and relief. drew up a list of six of the most powerful executive orders in history. They welcome anyone to share this list and to join the movement calling on President Obama to halt the deportation of the DREAMers.
6. Equal Employment Opportunity. At the height of the Civil Rights MovementPresident Lyndon B. Johnson signed Executive Order 11246 which bars discrimination in federal employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.1
5. Affirmative Action. On March 6, 1961 President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925, which included a provision that government contractors "take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin." 2
4. Works Progress Administration. In 1935, at the height of the Great Depression, FDR used Executive Order number 7034 to create the Works Progress Administration, which put more than 8.5 million Americans back to work rebuilding the country one bridge, road, and mural at a time. 3
3. Desegregation of Schools. In 1954 the Supreme Court decided Brown vs. Board of Education. But it would take much more than a court order to end school segregation, as the nation saw in 1957 when Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus refused to comply. Dwight D. Eisenhower'S EO 10730 placed the Arkansas National Guard under Federal control and sent in U.S. army troops to ensure that nine black children could safely attend Little Rock High School. 4
2. The Emancipation Proclamation.  The Proclamation freed all slaves living in the Confederacy, though left out the border states of Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia, which had yet to secede. 5
1. The end of DREAMer deportations. Yes, they know: This one hasn't happened yet. But they fervently believe that the President can follow in the footsteps of his predecessors. And that's the thing about history--it keeps getting rewritten with every new day!
1. "Executive Order 11246," US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, accessed 5/19/11,

2. "A Brief History of Affirmative Action," UC Irvine Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, accessed 5/19/11,

3. "Franklin D. Roosevelt: Executive Order 7034," The American Presidency Project, accessed 5/19/11,

4. "Executive Orders Disposition Tables: Dwight D. Eisenhower - 1957," National Archives & Records Administration, accessed 5/19/11,

5. "The Emancipation Proclamation," National Archives & Records Administration, accessed 5/19/11,


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