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Congratulations, thank you, and let's continue to move forward

Posted by: Gordon on 11/21/2014
Today millions of our friends, neighbors, and family members have wakened to a new reality. Thanks to President Obama’s courageous action, they will soon be able to leave their homes for work, worship, and education without the fear of deportation.

This is not “the moment” that we have been waiting for because the president’s executive action is limited and temporary, but it is an important moment in our shared journey toward true reform of our broken immigration system.

President Obama has taken the first step. Now Speaker Boehner and soon-to-be Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must continue the work and pass a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform bill that prioritizes keeping families together and creating a just pathway toward citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people living in the shadows.

Today, Gamaliel staff, clergy and leaders join the president in Las Vegas for the signing ceremony, and we rejoice. Tomorrow, we get to work: implementing the Executive Order for everyone who had to hide over the past many years and moving Congress toward passage of moral immigration reform legislation.

Many of us are familiar with the story of President Franklin Roosevelt saying at a policy meeting he held with labor leaders shortly after his election, “I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.” I think there is little question that the immigration movement made President Obama do it--and that's a testament to our hard work.

Thank you for everything you have done, and will continue to do, to expand opportunity not just for immigrants but for all women, people of color and lower income people in this country. Let's keep winning for all of us.

Note: Understanding who qualifies and what resources are available will be key in the coming days. The Heartland Alliance Immigrant Justice Resource Center and Service Employees International Union and others' iAmerica websites provide resources, referrals and advice.
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