Out of the Shadows in NY: Tens of Thousands Protected from Deportation Able to Now Legally Work
November 25, 2014
by Mike Clifford
(NEW YORK) President Obama signed a pair of executive orders that will delay deportation for millions nationwide, a move that opens the door for many undocumented New Yorkers to legally find work.
Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director with Long Island Wins, says Obama’s action will affect tens of thousands of local immigrants. She says deferring deportation for the parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents will not only help keep immigrant families together but also benefit the community as a whole.
Audience members react to President Obama’s speech highlighting his executive actions on immigration. New York immigrants’ advocates say will bring tens of thousands out of the shadows. Photo credit: Pete Souza, The White House.
“These people who are protected from deportation can now work,” she says. “They can come out of the shadows and they can get a job they are really qualified for.”
Speaking to students at a Nevada High School on Friday, Obama explained his action, which also removes the age limit of 30 years on deferred action for so-called Dreamers. Protesters in front of the school carried “Impeach Obama” signs, while House Speaker Jon Boehner said the move damages the presidency.
Slutsky says the president seems to be taking a cue from local government leaders in announcing new enforcement priorities, in particular his decision to discontinue the immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities.
President Obama signed a pair of executive orders that will delay deportation for millions nationwide, a move that opens the door for many undocumented New Yorkers to legally find work.
“Suffolk County has led the way in discontinuing the ICE holds, which is really Secure Communities,” says Slutsky. “They are beginning to understand that these policies don’t work – and they’re beginning to understand why they don’t work, as they relate to the immigrant community.”
Slutsky counts at least three big wins for immigrants in the president’s action but says she also sees that big areas of concern still remain.
“Parents of Dreamers are excluded; so we will continue our fight for the six million more parents, grandparents and workers out there who are not protected,” she says.
Under the executive order, those who are eligible for deportation delays would have to pass background checks and pay taxes.
President Obama’s speech highlighting his executive actions on immigration.
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