Administrative Relief

Many say it will take a while for the government to decide on illegal immigration. The last time the U.S. made a decision was in 1986 through an amnesty. Now everybody talks not about amnesty but rather reforming the system, comprehensively or not.

Hundreds of immigrants attended a meeting organized by OCO, PICO and BOCA to listen to Congressman Luis Gutierrez.

While millions of people mostly from Mexico, El Salvador and the rest from Latin America (and in lesser instances from Asia and Europe) have been in immigration limbo for the last 25 years, the vast majority of them have worked and contributed to our economy. They have had children and grandchildren, attended church, paid taxes. They’ve formed strong families and sent their children to fight US words, yet this society has locked them into a social condition that makes them highly vulnerable, treats them as second class, and unfairly misrepresents who they are and what they bring to this country.

When the economy is good, everybody is happy. If the economy, or anything else for that matter, goes bad, blame the “Illegals,” and deport them, thus solve the illegal immigration problem.

Massive deportation creates serious problems. The depth of suffering it inflicts in a person, a family, and a community is well known to those affected by it. It attempts to the well being of children and adults creating long lasting scars. Anybody who cares about human rights should be concerned.

Congressman Gutierrez said deportation is unnecessary. Separating families is unnecessary. Taking college students from their education path is unnecessary.

There are legal alternatives to deportation, while Congress and stakeholders debate and decide on a final stand to illegal immigration. These alternatives fall under “administrative relief,” for people who have no criminal past, and for highly deserving youth such as those who qualify under the Dream Act.

All it takes, Congressman Gutierrez said, is for President Obama to take action by extending an executive order.

If implementing administrative relief is as simple as it sounds. Why have not massive deportations and the suffering these inflict on people, families, and communities been stopped?

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  1. Immigration reform is the only way to go. I see some of your points, but i also think that, although, I am a “legal” resident I still need to go out and support a reform. Also “undocumented” immigrants are not only Latinos and in my opinion that is a big part why this is not passed. During marches and protests, I do not see many who are not Latinos and illegals are seen as being Latinos only. It is not just Latinos and as long as we don’t unite as a community with every race and ethnicity, i don’t think the government will do anything.

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