Obama deportation ban buoys thousands from the Dominican Republic
New York.- U.S. president Barack Obama’s call for a debate on the country’s immigration system “centered not on hopes and fears” of the American people to achieve a comprehensive and permanent solution is good news for illegal aliens from the Dominican Republic, home to tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants.
Dominican-born New York State senator Adriano Espaillat hailed Obama’s announcement of unilateral executive actions that will prevent the deportation of some five million people over the next three years, noting that the Washington’s measure makes amends for the U.S. “moral and political failure” with immigrant families.
“To the President’s critics, there has never been, and never will be a good time to undertake immigration reform. But to hardworking immigrant families who have been driven underground by our moral and political failure to pass immigration reform, each passing day is a missed opportunity for change,” Espaillat said in an emailed statement.
The NY lawmaker said Obama deserves “tremendous praise” for the action he affirms will benefit individuals, families and entire communities, and for “incurring the political costs he will inevitably face in retaliation for this brave act.”
“Tonight’s announcement will bring new opportunity to 5 million patriotic immigrants who have made this country their home. And while it may temporarily inflame xenophobic anti-immigrant sentiment, the results will ultimately disprove the smears and superstitions that have been unfairly leveled at immigrants throughout the President’s time in office.”
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