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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

TELL THE PRESIDENT: ACT NOW ON EXECUTIVE ACTION FOR ALL 11 MILLION

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Now that the election is over, President Obama must act immediately through executive action to provide relief for all 11 million immigrants.  

Biden Children at Border

Let the President know that you want him to act now! 

Dear Friend,

66,000 men, women, and children — the human cost of the election. Since the President's latest delay thousands of families have been torn apart in traumatic ICE raids, while the White House and Congress focused on the mid-term elections.1

Now that the election is over, President Obama has run out of excuses to delay executive action. He made a promise to immigrant communities and our allies that he would act after the election. We've been more than patient and now we must hold President Obama to his word and demand that he act immediately for all 11 million.

Join us and demand that the President provide immediate relief to all 11 million immigrants right now.

The President’s decision to punt executive action until after the election may have contributed to the Democrats abysmal loss on Tuesday. According to a Latino Decisions Poll released yesterday, only 55% of Latinos were contacted during GOTV, illustrating a profound underinvestment in the Latino vote. But worse than counting us out during the midterms, is the assumption that Latinos and our allies will blindly support political parties over the issues that matter most to our families.2,3

Let's be clear. The President was elected twice to the White House in large part because of the support of the Latino vote. The community poured their hearts and souls into turning out to vote in record numbers in 2012. We believed him when he promised to repair immigration during his second term. We've waited long enough for the President to fulfill his promise.

President Obama has an opportunity to decide what his Presidential legacy will be. Will he be remembered as the worst President ever in regard to immigration for deporting a record number of immigrants — over two million and counting. Or, will he be the President that took a stand, and when faced with an unfavorable Congress made a decision to keep millions of families together?

Will you urge the President to provide relief through executive action for all 11 million right now?

Time is running out for President Obama. He’s delayed action several times already. Latinos have historically voted for Democrats and tend to turn out in big numbers for presidential elections: but given the state of immigration, Democrats can't afford to assume that Latinos will support a political party that breaks its promises and turns its back on us and our allies. President Obama needs to take a stand now and come through with the executive action that he promised the immigrant community not just several months ago, but when he took office the second time — two years ago.4

Join us to demand that the President act now for all 11 million!

Thanks, and ¡Adelante!

Arturo, Mariana, Refugio, Erick, Luis, Erica, and the rest of the Presente team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:

1. Democrats Urge Obama to Meet with Families at Risk for Deportation Huffington Post, September 18, 2014

2. 2014 Latino Election Eve Poll Latino Decisions November 5, 2014

3. Advocates: Democrats Should Have Done More To Get Latinos To The Polls November 5, 2014

4. Latino Voters and the 2014 Midterm Elections Pew Research, October 16, 2014