08.18.11

Comment Of Senator Leahy, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, And Cosponsor Of The DREAM Act, On DHS Relief Policy For Certain Noncitizens

“I commend Secretary Napolitano for exercising the discretion available to her by law to offer relief for certain noncitizens whose deportation would not serve United States’ interests.  We can do better for the American economy, the military, our communities, and hardworking immigrants by enacting the DREAM Act and the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011, which I joined with Senator Menendez to introduce in June.  I will continue to fight for those bills, and the important provisions included in them, to become law.  Until then, this new policy will alleviate some of the pressure on our broken immigration system.”

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