Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On DHS Deferred Action Policy For Certain Noncitizens

“I commend Secretary Napolitano for exercising the discretion available to her by law in the deportation of young people.  These youths – brought to the United States as children – enrich our culture, support our communities, contribute to our economy and serve our nation ably as members of our Armed Forces.  President Obama and Secretary Napolitano should be praised for embracing this temporary relief for qualified young people, brought here through no fault of their own.  In many cases this is the only home they have ever known, and summarily deporting them contradicts the very dreams on which our country was founded.”

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