ICIRR Calls on President Obama to Reconsider Delay to Administrative Review of Deportations; Calls Out “Do-Nothing Republicans” for Continuing to Block Immigration Reform

The following is a statement by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) responding to President Obama’s delay of DHS policy changes

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) calls on President Obama and Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson to stop putting politics before families and reconsider delaying administrative relief for deportations. Two million deportations are too many, and for the 1,100 deported per day it will be two months too many. We urge President Obama to act on administrative relief now.

Every day that passes without administrative relief is another day where our mothers and fathers, our daughters and sons are separated by the broken immigration system. 60,000 people will be deported between now and August, an unconscionable delay.

“The President says that he is giving House Republicans enough space to pass immigration reform in this session of Congress,”  said ICIRR’s CEO Lawrence Benito.  “But for thousands of families who will be torn apart in the coming weeks, simply hoping House Republicans will act on immigration reform is nothing more than an empty promise.”

ICIRR will continue to demand that US House Republican leaders John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Peter Roskam to do the right thing and bring immigration reform to the House floor for an immediate vote.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.

ICIRR is a member of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest coalition of grassroots immigrant-rights organizations, with groups organizing for immigrant justices at the local, state and federal level in more than 30 states. For more information, go to fairimmigration.org, or follow FAIR on Facebook and Twitter.