Change and Hope

Our immigration system has been broken for decades. That’s why President Obama announced new steps to address as much of the problem as he can using his executive authority, and why he’ll continue to work with Congress to pass comprehensive reform.

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Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on President Obama’s Executive Action to Begin to Fix Our Broken Immigration System
Yesterday, President Obama made good on a promise he made to take executive action on immigration where Republicans in Congress have continually failed to do so.

For decades, Americans of all stripes have been calling for reform of our broken immigration system. Today, thanks to the advance work of countless organizations, volunteers and activists, that process begins.

The President is taking a multitude of actions to reform our broken immigration system, including strengthening security, focusing enforcement resources on those who commit violent crimes and ending the fear of being torn apart for millions of families across the nation.

California Democrats stand united in support of President Obama’s leadership.


Governor Brown Issues Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement after President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration:

“Tonight, in the face of Washington gridlock, the president stepped up for hard-working families across America. This is the right thing to do, and it’s time for Congress to finish the job.”

Since taking office Governor Brown has signed the Dream Act, which allows top students who are on the path to citizenship to apply for college financial aid; AB 60, which extends the legal right to drive on the state’s roadways to millions more Californians; and a number of other bills to enhance school, workplace and civil protections for California’s hardworking immigrants. Earlier this year, Governor Brown also signed legislation to provide legal services to the unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America.

Behind-The-Scenes Video: 100 Minutes: Countdown to a Presidential Address
Go inside the mind of the President in the final moments before he addresses the nation on the action he chose to take to fix our broken immigration system.

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