Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on President Obama's Policy Announcement to Halt Deportation of DREAM Act Eligible Youth

President Obama took smart, decisive action by allowing talented young people who are making great contributions to our nation to remain here without the threat of deportation looming over them. Many of these young Americans were brought to this country as children by parents who sought a better life and greater opportunity for their children.

While this new policy is a temporary measure, in the absence of Republican action in Congress, it represents a fair, efficient, and just approach working from within an immigration system in desperate need of reform.

The President's actions stand in stark contrast to Mitt Romney's continued waffling on yet another signature issue as he has refused to say whether or not he would overturn this effort, should he to be elected President.

Republicans have spent years demagoguing on the issue of immigration and no doubt find it difficult to support any reform measures, no matter how just or sensible they may be.

This is just one more reason why it is imperative that we re-elect President Obama in November.

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