Share Your Immigration Story with President Obama Today! #TimeIsNow #WeCantWait

It’s clear: Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues in the House ignored the will of the majority of Americans. Rather than do their job, they failed to act for our country and pass immigration legislation that would have kept families together, brought millions out of the shadow and strengthened our economy.
So now, President Obama has committed to take executive action for our immigrant communities.
The president announced that he would take executive action to provide relief to our immigrant communities in light of a Republican Party that has missed and blocked every opportunity to pass real immigration reform.
Republicans in the House have played politics for far too long on immigration. It’s no wonder President Obama has been compelled to do what he can for our country’s immigrant communities.
His efforts could help families across the county as we continue to fight for a permanent immigration solution.
What will the president’s commitment to immigration reform mean for you or your family and friends? Share your story with President Obama.http://action.seiu.org/page/s/your-immigration-story

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June 30, 2014

SEIU on White House Steps to Address Immigration System

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry and Eliseo Medina joined immigration reform advocates in a meeting with President Barack Obama and White House officials.

Henry and Medina issued the following statement:

“Today, President Obama has been compelled to act on addressing our immigration system because of a GOP House leadership which refuses to act on immigration reform. Given plenty of opportunities, Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues in the House have blocked, delayed and simply failed to deliver a real solution to the moral and humanitarian crisis that has impacted millions of families across the country.

“We commend the president’s decision to take administrative action on the issue and urge him to act boldly and swiftly to provide relief to our immigrant community by using whatever tools at his disposal.

“Although necessary in light of a Republican Party that has missed a chance to make history for America for the past decade, the president’s efforts will not encompass the magnitude of what permanent congressional legislation can do for our immigrant community.

“Unquestionably, as we continue to fight for a lasting solution to our dysfunctional immigration system, our communities will go from the halls of Congress to the ballot box. The Latino and Asian American voter are clear on one thing: There’s no ‘passing the buck’ here—Speaker Boehner and his party alone are responsible for ignoring the will of the majority of Americans. Such failure will cost them in electoral cycles to come.

“We also hope that as President Obama moves forward with administrative action, he will carefully and humanely address the urgent crisis of unaccompanied immigrant minors. This issue is not to be taken lightly or politicized. Children—from whatever country they may come from—who are fleeing from violence or trying to reunite with their families obliges our country’s leaders to act in the most compassionate and thoughtful way possible for the sake of our values and the safety of children.”