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NEA on White House’s decision to delay immigration executive action

Inaction continues to leave millions of aspiring Americans in the shadows of society

WASHINGTON - September 06, 2014 -

President Barack Obama today announced that he would delay executive action on immigration until after the November elections, disappointing millions of aspiring Americans and immigration reform advocates.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disheartened by President Obama’s announcement to delay executive action on immigration.

“After years of waiting in the shadows of society, millions of aspiring new Americans were a step closer to reaching the light at the end of the tunnel.

“Now, as a result of inaction on immigration, their American dreams are on hold. Again.

“Every day, our nation’s educators continue to see the fear and distress that our broken immigration system causes for students, families and communities. We know that the inaction delays dreams, prolongs trauma, and hurts our nation.

“We are disappointed but we will not give up; that’s not what educators do.

“In our daily work in schools and classrooms across the country, we teach our students that America is a country of immigrants, we point to their rich and robust social, cultural and economic contributions to this country.

“We also teach our students that our citizens have the power and a moral responsibility to stand up for what is right.

“Educators will continue to push to end the harmful paralysis in the House and pass comprehensive immigration reform.  Children and families' lives shouldn't be dictated by politics , but rather the urgency of decent-minded lawmakers who understand their obligation to solve problems for real people.”

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