President Obama's announcement last week that he will take executive action on immigration was a pivotal moment. While the President needs to follow up the promise of his words with concrete actions, the announcement itself was significant. Despite congressional inaction, it was the sustained energy and activism of those who understand the impact of our inhumane immigration policies that led to the President's announcement in the Rose Garden.
After months of wishful thinking that the legislative process was alive, all observers now agree that House Republicans have no intention of delivering on immigration reform. Relief for our families will have to come through executive action and not the halls of Congress.
Throughout 2014, United We Dream has been relentless in directing pressure at the White House and congressional Democrats, calling for substantial administrative relief. United We Dream's We Can't Wait campaign draws attention to the most pressing and most painful issues facing our community: deportations and family separation. While we have acknowledged that House Republicans were to blame for blocking a permanent legislative fix, we argued that Democrats and the President needed to deliver for our families regardless, especially in light of the record-setting number of deportations that have taken place during Obama's terms in office. From targeting and converting Senate Democrats to join our cause to a sustained campaign of state-by-state organizing and action, we have been fighting to make executive action on immigration a reality.