CITY OF BOSTON,
Office of the
Thomas M. Menino
For More Information Contact:
Friday, June 15, 2012
Press Office, (617) 635-4461
Statement of Mayor
Thomas M. Menino on
Department of Homeland Security’s
Deferred Action Process for
Mayor Menino today reacted to the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s policy change that will allow young
people who were brought to the United States as young children, through no
fault of their own, to receive deferred action. For a period of two years,
subject to renewal, they will be eligible to apply for work authorization.
“Our country was founded by immigrants.
By fueling entrepreneurship and innovation, they created the American
Dream. They continue to create jobs in our communities, invigorate our
neighborhoods, and support and defend our nation through the various branches
of military service.
This announcement made today by the
Obama Administration and DHS represents an important step towards comprehensive
immigration reform. This policy change will allow our “DREAMers,” or young
immigrants, to embrace the full advantage of their education and pursue better