Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after the Obama administration announced it will halt deportations of certain undocumented people brought to the United States as children:
“Today’s announcement to stop deporting some young people who were brought into the United States as children is a step in the right direction.
“Every year, thousands of undocumented youngsters graduate from U.S. high schools. Most had no input on entering the United States and some were only months old when they arrived. For many, English is their first language and they have little or no connection to their birth countries. To deport these hard-working young men and women is the wrong choice.
“Only those who meet strict criteria, including no criminal record, will be eligible. This is a responsible, compassionate first step toward addressing immigration reform, and I’m pleased the president is taking action. It’s time Congress follows suit and addresses comprehensive immigration reform.”