Immigration

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton Gives President Obama a Letter Written By Arizona Dreamer

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The letter was written by Valdovinos, one of the leaders of Team Awesome, a group of students who mobilized their west Phoenix community and more than quadrupled voter turnout recently.

Valdovinos lives in Phoenix and is among the 300,000 young people who are now able to work in the U.S. because of "deferred action."

Valdovinos thanked President Obama for "helping people like me live without fear for the first time in my life" and for turning "Dreamers into Achievers."

Young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children have been dubbed Dreamers because they would benefit from the DREAM Act, a bipartisan measure that has been blocked due to the ongoing Congressional gridlock in Washington. It would provide certain young immigrants a path to citizenship if they met requirements including attending college or joining the military.

In June 2012, the Obama administration announced deferred action.

When deferred action was unveiled, Governor Jan Brewer immediately released a statement ensuring her anti-immigrant supporters that the young people who qualified for deferred action, and thus lawful employment, would not be granted Arizona driver's licenses.

The full text of Valdovinos's letter can be found on the next page.

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