Pro-Immigrant activists are calling on President Obama to pardon all immigrants who have illegally crossed into the United States and to expand the network of sanctuary cities to provide shelter and security for law-breaking aliens.
In a last ditch effort to protect those who may be deported under President Elect Trump’s immigration polices, several pro-immigrant leaders are pushing for a pardon for the estimated 11 million illegal aliens currently in the country.
Political director for PICO National Network, Bishop Dwayne Royster, said. “This is not a political issue; but rather a moral imperative. It’s time for President Obama to use his constitutional powers to protect vulnerable individuals and families and pardon communities from an administration intent on doing harm to those whom the bible calls, ‘the least of these’.”
“Everyone has a role to play in protecting the most vulnerable in our communities,” Royster stated. “From President Obama who has the power to protect families in an historic moment to local elected officials who can declare their municipalities sanctuary cities to U.S. senators, who can vote against immoral policies, no one should sit on the sidelines during a fight about who belongs and who does not.”
The group plans to stage protests at the White House on Thursday, December 1, 2016.
If Obama chooses to pardon illegals, it will most likely create national anger from Trump supporters, stated Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner. Voters supported Trump due to his promise to build a wall and to immediately begin deporting criminal aliens once he is sworn in.
Frustration with President Obama’s misuse of executive authority was one of the factors that caused American voters to elect Donald Trump president.
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