STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Senator Steve Gallardo released the following statement in response to the announcement by President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano that the U.S. will stop deporting younger, law-abiding undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children.
"Today's announcement by the Obama administration sends the important message to responsible undocumented Latino youth that, since you were brought to America as a child you have become a productive and valued member of our society," said Sen. Gallardo.
"This is an important step in the crucial journey toward achieving the DREAM Act's goals, but we aren't there yet. Undocumented youth who graduate at the top of their high school class - some of our best and brightest - are still denied a college education. Congress must rise above the partisan divide and work together to pass the DREAM Act. It is critical we ensure these promising community members have the opportunities to achieve their full potential. It's an investment guaranteed to benefit America."