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Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting our With the Stroke of a Pen campaign! This campaign, together with similar efforts across the country, has kept pressure on the White House to reverse course on its immigration policies and practices.

We know, ultimately, Congress must pass legislation that reshapes our immigration system so it serves the public interest, respects human dignity, and targets its resources wisely.

But Congress is in partisan deadlock.  And despite promises of immigration reform, the Obama administration has pursued policies that have only compounded the damage wreaked by our broken immigration system.

And so, for the past year, the New York Immigration Coalition and friends have sent letters to the President urging him to take executive action—with the stroke of a pen—to begin to repair our broken immigration system. 

Nearly 10,000 letters later, the administration announced its newdeportation policy, under which it will review 300,000 pending deportation cases and suspend proceedings against DREAM-eligible youth, military family members, crime victims, and immigrants with strong family ties.

This is a start, but there is still so much more the President can do, and so much more for us to do, so our fight goes on.

In our final delivery of letters to the White House, we included this letter, acknowledging the new deportation policy as a positive step for those it will benefit and calling on the President to do more to bring relief to immigrant families.

"“The Stroke of a Pen campaign from New York helped build the kind of pressure that was needed for administrative action. The President's recent change to suspend some deportation cases would not have happened without grassroots pressure.  We have a long way to go, but let's continue the momentum by keeping our community mobilized and continuing to speak out for immigration reform."

--Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez

Congress Member Nydia Velázquez will echo our letter and ask the President’s advisors to come through for immigrant communities and for the country as a whole.

What else can the President do?  He can halt programs like Secure Communities that enlist local law enforcement to identify people for deportation.  He can put an end to the catch-22 that forces people to leave the country to get their immigration visa, only to be barred from re-entering for three or ten years.

We will continue to press the President and Congress to bring fairness back to our broken immigration system: we know that fundamental change doesn’t happen overnight, so we’re in this for the long haul. We thank you so much for your support thus far, and are counting on you as we continue the campaign for a fairer, smarter immigration system.

Thank you!

Chung-Wha Hong
Executive Director

"The thousands of people who signed these letters hope President Obama will feel our communities' pain because our country has not done yet what is needed to restore fairness and humanity to our immigration system and that he will do all that is in his power to advance measures that boldly change the punitive discourse and treatment of immigrants across the nation."

- Leticia Alanis, Executive Director, La Union

"We at the MinKwon Center for Community Action are proud to have played a key role in mobilizing our community to send more than 1,200 pens to President Obama.  These pens signified the Korean community's commitment to justice for the the hundreds of thousands of people unjustly deported every year."

--SJ Jung, President, MinKwon Center for Community Action 


American Jewish Committee, New York
Breakthrough: Bring Human Rights Home
The Black Institute
Cabrini Immigrant Services New York, NY
Churches United to Save and Heal, Brooklyn, NY
Centro Independiente de Trabajadores Agricolas (CITA), Albion, NY
El Centro Inmigrante, Staten Island, NY
Florida Immigrant Coalition, Miami, FL
Hudson Valley Community Coalition, Hudson Valley, NY
Latino Commission on AIDS
Latino Jewish Coalition, New York
La Unión de la Comunidad Latina Brooklyn, NY
Long Island Immigrant Alliance
Migrant Support Services, Sodus, NY
MinKwon Center for Community Action, Flushing, NY
Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (The Cabrini Sisters) Worldwide Organization
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) Jackson Heights, NY
New Sanctuary Movement New York, NY
New York City Council Member Gale Brewer
New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras
New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams
New York Faith and Justice
New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform
Queens Community House, Queens, NY
Salvadoran American National Network

With your support, we were able to send nearly 10,000 pens and letters to the White House! Thank you!


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