Earlier today, the Obama administration issued a federal policy change which will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives and are attending college. And one of the first Texas lawmakers to applaud the move was Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo of Dallas who for years has been doing his part to help similar students in Texas.
The measure which was described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.
“I applaud the latest federal policy change by Pres. Obama because of the many educational benefits and much-deserved assistance it will grant to thousands of immigrant students not only in Texas, but all over the United States,” said Rep. Alonzo.
“As I have consistently said in the past, an educated citizenry is the engine that will drive our economy forward, not only in Texas, but across the country. I am convinced that this Obama federal policy change is a step in the right direction and reminds me of what we did in the Texas legislature over one year ago to protect Texas immigrant students and their education,” continued Rep. Alonzo.
Rep. Alonzo’s celebratory mood about today’s Obama policy changes paralleled those that he shared with Texas lawmakers over one year ago (April 1, 2011, to be exact), when he single-handedly killed an amendment (as attached) that would have banned financial assistance for the education of undocumented students attending colleges and universities in Texas. The crucial point of order raised on the Texas House floor by Alonzo last April 1, 2011, The amendment was filed by Tyler lawmaker, State Rep. Leo Berman, which was tagged on to House Bill 1 (HB 1) – the major appropriations bill currently being debated by lawmakers on the House floor at the time.
“Today as a result of the Obama policy change, just as I did last April 1 on the Texas House floor, I think we celebrate a victory for DREAMers and their college education all over the country, including the thousands in Texas, who will benefit from this federal measure. We celebrate a victory for the continued education of many worthy and financially-needy students attending colleges and universities all over the country who are trying to not only make a better life for themselves and their families in particular, but for the entire economy of the US in general and Texas in particular as they will become productive members of society contributing much more in the long haul,” continued Rep. Alonzo.
“Once again, I applaud the latest Obama policy change and I celebrate on behalf of the hundreds upon hundreds of Texas students who will benefit by this measure,” concluded Rep. Alonzo.