The Obama administration made a careful political calculation when it offered Deferred Action. Now it's time for DREAMers to cautiously weigh their fears against their dreams. Temporary relief from deportation could open the door to more exploitation of young immigrants.
These champions return to our country and see games of a different sort going on - elected officials stooping to the worst kind of politics, spreading fear and misinformation about immigrants, and enacting harmful anti-immigration policies.
Almost all of the young people I have talked to are eager to come forward. They fought hard for deportation relief and want to be able to work, drive, go to school, and fight on for broader, permanent immigration reform, including the DREAM Act.
It is important for people to know I am a contributing member in the United States, and that while my personal profile demonstrates a commitment to the communities in which I have lived, my communities have not always welcomed me.
President Barack Obama's move to prioritize the deportation of criminal immigrants, while giving exemplary undocumented immigrants the ability to remain in the country through deferred action, is smart and fair enforcement policy.
As an undocumented American, and someone who cannot vote, it was very hard to understand why people who have the ability to vote, the simplest and most honorable political action you could take, had no motivation or intention of casting their ballot at the polls.