This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending August 15

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Week Ending August 15, 2014

This week in immigration reform: New poll findings reflect growing support for children fleeing violence in Central America; Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales voices support for executive action on immigration reform; NCLR celebrates 2nd Anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program through a new installment of its “Hanging In the Balance: Stories of Aspiring Americans” blog series.

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–NCLR commemorates 2nd Anniversary of DACA. This week NCLR celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by highlighting the positive impact the program has had on the more than 587,000 people who have received it. Our blogs this week have explored the tools and resources to better navigate the DACA process; featured the stories of DACA recipients who have benefitted from the temporarily relief; and looked at the need for President Obama to use his executive authority to expand relief from deportation.

Learn more about the DACA impact here and check out this week’s installment of “Hanging in the Balance: Stories of Aspiring Americans” here.

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–Former White House Counsel urges President Obama to act on border crisis, immigration. In an op-ed for USA Today, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales voiced support for President Obama’s potential use of executive authority to address the humanitarian crisis along the southwest border. The former White House counsel also expressed concern over the impact congressional inaction and bickering have had on the children fleeing violence and our broken immigration system, and urged Congressional leaders move forward in crafting a comprehensive immigration plan.

–New poll reflects growing compassion for plight of child refugees. Results from a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll reveal a growing percentage of Americans support allowing the child refuges remain in the United States for some length of time. Poll findings showed 51 percent of respondents believe the unaccompanied children should be allowed to stay in the U.S. at least temporarily, including 38 percent who believe they should be sheltered and cared for until is it safe for them to return home.

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