Anaheim Seeks to End Deportations

Anaheim Seeks to End Deportations

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(FOX 11 CNS) - The city of Anaheim is considering calling today for an end to deportations and for the legal protection of undocumented immigrants without serious criminal histories.

The resolution proposed by Councilman Jordan Brandman is similar to one adopted in December by the Los Angeles City Council and echoes a letter sent that same month to President Barack Obama by 29 House Democrats, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The letters call on Obama to expand the deferred action program to include all undocumented immigrants without serious criminal histories. The program, which was announced by Obama in June 2012, has allowed hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally.

Anaheim has a significant population of undocumented adults who are "working hard, sending their kids to school, trying to live the American dream as best they can," said Brandman in comments reported by the Los Angeles Times. "They shouldn't have to live in the shadows and under the threat of deportation."

Brandman said he decided to push the resolution after he was approached by local labor groups, including Teamsters Local 952, the SEIU and Justice for Janitors. If adopted, it will be sent to the President and members of the House and Senate.

In response to a protester calling on him to end deportations, Obama said in November he does not have the power to do so. The Anaheim City Council last year unanimously approved a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a path to "residency and/or citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States today."

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