DETROIT - The UAW issued this statement regarding President
Obama's announcement today of a new immigration policy that
will allow some undocumented students to avoid deportation
and receive work authorization:
"The UAW applauds President Obama's new 'deferred action'
executive order announced today granting these young people
administrative relief. These students - ages 15 to 30 and
some of our nation's best and brightest who lack
immigration status because they were brought into this
country by their parents - should not be deported and
should be allowed to work in this country.
"For these estimated one million undocumented students who
have grown up in the United States, attended our schools
and shown a commitment to succeed in higher education, this
deferral allows them to excel in college and go on to
"It's just smart policy to protect the interests of our
children at risk of deportation who have spent years
establishing their homes in America -- the only home they
have ever known.
"Further, the UAW remains committed to comprehensive
immigration reform and urges passage of the DREAM Act to
provide a way for these students to become legal residents.