Fla. Immigrant Coalition petition to stop executive action lawsuit

Immigrant groups in Florida are showing their support for President Obama’s executive action on immigration and calling on the state to stop the lawsuit against it. The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) has started a petition on their website calling on lawmakers and state government officials to stop “attacks” to deportation relief programs, and the recent executive order by the president expanding deferred action to millions of new undocumented immigrants. SEE ALSO: List of states suing Obama over his immigration actions grows The petition entitled “TAKE ACTION WE SUPPORT ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF FOR FLORIDA’S FAMILIES AND ECONOMY,” already has more than a hundred signatures. You can sign it as an individual or as an organization. The FLIC is a statewide alliance of immigrant rights organizations with offices in Miami, Tampa and Palm Beach. It 30 member organizations, including farmworkers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates. You can read the full language below: We, the undersigned, SUPPORT President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration as beneficial for Florida’s families and economy. Implementing the announced Administrative Relief programs, could potentially: – Allow 253,000 immigrants in Florida to get a temporary work permit. 90,000 are undocumented youth who grew up in our state and 163,000 are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent resident Floridians. – Increase Florida’s tax revenues by $102 million over the next five years, and lead to a cascade of economic benefits across the state. – Lead to an estimated 8.5% increase in earnings for qualifying immigrants, which would mean increased sales tax revenue for local and state coffers, as the demand for goods and services rises, more jobs would be created, and an increase in wages for all Floridians. – Stop diverting our scarce resources to detain and deport hardworking Floridians who are the backbone of our agriculture and tourism industries, leaving many U.S. born children as orphans. We, the undersigned, OPPOSE the attacks to both Deferred Action programs by elected officials representing us in Congress and in our own state. With these senseless amendments in Congress and frivolous lawsuit, Florida’s elected officials show they only want to perpetuate the status quo of a broken immigration system. As Floridians, we ASK: – All Florida Representatives and Senators to stop this despicable and selfish political theater trying to defund the implementation of Administrative Relief Programs without thinking about how this could impact the real life of millions of families and U.S. born children. – Attorney General Pam Bondi to do what is right for Florida, stop attacking the same DREAMers that Governor Rick Scott’s Administration supported with access to education last year, and withdraw from the lawsuit trying to stop the implementation of administrative relief programs in our state. SEE ALSO: Will the Supreme Court decide immigration policy? We are confident that the President acted within his rightful constitutional authority in issuing the executive order, and believe the courts will uphold the legality of the immigration deferred action programs.The post Fla. Immigrant Coalition petition to stop executive action lawsuit appeared first on Voxxi.

The protesters from the Florida Immigrant Youth Network joined with others to request that Senator Marco Rubio work on getting the Immigration Reform bill passed.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Immigrant groups in Florida are showing their support for President Obama’s executive action on immigration and calling on the state to stop the lawsuit against it.

The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) has started a petition on their website calling on lawmakers and state government officials to stop “attacks” to deportation relief programs, and the recent executive order by the president expanding deferred action to millions of new undocumented immigrants.

SEE ALSO: List of states suing Obama over his immigration actions grows

The petition entitled “TAKE ACTION WE SUPPORT ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF FOR FLORIDA’S FAMILIES AND ECONOMY,” already has more than a hundred signatures.

You can sign it as an individual or as an organization.

The FLIC is a statewide alliance of immigrant rights organizations with offices in Miami, Tampa and Palm Beach. It 30 member organizations, including farmworkers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates.

You can read the full language below:


We, the undersigned, SUPPORT President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration as beneficial for Florida’s families and economy. Implementing the announced Administrative Relief programs, could potentially:

– Allow 253,000 immigrants in Florida to get a temporary work permit. 90,000 are undocumented youth who grew up in our state and 163,000 are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent resident Floridians.

– Increase Florida’s tax revenues by $102 million over the next five years, and lead to a cascade of economic benefits across the state.

– Lead to an estimated 8.5% increase in earnings for qualifying immigrants, which would mean increased sales tax revenue for local and state coffers, as the demand for goods and services rises, more jobs would be created, and an increase in wages for all Floridians.

– Stop diverting our scarce resources to detain and deport hardworking Floridians who are the backbone of our agriculture and tourism industries, leaving many U.S. born children as orphans.


We, the undersigned, OPPOSE the attacks to both Deferred Action programs by elected officials representing us in Congress and in our own state. With these senseless amendments in Congress and frivolous lawsuit, Florida’s elected officials show they only want to perpetuate the status quo of a broken immigration system.

As Floridians, we ASK:

– All Florida Representatives and Senators to stop this despicable and selfish political theater trying to defund the implementation of Administrative Relief Programs without thinking about how this could impact the real life of millions of families and U.S. born children.

– Attorney General Pam Bondi to do what is right for Florida, stop attacking the same DREAMers that Governor Rick Scott’s Administration supported with access to education last year, and withdraw from the lawsuit trying to stop the implementation of administrative relief programs in our state.

SEE ALSO: Will the Supreme Court decide immigration policy?

We are confident that the President acted within his rightful constitutional authority in issuing the executive order, and believe the courts will uphold the legality of the immigration deferred action programs.

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