With tens of thousands of illegal immigrants applying for deferred action, there are some who say wait until the November election to see if the executive order will be upheld. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill., pictured) says immigrants must take a leap of faith and trust the government. Durbin says he understands the fears by some, but ultimately believes the executive order will stand because of the support of the American people.
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“It is a leap of faith by these young people to believe, when we say, this is the law, follow the law and the law will be on your side and many of them are saying what if things change in the future, what if it’s a different Congress, God forbid a different president, what happens? I will tell you the force they are creating is a moral force here, beyond a legal force. It is a moral force and I believe that as the American people support this two-to-one, that’s what the polls tell us, they will support these young people being protected if someone later comes along and tries to exploit the fact that they did the right thing, they did what they were told to do legally,” Durbin said.
U.S. Rep. Louis Gutierrez (D-Chicago), a longtime proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, agrees.“If you were to do such a thing, the kind of outrage of the American people would change it in an instant,” Gutierrez said.
“There are certain moments in history that are just not reversible, you just can’t change them. This is one of those moments where you’re going to see a historical moment that just can’t be changed.”
More than 11,000 undocumented immigrants showed up at Chicago’s Navy Pier Wednesday to attend a workshop to learn how to and sign up for deferred action. It was the first day the federal government started accepting applications and the turnout across the nation is an indicator on how much faith immigrants are putting into deferred action, which allows those who came to the U.S. as children and are in or have completed school or military service a chance to get a work permit and a reprieve from being deported for at least the next two years.