Monday, June 18, 2012

Osorio: Immigrant youth are true champions of change

Statement by PSL Vice Presidential Candidate

PSL Vice Presidential candidate Yari Osorio is an immigrant from Colombia and an activist for immigrant rights, social and economic justice, and full equality.

PSL Vice Presidential Candidate Yari Osorio immigrated from Colombia to the United States at age three with his mother and older brother. He is now a U.S. citizen, but grew up undocumented. The harsh anti-immigrant policies in the United States propelled Osorio to become an ardent advocate for social and economic justice, and for equality.

President Obama’s insistence that his “hands are tied” on immigration reform was proven false June 15 as the administration announced an new policy that would allow undocumented youth to apply for temporary permission to remain in the United States. The “deferred action” measure would also allow those who are granted to apply for temporary work permits and social security cards.

President Obama's election campaign move to appease immigrant youth falls quite short of true equality—but proves that the new generation of fighters for immigrant rights is a force to be reckoned with. (READ MORE)

Source: PSL

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