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A Great Day for Activism – and for America

Randy Shawbyline‚ Aug. 16‚ 2012

For the estimated 1.2 million young undocumented immigrants who began signing up for President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” legalization program, August 15, 2012 will forever signify the power of grassroots activism. Those eligible under the program will be able to legally work and live in the United States but will not gain permanent legalization status or a path to citizenship. Obama implemented his “most ambitious immigration initiative” in response to both growing Latino political power and the courageous and inspiring grassroots pressure from young DREAM ACTivists. It is these young people, not the fake, billionaire-backed Tea Party Republicans, who represent the true power of grassroots activism to create meaningful change.