Immigration reform activists met with Obama administration officials at the White House today, as House Republicans voted to on a House bill to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty.
Following the meeting, the activists challenged Republicans for trying to roll back President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, as well as his recent decision to offer amnesty to at least 5 million illegal immigrants.
“Bring it on. We are ready. We are not afraid to take you on. We have won this victory,” said Lorella Praeli, the Director of Advocacy and Policy of “United We Dream,” a group representing children of illegal immigrants.
The group of activists defended the president outside the White House, after meeting with Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
“When Republicans and other members of Congress make this personal, when they try to say this about the president and executive overreach and the Constitution but it is really an attack on our communities, then it becomes a real fight for us,” Praeli asserted.
Praeli admitted that Obama’s order was a “bittersweet moment” because it was only temporary and didn’t apply to the entire community of illegal immigrants.
When questioned by reporters about temporary nature of Obama’s order, Praeli said she was “pretty confident” that the next president would leave Obama’s executive action in place after he left office.
She also pointed out that it was more important than ever to combat Republicans who opposed Obama’s executive order.
“We will make sure we will expose anyone who stands in the way of that safety for the community,” she said.