Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ministers Ask Yoho to Change Position

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ministers Ask Yoho to Change Position

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Byline: David Tarkington, John Forde

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho recently signed a letter calling on President Barack Obama to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The recent crisis at the southern U.S. border has precipitated this.

Yoho is a compassionate man desiring to represent all in his district well.

He has shown sincere interest in the plight of immigrants and authentic concern for those, especially minors, brought to this country by no choice of their own.

Yoho has supported immigration reform over the last few years. He understands the broken immigration system and how it separates families and undermines U.S. economic growth.

PUT ASIDE PARTISAN POLITICS

While most elected officials will agree with Yoho on the urgency of immigration reform, few have been willing to set aside partisan politics.

In 2012, Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to defer deportation of individuals in good standing, brought into the country unlawfully as minors.

A result was the allowance of hundreds of thousands of qualified young adults, following a rigorous application process and payment of fees, the opportunity to pursue higher education, obtain a driver's license and apply for legal employment.

Our businesses, churches and communities benefit from the contribution of these hard-working young people, who no longer must hide in the shadows.

The recent surge of unaccompanied minors at the border represents a humanitarian crisis.

CHILDREN IN DANGER

Studies show that many of these children are fleeing nations in Central America plagued by drug wars and gang violence.

These migrant children were coming before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was instituted and will continue to come even should it be rescinded if the root causes for their migration are not addressed. …

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