Erie House Responds to President's Delay on Administrative Action


September 8, 2014 | Chicago, IL

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President Barack Obama announced Saturday morning that he will delay any administrative action related to immigration reform until after mid-term elections in November. The decision represented a reversal from earlier White House rhetoric indicating the president would take administrative action before the end of summer following congressional failure to pass an immigration reform bill.

“We want to stand in solidarity with the immigrant community we serve by expressing our extreme disappointment with the president,” said Celena Roldán-Moreno, Executive Director at Erie Neighborhood House. “President Obama’s decision amounts to a broken promise and a dream deferred for millions of children and families who have been waiting for far too long for reform to our broken immigration system.”

Roldán-Moreno pointed out that Obama assured voters that immigration reform would be at the top of his agenda in 2008, and he did so again in 2012.

“Here we are six years later, and our immigrant neighbors are still waiting—in spite of the many assets they bring with them—to participate in and contribute more fully to our society,” she said. “Children are still being separated from their families or living in fear that their parents might be deported. High school graduates are still dreaming of equal access to a college education. It’s disheartening.”

Feelings of despair notwithstanding, Roldán-Moreno vowed to ensure Erie House perseveres in pursuit of the organization’s 145-year-old mission to empower its low-income, primarily immigrant community through a variety of programs and services. “The immigrant story has always been one of resilience,” she said. “It’s in our DNA.”

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Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that reaches 18,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latinx and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. For more information, please visit

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