The President’s Power to Pardon Lawful Permanent Residents
The Immigrant Defense Project is part of a national campaign calling on President Obama to issue a pardon to Lawful Permanent Residents at risk of detention and deportation under the next administration.
The pardon power allows the President alone to determine when it is and when it is not in the national interest to impose the full penalties proscribed in federal law. This Administration has already determined that there are hundreds of thousands of lawfully present immigrants for whom it makes no sense to rip apart their American families by deporting them based solely on certain offenses, including misdemeanors and those committed decades ago. With a single pardon he could protect all of these immigrants from deportation.
The President could provide protection against deportation for all these individuals by signing a single piece of paper today, or any day before January 20th. Critically, unlike almost everything else the President can do now, a pardon cannot be undone by any future President.
Please join hundreds of organizations across the country calling on the President to use his pardon power to protect those who will be most targeted under the next Administration. You can read the letter and sign on here.
Tweet this message or compose your own! .@POTUS Act before you can’t. Sign #POTUSpardon to keep longtime resident immigrants like Lundy Khoy #safeathome. #yesUcan
Case in Focus: Lundy Khoy
Lundy Khoy is one of the hundreds of thousands of long-time greencard holders who could be protected by a Presidential pardon.
Read More about Lundy’s Story
- Read Lundy’s op ed in the New York Times: Mr. Trump: I am an Immigrant with a Criminal Record
- Check out our infographic showing Lundy’s journey in the context of our detention and deportation laws.
- Watch Lundy and hear more about the President’s power to pardon longtime greencard holders on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Help Lundy Fight her Deportation
- Sign the Community Letter in Support of Lundy remaining in the United States with her family.
- Tweet this message or compose your own! .@POTUS Act before you can’t. Sign #POTUSpardon to keep longtime resident immigrants like Lundy Khoy #safeathome. #yesUcan
- Call or email the White House at 202-456-1111 or https://www.whitehouse.gov/co
ntact. Ask that the President to use his pardon power before he leaves office to keep Lundy Khoy and the thousands of longtime greencard holders in the U.S. like her with their families.
- Read more about the laws that mandate detention and deportation for hundreds of thousands of long-time greencard holders like Lundy in this Colorlines article written by IDP and our partners in the Immigrant Justice Network.
- You can learn more about the deportation of long-time greencard holders who came to the U.S. as refugees from Southeast Asia at the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center and 1Love Movement. SEARAC has also put together an FAQ on Lundy’s case.
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