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Immigration Reform Advocates Respond To Obama's Executive Action

Immigration reform advocates in Arizona are reacting to President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy.

James Lyall, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said the President’s move to increase resources at the border is not the right response to the humanitarian crisis there.

"The idea that children and young families who are fleeing violence and desperation, that the appropriate way to respond to that is by cracking down and stripping away existing due process protections is, we feel, exactly wrong," said Lyall.

However, Dulce Matuz, the executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, commended the president for taking action on immigration policy after the legislation stalled in congress.

"We knew for a very long time that immigration reform has been held hostage," said Matuz. "What I didn’t quite understand is why we have to wait until the summer."

Matuz added that it’s unclear exactly how the President’s executive actions will impact families.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.