"This is a good first step to help the hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought here through no fault of their own. A lot of those children are the children of farmworkers whose hard work feed our nation. It is crucial, however, that we continue pressuring legislators to take action, registering to vote and electing those candidates who support our cause. We need Congress to fix our broken immigration system and deliver fair treatment for farmworkers who harvest our food and create a way for bright and talented young people who grew up in America to legalize their status and achieve their dreams."
-- Arturo S. Rodríguez, UFW president
"I will tell you that -- I'm not without experience on this -- I'm prepared to bring a suit and seek a court order to stop implementation of this policy."
-- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa
"Today's announcement by the President comes as welcome news to hundreds of thousands of men and women who came to this country as children, who have served in the military, attended our schools, and who have lived their lives as hardworking Americans. This was the right decision, and I applaud the President for his leadership."
"El anuncio hecho por el presidente Obama el día de hoy llega como una bienvenida noticia para miles de hombres y mujeres que vinieron a esta gran nación siendo niños, y que han servido en las Fuerzas Armadas, asistidos a nuestras escuelas, y que han vivido toda su vida como arduos trabajadores estadounidense. Esta fue la decisión apropiada y correcta, y yo felicito al presidente por su liderazgo."
-- John A. Pérez, Assembly Speaker
"It rewards law-breaking. And it's deeply unfair to those who came to this country legally."
-- Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin
"Today's announcement to stop deporting some young people who were brought into the United States as children is a step in the right direction. Every year, thousands of undocumented youngsters graduate from U.S. high schools. Most had no input on entering the United States and some were only months old when they arrived. For many, English is their first language and they have little or no connection to their birth countries. To deport these hard-working young men and women is the wrong choice."
-- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California
"Today's announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem. And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one."
-- Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida
"I applaud President Obama for helping these talented young people continue to contribute to the country they call home. It was the right thing to do, and now Congress must take the next step by passing comprehensive reforms that will fix our nation's broken immigration system."
-- Sen. Barbara Boxer, California
"I believe the president's action affirms the policy work I have been pursuing to legitimize the economic contribution of unauthorized workers in our state. It supports our contention that the president has executive authority to authorize policies absent congressional action and signals his willingness to think in creative, new ways."
-- Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez
"This administrative action is consistent with the DREAM Act, supported by a majority of both houses of Congress in 2010 but blocked only through a craven Senate exercise of the hoary power of filibuster. Congress should move swiftly to enact the DREAM Act as a longterm guarantee and protection of the powerful national resource embodied in the DREAM student population."
-- Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF president
"Since taking office, the president has slowly stripped away the federal government's immigration enforcement authority and barred the states from effectively protecting Americans from the burden of illegal immigration. The consequence of these actions, and the administration's latest expansion of its backdoor amnesty strategy, is the shredding of the Constitution, a wholesale rejection of the rule of law, and an open invitation for more illegal immigration."
-- Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
"Romney continuously refused to say whether he would repeal or uphold the president's new immigration order that prevents the deportation of deserving students who were brought here through no fault of their own. How can we expect Mitt Romney to do what's right for our community and our country when he cannot even stand up to his own party? Talk is cheap indeed Mr. Romney."
-- Congressman Xavier Becerra
"We organized. We pushed really really hard. It's great to know our hard work is paying off. But there is so much more to do."
-- Angélica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
"Wow -- it's a long time coming and long overdue, but it's going to make a huge difference to our students."
-- Ricardo Sánchez, director of the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project
"It proves the power that we have as undocumented youth. I think that he's feeling the pressure. But I'm way skeptical."
-- Viridiana Martínez, undocumented student from North Carolina