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    Rallies in cities across US decrying deportation

    Rallies in cities across US decrying deportation

    Originally published: April 5, 2014 3:15 PM
    Updated: April 5, 2014 6:36 PM
    By The Associated Press TERRY TANG (Associated Press)


    PHOENIX - (AP) -- Immigration advocates and supporters rallied Saturday in cities across the country in a renewed effort to push President Barack Obama to put a freeze on deportations.


    Organizers of the more than 50 planned "Day of Action" demonstrations said Obama has the executive power to stop deportations that separate immigrants living in the country illegally from their loved ones.


    In Eloy, Ariz., more than 100 supporters converged in front of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center after journeying more than 60 miles from Phoenix.


    Natally Cruz, an organizer with the grassroots group Puente Arizona, said many of the people in attendance have relatives who have been inside the facility for more than a year.


    "We want President Obama and his administration to really hear our community members across the country, to understand we do not want one more person separated," said Cruz, who entered the U.S. at age 8 illegally with her parents. "One family every night goes to bed missing somebody in their family."


    Many walked with signs saying "Not 1 More Deportation" and calling for deferred deportation action for all. The group included a woman whose son has been in the Eloy Detention Center for nearly three years and a woman who was arrested at her work and detained for two months, the group said.


    The Eloy Police Department had about five officers monitoring the rally. Sgt. Brian Jerome said the demonstration was relatively peaceful with no arrests.


    Amber Cargile, an ICE spokeswoman in Phoenix, said the agency respects the rights of people to protest outside its facilities.


    "While we continue to work with Congress to enact commonsense immigration reform, ICE remains committed to sensible, effective immigration enforcement that focuses on its priorities, including convicted criminals and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States," Cargile said.


    More than 50 people, including families with children, stood in front of a federal immigration office in New York City. Among them was 47-year-old Humayun Chowdhury, a cab driver who said his family suffered immensely when authorities held him for 14 months.


    "I got out to my family because my community helped," said Chowdhury, who is from Bangladesh.


    Chowdhury now has a permit to work in the U.S. and he hopes to get a green card in the future. His 14-year-old son, Maheen, said he was 11 when immigration authorities showed up to arrest his father at 5 a.m. According to Maheen, the separation put the entire family in a tailspin.


    "Everything was a mess. We had trouble getting food. My mom just cried all the time. We had to sell our car for money," said Maheen Chowdhury, who was born in the U.S.


    The Chowdhurys said they don't want others to suffer the same pain and that there should be a way for immigrants without criminal records to stay in the country.


    In Hartford, Conn., dozens of immigrants gathered in front of a federal building after coming from 11 cities across the state. Many say they were angered into action by the refusal of Republicans in Congress to work on immigration reforms. Protesters included Jasmine Mendoza, of Norwalk, Conn., whose husband was deported after a routine traffic stop. Mendoza said she is raising their 8-month-old son alone.


    Protests were planned in California a day after 23 demonstrators were arrested in San Francisco for blocking traffic in a major intersection.

    In March, Obama asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to review enforcement practices to ease his administration's rate of deportations.

    Under Obama's leadership, almost 2 million people have been removed from the U.S.


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    Conn. immigrants, supporters rally to push President Obama to scale back deportations
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    The rallies will feature people detained by immigration officials and those whose spouses have been removed from the U.S. That includes Jasmine ...

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    I wish there was enough interest to counter these rallies. Each time one of these rallies takes place, I'd like to so them swamped with a huge number of counter-protesters that support the full enforcement of our immigration laws!
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    CA - Immigration reform fuels demonstrations

    BY DEEPA BHARATH and ROXANA KOPETMAN / STAFF WRITERS
    Published: April 5, 2014 Updated: 8:45 p.m.


    Raymond Herrera, left, who opposes illegal immigration, addresses Edwin Molina, 19, from the Orange County Dream Team, as immigration-reform activists faced off in front of the mission Saturday in San Juan Capistrano.
    ISAAC ARJONILLA, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


    Stories of families torn apart by deportations were juxtaposed against quilts bearing the images of men and women killed by undocumeted immigrants Saturday as parties on opposing sides of immigration reform conducted demonstrations in San Juan Capistrano and elsewhere in the county to make their voices heard.

    Outside Mission San Juan Capistrano, members of We the People Rising, a Claremont-based group that opposes illegal immigration, held up the U.S. flag and banners that read “Stop Illegal Immigration,” “Hire Americans” and “Secure the Border.”

    Across the street stood a group of Latino immigration activists holding a large banner that read “Undocumented and Unafraid in South Orange County.” Members of that group shouted, “Not one more,” demanding an end to deportations of illegal immigrants.

    “We’re just immigrant youth from San Juan Capistrano who are here to ask the government to pass comprehensive immigration reform instead of tearing families apart,” Ana Karen Rosal said.

    Members of the Orange County Dream Team, who have temporary legal residency under a program that defers deportation for young people, staged similar events in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano as part of a “Day of Action” with events by various groups participating in the Not One More campaign nationwide.

    Opponents of the campaign held their rally in San Juan Capistrano.

    Steve Nelson, a San Juan Capistrano resident, said he came to help vocalize the need for secure borders. “All we’re asking is that the government enforce the law and end illegal immigration,” he said. “Why should we be labeled as racists and xenophobes?”

    Robert McDearmon, a San Clemente resident, said he isn’t against legal immigrants making the United States home.

    “But don’t jump in the front of the line and don’t break the law,” he said. “Illegal immigrants are taking jobs our veterans should have, and they are kicking up taxes here in California. I don’t blame the people who came to this country looking for a better life. I blame our government for not enforcing the law.”

    McDearmon and at least 10 others displayed a “stolen lives quilt” to honor American citizens killed by people who are living in the United States States illegally. Members of We the People Rising held signs and quilts, which are part of a Remembrance Project based in Houston.

    Earlier on Saturday, members of the Anaheim/Fullerton Dream Team held up banners as they stood on an overpass at Harbor Boulevard and Ball Road near Disneyland.

    Ricardo Muniz, 25, a business major at Fullerton College, said the group is fighting “to restore justice, peace and unity.”

    “We’re here to promote awareness about unnecessary and inhumane deportations of hard-working people,” he said.

    On Saturday morning, members of the Orange County Dream Team, headed by Hairo Cortez, held a rally outside the locked Garden Grove office of Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, calling for an end to deportations and urging the congresswoman to take a leadership role in asking President Barack Obama to apply deferred-action status to all immigrants living in the United States illegally.

    “We would like her to openly stand up and fight for us,” he said. “We hope it doesn’t take two million more deportations for this horrible situation to change. (Sanchez) needs to show some leadership, now.”

    Cortez was referring to the number of estimated deportations tallied by the Obama administration.

    Sanchez said in an email Friday that she is glad Obama has “emphasized prosecutorial discretion in these cases” and has called for a review of deportation policies.

    “The law is the law, but there is a difference between a violent felon and a mother who filled out her paperwork incorrectly,” Sanchez said.

    She said she will continue to support “alternative detentions for nonviolent offenders and for humane and respectful short-term detention standards.”

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    Activists march in Atlanta against Obama administration's deportation policies
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    They want the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expanded to include all immigrants living illegally in the U.S.. The government reported ...

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    Protesters march for immigration reform

    April 5, 2014

    Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
    Somos Clovis’ Rosa Lopez recites a chant with protestors as they march around the Curry County Court House Saturday afternoon.


    By Vanessa Kahin
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    vkahin@cnjonline.com


    A system that, for some, puts undocumented immigrants on a fast-track to deportation was at the heart of a protest Saturday afternoon in Clovis.


    Organized by Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a statewide civil rights initiative, the event brought out about 100 protesters. The protest was one of many across the nation that formed part of Day of Action, a day to protest for immigration reform. Protesters assembled near 14th and Main streets with stories to tell about loved ones deported.


    A young mother using a bullhorn provided by organizers told the crowd about her husband, deported after being jailed, leaving her and their four children — one with a congenital disease — in the U.S.


    A father shared the story of his son, a resident of Clovis for nine years, who was initially convicted of a DUI and then deported.


    Braving a chilly wind and light rain, protesters listened to the testimonies before marching down Main Street, stopping at the Curry County Detention Center.


    “We have seen an increase in deportations in our local community,” said Somos Un Pueblo Unido Community Organizer Marina Pina. “Our families are very concerned. … families (are being) torn apart by a broken deportation system.”


    Pina said the jail collaborates with federal immigration enforcement, placing holds on undocumented persons. Because of this, she said many of the undocumented with no criminal history or who are charged with misdemeanors are unable to use the legal system and remain in the U.S. Instead, they are deported, she said.


    Somos Un Pueblo Unido member Rosa Lopez said she believes local law enforcement is stopping motorists for “little reasons,” such as not making a complete stop at a stop sign, in order to deport them.


    “We need them to let us live here legally,” Lopez said. “We need to work. We need to be able to take our kids home without fear. … We want jails to stop deporting people.”


    Originally from Mexico, Lopez has been a Clovis resident for 33 years. An active community leader, Lopez said she has been involved in other, similar protests and has done lobbying in Santa Fe on behalf of keeping driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.


    Lopez said not allowing such immigrants to have driver’s licenses would also prevent them from getting car insurance — which presents a liability conundrum in case of an accident.


    The driver’s license issue is also a concern for Robert Sandoval, a city and Curry County commissioner. Speaking to the group of protesters, Sandoval said the state law allowing licenses for undocumented immigrants is really two separate issues, not one.


    One issue, Sandoval said, is that criminals can take advantage of the state law. On the other hand, there are honest individuals who need a driver’s license in order to care for their family.


    “They drive legally, have a driver’s license, and have insurance on their car,” Sandoval said.

    A ban on licenses for undocumented immigrants would “cause people to drive illegally. … That’s not going to help the state, it’s going to hurt the state.”


    Pina said protests will continue until there is a viable change in immigration reform.

    “Clovis will continue organizing until we get legalization for our families,” she said.

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    Immigration Activists Call on Obama to Stop Deportations

    Pressure on President Grows as Hopes Fade That Congress Will Pass Immigration Overhaul

    By MIRIAM JORDAN
    April 5, 2014 9:52 p.m. ET


    Xitlaly Hernandez, 6, bottom left, listening to a speech by a supporter of the immigrant-advocacy group, Puente Movement, during a rally outside the immigration-detention center in Eloy, Ariz., on Saturday. Associated Press


    Immigration activists demonstrated in cities across the U.S. on Saturday, placing the blame for record deportations of illegal immigrants on President Barack Obama and calling on him to stop them.

    The demonstrations, called "Two Million Too Many," coincide with the date when the Obama administration is believed to have surpassed two million deportations, a figure that is higher than that reached by any previous administration.


    Pressure on the president
    also comes as hope fades of Congress passing an immigration overhaul this year. The U.S. is home to nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, and Congress hasn't passed a legalization program since Ronald Reagan was president in 1986.


    "There is another branch of government—the executive—that has wide authority to do more in the absence of immigration reform," said Lorella Praeli, a leader of United We Dream, a national group of young immigrants. "We are shifting from a legislative to an administrative campaign."


    Immigrant advocates say undocumented families who would likely benefit from an overhaul of the nation's immigration system can't wait endlessly for relief. They are urging President Obama to use his executive authority to stop the suffering inflicted by deportations that separate families.


    For example, they say Mr. Obama can expand the deferred action program, known as DACA, which he approved in 2012, to temporarily grant deportation relief and a work permit to many undocumented youth. The program stops short of adjusting the immigration status of the estimated 1.8 million people who are eligible.


    On Saturday, thousands of people gathered in about 60 cities, from Washington, D.C. and Des Moines to Phoenix and Los Angeles, to protest against deportations.


    Activists have pledged an "indefinite presence" at the White House until President Obama stops deportations, according to a statement by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which has played a key role in the campaign.


    "The families will remain on President Obama's front lawn until their loved ones are released and until their demands for relief are met," the statement said.


    Alongside the 405 freeway on the outskirts of Los Angeles, one of the country's busiest, several dozen immigrant students and parents unfurled a banner, which read, "#not1more."


    "The President is breaking up families with deportations," said 23-year-old college student Christian Alvarez. He said that his uncle, Cesar Velasquez, was deported three years ago after he was stopped for driving without a license, which is common for undocumented immigrants. The Guatemalan contractor left behind his wife and three U.S.-born children, having lived in the U.S. for more than 15 years, said Mr. Alvarez.


    Last month, President Obama announced that he had ordered the new chief of the Department of Homeland Security to review the agency's deportation policy. He later met leaders of Hispanic and immigrant advocacy organizations to urge them to keep the pressure on Congress.


    That hasn't placated the Hispanic community, key to the president's re-election and to the Democratic Party's prospects in midterm elections in November. While Latinos are unlikely to support Republican candidates in large numbers, activists warn that their turnout could be extremely low.


    "The President is directly responsible for deportations," says Gaby Pacheco, director of the Bridge Project, an advocacy organization. "We are telling him that, 'you are standing with the community or not. Don't take us for granted.'"


    Legislation provides the only permanent solution, but legal scholars say that Mr. Obama has broad authority to establish priorities that can impact how current laws are applied, including prosecutorial discretion, parole and deferred action.


    Still, it is unclear whether Mr. Obama would unilaterally limit deportations. Such a move would draw a strong rebuke from Republicans, including several GOP leaders who have said such action would be unconstitutional, and, at the least, it could hurt efforts to achieve an immigration overhaul in Congress.


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    NC--Group seeks end to deportations of illegal immigrants

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    Raleigh, N.C. — Across North Carolina Saturday, people seeking a change to federal immigration policy held rallies. "Not One More Deportation" events took place outside the Wake County Justice Center and the Durham Police Department.

    Organizers sought to pressure President Barack Obama to use an executive order to stop deportations of illegal immigrants.

    “We know the President doesn’t have to wait for Congress to use his executive power to stop the suffering of our communities,” said Yolanda Zavala, one of the event organizers. “He can expand the deferred action program he created for immigrant youth and stop deportations immediately.”


    Rallies were also held in Asheville and Charlotte.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MW View Post
    I wish there was enough interest to counter these rallies. Each time one of these rallies takes place, I'd like to so them swamped with a huge number of counter-protesters that support the full enforcement of our immigration laws!
    I wish we had KNOWN about the rallies! I hadn't heard a word about it until I saw the article this morning! How can we find out about these things ahead of time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by imblest View Post
    I wish we had KNOWN about the rallies! I hadn't heard a word about it until I saw the article this morning! How can we find out about these things ahead of time?
    This was here Friday. Not a lot of notice, but one day.
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