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Members of Congress join Immigrant Families to Rally at White House
Action Commemorates One Million People Deported Under President Obama
WHAT: Open-air town hall of 1000
WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 3:00 P.M.
WHERE: White House (Lafayette Square, corner of 16th and H NW)
WHO: Victims of White House immigration policies, CASA de Maryland,
CARECEN, Familias Unidas, Presente.org, Progressive Maryland, Gamaliel, Partnership for Renewal in Southern and Central Maryland (PRISCM), Center for Community Change and the Franciscan Action Center and more
Washington DC – This Tuesday, Congressmen Raul Grijalva (AZ 7), Luis Gutierrez (IL 4), Mike Honda (CA 15) and John Lewis (GA 5) will join community, faith leaders, unions, civil rights organizations, and their allies will join together to commemorate the more than one million people who have been deported since President Obama’s election and hear chilling stories of families caught in broken administrative policies.
As the White House frequently brags, President Obama has now deported more people than any other president in history. While frequently blaming the lack of immigration progress on Congress, participants have identified a core set of policies that the President himself could implement to alleviate the suffering experienced in Latino and immigrant communities. Those demands include a stay on the deportations of DREAM students and parents of US citizen children and lifting of the ten-year reentry bar for parents, the termination of local law enforcement immigration programs such as Secure Communities, and the cancellation of administration policies that risk worksite organizing and worker rights such as E-Verify.
At Tuesday’s action, immigrants directly impacted by the failings of the immigration system will speak out, including Florinda Faviola (Desemillian) Lorenzo. Ms. Lorenzo, a mother of three, is facing an August 3 forced departure date after being snared in the infamous Prince George’s Secure Communities program where she was arrested for the “crime” of selling telephone cards. Prince George’s County has the second worst rate of deportation of non-criminals through Secure Communities in the country. To date, requests for relief in her case have been denied by the Department of Homeland Security.