Immigrant groups and their allies in the labor, faith and civil rights communities will hold a national day of action Saturday, April 5, to urge the Obama administration to suspend deportations—more than 1,000 a day—that are tearing apart immigrant families.
With House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) refusing to hold a vote on a bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill that would provide immigrants with a path to citizenship and alleviate the deportation crisis, action by the Obama administration becomes more urgent.
Last month, the AFL-CIO joined several other immigration reform advocates in a White House meeting with President Barack Obama and other administration officials to discuss immigration. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said after the meeting:
At the same time as we fight to end House Republican stalling, we will continue to push the administration to take broad executive action to relieve the ongoing deportation crisis for millions of workers.
Trumka said in a statement on the April 5 day of action:
Enough is enough—we need the passage of immigration reform that leads to citizenship and an end to a deportation machine that criminalizes hardworking immigrants while deporting hundreds and hundreds of people a day without even an appearance before a judge. The Administration shouldn’t just wait for a tone-deaf Republican Party to finally listen to voices from Pope Francis to the business community. We need the Administration to do the right thing on behalf of immigrants in order to energize the majority and overcome Republican obstruction.
More than 30 Republican House members have expressed support in the past for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate bill. House Democrats have filed a discharge petition that, if it garners 218 signatures, will force Boehner to bring the bill to the floor for an up or down vote. It also gives those Republicans an opportunity to match their words with action. To see if your representative is helping us demand a vote on immigration, click here.
The #Not1More campaign was launched last year by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). In February, NDLON filed a petition that requested the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) engage in formal rule making to halt deportations and outlined DHS’s authority to do so.
In addition, NDLON is urging Obama to expand the deferred action program he created for immigrant youth (DREAMers) and suspend deportations immediately.
In Los Angeles, groups will rally on Saturday outside City Hall, calling for a strict policy rejecting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold requests. In Washington, D.C., there will be a march to and rally at the White House. In Chicago, a two-day march will end with participants demonstrating at ICE’s Broadview Detention Center. In Phoenix, participants from a 60-mile that began Wednesday will rally at the Eloy Detention Center where many of their loved ones are being held.
You can click here to find an action near you.