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IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARRESTED IN FRONT OF WHITE HOUSE

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Contact: Carlos Vogel, cvogel@communitychange.org (202) 460-0713
 
Leaders Call on President Obama to Stop Raids on Central American Immigrants
 
(WASHINGTON) —Fourteen people were arrested today in front of the White House as immigrant rights, social justice, and faith groups, along with directly impacted families called on President Obama to stop the raids and deportations of Central American refugees. The raids have already resulted in the death of 83 asylum seekers in 2014, including mothers and their children.
 
“Look around you, and you will see 83 crosses. These crosses stand for 83 immigrant deaths that took place in 2014. All 83 immigrants came here to escape the terrible violence taking place in their home countries,” said Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) spokesperson Kica Matos. “Instead of welcoming them and giving them the protection that they so desperately needed, our government arrested them, put them in detention centers, and deported them,...

President Obama: How Many More Deaths Will it Take?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 22, 2016
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 460-0713, cvogel@communitychange.org

The Obama Administration Must Stop the Raids

(WASHINGTON)—Immigrant rights groups, along with faith leaders, allies, and directly impacted families will hold a news conference followed by a peaceful civil disobedience action on Tuesday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the White House. Over 20 participants will risk arrest to call on President Obama to stop the raids and deportations of Central American refugees which have already resulted in the death of 83 asylum seekers since 2014, including mothers and their children.

“If this plan continues, President Obama will be responsible for the possible harm or even death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Their blood will be on his hands,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos.

The groups participating include: the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM); We Are CASA, Junta for Progressive Action, Inc, USEU, New Day Christian Church, Connecticut Students for a Dream, Dreamers Mothers in Action, UltraViolet, Center for Community Change, Alianza Americas, The General Board of Church and Society, CARECEN, CISPES, DREAMers of Virginia, Dreamer’s Moms, ActionAid USA, Washington Peace Center, and impacted families.

Endorsing organizations: America’s Voice Education Fund, American Civil Liberties Union, Alianza Americas, Central...

Groups Delivered Petition to the White House Calling on President Obama to End All Deportation Raids and Give Relief to Refugee Families from Central America

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 2, 2015

Contact: Carlos Vogel, cvogel@communitychange.org (202) 239-2133

The Administration’s Unwillingness to End Raids is Unacceptable

(WASHINGTON) — Today, Immigrant rights, social justice, and faith groups, along with directly impacted families marched and held a press conference in front of the White House to deliver a petition with more than 130,000 signatures calling on President Obama to end all deportation raids against refugee families from Central America and provide them with Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

“The Obama administration’s ongoing raids against immigrant communities are inhumane and unacceptable,” said CREDO’s Acting Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “President Obama must end these inhumane raids immediately. There will be no going back, and no way to undo the pain and separation of countless families.”

“The Obama administration has sunk to a new low with these raids. We already know that the Republican presidential candidates, led by Donald Trump, are committed to harsh anti-immigrant policies. But with President Obama initiating these raids, it’s less clear what the Democratic Party’s position is on immigration. This isn’t who we are as a country, and President Obama still has time to do the right thing and stop these raids and subsequent deportations now,” stated Matt Nelson, Managing Director of Presente.org

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