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President’s immigration policy abandons family values

Press Release from CHIRLA:


For Immediate Release             Contact: Alvaro Huerta,
March 30, 2007                                  
213.210.6735 cell, ahuerta@chirla.org

Partisan plan would turn American Dream on its head, keep families apart 

Los Angeles – The Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Angelica Salas, issued this response to the White House’s principles for immigration reform:

“The White House has chosen a path of partisanship and mean-spirited politics over getting things done to fix our broken immigration system.And once again, as it has done through various raids across the country, the Bush Administration has targeted immigrant families. 

“The President’s immigration proposal would abolish the nation’s long-standing tradition of reuniting families through our immigration system.  It would get rid of certain family-based visas, keeping families apart for even longer than they are already kept apart.  No efforts will be made to reduce backlogs or integrate immigrants into society. 

“In addition, the Administration proposes exorbitant and...

More Mothers Jailed – More Children Stranded

Over 65 people who worked for the sportswear compnay, Under Armour, were arrested and detained yesterday in an ICE raid in the broader Baltimore area. Two-thirds of those arrested were women.


Many of the detainees are from Central American countries, including El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. They are being held at the York County Prison in Pennsylvania and the Dorchester County and Worcester County detention centers, immigration officials said.

Freedom for Families organizing a National Day of Prayer

The call is going out! Stop Breaking Up Families, Stop the Raids, Stop the Deportations!

A message from Freedom for Families:

National Day of Prayer for Children and Families

Good Friday, April 6, 2007

More than one in ten families in the United States are of mixed immigrant status where at least one parent is a non-citizen and one child is a U.S. citizen.  An estimated 3.1 million U.S. citizen children have at least one parent who is undocumented.  According to current immigration law, deportation is a mandatory punishment for undocumented immigrants and non-citizens, including long-term and legal permanent residents, even when a judge thinks they deserve to stay in the U.S. to help raise and support their families.  The results?  Every year, nearly 200,000 non-citizens are deported, many with children who are U.S. citizens.  These American children may have to start over in a country with a new language, fewer resources and an uncertain future. America’s immigration laws force American children to lose their parent or their country.


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