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Weekend Photos: Advocates for Immigration Reform Demonstrate in Chicago, Omaha, Tucson

The nationwide March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect was technically last week, but immigration reform advocates and allies this weekend continued to push for reform.  Thousands of people showed up for rallies in Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska this last weekend, while activists in Tucson, Arizona engaged in an act of civil disobedience when they blocked a bus … Continue reading »

BPC Supports Obama Deportation Policy Over Political Concerns, Despite Human Toll

Yesterday, we learned that the Bipartisan Policy Center has concluded, somehow, that President Obama should not expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to other immigrants facing deportation because that action would “undermine” the effort to pass immigration reform. From BPC: “Some immigration reform advocates, frustrated by the slow pace of congressional action, are suggesting … Continue reading »

Upcoming Milestone for Obama Administration: 2 Millionth Deportation

Tomorrow, tens of thousands of immigration reform advocates will gather together in more than 180 events in 40 different states around the nation.  They’ll be demanding that Congress take action and pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.  And they’ll be calling for an end to the deportations that have separated millions of families. … Continue reading »

Seven Undocumented Immigrants Arrested At White House Protesting Deportations

This morning, seven undocumented immigrants were arrested in front of the White House during a protest of the Obama administration’s deportation policy. Here’s the message the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which organized today’s protest, sent out before the action began: Last night the President told Telemundo that reducing deportations isn’t an option but we disagree. … Continue reading »

Ohio Immigration Case Highlights Need for Real Immigration Reform

Cross-posted from Cleveland Plain Dealer: Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez is at home in Elyria with his family. This may not seem like a monumental statement, but for Pedro, Seleste and their children, it means everything. That’s because, until two weeks ago, the government was trying to deport Pedro. Despite the fact that he has lived in the United … Continue reading »

11-Year-Old Who Confronted Desjarlais Is 'Mad' At Him for Saying Her Dad Should Be Deported

Earlier this week, we wrote about 11-year-old Josie Molina Macaraeg, who bravely stepped up in a Tennessee town hall meeting with Rep. Scott Desjarlais to ask what she could do to help her dad, who is in deportation proceedings. A heartless Desjarlais only told her that “the answer remains the same, that we have laws and that … Continue reading »

Tennessee Tea Party Audience Cheers for Deportation of 11-Year-Old Girl's Dad

Hearkening back to the 2012 GOP primaries where audiences booed a gay soldier and cheered for the death penalty, Tea Partiers at a Scott Desjarlais town hall this week clapped for the deportation of an 11-year-old’s father. Desjarlais, a Tennessee Republican, was taking questions from the audience when 11-year-old Josie Molina Macaraeg stepped up to the mike.  Josie’s … Continue reading »

One Year Stay Granted to Ohio Father Facing Deportation; Release Imminent

Family Celebrates and Thanks Supporters; Broad Immigration Reform Still Needed  Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez–husband, loving father of four, and primary caretaker of his oldest son, Juan, who has cerebral palsy—will imminently be released from Geauga County (OH) Jail after being granted a one year stay of deportation. Pro-reform activists mobilized quickly to tell Pedro’s story when Immigrations … Continue reading »

Ohio Father Facing Deportation Gets One Year Reprieve, But Remains in Detention

Prosecutorial Discretion Granted, But ICE Refuses to Say When Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez Will Come Home Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez–husband, loving father of four, and primary caretaker of his oldest son, Juan, who has cerebral palsy— has been granted a one year stay of deportation, yet Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is so far refusing to release him from … Continue reading »