With the message of “No More Waiting” and “Executive Relief Now”, various pro-immigrant organizations will flood public and virtual spaces, as a way of sending messages to President Barack Obama and members of the United States Congress, to achieve executive action that grant legal status to millions of migrant families and benefit as many people as possible.
The activities will take place throughout the country this Friday, October 31, a few days before the midterm elections on November 4.
Members of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red MX) in Los Angeles and Chicago, join organizations such as the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), as well as allied organizations in churches and unions, among other entities and progressive individuals in the country.
Actions include vigils, community forums, marches, and religious events in Houston, Texas; Greenville, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, as well as Chicago, Illinois and Florida.
NALACC and Red Mx will also participate in virtual actions that consist of publishing photos or videos with posters or events that display messages such as #NoMoreWaiting or that use the slogan “Executive Relief Now!”
Photos or videos with these messages will be posted on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook accounts. In all these options you must tag the person who posts as well as @NALACC_ORG, in addition to putting it on the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1493401874260846/
The messages addressed to the president and members of Congress include the following remarks:
1. We have already waited a long time for legalization. You ask us for a vote, we ask you to act in relation to an administrative relief. Stop delaying a measure on immigration reform and stop blaming each other.
2. We will not allow the welfare of the community to be put up for negotiation; We have already waited too long.
3. Children and families come first. Our commitment is with our families.
4. Stop deporting innocent families. No more separated families.
5. Do not assume that we will give you our vote. We have the ability to change our vote when it comes to going to the polls. We are going to vote based on your response to these issues. We are not married to either party. We want to see results and a more humane response to immigration policy.
6. You have played with our confidence but we are not going to wait any longer. Actions must be taken now because the lives and well-being of migrant families are in your hands.
7. We are tired of being hostage to political and partisan interests.
Immigration Policy Questioned
The strategy of the United States government has been to subordinate the migratory approach to the massive displacement of people.
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For this reason, the pressure from pro-immigrant organizations has intensified. On October 28, during a speech by President Obama in Milwaukee, several activists interrupted the president by shouting slogans related to stopping deportations. The president replied that they should protest against the Republicans because they are the ones who have blocked immigration reform and not him.
For its part, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) made a statement on October 27, recommending that the United States government close detention centers for migrant children and families. since the arrests are being questioned for violating the human rights of those arrested and this will not stop migration from the countries of the South as long as there is no comprehensive migration policy that takes into account the factors that generate the massive displacement of people.
During a hearing during the 153rd period of sessions of the IACHR, Mary McCarthy, from the Center for Justice and International Law (Cejil), asked the commission to publish a report to determine whether the United States complies with its international obligations to guarantee access to legal protection for children and families fleeing violence.
McCarthy requested that the IACHR urge the United States to establish an independent entity to oversee the process by which authorities determine who can submit asylum or refugee applications. They also suggest improving the process for accepting refugee and asylum requests due to the massive displacement of people.
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It transpired that the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of the United States will send their own recommendations to President Obama in a couple of weeks.
Based on this, President Obama is expected to announce a series of executive actions similar to the one he adopted in 2012 to stop the deportation of some Dreamers or young people without documents who were brought by their parents when they were little.
According to the DHS, the number of deportations by the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased by 5 percent during fiscal year 2013. About 450 thousand immigrants were deported last year.
In the southwest area of the border alone, around 68,541 unaccompanied minors as well as 68,445 families were detained between October 2013 and August 2014, according to the IACHR report, and it is estimated that President Obama has already deported two million immigrants during his two consecutive administrations.
The vast majority of those arrested were fleeing violence, domestic abuse and gangs. The response by the US government has been plagued by human rights violations.
The implementation of the so-called “rocket docket” or expedited processes in the courts to deport thousands of adult migrants and minors, has taken precedence over the possibility of granting asylum to minors and families fleeing violence.
As if that were not enough, there has been an increase in the use of GPS-enabled electronic shackles that are placed on the ankles of unauthorized immigrants facing civil violations. These location aids are quite invasive and have a huge impact on the mental health of migrants and their loved ones.
Migrant organizations question the immorality of immigration policies that turn innocent creatures into criminals and cause pain in thousands of separated families.