They Advocate for Migrant Children Not to Be Deported, in the Face of Presidential Non-compliance With Legalization

That Mexican migrant minors detained when crossing the border also have the opportunity to stay in the United States like Central American children and that the current law that protects them not be modified or revoked, were some proposals presented today to federal senator Dianne Feinstein , at their offices in Los Angeles, California.

Bertha Rodriguez-Santos

Members of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), joined on Tuesday, September 9, members of a coalition of organizations that seek to protect migrant children and families after President Barack Obama postponed a possible legal protection for unauthorized immigrants, until after the primary elections in November.

“We believe that President Obama’s decision to delay possible immigration relief until after the election requires Congress to ensure that unaccompanied children are not deported. President Obama blamed the children for his decision to postpone the decision,” said the executive director of Red Mx, Angela Sanbrano, who headed the commission of activists who delivered a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein in which they urge her not to amend or repeal the William Wilberfoce Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2008.

This law, approved in the administration of President George Bush, guarantees due process to unaccompanied minors (with the exception of Mexicans and Canadians) who can prove that their lives are in danger in their countries of origin and allows them to settle their cases before an immigration judge.

More than 60,000 children have been detained on the US-Mexico border since last year.

In 2008, Dianne Feinstein was one of the authors of the law to protect Central American minors, but it is feared that, like Obama, she will put political reasons before reforming the law and thus speed up the deportation of children while deny them due process.

On behalf of the coalition, Father Richard Estrada requested a direct meeting with the senator to whom Ryan Williams, the Feinstein representative who received the letter, agreed to respond in the coming days.

While a commission of 5 people went to deliver the letter to the senator, outside the building, dozens of members of community organizations unfurled banners asking for protection from migrant families.

With slogans of “no deportation, no deportation”, “Feinstein, listen: we are in the fight” and “yes you can, yes you can”, the activists stated that now more than ever the migrant community must make their strength felt before Democrats and Republicans who have turned their backs on them.

The activists announced that on October 9 they will travel by caravan to the city of Bakersfield to visit a Republican federal legislator to change his position on the humanitarian crisis faced by migrant families due to current immigration policy.

Programs like e-verify, secure communities, and the tactics of increased border surveillance and increased deportations, far from strengthening national security, have only ripped apart families and the social fabric among migrant communities by criminalizing the critically important workforce. for the economy of this country.

More than two million unauthorized people have been deported in the last 6 years of the administration of Barack Obama, for whom the suffering of separated families is not a national priority.

Pro-immigrant organizations announced that they will redouble efforts to make the federal executive branch headed by President Obama as well as Congress put an end to the violations of the civil and human rights of millions of unauthorized immigrants.

Participating in the protest action in front of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office were members of the Salvadoran Network Abroad (RENASE), the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Los Angeles Coalition for the Human Rights of Migrants (CHIRLA ), the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB), the Transnational Mexican Brotherhood, Jovenes Inc., the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), the Salvadoran American Educational and Leadership Fund (SALEF), the April First Movement and the Esperanza Project for Immigrant Rights.