Protest Calls for Obama to ‘Back Away’ from Deporting Children
By EGP Staff Report
Calling it a “humanitarian crisis,” a group of immigrant rights activists on Monday called on the U.S. to stop “traumatizing and further damaging the already scarred lives” of the thousands of immigrant children who have entered the country illegally in recent months.
Standing outside the federal building in downtown Los Angeles, the Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees and Families, which includes representatives of several Southern California based organizations, said President Obama should back away from his request to Congress seeking over $2 billion to support the “fast-track deportations” of the minors and to “militarize” the U.S.-Mexico border.
Fanny Garcia and Pedro Joel were among those saying that the president’s request for “additional authority to exercise discretion” in the deportation of the children — who they say are refugees — will undo the Bush-era laws requiring that Central American immigrants receive a hearing on the merits of their case before they can be deported.
The coalition said U.S. policies are to blame for the large surge in children trying to enter the country to escape extreme poverty and the violent “drug wars fueled by drug consumption in the U.S.”
Protesters said American economic policy has helped destabilize countries like Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, leaving most of the people in those regions living in extreme poverty.
“As U.S. citizens, residents, concerned civilians, organizations, community, legal experts, and families of the detained and deported, we have a moral and legal responsibility to demand that … the children be reunited with their families, that deportations stop, and that we take humanitarian –rather than ruthless– steps towards solving this humanitarian crisis.”Print This Post
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