Each day that Congress delays passing comprehensive immigration reform, an estimated 1,100 undocumented immigrants are deported, leaving spouses, siblings and even children behind. These families are torn apart despite the fact that, if the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill or similar legislation passes, many of them could be eligible for legal status and a path to citizenship. Although President Obama has been a vocal advocate of immigration reform, his administration has deported a record 1.5 million people.
While Congress debates, President Obama could make a real difference in the lives of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who have made their home in the United States. Sign our open letter developed in partnership with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and join the many immigrant rights groups, unions and politicians calling on the President to place a moratorium on the deportation of prospective citizens.
The NDLON’s anti-deportation toolkit offers useful background and context for understanding why current deportations are so inhumane and provides people in deportation proceedings, community advocates and organizers with tools, resources, and templates to organize public campaigns to stop individual deportations.
This video was produced by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network as part of the the #Not1More series which works to halt deportations.