Letter: Stop the deportations

Last modified: 2/6/2014 10:48:00 AM
To President Obama: Every single day in the United States, more than 1,000 immigrants are torn from their families and communities, and millions more watch in fear, wondering if they or their loved ones will be next. You have the power to stop these deportations, and we urge you to do so at once.

In a matter of weeks, we will reach a shameful benchmark – 2 million human beings deported during your administration alone. It is a sad irony that these millions have been removed during a time of promise for meaningful reform to our immigration laws, and a path to citizenship for these same undocumented people.

According to the National Immigration Law Center, there are multiple avenues for prosecutorial discretion that can be utilized and broadened for the benefit of undocumented immigrants and the families who love and need them. Just as you authorized Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to bring temporary relief to undocumented youth, you can direct the Department of Homeland Security to administer various forms of temporary relief for the millions who are waiting for the creation of a real path to citizenship.

In addition to legal authority, you have a moral responsibility to relieve the suffering of immigrant families. Every person deported is part of a community and a family unit, and often they are wage earners contributing to the financial stability of their loved ones and their communities.

We urge your immediate action to address this crisis.



(The writers represent the American Friends Service Committee. The letter was also signed by Sarah Jane Knoy of the Granite State Organizing Project, Alejandro Urrutia of Latinos Unidos, the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, Eva Castillo of the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, and Nancy Pape of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ Immigration Working Group.)


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