Statement from one of We Belong Together's Anchor Organizations, the National Domestic Workers Alliance
On November 20, 2014 President Obama took an historic step toward fixing our broken immigration system by announcing several executive actions his administration will undertake. This analysis examines how the six women’s priorities identified by We Belong Together were honored by the President’s executive action and highlights the areas in which the struggle for a fair and humane immigration system continues.
Immigrant rights groups have fought long and hard to press for immigration reform through protests in the nation's capital and across the nation.
They've handled disappointment after President Obama twice postponed announcing any kind of resolution to remove punitive programs that tore families apart through its secure communities program or provide any relief for the many decades immigrant families had contributed and supported the American economy. On Thursday night in a 15-minute speech, some families finally heard of plans that will provide some relief.
In his speech last night announcing his latest executive action on immigration policy, President Obama took great pains to tell the country what his new immigration policy is not: it is not “amnesty,” just a way for people to avoid deportation; it is not citizenship, just work authorization; it won’t provide social welfare benefits, it will just allow employers to keep exploiting immigrant labor.
Jeannette Vizguerra is a mother of four from Mexico City who has been in the U.S. for 17 years. She’s made a living in Denver working in jobs from housekeeping to food vending, though she’s undocumented.
“Practically my whole family is here now,” she says, who along with her husband, brings in about $3,200 a month for the family of six.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2014
Washington, DC – Today We Belong Together joins with immigrant women and children around the country to celebrate President Barack Obama’s leadership in taking the critical first step to reform the broken immigration system.
Administrative Relief Announcement viewing parties, celebrations, rallies, and other community events organized by NDWA affiliates and ally organizations across the country.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2014
Washington, DC – We Belong Together condemns yesterday’s announcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicating their intention to expand the family detention system by opening the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas in December.
We Belong Together is pleased to hear recent news that President Obama has committed to taking executive action to provide relief to millions of immigrants before the end of the year, and maybe as soon as this week. Millions across the country have marched, testified, fasted, done civil disobedience, and raised our voices to demand common sense immigration policies, and as a result of this the White House is listening.
We Belong Together, America’s Voice, and United We Dream are turning up the pressure on President Obama to act on immigration. We've produced a series of short video clips, taken from well-known movies and TV shows, that show the pain of families being separated and the joy of families being reunited.
The movies call the question for President Obama -- will he act to keep families together or will he tear more families apart?