We Belong Together Statement on President Obama's Delay of Executive Action on Immigration

We Belong Together

We are profoundly disappointed by President Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the midterms and acquiesce to pressure from Senate Democrats. Once again, he has prioritized politics over reform—the very reform he himself promised us. In doing so, he has not only broken yet another promise to millions of voters across the country, he is forcing millions more women, children and families back in the shadows.

We Belong Together Applauds Expansion in Asylum Law and Urges President Obama to Further Strengthen Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

September 2, 2014


Olamide M. Noah, 310-701-8476

Washington, DC – We Belong Together applauds last week’s groundbreaking decision by the country’s highest immigration court recognizing domestic violence as a basis for asylum. Individuals seeking asylum must prove they have a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, nationality, religion, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. After decades of litigation, The Bureau of Immigration Appeals ruled that a battered woman fleeing domestic violence could fall in the social group category.

Feminists take on race and police conduct post-Ferguson

Ruth Tam
The Washington Post

We Belong Together co-chair Andrea Mercado was quoted in this post on washingtonpost.com

Andrea Mercado, co-chair of We Belong Together, an organization mobilizing women for immigration reform, said that in order to rebrand the issue as essential for women, all she needed to do was share immigrant women’s stories.

“They speak for themselves,” Mercado said. “When the vast majority of employment visas are given to [male immigrants], the women who come with them are left in a position vulnerable to domestic violence and exploitation.”

Immigration Activists Conduct Sit-In Outside of White House, 145 Peacefully Arrested

Scharon Harding
Latin Post

On Thursday, a reported 145 people were arrested outside of the White House during a civil disobedience protest demanding immigration reform and relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants.

According to The Associated Press, the protest was led by immigration activists from CASA de Maryland, which aims to "create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities," according to its mission, and its sister organization CASA de Virginia.

Terry O'Neill Was One of Hundreds Arrested Calling for Immigration Reform at White House Rally

Ms. Magazine Feminist Wire

Thursday, nearly 300 people were arrested in front of the White House during a rally calling on President Barack Obama to halt mass deportations. Among them was Terry O'Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

O'Neill was arrested during El Dia Decisivo, a civil disobedience action led by Casa de Maryland and the newly formed Casa de Virginia. She spoke to the Feminist Newswire just hours after being released from custody.

Immigration Activists Arrested in Front of White House

Latin American Herald Tribune

WASHINGTON – Police arrested more than 100 immigration reform activists on Thursday in front of the White House as the latter engaged in an act of civil disobedience to demand that President Barack Obama provide relief for the country’s 11 million undocumented foreigners, who are at risk of being deported.

The arrests were made at the culmination of a peaceful march that began at the headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The executive director of the Casa Maryland organization, Gustavo Torres, told Efe that the president “can and must” stop the deportations.

Detienen a 140 activistas que protestaban en la Casa Blanca

Huellas de Mexico

Washington, Estados Unidos a 28 de agosto.- Autoridades estadounidenses detuvieron a 140 activistas frente a la Casa Blanca que exigían al presidente Barack Obama, una reforma migratoria.

Los arrestos ocurrieron en respuesta al acto de desobediencia civil por parte de activistas, quienes rehusaron acatar las órdenes del Servicio Secreto y la policía del Servicio Nacional de Parques para desocupar la acera frontal de la residencia presidencial.

Activistas se dejan arrestar en EE.UU. tras exigir la Reforma Migratoria

Arturo Gutiérrez Ávila

Alrededor de 140 activistas a favor de la Reforma Migratoria en Estados Unidos se dejaron arrestar frente a la Casa Blanca con el fin de exigir a Barack Obama aprobar dicha iniciativa.

Cerca de 140 activistas a favor de la Reforma Migratoria en Estados Unidos fueron detenidos de manera voluntaria el día de hoy en frente de la Casa Blanca, en una muestra de desobediencia civil para reclamar al presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, la desprotección en la que mantiene a más de once millones de indocumentados en riesgo de ser deportados.