We Belong Together Outraged by Obama Administration New Year Raids on Families

January 4, 2016


Marzena Zukowska, marzena@domesticworkers.org, 708.990.0389

Washington, DC – Last month, just as families prepared to celebrate the holiday season the Obama Administration announced it would begin 2016 by targeting Central American families who escaped violence and trauma for refuge in the U.S. for raids and deportation. True to its word, early in the New Year, the Administration carried out these raids, barging into homes without warrants and seizing children as young as 4 years old.

“We are outraged that the Obama Administration saw fit to begin 2016, rather than dismantling its flawed policy towards mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America, by going into homes and snatching children from their beds and raiding families. As the Administration plans to conduct even more raids against families and other members of our communities targeted as ‘priorities’ for deportation we will stand strong, educate communities about their rights and pressure President Obama to bring humanity back to the immigration system,” said Andrea Cristina Mercado, co-chair of We Belong Together.

We Belong Together is a campaign co-anchored by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to mobilize women in support of immigration policies that keep families together and empower women. To learn more about our campaign, please visit http://www.webelongtogether.org.