Statement from one of We Belong Together's Anchor Organizations, the National Domestic Workers Alliance
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.
President Obama should take action now, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to protect immigrant women who are victims of domestic abuse from becoming victims of the immigration system, too.
I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I am an immigrant. My husband used my immigration status to threaten me for over twelve years.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Over the years this month has provided us all the opportunity to reflect and refocus on the experiences of survivors of domestic violence and untangle the issue from the tired public debate: the NFL responses, the Chris Browns, and the persistent question, “why does she stay?”
Ten-year-old Andrés Jimenez was looking forward to the end of summer. Not because he was particularly eager to return to school, but because the end of summer was meant to be the president’s deadline for taking action on immigration.
But Obama’s deadline came and went, and with it Andrés’ hopes of reuniting his family after his father was wrenched from his life three years ago.
Andrés was seven when his father, after whom he is named, was stopped for driving with an expired license plate, an event that would unravel the life his parents had worked so hard to build.
We Belong Together was proud to support the rallies to end family detention organized by Grassroots Leadership in Karnes and Houston Texas on October 11th, 2014.
Read the full report from the San Antonio Express-News below:
KARNES CITY -- A caravan full of protesters used songs, posters and theatrical demonstrations Saturday outside the Karnes County Residential Center to denounce the use of for-profit facilities to detain immigrants seeking asylum.
Fixing our broken immigration system is a crucial part of the struggle for women’s equality
Why did we both get arrested outside the U.S. Capitol last year demanding Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform? Why did Terry join more than 140 other activists outside the White House last week in an act of civil disobedience to demand that President Obama stop deporting workers, parents and children? Why did over 30 Floridian children whose parents have been deported hold a vigil in front of the White House on Monday afternoon to urge the President to stop separating families?