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 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.”
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.
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.
Cientos de activistas e inmigrantes, con y sin papeles, marcharon en Washington DC para pedirle al presidente Barack Obama dos cosas: que pare las deportaciones y tome acciones ejecutivas para aliviar el calvario de 11 millones de indocumentados.
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.