Media Coverage

Protesters demand closure of Karnes residential facility

Maria Luisa Cesar
San Antonio Express-News

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.

Hate Immigrants? Good Luck With Women Voters

Terry O’Neill and Pramila Jayapal
Time Magazine

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?

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.

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

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.”

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 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.