UNCHECKED DEPORTATION FRENZY FESTERS IMMIGRATION WOUNDS
Broken immigration system worsening human crisis each and every day leading to desperate acts
Los Angeles, CA – The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) denounced in the strongest terms Monday the continuing reign of deportations under the Obama Administration and blamed the slow progress on immigration reform in Congress for a worsening human crisis impacting millions of families every day.
The following are statements for Apolonio Morales, CHIRLA Political Director.
“Approximately 1,000 young people, women, students, workers, and community members, all without prior criminal records, are being incarcerated, detained, and deported every single day by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The lack of action by Congress on immigration reform and the offensive stance by the Obama Administration on blindly enforcing broken immigration laws is igniting plenty of rage, resentment, and fear amongst the most impacted in the community.
In the past few days CHIRLA has been approached by desperate community advocates and families desperately seeking solutions to indefensible, cruel, and unjust immigration actions by the Obama Administration and ICE. Although CHIRLA was asked to respond to specific demands to stop the deportation of certain members of our community, we did not need to be asked. In our 26 years of work seeking justice and building coalitions for a just and humane society for all immigrants, we have proudly stood by and responded to those who sought our help. Whether it’s a worker seeking wage retributions, a family seeking a homeless shelter, or a desperate mother seeking the release of her son detained by ICE, we have proven time and time again to be a strong and effective community ally, and we will continue to do so.