Undocumented Leaders & People Facing Deportation Handcuff Themselves to White House Fence Calling for President to Stop Deportations, Announce Plans for Further Civil Disobedience in Arizona
On September 18th, seven undocumented migrants from across the country handcuffed themselves to the White House fence to push forward the demand the President stop deportations and tell him they won’t take ‘no’ for an answer despite his comments to Telemundo last night.
“The only ‘no’ we’ll accept, is no more deportations,” explained Tomas Martinez, a member of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR). “The President can’t deny he has the power and the responsibility to stop deportations. We’re being told to wait for reform but waiting is not an option when 1,200 of us are being deported each day?”
During the dramatic protest, the group announced plans for additional civil disobedience in Arizona next month. Maria Cruz Ramirez of Phoenix, Arizona shared, “When our community loses its fear, we’re capable of anything. My children have taught me that. Until the President stops deportations, we will begin to stop them ourselves. What other option do we have? What would you do if ICE came to take your loved one away?”
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