“The President can’t be a champion for immigration reform and the Deporter-in-Chief at the same time,” explains Milton Cornejo. “I’m tired of living in fear and wondering if I’ll see the rest of my family at the end of each day. Until the President stops deportations, we’re stopping them ourselves.”
The group cites the Secure Communities (S-Comm) deportation program, first activated in parts of Washington State in April of 2012, as an engine behind separating local families who could benefit from eventual reform. Since its activation, S-Comm deported more than 2,600 Washington State residents.
They say that the President has the legal authority and the moral obligation to stop their suffering by expanding the already existing deferred action program, especially as immigration reform meets challenges in Congress.
In explaining why she was participating in the action, Maru Mora Villalpando stated, “There is a human cost to the President’s refusal to use his authority on immigration. We’re doing everything in our power to stop deportations. Now it’s time for the President to do everything in his power to give us relief.”