They say their families can’t wait for relief and that the President doesn’t have to wait for Congress to use his executive authority to stop the suffering. He could expand the deferred action program he created for immigrant youth and suspend deportations immediately. The families will remain on President Obama’s front lawn until their loved ones are released and until their demands for relief are met.
“If the President wants to address deportations, he should speak directly with those of us who are suffering because of his policies,” explains Jose Valdez who has had all three of his sons deported from his home in Arizona.
Cynthia Diaz adds, “It hurts to hear the President say he feels our pain without doing anything to relieve it. We’ve knocked on every door we could for help. We’re at the White House because the President could pick up his pen and bring my mother home today. I’ll be here until I can feel my mom’s arms around me again.”
The group pledges to have a presence in Lafayette Park (2pm closing rally) every day starting Saturday April 5th where a march from Mt. Pleasant (11am starting rally) will conclude as part of a national day of events against deportations. Updates available on twitter at #Not1more