In response to the Supreme Court decision in Texas vs US, the case of 26 Republican governors suing to block the deferred action programs announced in November, 2014, immigrant communities across the country are calling on President Obama and DHS to take further action and for his potential successors to take up their call.
Marisa Franco, Director of Mijente which runs the #Not1More campaign, reacted, “The way to keep communities from living in fear is to put a freeze on deportations. It doesn’t take a new program for the President to direct his agents to investigate civil rights violations as vigorously as it currently hunts our loved ones. With the courts also taken over by the party politics that have ruled the immigration issue for more than a decade, President Obama has a responsibility to pursue alternatives to make his policies more humane.”
The #Not1More campaign has launched a petition to the President & DHS Secretary Johnson available at https://action.mijente.net/
Citing the recent expansion of raids, the on-going abuse in detention, and the spectre of a possible Trump Presidency, groups say it would be reckless for President Obama to pass on the current immigration system onto the next President whoever that will be without taking major steps to halt deportations and address abuse.
“It is never enough to divide our community into those who deserve relief and those who don’t,” explains Tania Unzueta, Legal and Policy Director for Mijente. “Under President Obama we have witnessed the creation of a parallel mass incarceration system strictly for immigrants. The relief offered by expanding deferred action is desperately needed and entirely constitutional. But even with DAPA, only a fraction of us would be protected. With it now blocked, many more of us are still in the crosshairs of the deportation machine that it is incumbent on President Obama to begin to dismantle.”
Endorsing groups include California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Congress of Day Laborers, Desis Rising Up and Moving, FAMILIA TQLM, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Immigrant Youth Coalition, Juntos, Mijente, Orange County Immigrant Youth United, Northwest Resistance, Organized Communities Against Deportation, Puente Arizona, Southerners on New Ground, and Transgender Law Center.
The #Not1More Campaign is an open-source collaboration of individuals, artists, and organizations coordinated by Mijente to stop deportations.