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 in Atlanta, Georgia and across the country are calling on President Obama and DHS to take further action and for his potential successors to take up their call.
Community members marched from the state capitol to the Atlanta Field Office, the main engine behind the new year raids and “Operation Border Guardian” that have terrorized communities across the country.
Today they are calling on the Obama Administration to dismantle ICE and put a moratorium on deportations now.
Carlos Medina, one of the participants and a member of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, explains, “We are defending the security and stability of our families, sending a direct message to the Obama Administration. We know that he has the ability to stop deportations at any given time. Our fight will not stop. The only thing that we will stop is the sinister machine that is the deportation machine created by this administration.”
With high school students raided in January still in detention, raids continuing throughout the region, and immigration judges providing no opportunity for a fair hearing, the protesters from the Georgia #Not1More Coalition say it is time to hold this administration and the Atlanta ICE Field Office accountable.
Georgia #Not1More coalition is a coalition made up of: Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Southerners On New Ground (SONG), Project South, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, US Human Rights Network, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Georgia WAND, Racial Action Justice Center, Coalicion de Lideres Latinos-CLILA, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Southeastern Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN), Women Watch Afrika, Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, Georgia Detention Watch, GA Moral Mondays, and American Friends Service
Committee – Atlanta.