#Not1More Deportation

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Broadview, Illnois – Immigrant rights activists have formed a human chain to block an intersection near the Broadview Detention Center.  Crowds are chanting “Not one more,” and “Two Million Too Many” referring to the President’s record deportations and their demand that he act immediately to stop them.

One participant said, “If the President will not stop deportations, then we will.  You don’t deport people in order to legalize them.  The President’s strategy on immigration reform has gotten us two million deportations, but it hasn’t gotten us reform.  We need immediate action from the President and it needs to start with administrative relief.”  

Today’s actions are part of the national #Not1more Deportation campaign calling on President Obama to put a stop to deportations with more than 80 events occurring over the weekend nationwide.   By the middle of April, President Obama will have carried out 2 million deportations, more than any other president. Read more

On Tuesday March 18th ICE went to the home of Cecilio Gutierrez-Berdin in Aurora, Illinois and took him away in front of his two children. Since then, Cecilio has been detained at the Tri-County Detention Center in southern Illinois and could be deported as early as this week. ICE is looking to deport Cecilio even though he has applied for DACA and also has an approved visa petition from his US Citizen wife. Below we share with you a letter that Cecilio’s 7-year-old son, Yandel, wrote to his father:

Please tell the Chicago ICE Field Office to exercise their prosecutorial discretion and grant his stay of removal request.



Dear daddy, when are you returning? In which hotel are you and at what number can I call you so that I can see you? So that I can see you. I miss you. Come back to us. We need you here with us. Alan also misses you a lot. Bye. I love you a lot. I hope you return soon.

Please tell the Chicago ICE Field Office to exercise their prosecutorial discretion and grant his stay of removal request.


Join the National Day of Action to Stop Deportations Here

Firme la petición: http://bit.ly/noraids

Included in that bus are Octavio, a father who was placed in deportation proceedings after being stopped for a minor traffic violation, and Brigido, father of 2 US citizen daughters. Both of their families are watching to see whether the bus will turn around, or take their loved ones away. Make a call to immigration to ask why they are breaking families apart. Read more


(05.29.2013) Chicago, IL – Seated around a banner with the number 400,000, the amount of people scheduled to be deported this year under White House quota, Chicagoans mounted a morning rush hour protest to call on President Obama to suspend deportations as Congress seeks reform.

“Plans and promises of immigration reform are not enough. While Congress is talking about passing immigration reform, I’m scared that my own parents will be one of the 1,100 who are deported every day,” explains undocumented protestor Stephanie Camba, 22. “The President can’t be a bystander in reform when he could stop our suffering and stop deportations with the stroke of a pen.”

Another protestor, Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, 26, a recipient of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) said, “It doesn’t make sense to keep deporting people that could qualify for immigration reform. We want our families to still be here when a path to citizenship opens. We’re calling on the President to give our parents and everyone in our community the same relief he gave us.”

The protestors sat on Michigan Avenue circling a banner saying “400,000, Not 1 More Deportation” in front of the Hilton hotel, where the President is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser later in the day. An additional afternoon immigrant rights rally is planned for 4: 30pm across from the Hotel.

Protestors Are Asking Supporters to Take Action:

1. Sign the petition to the President calling for a suspension of deportations.
2. Call (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Senator. When transferred, tell them that a key step to supporting immigration reform is getting the President to stop the deportations of those who could be included in it.

Sample Script: I’m calling to ask the Senator to send a letter asking the President to stop deportations as Congress seeks reform. It doesn’t make sense to keep deporting people today who could be offered the path to citizenship tomorrow. Each day that the debate in Congress continues another 1,100 people are deported. The President could end the suffering of those families and move immigration reform forward with the stroke of a pen and I’m asking for your office to go on record with that request.

Read about the 12 people arrested here



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