What kind of nation destroys its own families? Why undocumented parents and workers in the United States are being imprisoned instead of given a chance to legalize their immigration status? This video has some answers.
There was a rally yesterday in front of the White House for the Children of Deported Parents, which was organized by Casa De Maryland. During this solidarity action, about 500 activists along with parents and their children demanded the Obama administration to stop criminalizing our immigrant communities.
There I met several children whose parents are undocumented in the U.S.
Among these kids, there was a high school student and U.S. citizen who is willing to fight for this country by enrolling in the military, even when his parents are undocumented and are living in fear. "I am an American, I love this country and I want to support undocumented immigrants."
Listen to these amazing stories -- and please forward this video to the White House if you can. I hope president Obama will listen to his constituents, some of whom elected him!
In case you weren't aware. The Obama administration continues criminalizing undocumented immigrants, instead of reforming the current obsolete U.S. Immigration legislation. In 2009, over 400,000 workers were imprisoned and deported.
Currently, the Department of Homeland Security is spreading and implementing two anti-immigrant and racist programs: 287g and Secure Communities, which in some way promote the same racism and xenophobia as Arizona's SB-1070.
Remember, that most of the children whose parents are being deported by the Obama administration will be able to vote soon. That 50,000 Latinos become eligible to vote every month. That families are the backbone of every society, and if we destroy our families we are setting the path for the collapse of this nation.
Finally, remember that most children who grow up without parents tend to be a burden for societies, instead of leaders and productive citizens. These kids deserve to grow with their parents, a chance to reach their American Dream.
Here are more photos of the rally yesterday. Feel free to use them.