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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator


Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

The suffering of our people is not negotiable.

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Tell President Obama to stop deportations for all 11 million undocumented immigrants!

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Dear Friend,

Huge news — after years of pushing for an end to the deportation nightmare, Presente members' hard work may finally be paying off. Late last night, President Obama announced that his administration will conduct an unprecedented review of America's deportation program.

This is a colossal turnaround for the president. For months, he has falsely maintained that he has provided as much relief to immigrant communities as he could. From the perspective of the immigrant community, this review is a historic acknowledgment that he can once again do more.

It's a major milestone, but there's still more work ahead. The outcome of this review has yet to be determined. It could do what Presente members, along with our many allies, have long demanded — provide relief for all 11 million immigrants waiting for Congress to act — or it could be another token action designed to relieve political pressure but that actually helps very few. It'll take our speaking out now to define what's acceptable to our communities. This is our opportunity to finish the job!

Tell President Obama to stop deportations for America's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

The President's announcement never would have happened without the work of organizations like NDLON, NALACC, and, of course, the bold DREAMer groups that for years have been pushing an end to deportations. Along with them, we — and many of you — have navigated against the current and worked tirelessly to seek justice for undocumented immigrants, even when opposing deportations was politically unpopular.

But all that changed as the chances for Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation that respects our communities has all but vanished. Now even more conservative or mainstream Latino organizations in Washington, DC have now begun to question President Obama's deportation policy.

Latinos recognize that Republicans remain one of the main problems in realizing a legislative solution. But we also know that the Obama Administration's nearly 2 million deportations have inflicted unprecedented pain and suffering on our communities. And that's not on Republicans — that is on the President and his allies.

We need to let the Administration know that we will wait no longer for a legislative solution as our fathers, mothers, grandparents, siblings and friends are separated from our families. The suffering of our people is not negotiable.

The deportation crisis is not a problem of failed legislative attempts at the hands of Republicans. It is a problem that can and must be solved by the President doing what’s right and using his executive authority to do so immediately. This is our greatest opportunity to do what our community wants.

Tell President Obama to stop deportations for America's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Arturo, Roberto, Jesús, Erick, Erica, Refugio, Luis, and the rest of the Presente.org Team

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