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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

Tell Speaker Boehner: Condemn Rep. Rohrabacher for threatening an undocumented student

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

Tell Speaker John Boehner:

Condemn Rep Rohrabacher for threatening an undocumented student

Dear Friend,

"I hate illegals." That is just some of what Jessica Bravo, an 18-year-old undocumented student, was greeted with when she met with California Representative Dana Rohrabacher. She'd been hoping she could share her experiences living in his community since the age of 3. Instead, witnesses told reporters, Rep. Rohrabacher screamed at her and made a veiled threat to deport her family as she left the office in tears.1

Tell Speaker of the House John Boehner to publicly condemn Rep Rohrabacher for threatening an undocumented student.

Speaker of the House John Boehner has been tasked with bringing Republicans to the table to discuss immigration reform.2 And he’s feeling the pressure of a difficult task--the GOP is seeking to revamp its image with Latino voters after an election season full of hateful rhetoric like that of Rep. Rohrabacher.3 What happened to Jessica Bravo is exactly the kind of thing House Speaker Boehner wouldn’t want in the media.

But we need to let Boehner and the Republican party know they can't have it both ways, loving Latinos and hating Latinos. If enough of us pressure Boehner, he will be forced to publicly condemn Rep Rohrabacher’s actions, and we’ll be able to spread Jessica Bravo’s story.

Tell Speaker of the House John Boehner to publicly condemn Rep Rohrabacher for yelling at an undocumented student and threatening her family.

Jessica, who belongs to the church-based organizing network PICO, says that she “wanted to explain that I have no other home than Costa Mesa, I wanted to speak for all those in my community who are too afraid to talk about their status.”

But she says that as soon as she told Rep. Rohrabacher her status, he grew angry and started shaking his finger at her. As she left the office, shaken up and crying, she told reporters he asked if she had registered for the meeting. “Well, now I know where you live,” he said, making a veiled threat at deportation.1

Tell Speaker of the House John Boehner to publicly condemn Rep Rohrabacher for yelling at an undocumented student and threatening her family.

Jessica Bravo deserves an apology. She deserves to know thousands of us stand with her and with anyone who is targeted with hate and abuse by a public official for voicing the realities of 11 million undocumented people living and contributing in our country. If 10,000 of you sign this petition, we’ll personally deliver it to House Speaker Boehner and ask that he condemn Rep Rohrabacher.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

Gabriela, Ana, Arturo, and the rest of the Presente.org team

Sources:

1. "Dana Rohrabacher Makes DREAMer Cry By Ranting About Illegal Immigration at His DC Office," OC Weekly, Feb. 14, 2013. 

2. "Speaker ‘Confident’ of Deal With White House on Immigration," New York Times, Nov. 8, 2012. 

3. "The GOP's Hispanic Problem Is Bigger Than They Think," Bloomberg, Nov. 16, 2012.