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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Latino Group Condemns President Obama's Decision to Continue Record Deportations

May 28, 2014

Late last night, President Obama announced a delay on the review of DHS deportations. Below is a statement from Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org, in response:

"Other than a cynical calculation for political gain, there is no other apparent reason for why President Obama is delaying his decision on halting deportations. Republicans have already made it clear with their actions that they have no intention of moving immigration reform forward.

Meanwhile, each day that passes adds more deportation numbers to the President's legacy of tearing families apart. Make no mistake: Latino families are under attack in the US, targeted by an unprecedented enforcement regime that is quickly converting our community to the largest Federal prison population in nation when you account for detention centers. With this decision to delay, President Obama is essentially sanctioning these anti-Latino attacks to continue.

The Latino vote is up for grabs in 2014, 2016, and beyond -- and the Democratic party is telling Latinos to stay home during the elections by allowing this hemorrhage of Latino support and enthusiasm to continue."

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Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group with more than 300,000 members, all working to amplify the political voice of Latino communities.