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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

Presente.org: Latinos Want Action on Deportations, Humanitarian Crisis on the Border, Not Just Words

June 30, 2014

In response to President Obama’s announcement that he would be taking executive action on immigration reform, Presente.org’s Executive Director Arturo Carmona released the following statement:

“Latinos want more than words from President Obama on immigration reform, we need action to stop deportations and an end to the President’s attacks on our families and communities.

Latinos have long borne the brunt of President Obama’s immigration policies-- from record deportations to the use of police to harass people of color in the name of immigration enforcement to inhumane raids and record detentions.

Just yesterday, the President asked Congress for $2 billion dollars to respond to a humanitarian crisis of scared Latino children with a militarized border patrol and ramped up deportations. We need a humanitarian response that treats Latino children and families with dignity and respect.

Latinos deserve better from the President, and we hope he uses this opportunity to halt deportations once and for all until our immigration system is fixed.”