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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 Groups Shame President Obama on Delay of Immigration Reform

Presente.org, NDLON to Mobilize Tens of Thousands of Members, Flood White House with Personal Stories

Sept. 12, 2014

Days after President Obama announced the delay of all actions related to immigration reform, Latino communities throughout the nation are still seething. On Friday, September 12th, Presente.org, the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group, will join forces with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) to direct their sentiments toward members of the White House. The groups plan to make thousands of phone calls and share letters from their members, sharing stories of how the delay will harm real people.

“The President’s delay of relief for Latino and immigrant families is a betrayal. Stories of grief are pouring in from our members,” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org. “President Obama is willing to gamble with the lives of Latino children for perceived political gain. As a result, it is hard to imagine a path to reconciliation with Latino communities. We can only hope that the President will offer relief as soon as possible. For now, we are focused on sharing the stories of our affected friends and family members and communicating the enormous toll this lack of reform has had on our families for every day of inaction.”

“President Obama's delay is the latest of let downs and unkept promises to undocumented people,” said Marisa Franco of NDLON. “He has the authority and the responsibility to take action on the crisis of deportations and has once again chosen to prioritize party politics. What's not delayed is ICE's deportation machine. Therefore those who need and want the President to act will redouble efforts to ensure he does. The White House lines will be ringing off the hook today, because we need to have the President meet with directly impacted people and take the appropriate measures to quell the crisis of deportations. “

Presente.org will be directing their 300,000 members to call and write the White House over the coming week to share their stories, and NDLON will mobilize participants of their #not1more campaign, which has been pivotal to placing deportation on the White House agenda.