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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 Condemns President Obama’s New Deportation Raids Targeting Children and Families Trying to Escape Violence

"Our people are being deported to their deaths."

Jan. 6, 2016

The Obama administration just launched a new wave of deportation raids targeting children and families who fled violence in Central America. Since 2014, dozens of Central American refugees have been murdered just months after they were deported.

"It’s incredibly dangerous, irresponsible, and inhumane," said Presente.org's Managing Director, Matt Nelson. "To send refugees back into dangerous situations – especially without a fair process – goes against the values of the United States, and may violate federal and international laws."

Many of the children targeted for deportation are facing a rushed, unfair process that gives them no chance to make their case in court. Children have been ordered deported after not showing up in court – despite the fact that they never received a notification to appear. The accelerated, aggressive deportation processes put in place by the Obama administration have led to these due process violations.

"This new wave of raids is becoming an issue in the presidential campaign, and what we do now to stand up against the raids could have a huge impact on immigration policy for years to come.
We already know that the Republican presidential candidates, led by Donald Trump, are committed to harsh anti-immigrant policies. But with President Obama initiating these raids, it’s less clear what the Democratic party's position is on immigration," concluded Nelson.

See Presente.org's campaign here: http://act.presente.org/sign/stopraids/

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Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.