On Saturday, thousands of immigration activists gathered in over 60 cities across the United States to protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
The main organizer of the nationwide protests, the Not One More campaign, has expressed three concrete demands for the Obama administration: the end of deportation for undocumented workers who are not serious offenders or national security threats; the end of Secure Communities (a program which allows law enforcement to hold suspected undocumented immigrants before turning them over to the federal government); and an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivers program.
Not One More was joined in support by labor organizations, including the AFL-CIO, which strongly condemned the deportation of immigrants without due process and urged the administration to act on behalf of undocumented workers in the United States.
“The time is now to stop deportations,” said Cesar Vargas, co-director of the Dream Action Coalition. “Immigration reform has been stalled, and we need action now. Not in three months, not review. We need it now.”
Media Resources: Think Progress 4/5/14; Not One More Deportation; AFL-CIO 4/4/14; Huffington Post 4/4/14