Migrant Power Alliance Pledges One-Day Hunger Strike in Support of Dream 30
Tell President Obama to Stop All Deportations!
Press Contact: Daniel Schneider
October 31, 2013
Cell Phone: (319)693-3193
For Immediate Release
The Migrant Power Alliance, an alliance of immigrant and human rights organizations in New York City, stands in solidarity with the Dream 30, a group of immigrants who turned themselves over to U.S. immigration authorities at the US-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas on September 30th, 2013. We demand that those still being held in detention by the Department of Homeland Security be immediately released and allowed to reunite with their families and loved ones in the United States.
In President Obama’s first term in office, his administration deported a record-setting 1.5 million immigrants, and the Department of Homeland Security has shown no signs that it is slowing down during President Obama’s second term. Having been deported or forced to leave the United States by other means, the immigrants who compose the Dream 30 are some of those most directly affected by President Obama’s heinous policies. Their willingness to face days, weeks, and even years in US immigrant detention centers demonstrates both the strength of their ties to communities in the United States and the desperation facing many immigrant communities as their family members and friends are forcibly deported without any reasonable options for relief.
Many are hopeful that the passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) legislation in Washington will bring the relief that immigrant communities need. However, immigrant rights organizations around the country have already pointed out that CIR will expand the infrastructure that allows President Obama’s administration to deport not just undocumented immigrants but even those who have immigration status, such as legal permanent residents, but are made deportable by a criminal- justice system that has never delivered justice for immigrants. Although the Senate’s version of CIR does contain a so called “Path to Citizenship”, the path is unattainable for a huge portion of immigrants and the bill will undoubtedly lead to more deportations, more separated families, and more suffering. In short, President Obama and the US Congress are offering nothing but more deportations, and that is not good enough for immigrant communities.
Despite continued pleas from immigrants and their allies, President Obama refuses to stop the deportation machine.
To show our support for the Dream 30 and all immigrants facing deportation, members of the Migrant Power Alliance pledge to undertake a day-long hunger strike on October 31, 2013 and make calls to Senator Bob Menendez, Representative Henry Cuellar, and Washington D.C. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pressuring them to support the release of the Dream 30.