South Florida activists who demand a halt to deportations of undocumented immigrants will take their efforts to Washington, D.C.
The Miami Herald reports:
The more than two-dozen children who gathered Thursday at the home of immigration activist Nora Sándigo in South Miami-Dade plan to travel to Washington to take part in a July 28 “kids demonstration’” in front of the White House to demand that President Barack Obama sign an executive order suspending deportations of undocumented immigrants.
The children’s news conference came as rumors swirl in Washington that Obama may be preparing an executive order suspending deportations of undocumented immigrants who have no criminal records.
Katherine Gorell, the communication director at the Florida Immigrant Coalition, says, “I don’t know if Obama will act, but am happy to see that the language about stopping the separation of families is still echoing and gaining traction. The Trail of DREAMS and Fast for Our Families tactics of escalation are what pushed this narrative forward, and our demand has been for Obama to issue an executive order since we announced the Trail and Fast in December.”
In early 2010 Fast for Our Families organized a hunger strike to call on President Obama to “suspend the deportation of immigrants with American families, especially families with U.S. citizen children or spouses until Congress acts to fix the broken immigration system.”