The large amount of deportations that take place every day in the Los Angeles area are cause for concern for immigration activists. Although Congress is in the process of reforming the nation’s immigration system, the fact that approximately 1,000 people are being deported every day is making many stand up and take action.
A group of activists organized and carried out a protest against deportations recently. The group consisted of seven immigrants who are currently living in the United States illegally. They traveled to the White House where they chained themselves to the fence outside in protest. Among them was a 38-year-old married father of two children who has been living undocumented in the country for 14 years. He was deported 10 years ago, but risked being deported again to participate in this protest.
Another participant was a 53-year-old woman who left Mexico and came to the U.S. illegally 12 years ago. Although she fought against hunger and dehydration on her way into the country in the first place, she apparently felt strongly enough for her cause to risk being forced to leave.
The seven protestors were taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but were later released. It is not known if they will begin deportation proceedings against those that participated in the protest.
If you or a loved one is faced with the threat of deportation, you would be well advised to speak with an immigration attorney. Doing so may enable you to stay in the country and live free from the fear of deportation.
Source: USA Today, “Undocumented immigrants fight deportations at White House,” Alan Gomez, Sep. 19, 2013