As more than 40 cities around the country prepare for the October 5 Day of Dignity and Respect, immigrant leaders highlight the terrible suffering caused by deportations and detentions.
Chicago, IL– On October 5, 2013, the broadest and most diverse movement, including our vast immigrant communities in the United States as well as faith, labor, and civil rights groups, will join in marches and rallies in over 40 cities across our nation calling for Congress to pass immigration reform with legalization that leads to citizenship.
In the context of this effort, members of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) call on elected officials, including the Obama Administration, to end the destruction of our families caused by indiscriminate and harsh enforcement policies, including deportations, detentions. We also highlight the need to stop wasting our public resources on the militarization of the border and detention centers.
For us, this is personal,” explained Patricia Montes, Centro Presente’s Executive Director and NALACC’s board member. “Our communities must come out not just to push for immigration reform that is just and respectful of our dignity, but because we must be prepared for the long haul to keep demanding respect and dignity beyond what we may be able to achieve this year.” She concluded.
The current detention/deportation regime is the result of the inhumane and wasteful immigration policies that are currently in place,” said Oscar Chacon, NALACC’s Executive Director. “With the October marches, we call on members of both parties, including the Obama Administration, to move ahead with reform and put an immediate end to deportations and detentions that are so harmful to our communities,” Mr. Chacon added.