Over this past weekend, families around the country celebrated Father’s day. But for many immigrant fathers, the day brings mixed emotions, as families continue to be torn apart by aggressive immigration enforcement, while Congress fails to act on immigration reform. Once more, immigrant families call on President Obama to use the power of the pen and provide relief from deportations, reunite families and set the tone for common sense immigration policies.
“I will never forget the day my father was abruptly removed from my life,” said Elena, a 15 year old teenager residing in the state of Florida who was separated from her father two years ago. As they headed to church together, Andrés, her father, was pulled over by the police for an expired license plate. As the oldest of six children, at the young age of 14, Elena was forced to take on many responsibilities to help her mother with her siblings who are 2, 5, 7, 10, and 11 years old. “I ask President Barack Obama, as a father himself, to bring my family back home. I call on him to keep his promise of immigration reform and protect my rights as an American citizen.” concluded Elena.
“As the father of two girls, my greatest fear is that I may be deported,” said Isidro who came to the United States 11 years ago yearning for a better life, and fleeing the violence that pervaded the mountains of his homeland in México. “I live with this fear every single day when I leave my family at home while I go to work,” said Isidro. His fear increased two months ago, when he and a friend were pulled over by the police, under false accusations. He was kept there for two hours and then released but fears it can happen again. “No father should have to have this talk with his children, and no child should have to hear that the people who gave her life could be taken away from one minute to the next. I call on President Barack Obama as a father, to use his executive authority to stop deportations now,” concluded Isidro.
“President Obama needs to do the right thing for these families and our country by taking administrative action to halt Deportations,” said Claudia Lucero, NALACC’s President. “There is no excuse for delay, when every day brings new pain to immigrant families,” she added.
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