After Morning Civil Disobedience, Stop Deportations Rally Planned for Obama Fundraiser to Lift Up Cases of Chicagoans Facing Removal
What: Not1More Deportation Rally at Obama Fundraiser
When: 4:30pm, Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Where: Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL
Who: Undocumented Illinois, LOS, IYJL, CCWR, PASO, NPA, NDLON and ICIRR.
Following the arrest of 12 undocumented Chicagoans and their allies, who blocked morning rush hour to demand the President stop deportations, local organizations are planning an afternoon rally at the hotel where he will be holding a fundraiser.
Protestors are calling for the President to stop deportations while Congress seeks reform. Highlighted at the rally will be the cases of two Chicago-area residents facing the threat of deportation:
Lourdes Moreno Carrero is a local mother of four who was wrongfully arrested after another driver backed into her car. She is eligible for prosecutorial discretion but instead ICE has issued her a deportation order for tomorrow, May 30th.
Octavio Nava Cabrera was pulled over in front of his house in Melrose Park for allegedly running a stop sign two blocks earlier. Those charges were later dropped but ICE surrounded his house three weeks later and took him to the Dodge County Facility in Wisconsin were he has been detained for over a month. Octavio absence has resulted in great pain and anguish to his family. He has a US citizen son and brothers that need him. Due to a prior deportation in 1997, Octavio is completely relying on public support to urge ICE to release him and return him to his community.
Lourdes and Octavio are two examples of the 1,100 people deported each day Congress keeps debating reform. Protestors are calling on the President to use his executive authority to expand the relief he granted some Dream-eligible youth to the rest of those who could potentially be included in reform.
“Plans and promises of immigration reform are not enough. While Congress is talking about passing immigration reform, I’m scared that my own parents will be one of the 1,100 who are deported every day,” explains undocumented protestor Stephanie Camba, 22, who was arrested this morning. “The President can’t be a bystander in reform when he could stop our suffering and stop deportations with the stroke of a pen.”
Another protestor arrested this morning, Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, 26, a recipient of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) said, “It doesn’t make sense to keep deporting people that could qualify for immigration reform. We want our families to still be here when a path to citizenship opens. We’re calling on the President to give our parents and everyone in our community the same relief he gave us.”
The action was organized by a coalition of organization led by undocumented youth in the state, including Undocumented Illinois, the Immigrant Youth Justice League, the Latino Youth Action League of DuPage. For more information on the action and participants, please visit www.iyjl.org/stopdeportations or follow us on twitter at @UndocuIL for updates.