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Momentum and a Call to Stop Deportation

May 20, 2013
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More than 1.6 million people have been deported by the Obama administration. That is more than any other administration.

A U.S. Senate committee is now looking at more than 300 amendments (changes) to the Immigration Reform bill. Most of these amendments are from conservatives and are meant to keep the bill from passing.

At the same time, supporters of the bill are sure that immigration reform is coming. They want the President to stop deporting undocumented immigrants while the bill is under discussion.

The White House said it was holding back a response while the amendments were before the Senate committee.

One of the advocates said, “Immigration reform has unstoppable momentum. This bill is not fragile. It is supported by a broad coalition.”

Some of the groups calling for an immediate end to deportations are the A.F.L.-C.I.O, the largest labor federation in America; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; the National Day Laborer Organizing Network; and United We Dream, a group representing children of undocumented immigrants who came here as youngsters.

The bill’s chance of passing in the Senate is unknown. It will need the support of some Republicans and nearly all the Democrats. The purpose of the “Gang of Eight” (four Republicans and four Democrats) is to make the bill bipartisan. This will increase its chances of passing. However, Republicans control the House of Representatives. Passage in that body is by no means certain.

Giving meaning to the call to suspend deportation, an advocate said her husband had been deported to Honduras after a traffic stop. He has no criminal record. She said, “I want my husband back. I cry, my son cries, my family cries.”

Source: The New York Times

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