ATLANTA - Thirteen members of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) recently left Atlanta to join a protest aimed at shutting down the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and stop deportations from Phoenix for a day.
They were to be joined by other undocumented people, families facing deportation proceedings, day laborers, and immigrant rights organizers.
The demonstration was held Monday afternoon. (See separate story.)
"The President has the authority to stop deportations," explained Maricela Muñoz from Warner Robbins. "But until he uses it, we will begin to stop them ourselves. It's what anyone would do whose family is threatened with being destroyed."
The Phoenix protest comes one month after seven illegal aliens handcuffed themselves to the White House fence to demand the President expand the deferred action program he has already allotted to certain undocumented youth. More than 540 organizations have called on the President to suspend deportations as Congress debates reform in order to provide immediate relief to the unnecessary suffering caused by his deportation quota programs and to help propel legislative efforts past any obstruction.