Thursday, March 13, 2014
LATINO WORKING FAMILIES CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ISSUE A MORATORIUM ON DEPORTATIONS
Washington, D.C. - The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the nation's leading organization for Latino working families, which represents the interests of over 2 million Latino/a trade unionists throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, issued the following statement, calling on President Barack Obama to issue a moratorium on deportations and end the unnecessary separation of families.
"The rate of deportations under President Obama is very disturbing for Latino working families," said the President of LCLAA, Milton Rosado. "Over the past 5 years close to 2 million undocumented immigrants were deported-underscoring the need to fix our broken immigration system. While our community applauds President Obama's commitment to immigration reform, we also look to the President's leadership and action on the issue of deportations. We can no longer stay silent while a record number of families are torn apart because of Congressional inaction. LCLAA urges the President to exercise his executive powers and end the senseless deportations while we continue working towards a legislative solution."
The ongoing deportation crisis continues to tear families apart," said Executive Board Member of LCLAA, Yanira Merino. "Every time an aspiring citizen is deported, families and communities suffer and we all pay the consequences. Our country cannot afford to wait any longer: The administration needs to act immediately to stop this crisis and House Republicans must get serious and pass immigration reform with a roadmap to citizenship."
"Inaction is not an option. The pain is deep and the suffering intolerable for millions of families across America. Mr. President, deportations must cease," said Executive Board Member of LCLAA, Esther Lopez. "Yes you can."
"We cannot deport our way to a solution, America deserves commonsense immigration reform that reflects our interests and our values as Americans.There are over 5.5 million children who are U.S. citizens who live in households with at least one undocumented parent and who live in constant fear that their parents could be deported at any given moment. The President has the authority to issue DACA for the millions of families," said Executive Board Member of LCLAA, Cesar Moreno-Perez.
LCLAA recently passed a resolution at the National Executive Board Meeting in Houston, Texas, calling for a moratorium on deportations while Congress continues to work on passing immigration reform legislation.
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org.