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Immigration Activists Protest Parental Deportation

People protested the government's deportation policy.

Dozens protesters gathered during a Women's Coalition Conference in Downtown L.A. Monday to help bring attention to what they call is the government's "immorality" when it comes to deporting parents.

“We call on President Obama, ICE and the Republicans to implement changes immediately and end these inhumane and immoral immigration laws,” stated a press release issued by the Woman Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.

Between January and June, the U.S. deported more than 46,000 parents whose children are American citizens, according to newly released Department of Homeland Security figures. A year-long national investigation showed that about 5,100 of these children are now in foster care. Applied Research Center analysts expect that number to skyrocket to 15,000 in the next five years if immigration policy isn’t reformed.

“Not only have I seen families destroyed and children left without mothers, but our system of justice is being destroyed with all these detentions and deportations,” said Andrea Garcia, a Los Angeles immigration attorney who attended the press conference to protect the rights of detained immigrants. 

“Our courts cannot handle it. Our detention centers do not have enough space for people. And we’re just pumping more and more money into detaining and deporting people who are not criminals.” 

Even more disconcerting than the number of parents who are being deported is the increase this number has seen in the past few years. Between 1998 and 2007, Department of Homeland Security data showed that only 8 percent of all deportations accounted for parents of U.S. citizen-children. The latest figures – which prompted Monday’s demonstration – revealed that more than 22 percent of the immigrants deported in the first half of this year left behind American-born children.

These numbers are even higher in counties such as Los Angeles, where the visibly diverse population has resulted in an endless selection of restaurants – as well as harsher consequences of the Obama Administration’s immigration policy.

One in every 16 children in LA’s child welfare system was separated from detained or deported parents, according to ARC research. 

However, Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and one of President Obama’s top immigration advisors, defended the increase in parental deportation rates as an inevitable outcome of illegal immigration. 

“At the end of the day, when you have immigration law that’s broken… some of these things are going to happen,” said Muñoz in a “Frontline” episode aired last month on PBS.

“Even if the law is executed with perfection, there will be parents separated from their children. It is a result of having a broken system of laws.”

The Woman Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights protest is scheduled to take place Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. Demonstrators will march from the intersection of South Broadway and Olympic Blvd to the Federal Building at 300 N. Los Angeles Street.


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Immigration activists present a good point about breaking up the families of illegal immigrants. There is a deportation problem with breaking up families, where the minor children are left behind. I see no good reason to break up the families of illegal immigrants over deportation. It is simple. Minor children should remain with their parents.
I also read that some people think this is a race issue, trying to tie illegal immigration with our Civil Rights Movement that involved U.S. citizen rights. The questions are: What "race" are Hispanic/Latinos and of which country Hispanic/Latinos hold citizenship? The U.S. is a sovereign nation with borders and border crossing laws. The borders are not open to everyone. Either we hold the line at the border with our current laws, or we open up this country to EVERYONE who wants to come here. It's a choice between law and order or complete chaos and lawlessness. Time to get those questions answered before there is no county left to enforce any of our laws.


Phone the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121 and they can direct you to all House Representatives responsible for moving Chairman Lamar Smith's ‘Legal Workforce Act’ (bill H.R.2885) to the House floor and enactment.

Stand with Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana and the State of South Carolina and be a voice against the overreaching Department of IN-Justice. If the DOJ can intimidate these few states, trying to stop the overwhelming encroachment of the federal government over state laws. If the federal government fails to carry out its responsibilities, then don’t condemn the states. It’s not American taxpayer’s job to supplement illegal nationals, when we have accumulated our own poverty. Stand with the TEA PARTY as we represent the American people; not the special interest lobbyists, not the open border zealots, not unions, not the church, or radical majority groups.

School classes to K-12 will start to shrink along with the waiting periods as economical illegal aliens recognize that jobs are no longer open to them, as E-Verify ejects them. Prisons and jails will become less crowded as more and more illegal aliens self-deport. Education will not have to hire substantial numbers of bilingual teachers and billions of dollars will be finally saved. Those dollars can be spent on more internal enforcement and then we can then adopt a more uniform ‘Guest Worker’ program with a tracking system. When the TEA PARTY wins the Senate, state policies such as Sanctuary Cities, Dream Acts and any shape or form Amnesty will be outlawed.

E-VERIFY--Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) would require 100% of companies—large and small-- to use E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years. This bill would also require all federal, state, and local agencies as well as federal and state contractors/ sub-contractors and critical infrastructure sites to use E-Verify within 6 months; eliminating the majority of illegal alien workers from the 8.5 jobs they are holding in this country. Increase employer penalties and fines for knowingly hiring illegal alien workers. Require the Social Security Administration to send no-match letters to employers if existing employee's name and social security number don't match in their system. Require the Social Security Administration to notify owners of a Social Security number if their number is used multiple times.

Contact the ‘Ways and Means Committee led by Majority Speak John Boehner (R-OH) must adopt the Mandatory E-Verify Bill (H.R. 2885.) and should be under interminable flak of challenging voters, as never before. Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) John Sullivan (R-Okla.) Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) and as of yesterday Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) is now co-sponsoring House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885.) New members are rapidly joining this marathon bill. But don’t expect Liberals or career Democrats to attach themselves to this law. Eventually it will be the fresh faces of the TEA PARTY leadership that will bring success.

Yesterday I watched a CNN cable discussion on voting rights of Democrats and Liberals. Democratic House members held a forum on Monday judgmental against states that have passed legislation that tighten voter registration laws, saying the move is a clear and deliberate attack on traditionally disenfranchised poor communities. This is garbage; it is to stop organizations as ACORN in subverting the ‘Rule of Law’ when it comes to voting. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) cast doubt on GOP claims that fighting fraud is the objective of the new laws. In 2012 we have an historical presidential election, which must be honest and not fraudulently compromised by organizations as ACORN. Nobody is going suppress lawful registrations or absentee ballots. But the past has illustrated that Liberals Progressives have used any method to cheat the system.

State prosecutors are still unraveling the incidents of voter fraud in numerous states, as Democrats intentionally didn’t bother to check seriously flawed registration. We need to oversee every precinct polling station as in previous elections; illegal aliens have been voting and could certainly change the direction of a close vote. To reduce this fraud of our trusted Democracy, we must have a nationwide official picture ID. Statistics from Indiana, Missouri and Georgia, Wisconsin and South Carolina show that ID requirements work well and do not suppress turnout, as Democrats often claim. In all states the aim is to enact a mandatory photo ID, to restore Trust to the electoral process. If Democrats are so heavily disenfranchised by their states voting in an ID photo law, how do low incomes cash a check or pick up medicine?

CHIRLA is a vile anti-American cartel that is so far to the left it's amazing they haven't fallen off the planet yet. We're a decent people in the U.S. We'll deport your future gang-banger larvae with you. Hasta la vista, payasos!

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These are hard working people and are not the same as crimminals that should not be raising children. They are here because they want a better future for their children, I would do the same for my children if I was in their situation and I think most people would if they really thought about it.

Riiiiight. Bank robbers want "better lives" to. Go break into Mexico to squat and filch and see how long you last, cretin.

Well Kathleen the difference least the Criminal parents can visit with their children. Many US Citizen children whose parents may or may not have done anything illegal may never see each other again. According to current US LAW being in the country illegally is not a criminal act only entering the country illegally is. Many deported did not enter illegally and only overstayed visas... I have heard you people screaming to enforce the laws...guess what they have and now we have US CITIZEN & Human Rights being violated left and right. I bet you would feel differently if it was someone you knew and loved this was happening to.

These are hard working people and are not the same as criminals who should not be raising children.

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