Immigrants in New Haven are protesting on Thursday evening over the decision by the United States Supreme Court ruling on immigration relief.
The Supreme Court was deadlocked Thursday on President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The deadlock effectively killed the plan for the rest of his presidency.
Immigrants in New Haven are asking the president and Department of Homeland Security to “stop dividing communities with deportation raids.”
Members of Unidad Latina en Accion and immigrants will hold a news conference and protest the decision. The protest will be at the U.S. Courthouse, which is located at 141 Church St., around 5 p.m.
Richard Blumenthal released a statement on the decision.
“Today’s deadlocked decision tragically leaves in place the Fifth’s Circuit’s incorrect and inhumane ruling. The ruling is an attack not just on the basic principles of administrative law, but on millions of immigrant families who are at risk of being torn apart from each other and away from the only life they have ever known," Blumenthal said in a statement on Thursday.
Blumenthal said this decision impacts "fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons."
"We are talking about the New Haven mother I met who tearfully told me of the deep anxiety she feels living everyday with the fear that she will be deported while her children remain here. She has stepped bravely out of the shadows to give a face to this issue," Blumenthal said.
"In January, some of my first grade students stopped going to school. I called their families, and they were worried about immigration raids targeting Central American women and children," José Luis Mendoza, a public school teacher in New Haven, said in a statement on Thursday.
Mendoza said a student of his crossed the border into the United States because they were trying to flee the violence in Guatemala.
“They are in deportation proceedings. I am proud that our community, including New Haven's mayor, police and superintendent, have come together to say, Stop the Raids. We will continue to defend the human rights of our families,” Mendoza said.
With the “creation of a new mass incarceration system for immigrants," Unidad Latina en Accion leader John Lugo said "Obama has deported more people than any U.S. president before him.”
“Almost more than every other president combined from the 20th century. With the spectre of a Trump Presidency, it would be reckless for President Obama to continue this mass incarceration without taking major steps to halt deportations and address abuse,” Lugo said in a statement on Thursday.
Lugo accused the president of building “new private prisons exclusively to lock up immigrant women and children.”
"We will not rest until those prisons are dismantled and there is not one more deportation,” Lugo said.
José Luis Piscil is a father of two US-born children and factory worker in New Haven. He has been challenging a deportation order since 2012 and said he “will keep fighting.”
"Obama has deported more people than any U.S. president before him, and almost more than every other president combined from the 20th century,” Piscil said in a statement on Thursday. “With the spectre of a Trump Presidency, it would be reckless for President Obama to continue this mass incarceration without taking major steps to halt deportations and address abuse."
The Unidad Latina en Accion has a #Not1More campaign. They had launched a petition for the president. For more information on the petition, click here.
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