Check out our new blog in the Huffington Post: Comprehensive Immigration Bill Does Nothing For Our Families.
In this opinion piece our Executive Director, Abraham Paulos, provides an analysis of the current immigration bill S.744, how it criminalizes our communities and separates our families.
Join us for the West Indian Day Parade! We go to the parade every year to raise awareness about detention and deportation. This year we will be speaking about "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" and the impact it could have on our families.
As it stands, this specific “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” (S.744) bill does nothing meaningful for our families. Politicians dangle the prospect of legalization in front of us, but with the heavy cost of increased ICE and border enforcement, more deportations of those who have had contact with the criminal legal system, and no right of return for those that have been deported under expansive categories of convictions. We will not accept the legalization of our daughters and sons in exchange for the banishment of our mothers, fathers and all who deserve to be reunited with their families.
NEW YORK, Jun 16 2013 (IPS) - As the debate on immigration reform continues in the Senate and fractured talks persist about the future of 11 million undocumented migrants, one New York-based group took to the streets to ask their senator a question.
Stationed outside Senator Chuck Schumer’s office in midtown Manhattan Friday, Families For Freedom, an organisation fighting against the detention and deportation of immigrants, particularly parents, asked their leaders, “Obama, Schumer, would you deport your papa?”
The protest, held two days before Father’s Day, was meant to highlight the trauma deportation and detention causes by separating families when parents are held in facilities or sent home.
“We’re demanding that President Obama stop deporting fathers and that the fathers that have been deported are able to come back,” Esther Portillo-Gonzalez, spokesperson for Families for Freedom, told IPS.
Since 2009, close to 2 million people have been banished from the United States and deported to another country. Many of them have been parents, mothers, and fathers of U.S. citizen children. In the wake of Comprehensive Immigration Reform the Obama Administration and Congress continue to support a deportation policy that continues to destroy families. The children migrants are the ones who are most deeply affected by this erroneous immigration policy, they are the ones who wake up every day without at least one parent. Come support the children of fathers banished and deported, as they stand up and demand the return of their fathers!
Families For Freedom was happy to be in the advisory committee of Human Impact Partners' new report – Family Unity, Family Health: How Family-Focused Immigration Reform Will Mean Better Health for Children and Families – that shines a light on the public health consequences of current immigration policy on children and families. Advised by a nationwide group of health and immigrant rights organizations and researchers, the report pulls together data from a wide range of sources on the impacts that the threat of deportation and detention has on the physical and mental health of children and families
Tens of thousands are detained and deported in the United States, the European Union and elsewhere but human migration will not stop. The number of migrants worldwide has increased from an estimated 36 million in 1991 to over 200 million today, including 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Migration is wired into the structures of capitalism and is transforming nation-state demographics and politics.
Join us this Wednesday, May 15, at 9am for a press conference on the steps of City Hall, calling for an end to discriminatory policing tactics like Stop-and-Frisk and the collaboration of police and ICE through Secure Communities. End S-Comm and Stop-and-Frisk!