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UPDATE: DACA Recipient Interrupts President’s Speech at CHC Gala
While Families Facing Deportation Protest Outside Demanding Seat at the Table

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Outside the gala, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Casa de Maryland, Workers United of DC, Juntos and others picketed with signs reading, “#DACA4ALL,” “Stop the Deportations,” and “#Not1More delay”

Two immigrant rights leaders from the Philadelphia area made the trip to implore that the President offer relief immediately to release their husbands from detention and reunite their families. Maritza Guzman explained, “Since my husband was taken by ICE our lives haven’t been the same. My children have developed complicated es and without my husband’s support, I’ve hit bottom. I’m tired of living like this. The President has to keep his promise. I’m here to deliver the message to the President myself if necessary.”

Criticism spread from the President to the Hispanic Caucus (CHC) itself.  Despite a position from the CHC that relief must be applied to those who would’ve qualified for the Senate bill , it recently provided political cover for the President’s decision to delay reforms until after the elections.  “Latino leaders should be demanding the President end the suffering of the people they represent today, not tomorrow. It doesn’t make sense for him to be invited to celebrate Latino heritage while he’s still responsible for so much damage to the Latino community,” says Salvador G. Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

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