Almost immediately after the bipartisan immigration reform bill was formally introduced early Wednesday in the Senate, calls for an end to the deportations of undocumented immigrants who could qualify for the bill started pouring in. “President [Barack] Obama should seize the opportunity presented today by immediately suspending deportations, at a bare minimum for all those who would be included in the bill’s legalization provisions,” said Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Obama should ‘immediately’ stop deportations In February, news broke about immigration authorities having a quota of 400,000 deportations for the year. Alvarado referred to the quota as “the biggest roadblock on the path to citizenship.” He also called on Obama to “take steps immediately to end the removal and criminalization of would-be citizens.”

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