In February of this year, Juan Manuel Montes, a DREAMer who had lived in the U.S. since he was 9 years old, with cognitive disabilities, and who had been granted relief from deportation under President Obama’s deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program, was sent back to Mexico. This is the first case of a DACAmented youth, with federal authorization to live and work in the U.S., being deported. But it probably won’t be the last.
Just this week, on April 19th, a mother of four U.S.-born American children, who had lived in the U.S. for nearly two decades, with no criminal record, was put on a plane and sent to Mexico, separating her from her young children.
The frightening reality is that immigration officers are terrorizing our communities. Raids on immigrant families are escalating. Mothers who have been here for over a decade have been ripped from the arms of their children. Immigrants with lawful status have been unlawfully detained. Deportation forces have targeted parents picking their children up from school and even waited outside of to courts to track down domestic abuse victims seeking protection. Because of fear of being detained or deported, immigrants are avoiding going to the doctor when they get sick, parents are pulling their kids out of school, and others are hiding deeper in the shadows.
This is what the Trump agenda represents. And this is why we all have to Rise Up on May 1 and resist. We must defend our communities, citizens and noncitizens alike.
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