AFSC Immigrant Rights Program staff, volunteers and community members rallied for humane immigration policy at Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Newark, NJPhoto: AFSC
On December 18 International Migrants Day, over 40 advocates, immigrant families and community members spoke and rallied at the federal office building in Newark NJ to demand the Obama Administration shift away from deportation policies that separate families. During the first Obama administration, a record 1.4 million immigrants have been deported.
Migrant parents and children spoke about their experience of detention and family seperation. "Immigration deportation separates family, hurts kids, and affects their ability to go to school, eventually hurts their future. It also makes kids miss their parents and worry that they will never see them again," said Madjoma, "Over the years, I think about my mom a lot, especially how she was detained and deported. I never saw her since she was taken away from her job. It has been ten years now."
“Family speak out” was moderated by a young woman whose life has been turned upside down by broken immigration policy. Her story can be found at http://www.afsc.org/story/keeping-family-together-nieces-fight-immigration-reform