Last week Washington CAN! joined with more than 100 day laborers, immigrants, and advocates statewide in a week-long fast as part of the national “Not One More Deportation,” campaign. Coming on the heels of the passage of an immigration reform bill in the US Senate, participants came together to recognize the work that remains to be done in seeking a just solution to the broken immigration system.
The national solidarity “Not One More Deportation” rolling fast is being coordinated by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and began on May Day in California. In addition to Washington State, the fast continues through Oregon, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas and other sites over the course of the next few weeks.
Two demands stand at the core of this campaign: 1) that President Obama suspend the deportations that are tearing families apart, and 2) that Congress passes an immigration reform bill that provides an inclusive pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented people in this country.
As Congress debates immigration reform, more than 1,100 people are deported each day, creating a moral crisis as families and children are needlessly separated. The President has the ability to stop this without an act of Congress. Sign the petition here.
Furthermore, the pathway to citizenship outlined in the Senate bill, while it will be accessible to many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants, excludes many of the most vulnerable who will not be able to meet some of the more stringent requirements. Washington CAN! is committed to fighting for a truly comprehensive approach to immigration reform which will protect workers’ rights and civil rights, reject militarization of the border, and eliminate barriers to a pathway to citizenship.