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One million deported by Barack Obama: immigration religious leaders and Congressman Luis Gutierrez arrested at White House – VIDEO PHOTOS

July 27, 2011

Congressman Luis Gutierrez and ten immigrant rights activists and religious leaders were arrested at the White House yesterday, for protesting against mass deportations and incarcerations of immigrants, being executed by the Obama administration.

Since Barack Obama took office in 2008, more than one million migrant workers and their families have been incarcerated and deported. Most of them had no criminal records, whatsoever. President Obama doesn’t intend to stop his repressive policies, thus really tough times are coming ahead for our immigrant communities.

Photos by Anita Garrick, Adam Luna.

ONE MILLION workers, parents, students, veterans and children have been imprisoned and deported since 2008 in the United States by Homeland Security Department. Read a PDF file posted by ICE with official statistics of what they call “removals”.

This video shows the moment of the arrests while a rally was held across the street fr0m the White House by protesters, mostly indigenous Latinos and supporters of Immigration Reform and the DREAM Act.

Most corporate media reported on the arrests, this is what Reuters posted today:

Gutierrez was released and made it back to the floor of the House of Representatives in time for the final vote of the day after paying a $100 fine, said the spokesman, Douglas Rivlin. [...]

Gutierrez and about a dozen other immigration protesters were arrested after sitting down in front of the White House, in an area where people are supposed to keep moving.

The arrested were part of a larger protest by groups which say that under President Barack Obama’s watch, more people have been deported than under any other president.

Among the detainees were: Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois), Deepak Dhargava executive director of the Center for Community Change, Gustavo Torres executive director of CASA de Maryland with CASA activists Delia Aguilar, Renato Mendoza, and Fernando Garavito . Also, Scott Roberts of Progressive Maryland, Jerry Torres a DC-based student and activist, and Reverend Lorena Hernandez, Ana Garcia-Ashley and John Norton of religious advocacy group Gamaliel.

Photos by Anita Garrick

We immigrants have a lot to worry about

Here we go again. Another rally for justice for immigrant workers and our families, more arrests of civil rights leaders, people risking their health by protesting in the streets of D.C. in the middle of this horrendous summer. It was another peaceful protest, this one seemed all planned.

The response of president Barack Obama was given one day before the protest while speaking at the NCLR Annual Conference: he is a law enforcer, not a reformer and he will continue deporting people. Again, he lied by saying he can’t stop deportations, but yes he can.

As right now, things are looking really bad for our immigrant communities because law enforcement will continue, the E-Verify system might become a federal law which will force employers to verify the workers immigration status. While the DREAM Act is being put on hold in the Senate another DREAmer was deported last night, and there is no way an Immigration Reform will happen in the next 2-3 years, at least.

With many Latino families focusing on surviving the current economic and unemployment crisis, it’s likely that those eligible to vote might not necessarily support neither the Democratic or Republican candidates for president and Congress. Immigration is the most important issue for Latinos right now, so we Brown communities feel that we are being disenfranchised by the Obama administration, we are being played as fools.

Surely, president Obama might get reelected, but the Democrats will lose the Senate and with a Republican-c0ntrolled Congress, we expect a really tough future for the immigrant communities in the next following years.

So be ready, mass incarcerations and deportations will continue happening and increasing, because it’s a profitable business and because the U.S. is still a deeply racist government that justifies its inhuman actions with a broken legislation.

Many U.S. citizens are still ignoring this crisis and the Nazi-style human displacement, because they think this is about the law and justice. but it’s not at all. This is about the U.S. becoming a prison nation and corporations and racist elites controlling this weakened democracy. Those who think they have nothing to fear, remember your time will come eventually if you don’t do what they want you to do.

Meanwhile, more indigenous families are broken apart and children are left completely abandoned. Thus, millions of lives of hard work and dreams have been destroyed, and one million people are now somewhere overseas trying to understand why the American Dream was denied to them by an obsolete legislation and a racist and insensitive president.

Will the people of the United States continue watching silently while this nation keeps falling apart? I don’t think so.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    December 14, 2011 10:32 pm

    i think that the president needs to live up to his promises and leave the mexicans alone you cant help where you come from. the mexicans come here to work to help support their families just like we do. the president is not from here or either is family so why dont they get deported to. the president obama brought his aunt over here and shes not illegal either so what give them the right to be here to

  2. August 9, 2011 2:10 am

    Thank you Rodrigo. I look forward to reading your poem.

  3. August 9, 2011 2:09 am

    When people take back the power.

  4. August 9, 2011 2:09 am

    Thank you Zekwean.

  5. August 9, 2011 2:06 am

    The Healer,

    Sadly, I don’t think it matters much if Obama gets reelected for us immigrants. The system is already designed to benefit the Prison industry. No matter who gets elected, both the DEM and GOP are going to continue mass incarcerations and deportations. It’s a profitable business and human rights are never above money in today’s United States. I think people need to organize and resist in our communities to support this repression.

  6. August 9, 2011 2:04 am

    Dave Francis, responding to your lies and distorted data:

    1- The economic crisis that we are living and which will worsen in the upcoming months was created by the rich and their banks, their corporations and corrupted mafias in Wall Street and Washington, DC. Not by undocumented immigrants.

    2- Most undocumented immigrants pay taxes to the U.S. federal government, and to the States and cities where we live and/or work. In the long term, we pay more taxes to social programs than we ever get in benefits, as most of us never use government social programs. Ever.

    3- The legalization of undocumented workers would add at least $1.5 trillion in cumulative U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over 10 years. Read: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/immigration-reform-and-job-growth

    4- Most U.S. citizens support a Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which will allow productive workers and their families to become officially part of the country which we call home today. This will allow us to create small businesses and new jobs.

    5- Undocumented immigrants do not vote. That is a federal felony.

  7. July 28, 2011 7:42 pm

    Those in Washington who are discussing discretionary spending and the debt ceiling and are already planning cutting funds from National Parks and National Monuments. Thousands of Post offices are on the condemned list and states are in an equal dilemma, having to cut-back on their State parks and recreation areas and many other agencies. The post 1986 Immigration Control or Reform Act, a bloody job killing amnesty, is still resonating today and will in our future years. And now the illegal immigration has spread like a virus, so we must congratulate Legislators who cleverly placed the blind fold over America’s eyes, completely ignoring the nightmare that was to come for us all. Millions of those itinerant foreigners began the Chain Migration horror that taxpayers are now paying for. When (Fair) analyzed the cost of illegal immigration and its nationwide deficit, they came up with a stunning figure of $113 billion dollars annually, while [undocumented immigrants] revenue to the government coffers was a total amount of $13 Billion dollars and change.

    According to the media, [undocumented immigrants] are leaving in droves from Arizona. New enforcement laws have sent them packing as well in Alabama and Georgia. If they stay in America and don’t head home, you can be sure they will be heading for the sanctuary states of California and Nevada. If they are economic [undocumented immigrants], they will already be foraging around for welfare and other free entitlements.

    Not included in these [undocumented immigrants] labor is wages leaving the country to foreign nations, estimated to be 46 Billion dollars? Our economy is sinking and the Obama administration is insisting on passage of another Amnesty failure. Heritage Foundation has stated that cost for processing , Social Security will have an expenditure of 2.5 Trillion dollars, when we are still arguing in Congress on raising our debt ceiling. Say NO to any Immigration Reform that generates CHAIN MIGRATIONS. Say No to Sanctuary States and cities. Say No to the Dream Act that will be another avenue of Chain Migration.

    This grading of the Presidential Hopefuls is based entirely on their immigration positions. We know that voters support candidates based on any number of policy positions and personal attributes.

    Currently, this is how the Hopefuls rate on immigration policy (from worst to mediocre best):

    F-minus: Barack Obama
    F: Ron Paul
    F: Gary Johnson
    F: Rick Santorum
    D-minus: Newt Gingrich
    D-minus: Jon Huntsman
    D-minus: Rick Perry
    D: Sarah Palin
    D: Mitt Romney
    C-minus: Herman Cain
    C+: Tim Pawlenty
    B-minus: Michele Bachmann

    If you want the President of the United States to work for immigration policies that are good for Americans, you need to pressure the Hopefuls on this list to come up with much better platforms than they now have.
    Attn: Be observant in the forthcoming elections, as immigrants and [undocumented immigrants] are voting. This is “Only” a citizen’s right!

  8. July 28, 2011 12:41 pm

    And Obama expects to receive large support from Latinos in next years election?

    Unfortunately, the electoral option for Latinos is no option at all.

    Who do we vote for?

    A. Worst

    B. Least Worst

  9. zekwean permalink
    July 27, 2011 4:31 pm

    We need the undocumented members of our Latino community to gain legal access to education and citizenship.

    We can’t abandon children born in this country, and we need families to stay united.

    I will contact my members of Congress yet again to do what I can to stop these unfair practices.

  10. Anonymous permalink
    July 27, 2011 12:36 pm

    Amidst all the bad news, I am trying to find hope somewhere. But all I read is bad news and hopelessness. When will the suffering be over or at least alleviated?

  11. July 27, 2011 12:10 pm

    hermano, this has inspired to write a poem about this blog entry! gracias!

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