The Common Good

Demanding More From The Deportation President

Date: December 12, 2013

Through all the rhetoric of progressive ideals in President Obama’s campaign, his administration has deported more people than any other president in history. Over 1.5 million have been deported, and at this rate, this number is expected to reach 2 million before Obama leaves office. President Obama can redeem himself for the promises he’s made and broken, by taking a compassionate approach to immigration reform and using his executive power to defer deportations and keep families together….

In protest of the delay in Congress to vote on H.R.15, the bill for comprehensive immigration reform, community leaders fasted for weeks in the shadow of Capitol Hill. For 22 days, Eliseo Medina of SEIU, Cristian Avila of Mi Familia Vota, Dae Joong Yoon of NAKASEC and Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners fasted for justice, drinking only water. Garnering attention nationwide, President Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and several other representatives visited the fasters.

By December 3, these dedicated leaders inspired several thousand people across the country to join the fast in solidarity. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rev. Al Sharpton and several other politicians and leaders gathered to join the heartwarming ceremony to pass the fast on to a new group of faith and community leaders.

Though the president may not be able to singlehandedly pass immigration reform, he certainly has power to extend protection from deportation to a larger portion of the undocumented population. This would shift the conversation and allow those directly affected by immigration legislation to come out of the shadows and share their stories of hardship and suffering.