“Napolitano, you’re destroying our communities!”

These are the principles that could shape a real immigration reform.

These are the principles that would really shape a just immigration reform.

Policía arrestó por lo menos a 12 manifestantes luego de que interrumpieron una audiencia del Senado para exigir una reforma migratoria justa.

Las voces de la raza fighting for a families-first immigration reform went to Washington D.C. to let politicians know that their more-enforcement-first approach is not going to fly con la comunidad.

Just a day after a State of the Union Address in which President Barack Obama basically endorsed the principles for immigration reform the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ presented on January 28, miembros de varias comunidades afectadas por la persecución de inmigrantes interrupted Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as she gave testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

An online video by MyCuétame.org shows Carlos García, from Puente Arizona, and UndocuBus riders María Huerta and Yovany Díaz Tolentino, among others, yelling in the middle of the DHS seceretary remarks before the Senators.

“Napolitano, that’s the problem. You’re destroying our communities. Stop the deportations!” García said as he held a banner that read “No More Deportations”.

The group yelled “No more deportations! Include all 11 million!” mientras que la policía del Capitolio lo sacó de la sala en que se realizaba la audiencia. Reports indicate that Capitol police arrested at least 12 of the protesters, most of them undocumented immigrants.

Esta acción is a clear indication de que las comunidades no están de acuerdo with what’s being proposed and celebrated as the bipartisan harmony on immigration reform. Porque mientras los políticos siguen con sus discursos, deportations continue to break up families and communities.

*Update: All of the people arrested were released. Yovany Díaz told Mojado Citizen that they were charged with disruption of Congress. Díaz, a young DREAM Leader from Georgia, spent eight hours in jail.

About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista, Spot.us, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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1 Response to “Napolitano, you’re destroying our communities!”

  1. Pingback: “We needed to make Napolitano understand!” | Mojado Citizen

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