Skip to comments.Hundreds rally against deportation of immigrants
Posted on 04/22/2011 4:35:56 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
Hundreds of people rallied at a church in Charlotte's Belmont neighborhood Wednesday night, calling for an end to deportations that break up families.
The event was part of a nationwide tour by U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez of Chicago.
In an at-times passionate speech, he told the crowd the U.S. immigration system is broken. He called on President Obama to use the power of his office to stop deportations that break up families.
Many who came to St. Paul's Baptist Church for the rally had personal stories of how deportation has affected their loved ones. One woman who's a U.S. citizen told the crowd her illegal immigrant fiancee is facing deportation after being arrested for a minor offense.
"Even though he wasn't born here, he is my family," she said. "He is my children's father. And that's all that should matter."
Outside the rally Mar Betancourt told us her American citizen cousins' illegal immigrant parents were deported, and it's caused psychological issues for her cousins.
"Why deport somebody if you're breaking up families?" Betancourt said. "Where have our American values gone?"
In an interview after the rally, Gutierrez told WBTV he is against the 287g program used by many sheriff's offices in our area to identify illegal immigrants.
He says too many are being later deported by the federal government after being arrested for minor offenses.
"I want my federal government to make me safer by going after dangerous criminals in our community, jailing them and deporting them," Gutierrez said. "Those aren't dangerous criminals that we heard from today."
But Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chipp Bailey says 287g is a great program that does what it's meant to do.
"No one living here has anything to fear as long as they follow the law," Bailey told WBTV.
(Excerpt) Read more at wbtv.com ...
Ok, deport the whole family
um last time I checked they weren’t preventing the rest of the family from leaving with the illegals...what’s the problem? Oh yeah have babies with an illegal but dont marry him...did anyone ask how they are supporting the kids?
There should be no problem in sending him back to wherever and they can follow! No one is stopping them.
Don’t break up families. Send them all back. Besides think about this for a minute. What sort of family lets itself be broken up? Why don’t they follow their family back? (I know,i know. they intend to come right back)
Headline should read: Hundreds of illegal immigrants rally against deportation of immigrants
They can take their families with them.
Wonder what the difference is? what is this country we are in law breakers can raise Hell and nothing is done let a Citizen try it and look what happens
Jury finds that Jones’s protest would breach peace
Link to post.
One woman who's a U.S. citizen told the crowd her illegal immigrant fiancee is facing deportation after being arrested for a minor offense.
I don’t want to break up those poor families, either. Put the little bastards on the bus with the parents.
We aren’t deporting immigrants. We’re deporting ****ing lawbreaking illegal alien invaders who have no respect for the laws of the United States. We don’t need that kind of crap going on in our country.
If they’re deported who’s gonna mow the lawns?
They aren’t families; they are anchor babies and baby-daddies.
My ForeFathers said if they had known what was going to happen they would have picked their own cotton. I will pick my own garden and mow my own yard thank you.
garden= vegetable garden.
Ooh, hundreds? There’s a strong voice. I’m scared.
Here’s the thing — if we ‘give it back,’ then what are they going to do for Food Stamps, free housing, free schooling, free university education, etc?
Also known as "a target-rich environment".
Thank God we moved from Charlotte, NC. What a liberal cesspool!
Only rotten person would get deported and leave his kids in a foreign country.
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