Skip to comments.Advocates for immigrants rally at jails Families make appeal ahead of Fatherís Day
Posted on 06/16/2013 8:41:46 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
Eighteen-year-old Lorena Carrizo stood outside the Suffolk County House of Correction on Saturday afternoon, crying as a wall separated her from her stepfather, Josue Martinez, who was being detained inside by US Immigration Customs Enforcement.
Her mother, Norma Velazquez, of Fitchburg, looked on. She had hoped Martinez would be released in time for Fathers Day which is also the fourth birthday of their son, Luiz but that did not happen.
They make the kids suffer more than the parents, she said, gathered with more than 50 immigration reform activists outside the facility.
The group rallied as part of a nationwide effort to urge the Obama administration to halt deportations and stop separating families as Congress considers immigration legislation that could allow some to stay.
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This is really an underground crisis that is happening with families being torn apart, said Franklin Soults, communications director for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. We want Congress and the Senate not to forget that real people are being affected by this and real families are being destroyed.
Velazquez said her husband, who is in the country illegally, was driving without a license when he was pulled over with no explanation in early March and sent to the detention center. Since then, she said, she has struggled to explain to her younger children where their father is.
Carrizo, the oldest of the siblings, will start school at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall. Martinez was in the detention center when he found out she had been accepted.
She said her family will spend Fathers Day waiting by the phone for him to call.
It hurts, she said between tears. I feel like there is no meaning in life without him.
More than 400,000 immigrants were deported from the United States last year, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Magallela Moraless husband was deported four years ago, leaving her to raise two young boys by herself in Springfield. She wakes up at 4 a.m. and drops her kids off at day care before heading out to work in the tobacco fields of Western Massachusetts.
It is very hard on your own, she said.
Morales came with Just Communities of Western Massachusetts, one of the many groups that helped organize the event, including the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, the New England Coalition for Keeping Families Together, and the Irish International Immigrant Center.
We came out here as a community because this is a broken system, said Bliss Requa-Trautz, an organizer with Just Communities of Western Massachusetts. Javier Panzar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow him on Twitter @jpanzar.
I ,CHANGED IT AROUND( If the illegals want justice and all to be equal.. Let urge the Obama administration to halt arresting Americans whom have families.They make the kids suffer more than the parents, with more than 50 reform activists outside the facility.This is really a crisis that is happening with families being torn apart, We want Congress and the Senate not to forget that real people are being affected by being arrested and real families are being destroyed. We mothers struggled to explain to our younger children where their father is.Our family will spend Fathers Day waiting by the phone for him to call.
It hurts, one woman said between tears. I feel like there is no meaning in life without my husband is locked away four years ago, leaving me to raise two young boys by myself in Springfield. I wake up at 4 a.m. and drops my kids off at day care before heading out to work in the tobacco fields of Western Massachusetts. I came with Just Communities of Western Massachusetts, one of the many groups that helped organize the event, including the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, the New England Coalition for Keeping ARRESTED Families Together, and the Irish International Immigrant Center. We came out here as a community because this is a broken system, said Bliss Requa-Trautz, an organizer with Just Communities of Western Massachusetts.
oh boo hoo
They?> Who is this mysterious "they" you speak of?
Look in the mirror woman, you brought this grief on your own children by breaking the law.
Around here the killings and robberies are, according to newspaper reports, overwhelmingly carried out by blacks and hispanics. It is not racist, it’s the truth, and that’s just the way it is. It seems any community is required to face this because politicians in both Parties are desperate to change the face of America.
I’ll add a Piss off, all of you.
I agree. Families should not be torn apart. Take your kids with you, they can assert birthright citizenship once they reach majority.
And yet, they will still risk their lives to sneak into this evil country. Mexico must be a horrible place to live or illegal aliens aren't very bright.
Mexico is so bad but those who “can’t hack it” as Rubio might say, move here and are better than Americans who can’t hack it. Or something like that.
Mexico’s stated social safety net policy is to send indigents north. Until that changes, or we shut down the border and enforce current law, nothing will change.
Rubio is being played for a fool.
Massachusetts would have been better off if it had deported one more immigrant back to the Caucasus. Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have been deported for a domestic violence charge,the but People’s Republic of Massachusetts would rather use its social welfare programs to support domestic terrorists rather than have the terrorists covertly enter the country.
Ummm,how about just telling them that their father is a criminal who broke the law and is waiting to be sent back to the hellhole from whence he came?
On a side note, do the really grow tobacco in Massachusetts?
Being detained? not because he was arrrsted here for breaking the law! being detained because he’s an illegal? I think not.
We’ve got a Carrizo, Martinez and Velasquez—what have we got here?
There are hundreds of dead illegals on the border, could it be that the majority of illegals are not aware of the death toll?