To: President Obama

Tell President Obama to call off raids against immigrant families

Tell President Obama:

Immediately cease your administration’s raids against recent Central American immigrants fleeing violence in their home countries.

Why is this important?

President Obama’s administration has launched a series of raids against undocumented families who came to the US seeking refuge from violence in their home countries. [1]

According to Wall Street Journal, “The last time targeted roundups occurred on a large scale was about a decade ago, when the George W. Bush administration conducted high-profile raids at meatpacking plants and other work sites to detain undocumented workers.”

For President Obama to allow this to happen is inhumane and unacceptable. He must immediately cease his administration’s plans.

President Obama has the worst deportation record in history, with over 2.4 million people deported during the seven years of his presidency. [2]

Continuing with these massive raids across the country in the last year of his presidency will cement President Obama’s legacy as the Deporter-In-Chief. There will be no going back, and no way to undo the pain and separation of countless families.

As an undocumented person, I’m scared to think of the consequences that President Obama’s program will have on thousands of families. I understand the psychological toll of being under constant threat of deportation because it’s something that I think about constantly. From personal experience, I know well the trauma that the separation of families creates — no one deserves such life-devastating experiences.

These raids are inhumane and violate the dignity and human rights of countless people. They are in line with and will worsen the racism and xenophobia that Republican presidential candidates like Donald Trump are promoting. In fact, Donald Trump has already taken credit for the administration's plans. [3]

President Obama can’t blast Trump for extremist comments against immigrants when he himself is implementing inhumane policies that help legitimize Trump’s position.

That is why I’ve started this petition. Join me in calling on President Obama to immediately cease his administration’s raids against Central American families and continue to feed the deportation machine that has already deported over 2.4 million people.

Will you stand with me and do the right thing? Sign this petition now.

REFERENCES:

[1] Miriam Jordan, “U.S. Begins Crackdown on Central Americans,” Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2016. http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-begins-immigration-crackdown-on-central-americans-1451848783

[2] Tami Abdollah and Vivian Salama, “AP FACT CHECK: Sour notes on immigration, security in debate,” Associated Press, December 16, 2015 http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ap-fact-check-republican-debaters-astray-35792826

[3] Eugene Scott, “Trump claims credit for DHS deportation plan,” CNN, December 26, 2015. http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/26/politics/donald-trump-homeland-security-deportation/

Updates

2016-01-10 09:42:34 -0800

50,000 signatures reached

2016-01-05 10:39:02 -0800

20,000 signatures reached

2016-01-05 07:50:11 -0800

10,000 signatures reached

2016-01-05 06:50:26 -0800

5,000 signatures reached

2016-01-05 06:22:10 -0800

1,000 signatures reached

2016-01-05 06:17:17 -0800

500 signatures reached

2016-01-03 20:10:57 -0800

100 signatures reached

2015-12-30 11:56:27 -0800

50 signatures reached

2015-12-30 09:15:56 -0800

25 signatures reached

2015-12-30 07:37:11 -0800

10 signatures reached