This Valentine’s Day we stand up for immigrants, even those often ignored.
Today, OCDT and allies delivered a letter to the Orange County Sheriff, demanding she stop collaborating with ICE!
We were stopped from personally handing her the letter, and a representative was sent outside to receive it.
The demonstration in front of the sheriff’s office had community members speak out loud why it is necessary for our community to trust our law enforcement, and why we don’t.
We ended the event with the chant, “we’ll be back!”
Thank you to all the people who stood up for themselves today, and to the community organizations that stood next to us.
"By calling for a pathway towards “earned” citizenship that would ask applicants to “go to the back” of a very selective line, and pay “a penalty”, the President chose to ignore our community’s decades of hard work and contribution under ever-more repressive enforcement policies. Under the President and the “Gang of Eight’s” plans, a “fair” pathway towards citizenship is anything but. What they dub “fair” means undocumented immigrants who have lived and worked in this country for years, even decades, will have to wait 20 to 30 years to apply for Permanent Residency. This is unacceptable."
For the full response, follow the link:
"Once again congressional leaders presented an immigration reform framework that fails to address the real problems plaguing the current immigration system. The bipartisan “Gang of Eight”… presented a framework for immigration reform that overlooks the humanity of the immigrant community… Furthermore, their distinction between those immigrants who “do the work Americans will not do” and “Dreamers” from other immigrants denotes a notion of citizenship as a privilege that must be earned by living up to an unfair and unattainable standards, the implication being that those who fail to measure up to said standards do not deserve to be called “American.”"
Read full response:
"…OC’s always-awesome DREAMers held a protest early this morning at various points of the 5 Freeway to pressure Obama into further immigration reform."
This Martin Luther King, Jr day, as the country prepared to inaugurate President Obama, OCDT woke up early to let Orange County know that the immigration discussion is happening in their back yards, affecting real people.
Members and friends joined in three cities (San Juan Capistrano, Anaheim, and Santa Ana), holding up signs and banners over one of the more densely used freeways for commuters to read our message: There is an excruciating need for humane immigration policy, we will hold our government accountable.