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4/4/2014 2:50:00 PM
Arizonans rallying Washington for end to deportations
Dozens of immigration advocates, including several from Arizona, rallied outside the White House to repeat demands that President Barack Obama stop deportations of people here illegally until a reform bill can be passed. (Cronkite News Service photo by Whitney Ogden)
Dozens of immigration advocates, including several from Arizona, rallied outside the White House to repeat demands that President Barack Obama stop deportations of people here illegally until a reform bill can be passed. (Cronkite News Service photo by Whitney Ogden)
Arizonans Erika Andiola and Jose Valdez said the President needs to stop waiting on Congress and use his executive power to stop deportations of immigrants here illegally. Andiola’s mother and brother are currently being detained, as are Valdez’s son and daughter (Cronkite News Service photo by Whitney Ogden)
Arizonans Erika Andiola and Jose Valdez said the President needs to stop waiting on Congress and use his executive power to stop deportations of immigrants here illegally. Andiola’s mother and brother are currently being detained, as are Valdez’s son and daughter (Cronkite News Service photo by Whitney Ogden)
Deportation Demonstrations
The group Not1More claims it will have marches and rallies in more than 50 cities across the country this weekend, calling for an end to deportations of illegal immigrants.

- Alabama: Birmingham

- Arizona: Flagstaff, Phoenix, Safford

- California: Garden Grove, Los Angeles, Palmdale, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, Van Nuys,

- Colorado: Aurora, Denver, Durango, Frisco

- Connecticut: Various cities

- District of Columbia

- Florida: Homestead, Miami

- Georgia: Atlanta

- Illinois: Chicago

- Iowa: Des Moines

- Louisiana: New Orleans

- Massachusetts: Boston, Springfield, Worcester

- Minnesota: Minneapolis

- Missouri: Independence

- Ohio: Columbus

- North Carolina: Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh

- New Hampshire: Nashua

- New Jersey: Newark

- New Mexico: Albuquerque, Clovis, Las Cruces

- New York: New York City

- Oregon: Newport, Portland

- Pennsylvania: Norristown, Westchester

- Puerto Rico: San Juan

- Rhode Island: Providence

- Tennessee: Knoxville, Nashville

- Texas: Dallas, Houston

- Utah: West Salt Lake City

- Washington: Forks, Sumas, Tacoma, Yakima

- Wisconsin: Milwaukee

Cronkite News Service

WASHINGTON - Immigration reform advocates rallied Thursday in front of the White House, where they called on President Barack Obama to "stop the deportation machine" that is splitting up families like theirs.

The protesters, many of them from Arizona, said the president should use his executive authority to stop deportations of immigrants here illegally as long as immigration reform legislation is stalled in Congress.

"We have seen a lot of folks within both parties play with the lives of undocumented people ... many times for political reasons," said Erika Andiola, an Arizona resident at the Washington event. She said her mother and brother, who are in this country illegally, are currently being detained in Arizona.

The rally was organized by Not1More, the same group that plans a weekend of action across the country, with marches or vigils planned in scores of cities.

Advocates had been pushing for congressional action on an immigration overhaul that stalled in the House, but have since shifted tactics and are now trying to pressure the president to halt deportations until Congress acts.

They point to the level of deportations under the current administration, which they say are nearing the 2 million mark since the president took office.

About 20 protesters - who appeared to be outnumbered by reporters Thursday - gathered outside the White House for the hour-long rally, holding signs and giving speeches.

Arizona resident Naira Zapata told the rally that she was two months pregnant with her daughter, Nyla Rosales, when her husband was detained last year. She said he has yet to see his infant daughter, who was with Zapata at the White House rally.

"We need the president to change the system," Zapata said through an interpreter. "We voted for the president and we want him to vote for us by changing the system so that he can let us live without fear."

Andiola said it is difficult to be heard in Arizona, with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-described "toughest sheriff in the country," and the "papers please" provisions of the state immigration get-tough law, SB 1070. She said family members are being detained in the state and nothing is being done about it at the national level.

Andiola said in Arizona she and other families were ignored at the local level, so she came to Washington to speak at the president?s doorstep.

"It has got to this point that we need to actually bring it here so that (Washington) can actually, like, listen to the people who are going through this ... on the state level," she said.

Not1More member Tania Unzueta said the group will stay outside the White House until the president takes action to end the deportations that are taking their family members away.

"We can't wait anymore, our families can't wait anymore," Unzueta said. "We'll be ... here in front of the White House indefinitely until we know that he (the president) has heard us."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Article comment by: Larry Mosher

I, for one, welcome al the hard working immigrants from Mexico that want to come to the US. We can learn a lot from thier work ethic. I don't understand why, with that drive and ambition, they didn't take the legal path. If it's hard and takes a long time, so what, most things worth while do! Don't blame the US for starving Mexicans, blame Mexico!!! Please be welcome in our country, we need you, but only if you have the courtesy to respect our laws and customs.

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Article comment by: @ slater x 2

I thought the big knock on illegals was that they are taking all those landscape and food service jobs from the white guys.

Besides, it is fact that illegals pay more into the system than they take out. (Imagine the profit decrease if companies had to pay union scale?)

Get some more accurate right-wing crapola to spout.

Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: Lynn Berry

I understand wanting to make a better life for your family. My great great grandparents came from Germany. But they followed the laws back then and did it legally. It is so easy to come into America illegally through Mexico it has become an alleyway for immigrants from all over the world. Sometimes they aren't the kind of people you would want as your neighbors and I'm not being a bigot, but if you were a terrorist or someone that was hiding from the law in your country what a nice and easy way to just disappear. There are many reasons for a country to require immigration laws. If we were to just stop deportations then we should just remove the demarcation line between the United States and Mexico. Maybe we could call it "United States of North America". NOTTTTTTTT

Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: Jenifer McKinzie

Sorry, folks! My heart goes out to the hard-working people trying to build a better life, BUT, you do not build a better life by coming here illegally. We are suoposed to be a Nation of Laws! If deportation is dividing families, then maybe the family needs to go home! If the children are legal, and the parents are not, the children need to utilize their dual citizenship and go to Mexico with their parents, and learn about their culture or stay with extended family here. Then, when they are of legal age they can choose where they want to live.
And for all of the individuals living here illegally, and working and paying taxes, whose identities are they "using"?
I was born here

Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: Mata Usi

These protests make zero sense, there is already a process for naturalization. It isn't easy and it isn't cheap, but its price of admission to a better life in the greatest country on earth.

If you don't want to endure the process like millions of others have chosen to, then you should be treated like the law breaking criminal you are.

It's not about treating people like second class citizens, its about maintaining the sovereignty of the American people, and the privileges that come with American Citizenship.

Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: @ I hope they stay There

Here is a suggestion. Take your children to just about any rural town in Mexico, and have the observe the living conditions. The truth is Mexico would be even WORSE if it wasn't for all the workers migrating north, and all the money that is being sent there by those migrant workers living here in the United States. Even though it may not comprise most of Mexico's total GDP or GNP, it is still how MOST of Mexico's poor and "middle-class" families can survive or afford all that they do.

20% of all Mexicans receive remittances from people working abroad. That's over 20,000,000 people. The total is $25-30,000,000,000 or more. The United States is Mexico's pressure release valve. Without the high numbers of migrant workers here, it would make things down there even worse than now, if that is even imaginable. And all because their rich are even more greedy and shameless than ours are.

Here is a Civics test for you and your children.

Who is the worlds richest person?? CALOS SLIM.
Where does he live?? MEXICO

Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Jane

@ I hope they stay there

So what you're really saying is, if the law says that I have to stay where I am and starve to death while watching my children and my neighbors starve, then by God that's what I would do? Absurdity, thy name is YOU!

There are a lot of brave immigrants that chose to do what it takes to live. Americans have become lazy and fearful of anything outside their comfort zone because they believe all the false prophets of doom they watch every morning on the FOX tabloid and GB networks.

Imagine what it takes to uproot your life and emigrate to a country where one of the few things you know about their culture is that they despise you and your poverty. You are a visual reminder of how their government has raped and pillaged the world without a single thought to the effects it has on anyone but themselves. How much misery does one have to endure before they leave their families and everything they have ever known to run the gauntlet on both sides of the border for a chance at finding work and sending money back home to keep their families from starvation and grinding poverty?

I have listened to many stories from people who have done just that. The effort they put into getting here and finding work is often heroic!

I hope this response makes you feel even more arrogant and smug. After all, you are so much better than your southern brown-skinned neighbors, right?

Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Get citizenship. When you get off the doal call me,crank up the machine .

Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Article comment by: sherry john

Not all Arizonan's are demonstrating to stop Deportations. This article is all about politics and activist groups that are promoting amnesty for illegals. It is there for all to see and the majority of Arizonans are ignored.

Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Article comment by: pf has a valid point.

Why isn't the U.S. deporting all those Swedes and other Nordics who swim the Atlantic to escape their socialist paradise?

Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Article comment by: I hope they stay there

My husband and I have always stressed the point with our children that there are always choices in life and if you choose to do something that is wrong, you also chose the punishment that goes along with it. You cannot chose to do something that is wrong or illegal without expecting to also have chosen the punishment that goes with it. The idea that you should be rewarded is absurd.

Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Article comment by: p f

@ Joe

Great idea, Joe!

Forget about all those other stupid old American documents blathering about, "All men are created equal... and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights...' or, " establish Justice..." and the other tedious, unAmerican Liberal, Socialist tripe like that.

And, maybe we can get the I.C.E. agents really neato "SS" insignia for their collars so everyone having their 4th Amendment Rights violated by our newly formed anti-Mexican gestapo can tremble in fear.

I am sure you wouldn't expect them to look for illegal Swedes or other beautiful, blonde Nordics, would you?

Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014
Article comment by: Joe Evans

Every one of these “Protests” should have ICE agents swarming all over them. The Constitution doesn’t just start “We the People”, it starts out “We the People OF THE UNITED STATES” not the people of mexico, columbia, iraq, china, or anywhere else in the world.

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