The President is inciting this type behavior with his “executive orders” to not have Federal officers deport them.
Illegal immigrants blockaded a federal office that handles deportations in Atlanta Tuesday morning, and soon after a group of 12 illegal immigrants in Chicago chained themselves to the wheels of a bus they said was headed to the airport to finish deport people.
The moves mark the latest escalation in a campaign by activists to pressure President Obama to use his executive authority to stop almost all deportations. They argue he’s targeting rank-and-file illegal immigrants rather than those with criminal records.
The activists said the Chicago bus includes one father who was put into deportation proceedings after being arrested in a traffic stop, and another father with two U.S. citizen daughters.
Late last week the Obama administration said it would allow illegal immigrant relatives of U.S. troops and veterans to apply for “parole in place,” which would allow them to remain in the country — and the activists Tuesday said they want the same considerations for all illegal immigrants.
“Undocumented, unafraid,” the Atlanta protesters chanted. “No papers, no fear.”
The protests were part of the Not One More campaign, which has staged similar protests in Arizona, California and Louisiana, broadcasting the action on the web.
In the case of Atlanta, video showed activists blocking a gate and being taken away by police.
The activists said they were prodded to action by Georgia’s use of two different programs, Secure Communities and the 287(g) program, which the federal government runs to check jails and prisons for illegal immigrants they might want to deport.
“If the president can stop the deportations of military families, he can stop breaking apart other families as well,” one of the protesters, Marisela Medina, said in a statement issued by the organizers as the protest was underway. “All my children think about is the day I could be taken away. Instead the president should grant relief to my family and all families. What is he waiting for?”
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Atlanta said it respected the protesters’ right “to voice their opinion within the confines of the law.”