The head of the National Council of La Raza denounced the American government for its continued deportation of Latinos and for Congress’s inability to pass immigration reform.
Focusing on nearly two million immigrants deported during President Barack Obama’s time in office, Janet Marguia called Obama the “deporter in chief,” according to a report by The Root.
“For us, this president has been the deporter in chief,” Murguia said at an awards dinner Tuesday night. “Any day now, this administration will reach the 2 million mark for deportations. It is a staggering number that far outstrips any of his predecessors and leaves behind it a wake of devastation for families across America.”
During her speech Marguia had plenty of blame for both parties. She expressed strong sentiment against House Republicans for stalling on immigration reform after the Senate passed a comprehensive bill months ago.
You have had more than enough time to come up with legislation to move reform forward. It is time to stop the political gamesmanship,” she said.
Despite Republicans who focus on the need to deport more than 11 million undocumented immigrants believed to be in the country, Marguia said the president has the power to stop deportation policies that tear families apart.
Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey also spoke at the awards dinner where he was honored for his work. He wants Obama to halt deportations for relatives of U.S. citizens, young people who were brought to the country illegally by family members and legal residents, according to the Associated Press.
“I urge the president to take action today and halt needless deportations that are splitting apart our families and communities,” Menendez said. “The current deportation apparatus is an outrage and it’s a tragedy.”
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at [email protected]