DREAM Activists Slam President Obama at Immigration Rally

photo(36)The Obama Administration has deported more than 1.06 million undocumented immigrants during its first three years in office. That’s in spite of the president’s former promise to push through the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act) bill during his first two years, as well as his continuing public support of those whom Republican presidential debatees often refer to as “illegals.”

So, about 40 people met at Independence Mall yesterday for a “Coming out of the shadows” protest, in which local undocumented Americans would declare their status and argue for the DREAM Act. The rally was put together by DreamActivistPA, a youth organization dedicated to undocumented workers’ rights.

The event included speakers from schools around the Greater Philadelphia area, as well as professors, a preacher and state Rep. Tony Payton, who this summer introduced a bill to the state House that would allow undocumented workers to qualify for less expensive college tuition. The rally began at Independence Mall and marched up Market Street to Philadelphia’s Immigration Court.

“We are…here to call out President Obama and his administration for his failure to speak out for the immigrant community,” said Fernanda Marroquin, who began the rally’s speaking session. “President Obama says he supports us but continues to deport us and separate our community. We are here to tell him his words are not enough and we demand more from him.”

President Barack Obama’s policy on undocumented workers was a much-chastised point from several speakers. As well as the fact that he is well on pace to out-deport President Bush, who sent about 1.5 million undocumented workers back to their countries of origin during his own eight years of hateful rule. Obama has called not passing the DREAM Act his “biggest disappointment.”

photo(40)Speaker Jessica Li, a undocumented student at Bryn Mawr College, began a series of chants, one of which was “Obama, stop deporting hard-working immigrants!” and “Obama, stop the lies!”

Cesar Marroquin, a student at Montgomery County Community College and organizer for DreamActivist Pennsylvania, also spoke about his undocumented status. When reached afterwards, he told PW, “I used to be scared [of being deported] but that feeling has come out of me because of all the undocumented youth that have come out of the shadows. I’m not afraid anymore, I’m an American and I’m a member of my community…Right now, we need to call out Obama for separating families, separating dads and mothers from their little kids.”

He says he believes Obama has taken such a harsh stance on illegal immigration because the president is scared of a potential Republican backlash.

“Right now, I don’t see [the Hispanic community supporting President Obama in 2012],” he says. “They don’t like what’s going on around the country, especially in places like Alabama, where you have to show ID to use public transportation.”

Marroquin also says his group is aware of and fighting the hard-stance illegal immigration bills Pennsylvania Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is trying to push through the Pennsylvania legislature.

A Haverford student named Edward says he’s originally from Alabama and has seen, first hand, undocumented Americans whose water has been turned off because of the new laws in that state.

“It’s a serious violation of hphoto(37)uman rights affecting documented and undocumented, mixed status families in their community,” he says. “The kids are being pulled out of schools in Alabama. They have to live in fear and [the government is] creating a system of apartheid; separating the documented communities form undocumented, not allowing them to socialize in public without fear…it’s not part of our morals as a nation.”

Wharton sophomore Tania Chairez spoke after the crowd marched to Philadelphia Immigration Court. “Please don’t ever call me illegal,” she spoke to the crowd at 9th and Market. “I am a human being. I am undocumented because I lack a nine digit number that keeps me from doing a lot of things that people in this country take for granted.”

Chairez wrote an op/ed in the Daily Pennsylvanian on October 12, declaring herself undocumented.

“I don’t care if I don’t have a nine-digit number,” she says. “I can still tell a policeman ‘I have the right to remain silent,’ because I have rights as a human being. We want to tell Obama today that he can say whatever he wants. He can tell us about as many new policies as he can think of, but if he doesn’t put in place [a tactic] to implement them, how are they supposed to take action? How is ICE supposed to not deport us?”

5 Responses to “ DREAM Activists Slam President Obama at Immigration Rally ”

  1. Illegals Suck says:

    “you have to show ID to use public transportation.” apartheid

    Oh come on now, what ridiculous statements! With stupid comments like that, it shows that the illegals have no clue as to what is going on. They are just parroting what the racist illegal advocates tell them to say. They have NO right to be in this country and make demands when they are not legal citizens. And they are NOT Americans, as they like to claim. Maybe the Dreamers should learn the immigration laws. Or tell their illegals friends and family that THEY are the ones putting their families at risk by breaking so many laws, not the gov’t

    Typical illegals…breaking as many laws as they can, never taking personal responsibility and blaming everyone else for their crimes! Deport all their sorry azzes. Go complain in Mexico, where someone might actually care!

  2. Dave Francis says:

    These immigration issues calls for a Congressional corrections, after the ‘2006 Secure Fence act’ is resurrected and built as planned. This was a double-layer fence parallel to each other, as signed into law by former president Bush. Currently waiting in the wings is Lamar Smith’s ‘Legal Workforce Act’ that disinclined GOP leaders who are wavering in bringing (H.R. 2885 bill) to the floor of the House. It’s blatantly obvious the usual suspects have been whining at these lawmakers door, from the Special Interest lobbyists.

    Mandating E-Verify could easily be the epitome of returning America to the “Rule of Law” for all law-abiding Americans. It could be foreseen as a series of steps, to curtail the foothold baby- citizenship financial dilemma, probably one of the highest costs to taxpayers. Illegal aliens unable to procure work, will pack up their possessions and leave.

    In a study by the (FAIR) Federation of American Immigration Reform, they have estimated that somewhere between 20 million and upwards of illegal immigrants have unlawful roots here, not the numbers offered by previous or today’s administrations. The investment firm analysts for Bear-Stearns claimed that the US illegal immigrant population, also agreed with this number of 20 million people.” This was prior to the demise of the company in 2008.

    Much of these illegal entries has attributed to the 49 Percent of poverty in the United States. Since 1963 the U.S. has spent over $11 trillion on anti-poverty programs, given out money, food, Section 8 housing, medical care, and assistance to the poor and near underprivileged. Since the immigration reforms of the 1960s, the U.S. has imported unsustainable poverty through immigration measures that were permitted and encouraged entry and the residence of millions of low-skill immigrants into the nation. Low-skill migrants and immigrants are liable to be poor, having babies who, in turn, are adding to America’s propagating poverty problem, driving up governmental benefits, public service, and education costs. We are now topping $113 billion dollars annually, as according to the Heritage Foundation.

    Under the Liberals, Democrats and GOP elitists nothing will ever be done, against the increasing numbers of foreign nationals coming here. The subsidizing costs are reaching astronomical unprecedented dollars, especially if President Obama passes Amnesty; if the voters offer him a second four year term a reform package would devastate any chance of climbing out this deepening recession. A 2.6 Trillion price tag as analyzed by the Heritage Foundation.

    Get in touch with Members of the Ways & Means Committee to phone or fax for free at NumbersUSA. You can also contact all these lawmakers through their Internet websites. But you insist on the Legal Workforce Act today and start putting Americans back to a job, taken by foreign nationals.

    Bombard Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) ((202-225-0600); House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (202-225-2815); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (202) 225-2915); House Chairman of Ways & Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) (202-225-3561).
    NEBRASKA, Rep. Berg, Rick (GOP) (202-225-2611) ; NEBRASKA, Rep. Smith, Adrian (GOP) (202-225-6435); LOUISIANA, Rep. Boustany, Charles (GOP) (202-225-2031); (202-225-2031); KENTUCKY, Rep. Davis, Geoff (GOP) (202-225-3465); PENNSYLVANIA, Rep. Gerlach, Jim (GOP)(202-225-4315); KANSAS, Rep. Jenkins, Lynn (GOP)(202-225-6601); MINNESOTA, Rep. Paulsen, Erik (GOP)(202-225-2871); WASHINGTON, Rep. Reichert, Dave (GOP) (202-225-7761); WISCONSIN, Rep. Ryan, Paul (GOP) (202-225-3031) Tell these unwilling lawmakers that you are a voter and that they will be hearing from you in 2012.

    First on the lists, a Bracero type program, to allow workers to be admitted for farm employment and agriculture legally, who can then—BE TRACKED–if they abscond from the jobs allocated to them? Between 1942 and 1964, some 4.6 million Mexicans were admitted to do farm work and despite protests from US farm labor advocacy groups there was no lack of labor, only a shortage of respectable living wages and decent working conditions. By paying a fair wage, but their conditions must include health care, schooling for their kids—not placed as a financial burden on taxpayers as it mostly is today. The Bracero project should be resurrected as with the 2006 Secure Fence Act with two fences–instead of the half–completed one fence we have now and decked with nasty concertina razor wire.

    Give a priority to highly skilled workers, with proven credentials of exceptional experiences and offer preferences to entrepreneurs, and wealthy businessman and women who can contribute to American society. Stop the travesty of the million legal immigrants a year, who are being covertly brought here by corporate owners through Department of Labor immigration loopholes. Through financial necessity we must reduce and stop illegal immigration at the porous borders, using one way flight tickets and using every tool available to seek out those already here. IF SOVEREIGNTY MINDED, PATRIOTIC AMERICANS WANT THERE COUNTRY BACK, AND THEN JOIN THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE TEA PARTY BRANCHES THROUGHOUT OUR NATION. THE TEA PARTY IS AN OPEN, FORUM FOR EVERY CITIZEN AND LEGAL RESIDENT, NO MATTER A PERSON RACE OR SPIRITUAL STANDING.

    Certainly in 2012 we must safe-guard our elections, as illegal aliens do vote and as its been predominately shown before.

  3. D. Porter says:

    “Coming out of the shadows,” eh? These invaders have been our faces for decades and it’s about time they be dispatched back to whence they came before the fit hits the shan. Citizens are fed up with these lousy parasites and they want them GONE and the borders secured. Those who aid and abet them need to be locked up for a good long time.

  4. I’m a Navy veteran. Fourteen years ago my daughter-in-law came from Korea, with a degree in engineering. After brief employment in South Korea, realizing she would be given no chance to work as an engineer in that sexist society, she arrived as a “legal”–a so-called guest worker. Her work was so low-paid she had to live with her aunt, who was married to a former US soldier. “Guest worker”! Who would treat a guest so shabbily? The US company paid guest workers no benefits and only slightly above minimum wage. She and my son met at work, fell in love, married 12 years ago, and soon departed for the West Coast when he was offered a software management job–not knowing she’d just become ILLEGAL. She was threatened with deportment. It cost them their entire savings to get her a green card and on the list for citizenship, thanks to cruelly restrictive laws. And that was in 1999 and 2000, before the AntiPatriot Act allowed the oil oligarchs who own the US to wreck our laws even further.

    The Peabrain Partiers need to be ignored. They are haters and baiters and many are self-declared traitors, funded by the 1% super-rich who care nothing whatsoever for the American people or the future survival of our country, only for their own greed. Thankfully people are recognizing their self-serving scrooginess and the demonic cruelty that keeps out even persons who were tortured in their native land. (Of course, it’s presumed “legal” to torture here now!)

    If your ancestors came to this country before Ellis Island was established–as all of mine did, Shawnee, Irish, English and German–they got in free regardless of poverty or “connections”. Our greatest American poet, Walt Whitman, loved to go down to New York harbor in the 1840s and 50s to admire the arriving immigrants, and empathized with every one of them.

    Then, a late 19th century generation of racist, white supremacist “nativists”, realizing their own laziness and inferiority, dehumanized the arriving immigrants to keep out competition, and Ellis Island was built as a barrier. In the era of the Ku Klux Klan and virulent antiSemitism (an earlier episode of the Peabrain Party), racism barred Asians entirely. Although in the 1890s to 1920s, no matter how racist they were, the super-rich needed labor willing to work in slave and semi-slave conditions, so tightly controlled immigration was allowed to continue.

    Racism is the basic reason the Peabrain Partiers can be manipulated so easily. The super-rich oligarchs and their mass media propagandists–who have outsourced and downsized American jobs overseas and no longer require as many laborers–manipulate them through all sorts of fear, one of which is fear of “aliens”. It’s not all paranoia. The manipulated know, but won’t admit publicly, that immigrants from Mexico, Africa, the West Indies, East Asia, India, and everywhere else are willing, harder workers who are often smarter and better educated. When given a chance they become terrific American citizens.

    Here’s two verses of a jingle entitled “Conservative Family Values”–lampooning the white male inferiority complex–the real reason for the immoral and un-Christian cruelties of the degenerate right-wing:

    Curse every pink liberal, atheist, gay
    Who’d stop us dismant’ling the U.S. of A.
    Curse upstarts who’d knock us right out of our place,
    And prevent us destroying the whole human race.

    For the one thing we capitalists cannot abide
    Is FAIR competition! With the Kochs on our side
    We can keep well ahead of all those much too clever
    With Conservative Family Values, forever!

  5. KEC says:

    I completely agree with JENNY HANNIVER. To be quite honest it all comes down to opportunity most “American citizens” have all the opportunities but the lack willingness do use their opportunities they take what they have for granted why because they have always had it and will always have. The people who don’t have the same opportunities or didn’t have those opportunities crave them and are willing to work hard to obtain them and continue to work hard afterwords. Willing to better your life and the life of those you love makes all the difference.
    Another point that was stated above is that they are “illegals” because they weren’t born here but weren’t your ancestors illegal when they first came to the US? This country is a country of immigrants, you may say you’re not an immigrant because you were born here but your roots originated from immigrants. What would the people in this country do if their ancestors had been deported? I can guarantee most of the people in this country would not be here.
    People need to remember that ignorance is not virtue but acceptance and understanding are.

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