Reactions to the President’s speech: “He thinks we’re trash!”

(In English below) 

Este fin de semana, el President Obama confirmo lo que temíamos: no usara su Poder Ejecutivo para ponerle fin a las horribles leyes de deportación masiva, las cuales han deportado más que 2,000,000 personas. Obama echa la culpa a los Republicanos, dice que actuara después de las elecciones de Noviembre, y sigue lo que es peor echa la culpa a los jóvenes y niños de América Central por su inacción inmoral.

Esto es lo que dicen nuestros miembros sobre el fracaso total de Obama: 

“El piensa que nosotros somos basura. Dijo que iba a actuar pero lo aplazó. Que se ponga en nuestros zapatos y que sea valiente. Somos humanos en este país. Necesitamos más personas para involucrarse en el Movimiento.” – Teresa de Mexico

“Es un error político. Si el Presidente no actúa en inmigración, los Demócratas no van a ganar.” – Rene de Honduras

“Obama no hace nada porque no quiere no porque no puede  solo se la pasa dándonos calmantes con sus promesas incumplidas, excusas y excusas es lo único que nos da. Ahora tiene hasta Noviembre para inventar otra excusa y seguir deportando a nuestra gente, pienso que el no hará nada en Noviembre, solo saldrá con otra excusa.  – Alejandra de Mexico

 “Estoy muy molesta y dolida. Ya no creemos en las promesas del presidente Obama. Si yo lo tuviera en frente le diaria que se pusiera en nuestros zapatos, que revisara su origen porque todos somos astilla del mismo arbol, que el tambien es un adoptado de este pais. Tambien le diria que asi como el ama y quiere lo mejor para su familia, yo igual con la misma intensidad que el amo y quiero lo mejor para mia, por ultimo que deje de juzgar con nuestro sentimientos y nuestras vidas. No necesitamos promesas si no su accion inmediata.” – Maria de Honduras

En los próximos 2 meses, el Presidente Obama deportara más que 66,000 personas. Nuestros miembros inmigrantes y aliados siguen organizándose, unidos por la justicia para todos los inmigrantes, sin excepciones. 

Te puedes involucrar?  Contáctanos hoy para informarte como tu congregación puede involucrarse en nuestro movimiento interreligioso y multicultural. Le mostraremos al Presidente Obama, los Democratas, y los Republicanos que las comunidades unidas jamás serán vencidas!  

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 (Philadelphia) – This weekend, President Obama confirmed what we had long feared: he will not use his Executive Authority to end the U.S.’s horrific deportation policies, which have deported over 2,000,000 people in the last five years. He blames Republicans, claims that he’ll act after the November elections, and continues to fault Central American children for his immoral and inhumane refusal to act. Between now and mid-November, President Obama will deport over 66,000 people.

Undocumented members of New Sanctuary Movement speak out about the President’s refusal to act.  

“The President thinks we are trash. He needs to put himself in our shoes and act bravely. We are human beings living in this country. Now more than ever we need people to get involved.” – Teresa, originally from Mexico, member congregation Visitation BVM Parish.  

“We hoped the President would act to help the 12 million immigrants in this country. President Obama is not keeping his promise. Whether it is him or the Republicans, he has the power to do this. The accountability lies with him. We have to welcome the stranger and host the immigrant. This is our calling as people of faith. By welcoming the stranger, we also help all the systems in this country.” -Pastor Aldo from member congregation Philadelphia Praise Center, originally from Indonesia

“It’s a political mistake. If the President doesn’t act on immigration, Democrats won’t win anyway.” – Rene, originally from Honduras

“Obama hasn’t done anything and the only thing he can provide are more and more excuses. Now he has between now and November to invent another excuse to keep deporting our people. I don’t think he’ll do anything in November, just make more excuses.” – Alejandra, originally from Mexico

“I am very angry and hurt. We don’t believe in President Obama’s promises anymore. If I was in front of him, I would tell him to look at where he himself comes from. We all come from branch of the same tree. I would tell him that just as he loves his family and wants the best for them, I feel the same way about my family with the same intensity.” – Maria, originally from Honduras

Our immigrant and allied members continue to organize together both nationally and locally for justice for all immigrants, without exceptions.

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New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia is an interfaith, multicultural immigrant justice organization working across faith, ethnicity, and class to end injustices against immigrants, regardless of status. We express radical welcome for all and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy. 

 

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