A California immigrant rights group said Monday that deportations have led to a significant increase in the number of families turning up at its offices lately looking for help.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, received appeals from “desperate community advocates and families desperately seeking solutions to indefensible, cruel, and unjust immigration actions by the Obama Administration and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement),” the organization’s political director said in a statement.
“Approximately 1,000 young people, women, students, workers, and community members, all without prior criminal records, are being incarcerated, detained, and deported every single day,” CHIRLA’s Apolonio Morales said.
CHIRLA has contacted ICE, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), to express its rejection and concern for the continual deportations.
“In addition,” Morales said, “CHIRLA will continue to monitor, intervene, advocate, organize, and promote actions that put an end to ICE’s inhumane practices.”
“The demands on CHIRLA this week mirror our nation’s mandate on Congress to change course on immigration reform. Our elected leaders, especially Republicans, should do well to pay heed, and soon,” he said.
CHIRLA recently presented figures showing that the number of deportations during the administration of President Barack Obama - who took office in January 2009 - has exceeded 2 million, of whom no more than a third have been accused of serious crimes.
“No one should go to sleep tonight thinking all is well as far as the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws is concerned,” Morales said.