Groups pressure Biden for immigration reform ahead of State of the Union address | Radio WGN 720
Activists remind the White House of broken campaign promises to legalize millions of unauthorized immigrants with roots in the United States
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – With rallies and emails ahead of the State of the Union address, activists remind President Biden of broken campaign promises to bring about sweeping immigration reforms .
“It’s clear to us that there are a number of things that haven’t happened this year. We don’t have immigration reform. Millions of people are still being abused and persecuted,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights. He was referring to the closing of the border to asylum seekers and persistent Trump-era programs such as “Remain in Mexico” and Title 42 “express” deportations of newly arrived migrants.
The group gathered at the US federal courthouse in El Paso on Tuesday carrying signs alluding to the campaign promise to legalize 11 million unauthorized immigrants who have been in the country for years, many of whom are raising children born in the United States.
“We are disappointed but at the same time we are putting pressure on Biden to really bring solutions on immigration and for immigrant families and not maintain the policies of deportation and deportation of migrants,” Garcia said. .
America’s Voice, based in Washington, DC, warned that those broken promises could cost Biden and Democrats dearly at the polls.
“In the remaining months before the 2022 midterm elections, President Biden and the Democrats must achieve a breakthrough on immigration. Democrats can’t afford to leave votes on the table with a disillusioned base,” said Vanesa Cardenas, deputy director of America’s Voice.
She said the Democratic majority in Congress can still enact immigration relief by ignoring the Senate congressman’s decision not to include immigration provisions in financial legislation such as the Build Back Better Act.
The White House can also provide temporary relief through new Temporary Protected Status designations, she added.
“Producing a breakthrough on immigration is not only a moral imperative but also a political imperative,” Cardenas said, warning that recent polls suggest voters on the Democratic base are disheartened by Biden’s inability to implement promised immigration reforms.
Another group, United We Dream, has planned a rally outside the White House on Wednesday to demand immigration reform and call for an end to “staying in Mexico” and Title 42 deportations.
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