One year after Obama announced administrative relief for parents, undocumented families protest Senator Marco Rubio’s anti-immigrant positions
Miami, FL – November 20th marks one year since President Obama announced an executive order to provide administrative relief to 5 million immigrants who are parents or Dreamers not covered by the initial DACA. This relief was blocked in court by Republican governors and attorney generals, and has been attacked several times by politicians and presidential candidates, including Senator Rubio. For that reason, undocumented families will hold a protest outside of his office in Miami to denounce his attacks to a relief that could protect 253,000 Florida families. SEE ALL DETAILS BELOW
Senator Rubio has consistently stated that he is against the DAPA program that would protect millions of parents, as well as against the expansion of DACA. Also, in a campaign speech a few weeks ago he said he would end the deferred action program for youth or DACA, which currently protects more than 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.
Maria Bilbao an undocumented mother living in Florida for 15 years would have benefited from DAPA, says. “We are here today to remind our community who is with us and who isn’t. Marco Rubio is clearly not with us; he chose to align with the extremists in his party who are responsible for blocking DAPA for a year. We want him to explain why he thinks that our families should not have the same opportunities his family had. I am a housekeeper like his mother, and came to this country with the same dream of seeking a better future for my family.”
Roberto Benavides, a young student who currently has temporary status through DACA, says: “I want Marco Rubio to know that if he doesn’t stand with our community, he is against it; we fought very hard to win DACA and DAPA, and we will not lose them due to the political interests of a candidate or a party. Rubio thinks we have forgotten that he was part of the Gang of 8 for Immigration Reform, and now turns his back to our dreams to attract the Republican base. We are not chess pieces and our DACA is not disposable. We are part of this country, we grew up saying the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the national anthem, we are Americans without papers and we will not give up.”
WHAT: Protest at the office of Senator Marco Rubio
WHEN: Friday, November 20th at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Office of Senator Marco Rubio – 8669 NW 36 Street, Suite 110, Doral, FL 33166
WHO: undocumented families, parents and Dreamers
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