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En Phoenix activistas logran reunir a una familia a punto de ser separada por deportación

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Today, we look at what has been a major push for comprehensive immigration reform this week. On Monday, a bipartisan group of senators announced a blueprint for reform that includes a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. President Obama followed Tuesday with a speech supporting the proposal. I’m here today because the time has come for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform. The time is now. We have to deal with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally. Now, we all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship. But for comprehensive immigration reform to work, it must be clear from the outset that there is a pathway to citizenship. During his address, President Obama also called for tougher border enforcement and a system for tracking those who overstay visas. More than 400,000 people have already been deported this year—each year since Obama has been in office. While President Obama was speaking in Nevada, an emotional scene was unfolding in neighboring Arizona. Over the past two weeks, immigrant activists have been organizing to reunite three U.S.-born children with their father, who was recently placed in detention. As late as Wednesday, Edi Arma was expected to be deported to Guatemala because of a traffic stop in 2009. He was detained earlier this month as he went to drive his kids to school, in his driveway. His 11-year-old son Jose witnessed the agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement as they took his father into custody. Monday morning, when we and my sisters were going to school, my dad was outside, and when I was going to go with him to open the car, these guys came, and they got him, and they arrested him. They arrested him, and I was trying to say goodbye to my—to my dad, but—but they—when I was trying to say goodbye, they pushed me, and I fell on the ground. Well, last night, after a campaign led by community organizers with the group Puente Arizona and his son and others, Edi Arma was reunited with his family. Edi was given permission to stay and work in the country for one year but still faces the threat of deportation. Now, Edi and his son join us from Phoenix. We’re also joined by Viridiana Hernandez, a DREAM activist who helped in the campaign. We welcome you all to Democracy Now! Let’s begin with Jose. Jose, you’re 11 years old. You helped free your dad from detention. How do you feel today? Today I feel happy that he’s out and they let him go. And Edi, why were you taken into custody? And how does it feel to be free after several weeks? Go ahead, Viridiana. Go ahead. I’ll go ahead and translate. And Viridiana, could you talk about the campaign, the pressure campaign on the government to recognize the plight of this particular family? Yeah. Well, when we started organizing, we saw Edi’s case. He had no criminal record. He had three U.S. children. And according to all these guidelines set from—by the Obama administration, Edi was a low-priority case. And so, we used their own promise to tell them, like, "Hey, this is what you told us. You said our community will not get deported anymore if they were not criminals. And Edi was not a criminal." And so, on that same day that Obama was making his speech about immigration, Edi was about to be deported. And so we continued the pressure and telling them that was what they said and the lies, that our community continues to be deported on a daily basis in high numbers, but at the same time getting pressure from—from our congressmen—we’re their constituents—and so making them advocate for this family and for Jose and for the three U.S. citizen children. Jose, did you understand what was happening when your dad was taken in the driveway, when he was about to drive you and your sisters to school? Well, on that day, I didn’t know why they took him. And then I told my mom, "Why?" And they didn’t tell her. So then, I didn’t understand why they took him. Did the men tell you who they were, why they were doing this? No, they didn’t say anything. And Edi Arma, your time in detention, could you talk about that, as well? Viridiana Hernandez, as we wrap up, you, yourself, know arrests. You are one of the young DREAMers. You’ve been arrested yourself, even though you, too, risk deportation. Can you talk about what’s being proposed now, how it affects you, the activists, fellow students, that you’ve been working with to change the U.S. immigration laws? As an undocumented student, it’s been really a long and frustrating process. We got deferred action, but that’s not enough. We need deferred action for our communities. We need—and then we need immigration reform. Meanwhile, while people talk and preach about immigration reform, again, we see good people like Edi continue to be deported. And so, one of the biggest things that we need to advocate for is the humanity part of this. And just, if we’re serious about a comprehensive immigration reform, then we need to be serious about stopping the deportations, because while we wait another year, that’s another 400,000 people. So, as an advocate and as an activist with this, we continue to fight for those things and immigration reform, but in the meanwhile we also want some kind of relief for our communities. And so, we continue doing it. I mean, at this point, we have put out our face out there. We are risking ourselves, because it’s worth it. And so many organizations that worked on this case, —Puente, DREAM activists, Team Awesome—we’re getting united, and we’re saying that we’re going to do this. And from the political side, we elected these people now. We had a huge Latino vote turnout in Arizona, door to door. The turnout was more than ever before. And so, not only is it from the activist side of having these visuals, but it’s also from the organizing side of that. We have the votes, as well. Well, I want to thank you all for being with us from Phoenix, and Jose especially. You’re 11 years old; that you fought so hard for your dad to be freed, seeing you on all the television networks, you were very brave. Jose Arma, Edi Arma and Viridiana Hernandez, we thank you so much for being with us. This is Democracy Now! We’re going to continue this discussion about immigration when we come back. Stay with us. Muchas gracias por ver este reporte de Democracy Now! su informativo independiente diario. No aceptamos publicidad o financiación corporativa por lo que dependemos de la donaciones de telespectadores como usted. Por favor, haga su contribución visitando, necesitamos su apoyo hoy para continuar ofreciéndoles estos impactantes reportajes en profundidad. 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Duration: 11 minutes and 3 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: democracynowes on Jan 31, 2013

Mientras el presidente Obama apoya un plan migratorio que contempla la posibilidad de que algunos de los once millones de residentes indocumentados accedan a la ciudadanía estadounidense, las deportaciones siguen a un nivel record. Analizamos un caso de Arizona, donde una familia casi queda separada por una infracción de tránsito cometida hace tres años. Anoche, José Arma de 11 años de edad se reunió con su padre, Edi Arma, que había sido detenido hacía dos semanas y estaba a punto de ser deportado a Guatemala. Un día después de su reencuentro, José y Edi se comunican con nos nosotros desde Phoenix, junto a la activista a favor de los derechos de los inmigrantes Viridiana Hernández, que participó de la organización de una campaña comunitaria para lograr la liberación de Edi.

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