ELIZABETH, NJ – Advocates rallied outside the Elizabeth Detention Center, November 20, as part of the annual National Week of Action on the Anniversary of DAPA. Amidst banners from supporting organizations, the group set up a Thanksgiving table, adding empty chairs representing those family members who are being detained.
The DAPA -- Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Permanent Legal Residents was signed by President Obama exactly one year ago. The legislation was supposed to provide relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. Instead, the group claims the order has been tied up in the courts. Meanwhile, according to the group, ICE (Immigration Customs and Enforcement ) has been engaging in ever more aggressive enforcement.
Explained on the organizers, Jorge Torres,“Today, we want to be part of the national Week. We want DACA to be passed because this situation is pulling families apart. We demand the right to work and live without fear in our communities.”