Target: New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
Goal: Support those protesting mass deportations
The rate of deportations is higher under the Obama administration than under any other presidential administration. Immigrants, advocates and leaders are participating in protests to stop deportations.
With immigration reform being discussed by Congress, many individuals across the United States are participating in fasts as a form of non-violent protest against the current immigration policies that lead to mass deportation. The fasting started in California, and has now continued in multiple other states. In Philadelphia, a forty-day fast has been organized by the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, due to the very high percentage of deportations and imprisoned immigrants in the city. The movement has also received support from various religious leaders and politicians who have either spoken out in favor of the efforts to block deportation or have even participated in the fasts.
A reform to immigration policy will be extremely important for immigrants living in the United States in the upcoming years. The rate of deportations is the highest it’s ever been, and detention of undocumented immigrants happens so frequently that private prisons are profiting off of the imprisonment of immigrants. The Associated Press stated that in 2012 the Federal Bureau of Prisons paid $5.1 billion for immigration detention in private prisons.
Those who are currently participating in fasts are taking a dramatic, non-violent stand against mass deportations and capitalizing off of human lives, and calling instead for a more just immigration system in the United States. Take a stand in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and a reduction of deportations. Sign the petition below and support those who are fasting across the United States.
Dear New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia,
Deportations of immigrants have played a major role in the recent political discussions in the United States, as the current rate of deportation is the highest it has ever been. Mass deportation and imprisonment of immigrants is unjust and should not be continued at this rate.
I am writing you to commend you for your efforts to encourage Congress to stop large-scale deportations and pass immigration reform. The solidarity shown through fasting is very important in demonstrating that immigrants are important and necessary individuals for the United States economy and in our society, and that many United States citizens are willing to stand in unity with immigrants living in our country. Choosing a non-violent but very dramatic method of protest speaks to the urgency of the issue, and I commend you for your work to protect the rights of immigrants in the United States.
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