Signature needed: Tell President Obama to stop the immigration raids now

The email below is from Emilio Vicente, an immigration activist in Carrboro, North Carolina. Emilio started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Emilio pressure President Obama to recall his administration's planned raids against immigrant families by signing Emilio's petition and sharing it with your friends and family?

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Tell President Obama: Call off raids against immigrant families

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Dear 5849376,

President Obama’s administration has launched a series of raids as a part of a  “large scale” “nationwide campaign” against undocumented families who came to the U.S. seeking refuge from violence in their home countries.1

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The last time targeted roundups occurred on a large scale was about a decade ago, when the George W. Bush administration conducted high-profile raids at meatpacking plants and other work sites to detain undocumented workers.”2

These raids are inhumane and violate the dignity and human rights of countless people. They are in line with the racism and xenophobia that Republican presidential candidates like Donald Trump are promoting. In fact, Donald Trump has already taken credit for the administration's plans.3

For the Obama administration to conduct such raids is inhumane and unacceptable. He must immediately cease his administration's actions.

President Obama has responded to pressure on immigration before. We have to speak out now to stop these raids. That's why I started my own campaign on, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition to President Obama says the following:

Immediately cease your administration's raids against recent Central American immigrants fleeing violence in their home countries.

Tell President Obama: Call off the raids against immigrant families fleeing violence in their home countries.

As an undocumented person, I'm scared to think of the consequences that President Obama's program will have on thousands of families. I understand the psychological toll of being under constant threat of deportation. From personal experience, I know well the trauma that the separation of families creates. No one deserves such life-devastating experiences.

These raids are in stark contrast to President Obama's executive actions, commonly known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). These actions could provide widespread relief to nearly 5 million children, young adults, and their parents who live under constant fear of deportation.

President Obama has the worst deportation record in our history, with over 2.4 million people deported during the seven years of his presidency.4 Continuing these massive raids across the country in the last year of his presidency will cement his legacy as the Deporter-In-Chief. There will be no going back, and no way to undo the pain and separation of countless families.

The President can't blast Donald Trump for extremist comments against immigrants when he himself is implementing inhumane policies that help legitimize Trump's position.

Activism works. When the progressive movement supported the leadership of DREAM activists, we pressured President Obama to make the right decisions with DACA and DAPA. That's why we must speak up today to end these raids of immigrant families.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging President Obama to call off the raids of immigrant families fleeing violence in their home countries?

Thank you for your support.

Emilio Vicente

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  1. Miriam Jordan, "U.S. Begins Immigration Crackdown on Central Americans," The Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2016; Jerry Markon and David Nakamura, "U.S. plans raids to deport families who surged across border," the Washington Post, December 23, 2015.
  2. Miriam Jordan, "U.S. Begins Immigration Crackdown on Central Americans," The Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2016
  3. Eugene Scott, "Trump claims credit for DHS deportation plan," CNN, December 26, 2015.
  4. Tami Abdollah and Vivian Salama, "AP FACT CHECK: Sour notes on immigration, security in debate," Associated Press, December 16, 2015

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