On May Day, a holiday that celebrates the power of laborers and the working class, thousands of families took to the streets – demanding an end to a harsh system of immigration enforcement.
Immigrant labor, while essential, is only one of the many ways immigrant communities contribute to this nation. Large marches and rallies in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Seattle made their voices heard, united by the FIRM Action network, coming from states across the nation with deep roots in their local communities.
“No matter where we come from, what language we speak, our fight is one fight – and we stand together!” said Jeff Alcime from Faith in Action to the crowd gathered in front of the White House.
We will continue to remind the administration to make real the promises of their campaigns, and to take executive action now by ending deportation, extending Temporary Protective Services (TPS), ending police-ICE agreements, and ending Title 42 and “Remain in Mexico.” Immigrant justice and racial justice require action, not just words. We show up and speak out to ensure that immigrants are treated with dignity – we need an end to enforcement that has relied far too heavily on the criminalization and detention of immigrants and asylum seekers. Black and brown families can’t wait any longer.