Couples Separated by Immigration System Honored on Valentine's Day
February 14, 2013 BOSTON – On one side of Government Center, in Boston City Hall, government officials join couples inmatrimony.On the other, in the JFK Federal Building, they tear couples apart in immigration courts. Tomorrow morning, immigrants and advocates will gather at 8:15 at the Government Center to highlight this plight on the day all couples should be together, Valentine's Day.
Commuters will be handed a free flower with the story attached of a local couple affected by a deportation system that separates hundreds of thousands of people every year. The stories and accompanying flyers will also ask commuters to support comprehensive immigration reform, with a clear pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented men, women and children. The action comes two days after the president again forcefully called for comprehensive immigration reform in his State of the Union Address, and when bipartisan groups in both houses of Congress are fashioning immigration reform bills. The goal is to let the Massachusetts Congressional delegation know of the public support for immigration reform, and to encourage them to step up as champions of the issue.
The action is planned by the New England Coalition for Keeping Families Together, part of a national campaign to highlight the hidden stories of families hurt by the current system, in which border crossings remain at a 40-year-low yet over 400,000 people are deported every year, hundreds of thousands of them caring parents, trusted workers, dedicated community members, and beloved family.
WHAT: "Where's My Valentine?" Action for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
WHERE: Government Center
WHEN: 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.., Thursday, February 14, 2013
WHO: Members of the New England Coalition for Keeping Families Together: Agencia ALPHA, Alliance to Develop Power (ADP), Brazilian Immigrant Center, Brazilian Women's Group, Centro Latino, Chelsea Collaborative,Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, Community Connections of Brockton, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC), Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), JUNTA for Progressive Action (New Haven, CT), Latinos Unidos de Massachusetts (LUMA), Massachusetts Community Action Network/PICO National Network, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), New Bedford Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (CEDC), New Hampshire Alliance of Immigrants and Refugees, ¿Oiste?, Roca Inc, Unidad Latina (New Haven, CT), Worcester Immigrant Coalition.