Families divided by deportation as Congress debates immigration reform

Families divided by deportation as Congress debates immigration reform

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee passed an immigration reform bill, a first step in the long-awaited legislative process.

But House Speaker John Boehner quickly responded that the House won't accept the Senate bill and is working on its own legislation.

While there is movement, it seems a full vote by the Senate and the House could still be months away.

Meanwhile, President Obama's immigration policies continue to separate families.

Antonio Najera, a father of three U.S. citizen children who live in Chicago, was deported to Mexico on May 17.

Lourdes Moreno, mother of four, is facing deportation on May 30. All four of her children are eligible for deferred action from deportation as they came to the U.S. before the age of 16.

Moreno has lived in Illinois for 11 years and was first detained by immigration officials after her car was struck by another driver in 2010, according to the Immigrant Youth Justice League.

Her children qualify for DACA, a program that the Obama Administration started in August 2012 to help most youth who would have qualified for the DREAM Act.

But there is no law in place to help parents of such youth. That is why we need immigration reform to stop the separation of families.

Every day that Congress waits another family with deep roots and or U.S. citizen children could be broken up.

Watch this video by Upworthy to hear the impact of deportation of Wisconsin mother Jennifer Martinez and her family.


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