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Hearts and cards for loved ones lost to broken immigration system on display at GOP Headquarters

Immigrant families call for serious reform to end painful separations

PORTAGE, MI, Feb. 14, 2014: Dozens braved the cold outside of Republican headquarters to show their love and support for family members lost to the dysfunctional immigration system.  Immigrant families and their supporters brought homemade hearts and cards for a Valentine’s Day display for those who can’t be with their families until lawmakers allow for family reunification and a path to citizenship as a part of immigration reform.

“Our families shouldn’t be in the shadows as we pursue the American Dream,” said Nayeli Sánchez, an honor roll student at Western Michigan University.  “My family came here because my little sister who happens to be deaf would have had a much bleaker future in México.  We shouldn’t be criminalized for working very hard to have a better life. We need the Republican members of the House of Representatives to end the fear and separation families experience because of our broken immigration system.  It’s time for a reasonable path to citizenship.”

One of the reasons so many families experience separation is that current legal path for immigration is a nightmare of confusion and delay.

“My family has spent a generation, 18 years, trying to navigate the obstacle course of immigration and my brother was still detained for weeks by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement),” said Wendy Medrano, lead organizer for Michigan United and student at Western Michigan University. “The hearts and cards on display represent what too many immigrant families experience, loved ones that are torn from them or families that are barred from being together.  Our families and communities need a path to citizenship and reunification in a humane and reasonable amount of time.”

Editor’s Note: Michigan United is a broad statewide coalition working to reform our broken immigration system, advance housing justice, protect the rights of low-wage workers and develop leadership. More information can be found at the Michigan United website:www.miunited.org


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