NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The crisis along the United States/Mexico border continues to intensify. That’s why, early Saturday morning, more than 50 immigrants from Connecticut boarded a bus in New Haven, destination: Washington, D.C.
Megan Fountain, a volunteer for “Unidad Latina en Accion,” said, “We believe that Obama can take action so that people who are contributing to the community can be protected from deportation.”
It’s all part of a nationwide trek to our nation’s capital. Immigrants and organizers for the rally are calling on president Obama to take executive action on immigration reform, as Congress begins a five-week recess. This comes as illegal immigrants are being deported and the number of children crossing the border is surging.
Edgar Marin of New Haven said, “First it was the fathers, mothers, and now it’s the children. So the children, you know, it’s those innocent guys. They don’t know nothing what is wrong in this country so they need a change over here. We are fighting for these guys, these little children.”
Some of those we spoke with today, who are in this country illegally, say they just want to be citizens. Alejandro Gonzalez of Meriden said, “I was 13 years in this country and I do the same as American do: pay taxes, working hard just to survive and being good citizen in this country.”
Illegal immigrants are not taking resources away from U.S. citizens, Fountain said. “I think what’s taking away resources is the wasteful immigration system we have right now. Our government is spending millions on prisons, on deportations, when this money could be spent on processing asylum applications. There’s a huge backlog in the immigration courts. People have been waiting in line for years to become citizens,” she said.
Republicans and democrats are engaged in a battle over our borders, trying to come to a resolve.
Until that happens, the president says he may have to act alone.