On Saturday April 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Civic Center Park in Denver, immigration rights activists rallied to oppose deportations. Jordan Garcia, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) immigrant ally organizing director stated, "It’s time to stop the practice of tearing apart families and instead uphold the universal value of honoring strong bonds between loved ones. President Obama can and should act immediately to halt deportations. The only question is does he have the will to do so?”
The group of around 400 protesters marched to Broadway and down 16th St. Mall led by two ten foot tall puppets with a banner reading "Not One More," in regards to deportations. While holding signs reading, "No Human is Illegal" and "All Families Belong Together" and chanting, "Undocumented unafraid," the group marched for an hour before returning to Civic Center Park.
Following the rally, a volunteer with the march Diana Barrera stated, "Immigrant's rights will be the legacy this generation will pass on to future Americans. Two million is too many, here is the line in the sand. Deportations are an attack on families with US citizen children, future voters. The march yesterday brought this issue to a public and nationwide venue with moving speeches and demonstrations of courage from children who have suffered immensely due to the failures of the current US immigration policy here in Denver. Yesterday was only the beginning. The sleeping giant, a beautiful community in solidarity, is awake, informed, and ready for action.."
'Not One More' actions took place across the US in cities from San Francisco to Houston, to Boston. The national actions we held in April because April is the month when the Obama administration is expected to reach a record breaking two million deportations. Janet Murguia, National Council of La Raza president recently deemed President Obama the "deporter-in-chief."
A recent report by Ginger Thompson and Sarah Cohen from the New York Times found that "two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all." According to researcher and scholar Federico Subervi from the documentary Latinos Beyond Reel, "Sixty-six percent of the news stories are about Latinos causing problems or having problems with immigration and crime, and I could assure you that if the study were conducted today about Fox, it would be the same or worse." The contrast of these two figures is significant because it shows a disconnect between the statistics and how "reality" is portrayed on TV. Since the days of silent films, Latino/as have unjustly been portrayed negatively on the news and television.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded the 'Not One More' campaign in a press release stating, "Enough is enough—we need the passage of immigration reform that leads to citizenship and an end to a deportation machine that criminalizes hardworking immigrants while deporting hundreds and hundreds of people a day without even an appearance before a judge."