Immigrants and their supporters rallied in East Boston on Saturday to bring attention to the effects of deportation on families and to call for immigration reform.
Numerous immigration advocacy groups, including the Student Immigrant Movement, Mass Uniting, and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, organized the event in honor of Mother’s Day.
Conrado Santos, a member of the Student Immigrant Movement, said the possibility of immigration reform gives hope to a community living with the constant threat of deportation. “Our community is already suffering so much under the weight of deportation,” he said. “But on the other hand, I think people are excited. For the first time in 26 years, immigration reform is a real possibility.”
Santos is an undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. with his parents from Brazil when he was 13. He graduated from Somerville High School, and studied philosophy and public policy at Umass Boston without graduating because it was too expensive.
Monique Nguyen of Quincy, MA also attended the rally. She’s the director of MataHari: Eye of the Day, a human rights organization for immigrant women and women of color. She urged people to consider
“When people think about immigration reform, they should think about families,” she said.
Nguyen’s parents fled Vietnam during the war and moved to Canada, where she was born. The family later moved to Houston, Texas to help take care of her aunt who was injured in an automobile accident. After spending 15 years in the U.S., her parents’ visas lapsed and they gave up trying to become citizens. “After being in the US for 15 years, they all dropped their lives to start over in Canada,” she said. “They moved around their whole life, losing their country and then coming here. It’s been really difficult.”
Nguyen became a permanent U.S. resident in 2007 after marrying a New Yorker of Filipino descent, and no longer has to face the threat of deportation. She studied nutrition and global business at the University of Houston.
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Source: At rally, immigrants focus on deportation’s impact on families, www.bostonglobe.com, May 12, 2013.
Immigrants and their supporters rallied in East Boston on Saturday to bring attention to the effects of deportation on families and to call for new immigration laws.