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Austin Protestors Urge Obama To Stop Deportations

Updated: Thursday, July 10 2014, 05:41 PM CDT
As President Obama visits Austin for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, GetEQUAL and United We Dream’s University Leadership Initiative (ULI) held a protest outside the event.

The protest is the latest of many public demands that President Obama take administrative action to provide immediate relief to undocumented immigrants living in the United States. It also comes as the president is facing enormous backlash after scheduling fundraisers in Texas but refusing to visit the border, where tens of thousands of undocumented children are now being detained and deported.

GetEQUAL representative Patrick Fierro said their message is simple and they want the President Obama to stop deportation.

"We want to send the message to Obama that we can no longer wait," Fierro said. "We can't let another family suffer."

 The protestors' pleading to stop deportation could be heard loud and clear throughout the neighborhood in Central Austin. A few houses down from the protest is where Movie Director Robert Rodriguez lives and is hosting a democratic fundraiser with President Obama Wednesday night.

Jessica Zumaya was one of the protestors and is from Austin, but her husband faces deportation this Friday. Together they have six kids and are begging for their father to stay.

Zumaya said it is not fair to their family or the undocumented children detained and deported at the border.

"He's separating families, and it's very sad, and I just wish that it would stop," Zumaya said. "They are going to separate our family. They are going to separate us, and I don't know what's going to happen. We are just lost at this point, and we don't know what to do. We are asking for help, we are asking for him to stay here, and for them not to separate our family."
 
By Cassie GalloAustin Protestors Urge Obama To Stop Deportations


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