Congressman Gutierrez Join Hundreds of Organizations in Calling for Suspension of Deportations

Best Way to Move Bill Forward is to Keep Families Together Who Are Working Toward Reform

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Congressman Gutierrez and other Congress people will join fathers facing deportation and representatives of more than 400 immigrant rights organizations to deliver a letter asking President Obama to suspend deportations for those who would be entitled to eventual citizenship in the immigration bill being currently debated.

The press conference comes the day after the President brought together immigration reform advocates at the White House to discuss the way forward.

”We call on the President to relieve the suffering of families by ceasing deportations as Congress debates reform,” said Oscar Alfaro. Oscar, who had previously received a stay of deportation, was recently denied a renewal. Oscar and his family have battled tirelessly in support of the President’s vision for immigration reform yet may be deported in these next few weeks if the President doesn’t take action to protect him and the 1,100 others who are deported on a daily basis from the United States

At Wednesday’s press conference, Oscar and other fathers will describe their stories as representatives of more than 400 organizations urge the President to cease deportations as a first step in the reform process.

The press conference caps a week of events being held at detention centers and ICE offices around the country commemorating Father’s Day and calling on the President to cease deportations.

The organizational letter and its signers can be seen at http://bit.ly/n1morgs