Activists Organizing Vehicle Caravan To Call For Immigration Reform, Suspension Of Deportations

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 11: Undocumented immigrants leave a U.S. federal court in shackles on June 11, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Thousands of migrants continue to cross into the U.S., despite the Trump administration’s recent “zero tolerance” approach to immigration policy. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Biden administration won’t be allowed to “kick the can down the road” when it comes to legalization promises, organizer says

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Grassroots organizations want to draw attention to abuse endured by migrants and remind the incoming Biden administration of promises to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

To that effect, the Border Network for Human Rights on Saturday plans to lead a 100-vehicle caravan on a 30-mile trek from New Mexico to the U.S.-Mexico border. The ride includes a stop and rally at the border wall in Sunland Park, where the group will call for a moratorium on deportations and a pathway to citizenship for migrants who’ve already established roots in this country.

The mobilization is part of the 2021 Borderland Immigration Reform Campaign by the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights.

“We are sending a message to our elected officials at every level – from local representatives to the incoming Biden administration – that we will no longer allow them to kick the can down the road,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director of BNHR.

Biden, the presumptive new president-elect, vowed to push an immigration reform initiative to Congress in the first 100 days of his administration. Think-tanks like the Pew Research Center estimate that at least 10.5 million undocumented immigrants reside in the United States.

He said the group would publicly outline concrete steps they expect elected leaders to take in the next few months. “It’s time for a substantive and comprehensive reform to become a top priority in the legislative agenda so we can achieve real justice for all – no excuses,” he added.

By Julian Resendiz for BORDERREPORT.COM
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