Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: they are protagonists or collateral damage in the government's deportation machine.
On February 24, two buses, one with a northern route, the other covering the south departed from Los Angeles. to visit 70 cities, ending up in Washington on April 9.
The chants of advocates for affordable housing, the Dream Act, anti-fracking and more echoed throughout the Albany Capitol as protesters packed the staircase and halls leading to Governor Cuomo's office.
Immigrants' advocates should step up efforts in the states, regardless of the fate of comprehensive immigration reform in D.C., a panel discussing the issue says.
The campaigns, for legalizing undocumented people and for raising the minimum wage, show labor's determination to get out in the streets and make unionists' voices heard.
Since 2008, the Obama administration has deported almost 2 million people, more than during any other presidency.
When Pilar comes home from work at night, often after toiling for 10-12 hours at the family's tortilla bakery and store, her elder daughter frequently has a question for her."Why isn't my Daddy home?"
Immigration fraud is a nationwide problem. Unscrupulous individuals, many posing as attorneys, promise immigrants assistance, but they fail to deliver.
"We are taking our message to John Boehner that he must put immigration reform to a vote."
The Republican principles give some things to the immigrant community but also impose severe new repressive measures.