By Katherine Randall
Communications Coordinator/Video Editor, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
On April 26, 2010, hundreds of people gathered outside of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Broadview, Ill. for an interfaith vigil– calling on President Barack Obama to stop raids of communities and deportations of undocumented immigrants.
This action took place in solidarity with immigrants in Arizona as a response to the passage of SB 1070 just a few days earlier. The law, provisions of which later were put on hold by a federal judge, has been considered one of the harshest anti-immigrant bills in history.
Deportations have increased steadily over the past few years– with more than 400,000 people expected to be deported in FY 2010.
“We are witnessing now a surge in deportations–even while the Obama administration acknowledges the immigration system is broken,” said JCUA Executive Director Jane Ramsey in a note about the April vigil.
JCUA supports the push for comprehensive immigration reform– as it is not only a push for new legislation, but also a push for human rights.