- United States
Undocumented immigrants residing in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States, have come together to arrange and organize a cross country bus trip in protest of the maltreatment of their communities at the hands of certain law enforcement agencies in certain States in the country. They also aim at protesting against anti-immigrant policies being enforced in the United States.
The Bus trip will start from Phoenix, Arizona, and will go straight towards the east to Charlotte in North Carolina. The route was particularly decided to take the group of 30 men and women, who are undocumented, through states in which illegal immigrants face lot of discrimination and racial profiling. These illegal immigrants intend to reach North Carolina in time for the Democratic National Convention scheduled to be held on September the 3rd, 2012.
The group said that they think that the Obama Administration has failed in finding a viable solution to their problems. They also accused the Republicans, and the congress, in creating blockages in the way of comprehensive immigration reforms in the United States, that would have at least supported, if not uplifted, their community’s lives in the country.
One of the group organizers said that the route of the journey will take the immigrants through states like Alabama and Georgia, which have implemented the so called “show me your papers” law. Through Louisiana and Mississippi, the states which tried to implement harsh and anti immigrant restrictions and rules, but failed to do so. They said that their route will take them through all the places in the U.S which have been deemed immigrant unfriendly.
The group said that the purpose of their journey, to go through six weeks of hardships, was to merely send a message to the anti immigrant people in the country that they, the illegal immigrants, are not afraid anymore. They said that they are also expressing this through the cloths they will be wearing on the journey, with ‘No papers, no fear’ written on them.
Most of the people in the group were parents of those young illegal immigrants who can avail the facility of the deferred deportation program announced by President Obama in mid-June.
The group had also organized a gathering in order to pool in all available resources for the cross country journey. To cover up expenses of travelling and providing food and shelter upon stays to the members of the group, everyone contributed to their most. A special bail fund was also created to cover up any such contingency.
Immigrates all over the United States have been protesting the outcomes and consequences of various laws that have been introduced in the country’s immigration system. The laws which, some of them say have created more stress and uncertainty in their lives than ever before.
Although the Obama administration has been claiming that it is doing all it can to properly extinguish this problem of and for the illegal immigrants living in the country, immigrant groups like these still find it necessary to express themselves publicly to convey their messages to the anti-immigrant advocates in the country. Advocates like the supporters of the Arizona state’s immigration law and the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who they accuse of barricading their path towards peace.
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