Immigrants' Kids Stage Heartbreaking Protest At White House

Thu, Apr 13, 2017

lt TAG START player "HuffPost Default Player Click to Play", for "Huffington Post" lt TAG END date 41317 WASHINGTON mdash American children whose parents are undocumented immigrants brought a heartrending plea to the White House and President Donald Trumpnbspon Thursday Donrsquot make us orphans in our own country. The kids, among dozens who were organized by the group We Belong Together, fear that Trumprsquos crackdown on illegal immigration could deport their parents, even if they havenrsquot run afoul of the law in any other way. Deportations dramatically increased during the Obama administration, but the focus was on immigrants who had committed serious crimes. The Trump administrationrsquos orders stepping up enforcement include just about anyone. Those undocumented immigrants often have American children. And they are afraid. ldquoI live with the fear of being separated from my mother every day,rdquo said Leah, an 11yearold from Miami whose mother is a domestic worker facing a deportation order. ldquoIt is like when somebody you care about can die at any moment,rdquo she added, standing outside the White House, accompanied by activists and other kids.nbsp ldquoWhy canrsquot I just enjoy being a kid I cannot sleep or do my homework. All I can think about is my mother being taken away from me. I am so worried about my life.rdquo A mom of two children who is in hiding narrowly avoided likely deportation in February, when she sought sanctuary in a Denver chuch. Jeanette Vizguerra, who has reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement regularly for 20 years while she sought a visa to escape violence in Mexico, fled a hearing on her case when her advocates noticed a squad of police apparently ready to arrest her. ldquoMy mom has been going through the struggle of getting threatened and us getting scared by ICE,rdquo said her son, Roberto, 10. ldquoI think itrsquos not fair for children to be living in fear or for parents not to be able to be with their children,rdquo said her daughter, Luna, 12. While those children and others all spoke of the worry they have of their own government, they also declared they would not relent in their bids to keep their families and other kidsrsquo families whole. ldquoI want to tell Mr. Trump that he is a bully, and no matter how mean he is, and no matter how hard he tries, he will never break out spirit,rdquo Leah said. ldquoWe are not afraid of you.rdquo This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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