CHICAGO (FAXX/jGLi) – If there is an urgency for the U.S. Congress to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill, it is not just legalizing the status of the 11-million undocumented immigrants. But it could also be used to stop the deportation of 1,000 undocumented immigrants everyday.
Alicia Morales, a Latino community activist from suburban Joliet, Ill. Said that while she is happy that both the Democrats and the Republicans are working together to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill, she is said the federal government is “so heavy in enforcement and more on border security that 1,000 undocumented were deported Feb. 18. It is very discouraging that 1,000 undocumented are being deported everyday, and tomorrow another 1,000 are going to be deported.”
Morales spoke at an immigration rally at Malcolm X College in Chicago’s west side sponsored by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) headed by Filipino American Lawrence Benito.
She said the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a multi-billion dollar corporation that runs dozens of for-profit prisons across the U.S., is planning to build a for-profit immigration prison in Joliet, Ill. to “make profit from human misery and breaking apart families for uniting them and celebrating families at its heart.”
She appealed to those who attended the immigration rally led by Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-4th-IL), Janice Schakowsky (D-9th-IL), Bill Foster (D-11th-IL), Illinois State Representatives Tom Cross (R-97th), Matt Murphy (R-27th) and Elizabeth Hernandez (D-27th) to stop CCA from constructing the prison facility because it is a “parasite, abusing immigrant detainees many of them have no criminal record after the ICIRR stopped the CCA from controlling immigrants by inflicting on them gladiator-like violence.”
Last December, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announced the agency has surpassed its records of deportations in the past fiscal year while looking into enactment of a controversial immigration enforcement program that could lead to fewer non-criminal immigrant being removed from the country.
U.S. I.C.E. DEPORTED 409K IN 2012
The agency deported 409,849 immigrants in 2012 fiscal year, up from 396,906 immigrants in 2011. More than 392,000 mmigrants were deported in 2010 fiscal year.About 55% of those deported “were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.”
While the Senate bi-partisan effort is the biggest starting point and there is desire from both sides of the aisle due to the election results, there is a worry in the House.