Washington, Apr 7 (efe-epa).- A group of about 50 immigrants on Wednesday demonstrated outside the Washington, DC home of the United States’ vice president to ask that she take action for the rights of the undocumented and for those who aspire to migrate to the country.
Shouting for Kamala Harris to listen, the protesters called for an end to deportations and detentions of minors as well as guarantees for legal status or nationality for millions of undocumented immigrants and essential workers.
“Please, stop the deportations, give a work permit, citizenship, something, because we are in this country and I believe that we do not harm anyone, but we come to work and get ahead for our children,” said Verónica Gasca to Harris, whom President Joe Biden has appointed to stop irregular migration from Central America.
Gasca, 28, arrived in the US aged 11 to meet her father, but when she arrived she discovered that he had been deported to her native Mexico.
Accompanied by her two daughters born in the US, she could not hold back the tears when she recalled that she has not seen her father for 15 years and was moved by the possibility that she may be expelled from the country.
“If I went out tomorrow they could arrest or deport me, and who will they stay with?” she asked, referring to her children.
For this reason, she asked the government for immigration reform and to allow detained migrant children to be reunited with their families.
Another of those attending the demonstration was Nelson Vega, a 33-year-old Nicaraguan who a month ago managed to enter the US after waiting for a year and a half in Mexico.
Vega had to stay in Mexico due to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, established by the Donald Trump administration and which forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their entry application was processed in the US.
He attended the demonstration to ask that everyone affected by the MPP program be allowed to wait in the US, which the Biden government began to dismantle from his first day in the White House.
“I am not the only one. I know that this is a hard process, many people are suffering as I suffered in Mexico,” said Vega, determined to defend those who are still waiting in the neighboring country. EFE-EPA