TwitterFacebook

Tucson Helps Immigrants in Need, May Ask Obama to Curb Deportations

“The humanitarian crisis … is a local issue. It is a city issue.”
Immigration • Views: 28,585
Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero on the right, Dolores Huerta on the left, and an unidentified man in the middle in this photo posted to Twitter by Ms. Romero.

Contrast with a certain Southern California town:

Stop deporting kids and tearing apart families.

That’s the message Tucson’s City Council could send to the federal government next week.

City Councilwoman Regina Romero is seeking a memorial imploring President Obama to suspend deportations of noncriminal immigrants.

She also wants the president to loosen the federal purse strings to help local governments deal with the influx of unaccompanied kids pouring into the country illegally.

With unaccompanied minor children overwhelming local facilities and resources in Nogales, and with immigrants being dropped off at the bus station in Tucson, Romero said the city needs to take a stand.

“All of these things are ever-present in our community,” Romero said. “But now more than ever we’re seeing the results of a broken immigration system and how it’s affecting the local community.”

[…]

Romero dismissed critics who say the council shouldn’t interject itself into a federal matter.

“The humanitarian crisis happening in Nogales, the people being dropped off at the bus station, and families being torn apart every day by our broken immigration policy — is a local issue. It is a city issue,” she said.

[…]

Read the rest here: City May Ask Obama to Curb Deportations

The Tucson City Council has been scrambling to meet the needs of these immigrants.

Undocumented women and children, who now spend up to three days stuck in Tucson waiting for a bus to take them someplace where they can await deportation hearings, may soon have a safer and more comfortable option.

The city is coordinating with nonprofit organizations, such as Catholic Community Services and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, to set up an intake center near the downtown Tucson Greyhound Depot to provide the women and children with food, clothes and temporary housing as they transition through Tucson.

“Greyhound management has been patient as we worked to put these pieces together, but we can’t continue to let people sit at the bus station,” said Councilman Steve Kozachik, who arranged a meeting among nonprofits, representatives from the Ward 1 City Council Office and the Mayor’s Office to discuss a plan.

[…]

(Mr. Kozachik is an ex-Republican who became a Democrat over the issue of gun control.)

Tucson was visited by the First Lady of Guatemala, who came to assess the situation and thank the local people for their efforts.

Guatemala’s first lady, Rosa Leal de Pérez visited Tucson’s Greyhound bus station Wednesday evening to thank volunteers and city officials for reaching out to the Guatemalan women and children who are dropped off daily by immigration officials before continuing their journey.

It was part of Pérez’s trip to Southern Arizona this week to assess the situation of Guatemalans, many of them women and young children.

“I come as a woman, as a mother and as a grandmother,” she said outside the bus station. “I have grandchildren who are the ages of the children making the journey and it breaks my heart.”

[…]

Sebastian Quinac, of the Guatemalan Consulate, explains to Maria Gomez, 19, from Guatemala, how to read her bus ticket to Mississippi at the Greyhound Bus Station located at 471 West Congress Street. Gomez immigrated from Guatemala and was picked up in the Tucson Sector by Border Patrol. Gomez’s husband lives in Mississippi. Photo taken: Tuesday July 01, 2014. Photo by: Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

I hope this lifts the spirits of folks who were horrified at the behavior of some hard-hearted people in Murrieta. There are good people all over, and compassionate choices available even in difficult times.

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
For about 33 cents a day (per month) or 22 cents a day (per year), our subscription option turns off all advertisements at LGF!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2014-03-07 2:19 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
Randall Gross
New Alaska Governor Plans for Medicaid Expansion Refused by His Predecessor
Over the weekend, a team of Alaska health care leaders huddled in a classroom at the University of Alaska Anchorage, part of incoming Gov. Bill Walker's transition conference. By Sunday afternoon, large sheets of paper scribbled with the state's ...

1 hour, 12 minutes ago
Views: 69 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 0
The Vicious Fergushka
The Scientific Explanation of Why People Kill Each Other Over TVs on Black Friday
More: The Scientific Explanation of Why People Kill Each Other Over TVs on Black Friday What causes people to kick, shove and even stab each other on Black Friday? Each year there are reports of violence during the Black Friday ...

3 days, 19 hours ago
Views: 452 • Comments: 4
Tweets: 6 • Rating: 2
Skip Intro
Anti-Gay Hate Preacher Accidentally Tweets 4,000 Followers Cartoon Clip of Him ‘Confessing’ to Be a ‘Homosexual Sodomite’
Adam Reakes Promotes Truth That Starbucks Markets Semen Laced Lattes http://t.co/RY06dEEb0I— James David Manning (@DrJamesDManning) November 20, 2014

3 days, 21 hours ago
Views: 672 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
Lumberhead
One Man Should Not Dictate Immigration Policy
Well played. You know, the more I mull over the Republican complaint about how immigration reform is being implemented, the more I sympathize with them. Public policy, especially on big, hot button issues like immigration shouldn't be made by one ...

4 days, 15 hours ago
Views: 457 • Comments: 6
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 7
teleskiguy
“Chelsea Hotel” performed by Tal Wilkenfeld
I first saw Austrailian bass player Tal Wilkenfeld play with Jeff Beck (not live, mind you. On YouTube) and was amazed at her skills and chops. She was only 20 when she scored that gig. She's coming into her own ...

6 days, 11 hours ago
Views: 316 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 5
FemNaziBitch
History of Laws Concerning Immigration and Naturalization in the United States -WIKI
The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787. Article I, section 8, clause 4 of the Constitution expressly gives the United States Congress the power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.[1] Pursuant to this power, Congress ...

6 days, 20 hours ago
Views: 439 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 3
MichaelJ
COMFORTABLY NUMB - Peahi Nov 12 on Vimeo
Channel angle of the Nov 12th swell at Peahi.

1 week, 3 days ago
Views: 580 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 2
Romantic Heretic
Money Makes Us Less Rational
Here's an interesting article on scientific studies that demonstrate how rationality and empathy break down is the presence of large amounts of money.

1 week, 5 days ago
Views: 790 • Comments: 2
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 2
 Frank says:

Shoot low, they're riding Shetlands -- European Zappa distributors Music For Nations on the occasion of some anniversary of theirs.