Activists demand immigration reform in the US | News

Activists in favor of immigration reform in the United States carry out this Monday the initiative called “A day without immigrants”, which includes a protest in front of the White House to demand that President Joe Biden fulfill his electoral promise to solve the problem of migrants undocumented.


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The activists selected Valentine’s Day or Day of Love and Friendship because it is one of the days in which the most expenses are incurred.

For this reason, they call for migrants not to go to work or school and not spend money, so that their absence causes an economic impact on businesses and shows the importance of their work for American society.

Although the peaceful protest will have its epicenter in the capital, Washington, starting at 10:00 local time, it will spread to cities such as New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San José, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver, Boston and Philadelphia.

The initiative also seeks to draw attention to the immigration issue and the problem of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US ahead of the mid-term legislative elections scheduled for next November.

“A day without immigrants” is promoted through digital platforms by the young man of Uruguayan origin Carlos Eduardo Espina, who has more than 2.4 million followers on the Tik-Tok social network.

Espina told a local media outlet that “people are very frustrated and hurt because nothing has been advanced on the immigration issue despite the promises.” In addition, he asked his followers to join the peaceful protest and pressure the White House and Congress for immigration reform.

His call has received the support of thousands of people, including politicians (such as congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of Puerto Rican origin, and Ilhan Omar, a former Somali Muslim refugee) and artists.

In the profile “A day without immigrants” on the Facebook social network, migrants, mostly Hispanics, who are mobilizing this Monday towards Washington or who support the initiative from other states, can be seen.

The campaign also received support from small grassroots organizations such as Dreamers Mothers In Action (DMIA), whose president, Lenka Mendoza, valued that it responds to the need of “our people to make themselves heard in the face of the inability to advance with the legalization of thousands of us,” he said.