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Mar 28 2013

“I will fight for my parents, and other immigrant families! No child should have to be separated from their parents and live with that constant fear.”

 
On Tuesday, March 26th,  over 80 children and parents from P.A.S.O.  joined a Children’s March from Millenium Park to Federal Plaza in support of immigration reform, where over 1,000 people called on their Senators and Congressmen to take into account their families and pass an inclusive and comprehensive immigration reform.

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Liz Marquez, a young P.A.S.O. leader who is 9 years old,  shared her testimony and showed how children of undocumented parents currently live in fear that they will be separated from their families. They are not staying quiet though, and are taking a stand to fight for their parents. Read her powerful testimony below:

My name is Liz Marquez, I am 9 years old. I am here today with my sister Yareli and with the organization PASO in Melrose Park.  I have an important message today for President Obama, the senators and congressmen. Listen to me very carefully and do not ignore me:  The time is now to pass immigration reform!

 

 

My name is Liz Marquez, I am 9 years old. I am here today with my sister Yareli and with the organization PASO in Melrose Park.  

I have an important message today for President Obama, the senators and congressmen. Listen to me very carefully and do not ignore me:  The time is now to pass immigration reform!I have an important message today for President Obama, the senators and congressmen. Listen to me very carefully and do not ignore me:  The time is now to pass immigration reform!

 

Watch Liz’ powerful testimony on Chicago Tribune HERE

I also have a question for you, how would you feel if you had to leave your country to give a better life to your children and all of a sudden immigration came to your house and took you away from your family? How would you feel if you were separated from your children?

That is something no child should have to go through!

My dad has a deportation order, and I worry every night that they will try to separate him from us. This would affect me a lot because my dad and mom take very good care of us, and work very hard so that I can have the food, clothes and a home to live in.

My parents are hardworking people, who love us very much. They are like any other parent! My parents are not criminals and it’s not right they are treated like that.

That is why I am here today and I will fight for my parents, and other immigrant families. No child should have to be separated from their parents and live with that constant fear.

I ask the Senators and Congressmen to make sure my dad who has a deportation is included in immigration reform.  I will work with my sister and all the other children here today to fight for our parents and for inclusive immigration reform!

Si se puede! Thank you!

 

Coverage of Children’s March and other P.A.S.O. Youth leaders:

WGN TV (Featuring Liz) 

Univision Chicago  (Featuring Betsy) 

NBC Chicago  (Featuring Norma Herrera and Sones Mexicanos) 

 ABC Local (Senators’ responses)

 

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