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Task Force Action Fund: Rea Carey Arrested in Protest of US House Inaction on Immigration Reform

Date: 
April 30, 2014

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Rea Carey arrested in protest of US House inaction on immigration reform

Task Force Action Fund ED joins group of children, parents and immigration reform advocates to block street near Capitol Building

WASHINGTON, Apr 30 —National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey was one of more than 20 people — including the children of undocumented immigrants — arrested today while protesting the US House leadership's inaction on fair immigration reform. Carey was one of a group of protesters who blocked an intersection outside the US House as part of the "STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES ACTION." The event was organized by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation's largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in 30 states.

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. In this instance, Speaker Boehner is the problem. His intransigence on fixing our broken immigration system is inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on millions of vulnerable undocumented immigrants and their families. He must act now and do the right thing for these 11 million immigrants, over a quarter of a million of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Immigrants and their families need a real pathway to citizenship, not unnecessary political gridlock. All they want is to be able to fulfill the promise of America and access the American Dream."

This is the second time Carey has been arrested to protest fair immigration reform. Last year she joined more than 100 women — some of whom were undocumented immigrants — to highlight the negative impact inaction is having on on women and their families and the lack of progress on reform in the U.S. House.

"It is total hypocrisy to talk about 'family values' but act in a way that shows that you don't really value families. The children of undocumented immigrants who were arrested today know better than most, the terrible impact of inaction on their lives. Imagine the fear every single day of losing your mom or dad through deportation."

Prior to the act of civil disobedience, hundreds of supporters gathered for a press conference in front of the Capitol Building.

"Immigration reform is not just good for families — its good for our democracy, good for our economy and good for America. Our broken system has a clear fix that most Americans want action on now. It's time for the House to actually represent what most Americans want — fair immigration reform," urged Carey.

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