Protestors in Western Michigan As U.S. Supreme Court to Stop Deportation of Immigrant Families

A Fox 17 TV station in Western Michigan reported that “Protesters in Kalamazoo and at other West Michigan locations joined a nationwide protest Thursday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to order a stop to the deportation of immigrant families and called on the court to extend programs that help immigrant families before the next president takes office.

This comes shortly after presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. He previously asked that a wall be built along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Those rallying today said immigration reform isn’t about politics but rather economic opportunities for undocumented people. Roberto Torres, Director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, said immigrant families are what this country is founded on.

“Immigrants are the lifeblood of our country, so we need to take the politics out and talk about the economic opportunities that exist with these immigrants that come to this country,” said Torres.

Thursday’s rallies stem from the case Texas v. the United States, Texas and 25 other states sued the Obama administration in 2014 for an executive order implementing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Those programs are aimed at helping immigrant families obtain jobs.