Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day 2009 March for Immigrants Rights - DC - Part 2

At the end of the regular program, two unscheduled speakers moved the crowd to tears. A teenage boy from Mexico via Minnesota told us about his mother's deportation back in November 2008 and the impact it had had on him, his father and his siblings. He asked Michelle Obama to put herself in the position of his mother and imagine what it would be like to be separated from her children. He was followed by another woman from the area and her young children. She has also been served with a deportation order which, when it is enforced, will divide her family. These speakers made the need for immigration reform so real that the principal organizer, Gustavo Torres of Casa de Maryland, was moved to ask an evangelical pastor to come up and lead everyone in prayer for the two families.

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