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Veterans, service members and their families, immigration advocates, and lawmakers gathered in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to push for executive action on immigration reform. Air Force Veteran Jesus Magaña led a press conference, calling on Congress to support President Obama in taking big and bold action to help as many people as possible.
“We need everyone to stand up and show that they're with us,” said Magaña, who returned from active duty in Kuwait to find his sister had been put into deportation proceedings.
“I am a Marine. I loved serving this country,” explained Elizabeth Perez, a Veteran of the Ohio National Guard and the Marine Corps., whose husband was deported over four years ago. “The love of my life never came back… The President can do something. It’s his obligation to do something as the leader of this country.”
For Elizabeth, there is a no hope that her husband will be reunited with her and their two sons unless President Obama acts on immigration reform.
Rep. Grijalva expressed his strong support for action to a growing crowd. “Waiting, waiting, and waiting is not the solution,” he said. “Let these military families be an example to the rest of why we need action.”
Calling directly on President Obama, Rep. Polis said, “It's unconscionable that our own government would tear apart families. We can reunite families, improve security, and improve the economy with big bold action.”