Movimiento Cosecha, a national movement fighting for undocumented immigrants in the United States, has presented President Biden and Democrats with a deadline for action in protecting the undocumented community. The group has vowed to mobilize in D.C. on May 1st if Biden fails to provide permanent protection for the 11 million undocumented workers and families living in the states.
"We are halfway through the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency and undocumented immigrants have already been pushed aside by the administration,” said Gema Lowe, an organizer with Movimiento Cosecha's Grand Rapids branch, "Biden has excluded undocumented immigrants from his COVID relief bill. His party is already dividing our community by excluding and criminalizing our loved ones. Despite promising to stop deportations for his first three months in office, Biden has chosen to deport thousands of immigrants and continue separating our families."
Lowe said the undocumented community has waited years on protections that have never come, specifically calling out the Obama and Biden administration for not "fulfilling their promises" on immigration reform in their first 100 days in office.
"That didn’t happen, so now we don’t trust them,” Lowe said.
Movimiento Cosecha in Michigan has also spoken out against Democratic Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow on the pair's recent vote to exlude undocumented immigrants from COVID relief packages. The group held a protest in Grand Rapids in late February and another in Detroit on Wednesday.
"We feel that the Democrats are saying that they're with us and for immigrant justice, and they say one thing and do another," Lowe explained.
Movimiento Cosecha said it will give the President until the end of his first 100 days in office to offer protections to undocumented immigrants before mobilizing.
"As the immigrant community learned when Obama was president and Biden was vice president, we cannot just wait and hope that a Democratic president and congress will deliver for us. Promises and bill introductions mean nothing while thousands are deported and exploited in this country every day," it explained in a press release.