City may ask Obama to curb deportations

July 03, 2014 12:00 am • By Darren DaRonco86
Councilwoman Regina Romero is asking her colleagues to adopt a resolution imploring President Obama to stop deporting kids and spend some money to make the lives of the kids being detained in Nogales a little more comfortable.

Stop deporting kids and tearing apart families.

That’s the message Tucson’s City Council could send to the federal government next week.

City Councilwoman Regina Romero is seeking a memorial imploring President Obama to suspend deportations of noncriminal immigrants.

She also wants the president to loosen the federal purse strings to help local governments deal with the influx of unaccompanied kids pouring into the country illegally.

With unaccompanied minor children overwhelming local facilities and resources in Nogales, and with immigrants being dropped off at the bus station in Tucson, Romero said the city needs to take a stand.

“All of these things are ever-present in our community,” Romero said. “But now more than ever we’re seeing the results of a broken immigration system and how it’s affecting the local community.”

The memorial is based on a letter sent in January to the president from U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva and other members of Congress asking for a halt to deportations.

Romero said national politics have created the perfect timing for the council to consider passing the memorial next week because the president announced Monday that he would take executive action if Congress failed to pass immigration legislation.

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