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Campaigner: Migration Reforms Delay to Hurt South Americans

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US President Barack Obama’s recent delay of migration reforms will lead to the deportation of more vulnerable South Americans, the immigration rights campaigner David Bacon told RIA Novosti on Monday.

NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 8 (RIA Novosti) – US President Barack Obama’s recent delay of migration reforms will lead to the deportation of more vulnerable South Americans, the immigration rights campaigner David Bacon told RIA Novosti on Monday.

“President Obama’s decision to delay lifting the threat of deportation from many people will lead to more deportations, detentions and firings of people who need equality, legal status and human rights. His decision will hurt those families who number among his greatest supporters. It does nothing to solve the problems of migration,” said Bacon, author of The Right to Stay Home.

“More people will come to the US tomorrow, driven by poverty and repression, made worse by pro-corporate trade agreements and foreign intervention. Stronger enforcement simply criminalizes them. Continuing pro-business guest worker schemes subsidizes corporations that drive down wages and weaken unions. We need pro-immigrant and pro-worker reforms, not more delays, draconian enforcement and corporate labor schemes.”

In June, Obama announced plans for new visa rules, boosted border security and paths to citizenship for some 11 million US-based illegal immigrants, including many unaccompanied children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. On Friday, he delayed reforms until after November’s mid-term elections.

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