On March 27 march in the Plaza de San Pedro while President Barack Obama will meet with Francisco.
A group of activists for the rights of immigrants traveling on Friday the Vatican to meet Pope Francisco, who will be asked to help stop the deportations.
“La Casa Pontificia assured us is confirmed Thursday that the hearing for Wednesday March 26,” he told, president of the Latino Movement USA Los Angeles. “We took the flight on Friday. We’re on a mission to ask you to intercede with the President and tell him to halt deportations of undocumented immigrants.”
Francisco receives in audience the President Barack Obama on Thursday 27 at the Holy See.
“We will also ask to intercede with the Republican leadership of the House and asked to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” said the activist.
The group consists of 14 men and two children of parents who have been affected by deportations. “I handed the pontiff over a thousand letters with testimonials from families hit by deportations,” Gutierrez said.
So far the Obama administration’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “has deported more than 2 million immigrants,” said Jorge Mario Cabrera, communications director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).
The high number of deportations carried the president of the National Council of La Raz, Janet Murguia, president to label “deportador in chief” and asked for the use of executive powers to stop them.
“We hope to make the problem of global knowledge that is creating the President with this policy,” said Francisco Moreno, director of the Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM), who also traveled to Rome. “The president wants to bring order to other countries, but we want to post it here, we no longer have families that are breaking, or orphaned children who stay.”
The activist said the goal is to “touch the heart the Pope” and say that over 40 percent of Catholics living in the United States “in one way or another are being hit by deportations.”
Activists have two gifts to the Pope: an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe and a package with more than a thousand letters written by children of deported parents or deportation proceedings.
“We could not think of another gift. We do not know what else to give him the Pope. We take our pain to help us, “Moreno said.
Moreno also said Thursday that 27, one day after the hearing, along with other activists from other states will march through the atrium of the Basilica of St. Peter in moments Francisco to interview Obama.
“We hope that the Pope can convince the president and Congress,” said Jesus Sanchez.
“Once we’re all there, we will find. Come in search of a single target, “Gutierrez said.
The California group was blessed on Sunday by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez, during a closing ceremony of an International Religious Education Congress held in Anaheim.
The trip to Rome comes a week after Obama asked the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, to review the deportation policy and will “present an inventory of our current practices to see how we can make the application of the law in a way more human within the limits of the law.”
The measure was taken following a meeting between the president and three Democratic congressional Hispanic Caucus, Representatives Luis Gutierrez (Illinois), Xavier Becerra (California) and Ruben Hinojosa (Texas) to talk about immigration, the drama of the deportations and immigration reform.
The conversation focused on the efforts that both the President and the Congress are underway to pass immigration reform common sense in the House of Representatives this year, the White House said in a statement.