Advocates Form Human Chain of Solidarity at Rally

The frustrations of immigrants were powerfully voiced recently in front of 26 Federal Plaza as African Services' Bakary Tandia, along with ASC clients, joined immigrant families, area leaders and immigrant rights organizations in a massive human chain of solidarity.

Chanting, "stop separating our families," the group demanded immediate action on the part of the Congress and the Obama administration.

"Separating families has reached the level of a humanitarian crisis in our communities," said Ramatu Ahmed, African community leader affiliated with ASC. "We cannot allow the government to silently watch this tragedy unfolding."

Immigrant rights organizations across the country organized this National Day to Stop Separating Families one year after the signing of the U.S. Senate bill for comprehensive reform on June 27, 2013. The New York Immigration Coalition organized the rally outside of 26 Federal Plaza with African Services coordinating the participation of African immigrants.

Two days following the rally President Obama delivered a candid speech on immigration reform. The President called out Congress for their inaction and stated, “America cannot wait forever for them to act. And that’s why, today, I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.”