Seven illegal immigrants have chained themselves to the White House fence Wednesday to demand President Obama halt all deportations, saying he has a moral obligation to keep families together.
“Stop deportations — not one more,” onlookers chanted as police moved in to remove the activists, who activists broadcast a live video of their action.
A day earlier, Mr. Obama had rejected their calls, telling Telemundo, a Spanish-language network, that halting more deportations is “not an option.”
Activists said Mr. Obama drew the same line in his first term when he rejected calls to stop deporting young illegal immigrants, the so-called “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. as young children, but the president relented just ahead of the election — and went on to win a large share of Hispanic votes en route to reelection.
After that previous reversal, activists hope — and some expect — Mr. Obama to change his mind this year, if House Republicans don’t pass a bill legalizing illegal immigrants.