Advocates Seek to Delay Deportations for Millions
Eleven people living in the United States illegally, including a high-profile activist, plan to apply for deportation deferrals on Wednesday as part of an effort to pressure President Obama to include many millions of immigrants in any executive action to reduce deportations.
The coordinated effort was organized by Jose Antonio Vargas, a Filipino who is a well-known leader of the immigrant rights movement, after he wasbriefly detained in South Texas in July.
Mr. Vargas and other advocates want the White House to halt deportations for most of the estimated 11 million immigrants here illegally by vastly expanding a 2012 program of deferrals for young people who came when they were children.
“We are asking the administration, How inclusive are you going to be?” Mr. Vargas said. “Should any of these cases be left behind? I think they should not.”