President Joe Biden came into office with promises of a more relaxed approach to immigration and border issues, but 100 days into his administration, many immigration activists are clearly unsatisfied with his progress on that front.
On Friday, several individuals affiliated with an advocacy group were arrested during a protest near the White House, according to Breitbart.
“100 Days of Empty Promises”
Dozens of activists reportedly showed up to stage a sit-in in protest of a perceived lack of action by President Biden, demanding that he make good on progressive promises of amnesty and an end to deportations for undocumented immigrants.
Several of those involved were arrested after authorities determined that they were impeding traffic and caused a delay for Biden’s presidential motorcade.
Movimiento Cosecha, the activist group behind the demonstration, promoted their cause on T-shirts worn by many of the protesters that read: “100 Days of Empty Promises.”
The message was clearly aimed at Biden, as evidenced in a tweet the group posted during the protest, declaring that they were “done waiting” and “won’t settle for crumbs.”
Cosecha members, wearing shirts that say “100 Days of Empty Promises” have been in a stand off with Secret Service for an hour around the perimeter of the White House.
Biden, this is the message we’re sending to you. We’re done waiting around & we won’t settle for crumbs pic.twitter.com/SHqsOB4oIr
— Movimiento Cosecha (@CosechaMovement) April 30, 2021
“I am risking arrest today”
In a press release ahead of Friday’s protest, Movimiento Cosecha made it clear that affiliates were willing to risk “arrest and deportation” as part of their protest against the “broken promise” of the Biden administration and the Democratic Party.
“President Biden ended his first 100 days in office with broken promises and insufficient action for my community,” protest organizer Gema Lowe wrote. “Biden originally committed to a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.”
She went on to lament Biden’s pursuit of “a ‘piecemeal’ strategy” that would leave out millions of undocumented immigrants, including herself, “who have lived in this country for decades.”
Fellow organizer Hector Morales, a recipient of protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, said that his status did not prevent him from demonstrating alongside the group, adding: “Even though I would qualify under the current Dream and Promise Act, I am risking arrest today to tell President Biden that I won’t accept piecemeal bills that exclude and criminalize my own community members.”
On the other side of the issue, however, many conservatives assert that the Biden administration’s approach to immigration has sparked an ongoing and unsustainable surge of migrants along the nation’s southern border.