El Paso Celebrates Cesar Chavez Day; Two Brothers Rally Against Deportation

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 8:40pm

EL PASO - Today, folks all across the country and here in El Paso honored a man who stood up for laborers and workers rights everywhere.

His name was Cesar Chavez. He was a Mexican-American civil rights activist who founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1965. As folks celebrated Chavez's achievements at Lincoln Park today, they also took the occasion to mark the plight of two brothers - the Valenzuela brothers, who, despite being born to a U.S. citizen, coming to this country legally when they were kids, and serving in the military, are still facing deportation for crimes they committed decades ago.

Both men argue the threat of deportation is unfair.

"We are in the spider web of shame. As of three years ago, we are two men without a country because once [homeland security] puts you on notice, you have no country. You're just waiting on them to pick you up in the middle of the night or whenever they feel like it," said Valente Valenzuela.

The Valenzuela brothers have been battling with the Department of Homeland Security to stay in the U.S. for three years.


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