For Egla Gutiérrez, joining a group of Tucson day laborers on a five-day fast to protest the deportation of illegal immigrants goes beyond the political: It’s personal.
From a Sonoran family that for decades has been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Gutiérrez, 25, has seen two of her brothers deported, has hopes for two others who are applying for legal residency and has a sister who is a U.S. citizen.
Gutiérrez is a “Dreamer.” Her parents brought her to the U.S. when she was young, and now she has received temporary residency under the Obama administra-tion’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which says those who arrived before age 18 and meet other conditions are not subject to deportation. They also are entitled to documents allowing them to work legally in this country.
For the mother of two and a Tucson resident, not eating for five days is a price she said she is willing to pay to get her message across to President Obama and other officials. She knows it is a long shot, but desperate times call for desperate measures, she said.