Latinos Ask Pope to Pressure Obama to Halt Deportations

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A group of 14 U.S. Latino activists traveled today to the Vatican to request the intercession of Pope Francis to halt deportations, which increased under the office of President Barack Obama.

Juan José Gutiérrez, leader of the U.S. Latino Movement in Los Angeles, confirmed to journalists that his colleagues will be able to express their concerns to the Supreme Pontiff, in a hearing scheduled for next Wednesday.

They seek the Pope to ask Obama to avoid the separation of more undocumented families through expulsions, said the civilian leader.

U.S. President will be in the Holy See on Thursday March 27, as part of his visit to Europe.

The trip of Latino activists is part of a national campaign that has been undergoing during the last months against deportations and in favor of integral migratory reform, stalled in Congress and that should help to regularize the status of at least 11 million undocumented people.

During Obama's current ofice, at least two million people have been repatriated to their countries of origen.

U.S. President mentioned the immigration issue among the priorities of his second term (2013-2017) and urged Congress to pass a comprehensive legislation soon, but the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is reluctant to give the green light to the measure although Senate endorsed it in June.