Immigration protests interrupt Obama rally

President Obama’s stumping in Bridgeport this afternoon was interrupted a number of times by young undocumented immigrants who said they were advocating for “a clear answer” from Obama on immigration issues.

The young immigrants – some still in high school, many from Connecticut – said they were a part of United We Dream, the “largest youth-led coalition of organizations fighting for the equal rights of immigrants,” according to activist Junior Sierra, a senior at Global Studies Institute at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.

The President calmly addressed the interruptions while Secret Service officers removed the demonstrators from the rally. Obama said Republicans were responsible for holding up new legislation on immigrant rights, not him.

But afterward, representatives of the group said today’s event was one of a number of other “interruptions” planned to call attention to immigration reform.

“Our parents did not stop halfway on their way to this country, so we don’t see a need to stop either until there are equal opportunities in all of our communities,” said Sierra. “Time after time, my life has been interrupted, especially in trying to get into higher education.”

“I haven’t been able to grow and develop like my friends. I’m in the art show, I’m in the science fair, and I’m at the top of my class,” but because he doesn’t have a Social Security number, “I am forced to be a second-class citizen,” Sierra said.