Even the unions have abandoned the workers: Unions’ giant video near White House urges halt to deportations

WASHINGTON — Labor leaders who normally side with President Obama planned to vividly demonstrate their anger and frustration with his immigration policies on Wednesday by projecting a 90-by-60-foot video onto the side of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. headquarters two blocks from the White House.

Union officials will show the 11-minute video for three nights starting Wednesday. It will repeat in a loop for more than two hours in the hopes of persuading the president to cut down on the deportations of illegal immigrants.

“We feel like the political debate about immigration has gotten old and tired, while the human dimension of the deportation crisis has unfortunately lost center stage,” said Jeff Hauser, a spokesman for the union federation. “This crisis has its origins in Republican obstructionism, but the more important consequences aren’t for the Republican brand, but for the immigrant families being torn apart. We think this projection embodies that painful crisis.”

For logistical reasons, the giant video display will not face 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But labor officials said they hoped that the White House would take notice of what they described as “a massive public art display” to highlight the plight of immigrant workers.

The video repeatedly features the words “STOP DEPORTATIONS” in Spanish and English, and tells the stories of several immigrant families who were split up when a parent was deported. The video will include photographs of people who were deported. Some of them will be family shots.

Mr. Obama has said the best way to solve the problem is to enact a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws that would provide a path to legalization for most of the unauthorized workers already in the country…

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