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For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Postings // Available here Contacts: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951.966.6500 Date: August 17, 2016   Groundswell of Outrage Surges In Reaction to Case of Incarcerated Immigrant Grandmother   Groups Demand the Immediate Release of Domestic Violence Survivor from California For-Profit Immigration Jail   Los Angeles—Over 100 domestic violence, faith, immigrant, and civil rights organizations called upon Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to immediately release Xochitl Hernandez from the for-profit immigration jail she has been held in since February.          Xochitl has five U.S. citizen children and four grandchildren and has lived in the U.S. for 30 years. She is imprisoned and in deportation proceedings because ICE agents subjected her to an interview during a Los Angeles Police Department criminal raid for which she was never a target. The ostensible foundation for her detention is a single shoplifting conviction from over a decade ago and a baseless allegation of gang affiliation.    “This case demonstrates the dangerous way President Obama's absurd ‘felons not families’ rhetoric has been interpreted by ICE agents on the ground,” said Emi MacLean, attorney for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “A prior conviction does not make someone deserving of permanent banishment. It is past time for the calls for criminal justice reform to be heard in the halls of U.S. immigration agencies.”   At an immigration hearing where Xochitl had no lawyer, a police officer testified he saw Xochitl near gang members. The officer noted that she lived in an area frequented by gangs. As a result of this attenuated and unsupported testimony, a judge slammed Xochitl with a $60,000 bond. Now ICE says she falls into a top deportation priority category because of demonstrable profiling and entirely false claims of gang affiliation.   “This is an illustrative case of how gang profiling criminalizes people based on where they live and who they know rather than what they do,” said Ana Muñiz, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine. “Both ICE and LAPD should recognize Xochitl’s detention as reprehensible, but neither has acted to compel her release.”   “Immigration detention attacks human dignity and re-traumatizes those who have already survived terrible violence,” said Victoria Mena of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). “Xochitl is the perfect example of why the for-profit Adelanto immigration detention center must be shut down.”   A domestic violence survivor, Xochitl…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Postings August 15, 2016, Contacts: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951.966.6500; Angela Chan, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 503.358.2795 (press only)   Immigrant Rights Groups Ask Federal Judge to Compel DHS Disclosures About Embattled Jail-Based Deportation Program   Pressure Grows on Obama Administration to Reconcile Conflicting Messages About Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and Transparency   New York City – In response to the refusal of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide information about promised reforms to its controversial jail-based deportation program, immigrant rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to compel urgent disclosures required under the Freedom of Information Act. The move comes as President Obama’s history of broken promises on immigration and transparency is coming into sharper focus in his final months in office, and he seeks to turn attention to criminal justice reform.   In November 2014, DHS formally ended the disgraced Secure Communities (S-Comm) deportation program, relying on entanglement with local law enforcement, and announced a new program, the Priority Enforcement Program, or PEP. Many of the details that led to the revolt against S-Comm were initially kept secret by the government and only uncovered as the result of prior FOIA litigation. Now DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) again seek to keep from public disclosure—for years—critical information about its modified jail deportation program even as evidence increasingly suggests that the new program suffers from the same fatal flaws that led to the termination of S-Comm, and as there are increased calls for police to cease actions undermining police-community relations.   Tom Fritzsche, clinical teaching fellow at the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Cardozo School of Law, stated: “The Obama Administration has refused to provide basic information about a program that has radically altered not only immigrants’ relationship with local police, but also local law enforcement’s relationship with ICE.”   In support of the motion to urgently release information, the organizations provided more than a dozen declarations from lawmakers, organizations, and victims of the divisive program. These statements detail the devastating impact of the program on individuals, families and communities. In one declaration provided to the court, Xochitl Hernandez, currently imprisoned and facing deportation in Adelanto, California, described being taken into custody by ICE after an arrest by the LAPD, even though she does not fit any of DHS’ stated deportation priorities.   Policymakers explained the pressure imposed by DHS on lawmakers to toe…
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Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951-966-6500 What About Us?Criminalized Immigrants Respond to President Obama’s Defense of “Second Chances”    Los Angeles, CA - In response to President Obama’s announcement this week that he will be granting clemency to 214 Americans who were “incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws,” immigrant families actively seeking redress from those very same laws issued the following series of reactions: “President Obama says people deserve second chances. My family fully agrees. Unfortunately, my dad didn’t get a second chance when he was deported because of a traffic stop and a decades-old drug conviction,” said Victor Alvarez, son of Jose Alvarez who was deported in February of this year. “Now our family is torn apart and I had to put my education on hold to take a second job to support our family. We will continue to ask President Obama to right this wrong and let my dad come home.” Read more about Jose: bit.ly/bringjoseback Stephanie Hernandez, daughter of Xochitl Hernandez, a single mother of 5 US citizen children currently in detention, said the following: “What about our family? My mom raised 5 U.S. Citizen kids and has lived in this country for almost thirty years. Because of a single shoplifting misdemeanor from a decade ago, President Obama's government has kept her locked up in a for-profit jail since February and isn't letting her out unless my family comes up with $60,000." Read more about Xochitl: bit.ly/FreeAbuela "After my conviction, I built a good life for myself in Portland. I contributed to my community and have worked night and day to raise my two U.S. citizen daughters,” said Francisco Aguirre, a day laborer who pled no contest to a drug charge decades ago. “After much organizing and community support, the Department of Justice dropped the charges against me, but President Obama’s immigration enforcement agents still won't leave me and my family alone.  President Obama is still trying to deport me," he concluded. Read more about Francisco: bit.ly/UnidosConFrancisco “The hypocrisy here is breathtaking. President Obama’s brutal deportation record has resulted in the unprecedented criminalization of migrants. He has fused our mass incarceration and our mass deportation systems, and he has put US immigration policy at odds with the criminal justice reform movement,”  said Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). He continued,  “The  President continues to say that he is deporting 'felons not…
For Immediate Release August 2, 2016 Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951-966-6500   Complaint From Immigrant Workers and NDLON Leads to OSHA Investigation and $100,000 Fine for Serious Safety and Health Violations   Houston, TX – On Monday, August 1st 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that they will fine Houston tortilla factory  Espiga de Oro over $100,000 after finding over 20 serious OSHA violations at the factory, including locked emergency exits, exposed live wires, and dangerous heavy machinery without proper safety guards. The OSHA investigation occurred following a complaint filed by six former employees who were arrested during an ICE immigration raid that occurred at the factory one year ago.   The workers were represented in their OSHA complaint by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). Together with the workers, NDLON and Fe y Justicia have advocated for whistleblower protections for the workers and redress for the labor rights violations they and their fellow workers suffered at Espiga de Oro.   “By bravely coming forward and reporting the egregious health and safety violations at Espiga de Oro, these workers improved conditions for workers everywhere," said Emi MacLean, Staff Attorney for NDLON. “Instead of being arrested in an immigration raid, they should be awarded whistleblower protections in recognition of their courageous work to defend the lives and well-being of their fellow workers.”   Karina Antunes, a former Espiga de Oro employee and one of the workers who filed the OSHA complaint said, “No one should be subjected to the conditions that my co-workers and I experienced at Espiga de Oro. I will never forget the horror of witnessing my co-worker lose two fingers on one of the machines or the anger I felt when our manager refused to call an ambulance until he unwrapped his bandage and showed the stubs of his missing fingers. I am proud that by filing this complaint we were able to protect the current employees, and I am hopeful that they will no longer have to go through what we went through.”   “Although ICE was eager to prosecute the immigration violations it found at Espiga de Oro, it took constant pressure from workers and advocacy organizations to make sure that the egregious labor rights violations were also addressed. These workers deserve our thanks for their tireless efforts, which lift up all workers, immigrant and non-immigrant alike,” said Martha Ojeda, Executive Director…
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Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951-966-6500 NDLON Welcomes Xochi Flores as its First-Ever Associate Director Activist, Artist & Popular Educator Brings Wealth of Leadership Experience to Help Guide Organization at Crucial Time    Los Angeles, CA -- This week, The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) announced that Xochi Flores, an LA based activist, popular educator and musician will be the national network’s first-ever Associate Director.  The announcement comes as NDLON expands its work to defend and advance migrant worker rights during a pivotal moment. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “Xochi comes from a long line of community organizers and activists. She has  participated in social justice work for at least 25 years and has been involved in numerous campaigns, community based projects and organizations. “She has vast experience in team building, professional and project development, engaging activists, artists and the broader community and always envisions projects from start to finish. She is someone her community trusts and looks to for leadership. Xochi will play a critical role in enhancing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary to advance our work. We are very fortunate to have her be part of our national leadership and I am looking forward to working with her as we continue to improve the lives of Day Laborers across the country.” At NDLON, Xochi successfully led the individual donor initiative for the last three years. She plays an integral role in developing and sustaining healthy relationships with NDLON’s donor base.  In 2014, she also spearheaded a project whereby community colleges partner with local worker centers to create curriculum relevant to the day laborer community, they offer these courses on site at worker centers. This project is now supported in part by the National Council on Workforce Education and has been highlighted by the National Skills Coalition. Additionally, Xochi has booked several nationally recognized artists such as Chuck D, Ozomatli, Aloe Blacc, Ceci Bastida and Quetzal for NDLONs public concert series Chant Down the Walls. Xochi is currently leading a project to build popular education modules on Black and Brown History/Affinities along with Dr. Gaye Johnson, Dr. Roberto Flores and Dr. Chris Zepeda. These are set to launch in the fall of 2016. Xochi is an experienced grant writer and has written dozens of grants…

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For Immediate Release //June 23, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951-966-6500 Day Laborer Network Reaction to President Obama Speech Los Angeles, CA -- In response to President Obama’s remarks this morning about US v. Texas, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, issued the following statement: “President Obama's response to the impasse in the Supreme Court was woefully inadequate. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s shameful 'non-decision' in Texas v. US, immigrants are left to organize in defense of their basic rights in the face of unprecedented hostility.  Rather than joining them, the President adopted a defeatist attitude, even going so far as to suggest there is simply nothing more he can do to help immigrants and refugees. That is flatly wrong. In his last six months, the President can—and must—at a minimum: (1) end his misguided 'PEP-Comm' program that criminalizes immigrants by using sheriffs as de facto deportation agents; (2) grant temporary protected status to Central American families fleeing horrific violence in their home countries; (3) stop the record-breaking deportations his own administration has championed and (4) take a strong, principled stand against the xenophobic nationalism sweeping the country during this election season.  This is the minimum.   Immigrant families don’t have the option to give up their struggle simply because the Supreme Court got it wrong today.  Immigrants must now demonstrate the courage that is lacking among our political leaders, including President Obama.    Ultimately, this morning’s speech will not stand up to historical scrutiny.  President Obama's immigration policy has been incoherent.  By his own admission, he relied heavily on border enforcement and deportations in a failed gambit to win legislative reform in a broken Congress. In the current political climate, it is unacceptable to say that nothing else can be done.  His own policies contributed to the current mess.  The President has six months to start cleaning it up.” ###

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Initial Reaction from NDLON on Supreme Court Tie in US v. Texas

Los Angeles, CA -- In response to the Supreme Court's 4-4 tie in US v Texas, which preserves the district court's injunction of the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following immediate reactions.  

Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON responded:

“If DAPA was the President's 'Plan B' after a failed political strategy for comprehensive immigration reform, then it is incumbent on his administration to immediately announce their 'Plan C' after this setback. It will be fully unacceptable for the President to use this decision as an excuse for inaction in cleaning up the mess created by his brutal deportation policy.

“President Obama must use his remaining political capital to defend the rights of immigrants and refugees, and we will be looking to him for the type of leadership that we expected when he first took office.”

“Going forward, it is important to remember that it was grassroots, bottom-up pressure that compelled the President to act before, and the future will be no different. Immigrants must continue to organize in defense of our basic rights in the face of unprecedented nativism in the political sphere."  

Chris Newman, NDLON’s Legal Director said:   

“The 4-4 decision leaves unresolved outside of the Fifth Circuit the question of whether and how the President can provide work authorization for currently undocumented immigrants, but it does not impact the President's indisputable authority to reduce deportations, nor does it  foreclose other forms of relief as a legal matter."

NDLON’s legal team, advocacy team, and a group of impacted Day Laborer spokespersons will be available for comment and interviews.

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 // June 17, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (951) 966-6500Romeo Sosa, VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Federal Prosecutor Drops Criminal Charge Against Portland Day Labor Leader, Attention Turns to ICE as Coalition Pledges to Stop His Deportation and Prevent Criminalization of other Migrants *** Portland Community Leaders to host Father’s Day Press Conference & Rally at Church Where Francisco Aguirre Sought Sanctuary (see below for details) *** Portland, OR -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced it dropped the reentry prosecution against Portland day laborer & immigrant rights leader Francisco Aguirre. The announcement came as a result of a groundswell of support from individuals across the country who signed letters, petitions, and held vigils demanding that Aguirre be allowed to remain in the U.S. and grieve in peace after the vicious murder of his teenage son, Moises, in El Salvador in February of this year. Francisco’s case became the subject of national attention after he publicly sought sanctuary in a church following an attempt by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to carry out a warrantless raid on his home. ICE responded by charging Aguirre with “reentry” for having escaped violence in El Salvador fifteen years prior, “re-entering” the US after being deported. “I am grateful for my family, my day laborer community, my attorneys, and every single person, church, and organization that stood by my side.  And I am hopeful that ICE will stop targeting my family,  said Francisco Aguirre about his ordeal.  He continued,  “This initial victory is proof that when we come together, we can win.  The only way to ensure justice for migrants is if we come together as a community and defend our basic human rights.” “The U.S. Attorney made the correct decision to drop a cruel and unnecessary prosecution. It should serve as an example for the DOJ to stop callously prosecuting refugees fleeing for their lives,” said Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). Organizations representing the #UnidosConFrancisco efforts pledged to continue organizing to stop ICE’s continued tormenting of the Aguirre family. Rather than giving Aguirre the opportunity to argue his case for asylum-like humanitarian relief before an immigration judge with all the due process protections which that entails, ICE has served a “Notice of Intent to Issue a Final Administrative Removal Order” (FARO), a little-known maneuver in which an ICE agent orders a…
Press ADVISORY  Contact: Jorge Torres, 203-278-2729; Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951-966-6500 Ecuadorian Immigrants to Converge in Washington DC as Consensus Grows for “TPS FOR ECUADOR” This week, Senators Booker & Menendez joined the 32 members of Congress calling for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Ecuadorians in the US after devastating earthquake in Ecuador What: TPS for Ecuador! Rally, Relief for Families When: Monday, June 20th, 11:00AM-2:00PM Where: US Capitol, West Lawn Washington, DC -- On Monday, Ecuadorian immigrant families living in the U.S. will converge in Washington, DC to call on the White House and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to grant “TPS” (Temporary Protected Status) for Ecuadorians in the US, in response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Andean country. The earthquake resulted in 663 deaths, 73,000 internally displaced persons, and 250,000 individuals in need of humanitarian assistance. A grant of TPS for Ecuadorians living in the U.S. would facilitate their participation and support for the recovery effort, and provide a partial reprieve for the emergency response and communities in Ecuador from receiving the average of 1,200 individuals deported to Ecuador each year. Nearly 3 dozen members of the House, led by Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Crowley, and now Democratic Senators Booker and Menendez have called for TPS as a response to the earthquake. The Ecuadorian government has also officially requested the grant of TPS. The Monday rally will bring together about 1,000 people from different parts of the east coast, including Queens, Westchester and Brooklyn, from New York State, and Newark, Plainfield and Hightstown, from New Jersey. There are approximately 200,000 Ecuadorians who live in the United States without documentation.   For additional information, please visit www.TPSforEcuador.org   ###

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Construction Company Convicted of “Manslaughter” sets “Historic Precedent” for Workplace Safety Regulations

Los Angeles, CA -- On Friday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced the conviction of HARCO CONSTRUCTION LLC (“HARCO”) for “recklessly causing the death of a 22-year-old construction worker, Carlos Moncayo, by failing to heed and address unsafe work conditions at a construction site in the Meatpacking District, contributing to the collapse of an excavation pit and the death of the victim”. HARCO was convicted of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, as well as Criminally Negligent Homicide and Reckless Endangerment. The sentencing is expected to take place in July 13 2016.

Gonzalo Mercado, Executive Director of La Colmena in Staten Island NY issued the following statement:

"Today's decision sets a historic precedent in a city were too many workers have lost their lives in preventable constructions accidents. No more slaps on the wrist for bad employers that put profits over workers’ safety. Our hearts are with the Moncayo family and  all of those we've lost in past accidents"

Omar Henriquez Regional Organizer at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

“The guilty verdict will not bring Carlos Moncayo back to life, but it puts contractors on notice: if one of your workers gets killed on the job, you are responsible and will face the consequences. No more free rides for irresponsible contractors.”

Cal Soto, Workers Rights Coordinator at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

“We are encouraged by the DA’s successful efforts to bring justice to the family of Carlos Moncayo. Carlos Moncayo’s death and the trial of his murderers has shined a spotlight on the entirely avoidable fatal conditions that persist in worksites throughout the country due to weak and selectively enforced health and safety regulations.

“The workers that were present throughout the trial know these dangers firsthand, as they are often compelled to assume the risks taken by their employers for fear of retaliation. Together, we will continue to advocate for safe workplaces, employer accountability, and protection against retaliation for reporting health and safety violations."

Advocates from many organizations participated in a rally outside of the courtroom in support of Carlos Moncayo including, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and its member organizations, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), Wind of the Spirit, Workers’ Justice Project and Workplace Project, La Colmena, El Centro del Immigrante and Obreros Unidos de Yonkers, among others.

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June 9, 2016

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100+ Organizations Call for Independent Inquiry into Leaks about Immigration Raids

Los Angeles, CA -- On Thursday, over 100 organizations signed onto a letter to President Obama demanding an independent inquiry into government leaks about ICE raids targeting Central American refugees. The raids strategy has been widely criticized for sparking widespread terror in immigrant and refugee communities.  

The organizations, which included leading Central American groups such as CARECEN, Alianza Americas, and CISPES, called for an immediate investigation by the White House and DHS Inspector General into the leaks and their “source, purpose, content, and whether they were sanctioned by the White House.”

“When the U.S. government is using morally repugnant and legally questionable tactics to to instill fear in those fleeing violence, we must demand answers,” said NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado, himself a refugee from El Salvador. “We hope that a thorough investigation into these leaks will help clarify, and ultimately rectify, President Obama’s failed response to the humanitarian crisis in Central America. It’s time for relief, not raids.” 

The letter states, in part:

[T]hose who have leaked rumors of these raids must be held accountable for the unnecessary terror that they have inflicted among immigrant families and for the damage done to the rule of law… It is not clear whether these leaks are intentional or unintentional, but it is very clear they are unacceptable and unbefitting of a federal law enforcement agency.

Advocates pointed to the recent detention of Elmer Reynoso, a young Guatemalan father of a two-month old baby, to demonstrate the destructive impact of the President's policy.

On Wednesday, 26 U.S. Senators called on President Obama to end the strategy of immigration raids and instead to immediately offer Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to the population fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle. To see the full letter from the Senators click here

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 PLAINTIFFS FILE PETITION FOR REHEARING IN NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS IN PUENTE V. ARPAIO Arizona Migrant Group Seeks to Preserve Injunction Against Provisions of Two Arizona Statutes Used to Criminalize Immigrant Workers For Immediate ReleaseMay 17, 2016 Contacts: Carlos Garcia, Puente, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (520) 248-1697 Annie Lai, UC Irvine School of Law, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (914) 329-8412 Steve Kilar, ACLU of Arizona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (602) 773-6007 Phoenix, Arizona – Yesterday, Plaintiffs in Puente vs. Arpaio asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a May 2 decision which overturned a preliminary injunction issued last year barring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery from enforcing provisions of Arizona law that criminalize migrants for working to provide for their families. The Petition argues that the decision by a three-judge panel conflicts with other Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court cases, and should either be reconsidered by the panel or reheard by a larger number of judges. Carlos Garcia, Executive Director of Puente Arizona, a lead plaintiff in the case, said: “Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery must not be allowed to burden migrants with felony convictions for working to provide for their families. We have been politically scapegoated and dehumanized for long enough. These laws are cruel and unjust and we will not stop fighting until we know that our community is safe.” “Arizona’s effort to recast its identity theft laws as an immigration enforcement tool was unconstitutional from the start,” said Annie Lai of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “We are asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to review its May 2 decision and restore the carefully considered order of the District Court from January 2015 that brought an end to the seven-year campaign of raids. Anything else would be a grave deviation from existing law and could compromise future litigants’ ability to turn to the courts for the protection of constitutional rights.” The case concerns provisions of two Arizona statutes passed in 2007 and 2008 as part of Arizona’s “attrition through enforcement” immigration platform designed to make life so miserable for migrants that they would self deport. In January 2015, District Court Judge David Campbell enjoined enforcement of the statutes during the pendency of the suit. The filing of yesterday’s petition means that the District Court’s injunction will remain in place until a decision can be made by…
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Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951-966-6500 NDLON responds to escalation of Immigration raids targeting Central American Mothers and Children Los Angeles, CA - In response to an “exclusive report” from Reuters regarding plans for a month-long series of deportation raids specifically targeting Central American Mothers and Children, the  following statement was issued by Olga Tomchin, Deportation Defense Coordinator & Staff Attorney for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network: "In the midst of an election rife with racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, President Obama is solidifying his legacy as Deporter-In-Chief by planning massive armed raids to round up refugee mothers and children for deportation to violence and potential death. Mothers fleeing murder must not be used as political pawns to appear "tough" on immigration." "While this administration continues daily attacks on immigrant communities, these plans appears to be an escalation of similar January raids. It is vilely immoral and a violation of U.S. human rights obligations to use mass roundups, imprisonment, and deportation to deter refugees from fleeing death. "We expect elected officials and candidates for office to denounce these raids and other attempts at deterring asylum seekers, which are no less grotesque than policy proposals by Donald Trump or Arizona's "self-deportation" tactics. We demand President Obama immediately stop sowing panic and cancel these planned human rights abuses."   ###
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Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951-966-6500 Memorial Celebration Honors Fernando Pedraza, Day Laborer Tragically Killed During Minutemen Protest Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Today, on May 5th 2016, workers, local leaders, community members and the family of Jose Fernando Pedraza gathered to celebrate, remember his life. He is honored by those who continue to struggle for workers rights and immigrant rights. In 2007, during an anti-immigrant demonstration held by the Minutemen Project he was tragically killed by an automobile collision while he stood in the street corner where he searched for work on a daily basis. He was leader that inspired and motivated his fellow workers to get involved, participate and to collectively struggle for dignified work and fair wages. The event was attended by over fifty people from the community including a local politician, faculty and students from Pitzer College, members of the media, workers, activists and family members of Mr. Pedraza. During the event, those that knew him shared uplifting stories about his life, updates about victories in immigrant rights, spoken word and live music. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said: “The reason why workers can stand on a sidewalk to solicit employment in this city, is because of Don Fernando Pedraza. Don Fernando died during a Minutemen and KKK anti-migrant protest en el 5 de mayo in 2007. Because of the tension and distraction the Minutemen protest caused, a vehicle hit another vehicle and it veered towards Don Fernando Pedraza killing him instantly. We won the fight. And the workers are free to look for work.” Imelda Pedraza, Fernando’s daughter said: “José Fernando Pedraza [my father] is still alive in our hearts because the biggest tragedy in life isn’t death; the tragedy is to allow the beautiful feelings and moments that brighten up our lives to die and fade away. He struggled with a great vision and focus for his compañeros of Arrow and Grove in Rancho Cucamonga. So that they can receive better treatment and had a safe place to search for work. That is what made him a great leader who was able to see his vision become successful. Your family and friends remember you with love. Thank you.” Jose Zapata Calderon, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies at Pitzer College said: “Fernando Pedraza was a father, a grandfather, and a day laborer leader…
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