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Abolish Immigration Detention

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May 22, 2015
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Abolish Immigration Detention

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) welcomes the growing consensus that it is time to end the U.S.’s immoral immigration detention system. In just the last two weeks, House of Representatives members demanded for an immediate end to caging of refugee mothers and children, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley tweeted that “barbed wire detention camps… are cruel, costly & against our values,” Hillary Clinton called for an end to the detention of vulnerable people, and the New York Times declared that immigration detention be ended.

US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has failed to demonstrate a capacity for accountability, due process, access to justice, or human dignity. Community members detained by ICE frequently experience medical neglect, sexual abuse, and even torture in solitary confinement, often without access to legal assistance. Many are regularly transferred hundreds or thousands of miles from their families and support networks. Meanwhile, private prison companies make a profit from our loved ones’ suffering.

NDLON Deportation Defense Coordinator and Staff Attorney Olga Tomchin states, “It’s time to abolish the immigration detention and deportation machinery which deems certain lives and communities to be disposable. Cosmetic reforms are not acceptable. The President and Congress must end this shameful chapter of this country’s history. We reject the replacement of the violent system of incarceration with the degrading one of mass surveillance via ankle monitoring devices.”

Formerly detained people who are now immigrant rights organizers echo these sentiments.

Jonathan Perez of the Immigrant Youth Coalition who was detained in a GEO Group immigration detention facility in Louisiana: "In detention, people are placed in a position of powerlessness with law enforcement. ICE and guards are given absolute power that only allows and encourages them to act out their racism, sexism, and transphobia without any consequences or repercussions."

Luis Nolasco of the ACLU of Southern California and Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition who was detained by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA): “Immigration Detention was a dehumanizing experience that continues to haunt me well after my release from a Georgia facility. What I experienced and saw was the embodiment of Human Misery & Death. The ways in which these facilities operate & function are designed to shut down the human spirit. Because once you go into immigration detention, a part of you dies forever. Physically, mentally or spiritually.”

Ishalaa Serrano of the Audre Lorde Project and Translatina Coalition who was detained by CCA in San Diego: "Respecting humanity is reason enough to end the immigration detention system. We cannot let the government put anyone else in such a tortuous, violent, hateful, racist, homophobic, and transphobic CAGE. I ran for my life and found myself in such a horrible place where I had to give up my freedom, pride, and dignity and could not even control when I used the bathroom.”

Victoria Villalba of Transcend Arizona who was detained in Santa Ana, CA and by CCA in San Diego: "Detention centers are an inhumane way to cover up rape, discrimination, transphobia, homophobia, racism and dehumanization of individuals who have already survived all of that and only want to be safe."

Ricky González of Arcoiris Liberation Team who was detained at Florence Detention Center in Arizona: "Detention centers are centers of discrimination. They make money off of the people who are detained by paying them $1 per day for working."

Alex Aldana of the Immigrant Youth Coalition who was detained by CCA in San Diego: “ICE will never have the capacity to understand immigrants and refugees who are escaping murder and persecution. The hours I spent inside and the post-traumatic anxiety that I developed through being detained force me to relive many memories of how hard I have fought just to survive as a human being.”


For Immediate Release May 20, 2015Contact:   Daniel Barrera, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n                   SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   While Sheriff Valdez Hosts ICE Director, Community Demands "ICE Out Of Dallas"Groups to hold press conference before County Sheriff Hosts ICE Director in Dallas WHAT: Press conference by community groups demanding ICE Out of DallasWHEN: Today, Wednesday, 4:00PM (one hour prior to ICE event in Dallas)WHERE: El Centro College West Campus, 3330 N. Hampton, Dallas, TX 75212 WHO: Dallas immigrant and civil rights leaders and families, Texas Organizing Project (TOP), North Texas Dream Team (affiliate of United We Dream), Pueblo Sin Fronteras (affiliate of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, NDLON), En Pie De Lucha, Dallas AFL-CIO, Mi Familia Vota, Proyecto Inmigrante, Arlington Proyecto Unido/Unity Project, Workers Defense Project, Iron-Workers Union, Workers United, LULACDALLAS, Texas—Members of the North Texas Immigration Coalition will host a press conference prior to a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) event with Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Agency Director Sarah Saldaña. Under the banner of “ICE Out Of Dallas”, immigrant and civil rights groups are demanding that Dallas officials reject voluntary federal programs that entangle local law enforcement with ICE, saying these programs undermine community policing, public safety, and fundamental civil rights. Dallas organizations - including TOP, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, and North Texas Dream Team - have been vocal calling on Sheriff Valdez to come clean about its entanglement with federal immigration enforcement through a new iteration of the failed Secure Communities deportation program, called Priority Enforcement Program, or “PEP”. “From Los Angeles to Boston, and today in Dallas, immigrant communities are demanding answers from their local officials and rejecting the new iteration of the failed S-COMM dragnet,” said Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). “The PEP deportation program is long on criminalizing, poll-tested messaging, like ‘felons, not families’ but it’s short on details.” Despite a November 20th Department of Homeland Security memorandum announcing the end of Secure Communities, groups across the country have raised concerns that PEP maintains the same funneling of information from local law enforcement to ICE. To date, the Dallas Sheriff has refused to meet with community groups. For more information about efforts to uncover the truth about PEP, Click Here ###
For Immediate Release May 18, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n President's Own Task Force Calls to "Decouple" Immigration Enforcement from Local Police Los Angeles, CA—In response to the Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following remarks: "Today, the President's own task force has recognized what we've been saying for years: local police and sheriffs should not be involved in immigration enforcement. It's bad for community policing, it's bad for public safety, and it's bad for fundamental civil rights. "The task force recommendations underscore that there are many things the White House and Department of Homeland Security can still do to address the crisis of trust that exists between immigrant communities and local law enforcement, including ending all efforts to harness local and state resources through notification, detention, and transfer requests. The White House should heed the call from its panel of experts and can begin by switching off failed immigration enforcement programs in places of heightened concern, including Arizona and Texas." -- Resources: Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing (available here)Insecure Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement (available here) ###
For Immediate Release May 14, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, 202-746-2099, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n DHS' New Deportation "Priority": Army Veteran with US Citizen Wife and ChildrenAs White House Prepares Roll-out of New Deportation Program, to Prioritize means to Criminalize Hartford, CT—On Thursday, immigrant and veteran communities in Connecticut lambasted the imminent deportation of Jorge Luis Salcedo, a US Army veteran and father of two scheduled to be transferred to ICE on the same day. The case reflects the contradictions in White House policies that, despite a series of Executive Actions being taken last November 2014, continue to indiscriminately criminalize and deport immigrants from communities across the US.Jorge Salcedo, a green card holder who is married with two children, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1994 and served honorably for 8 years. Like many veterans, Salcedo developed PTSD from his time in the military and has fought bouts with alcoholism, leading to two DUIs and a conviction for spitting on a police officer. Jorge has since apologized to the police officer and sought for many years to turn his life around: "I am sorry for everything that I have done and to anyone that has been affected by my drinking."Jorge's wife, Cindy, adds that it will be their daughters that will suffer the most if he is deported, "The effects of not having Jorge at home have been devastating. I am struggling to feed, clothe, and provide medical care for our children."To date, nearly 1,000 individuals have joined a petition to stop Mr. Salcedo's deportation, led by Connecticut-based Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA).The case demonstrates the contradictions in President Obama's "felons not families" rhetoric to get-tough on immigrants with criminal priors, despite heavy equities weighing in their favor demonstrating rehabilitation and positive contributions to family and community."The efforts by DHS to deport individuals like Salcedo, and requiring local police to entangle themselves in the process, are at odds with national efforts to advance criminal justice reforms, community-policing, and anti-profiling efforts," said Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).With DAPA stuck in the courts and information being leaked about the roll-out of S-COMM 2.0, re-branded as the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), the President's immigration policies are failing to live up to expectations."With cases like Salcedo's, DHS is blasting the short-lived belief that they would apply discretion in good faith," said Alvarado of NDLON. "ICE is doing more to undermine confidence in the…
For Immediate ReleaseMay 12, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n NDLON and ACLU Litigation Reveals Details about ICE Deportation Program Advocates call for end to unconstitutional jail-based detention Los Angeles, CA—The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the ACLU have released a copy of the Department of Homeland Security's new draft immigration detainer form, obtained through litigation challenging detention of individuals pursuant to immigration detainers as unconstitutional. The draft form is part of the Obama Administration's new "Priority Enforcement Program," which is set to replace the widely criticized Secure Communities Deportation program. Announced in November 2014, the program is expected to go into effect imminently. The new detainer form continues to request that local law enforcement agencies detain individuals identified as deportable by ICE beyond their release date for transfer to immigration. Like the old detainer form, which was challenged in litigation around the country, the new form fails to provide a judicial determination of probable cause to support the requested detention. "The draft form indicates that DHS has failed to correct the serious constitutional flaws with immigration detainers," said Jessica Bansal, NDLON Litigation Director. "PEP, like S-Comm, is setting itself up to be a liability trap for unwary local law enforcement agencies, which bear legal responsibility for detaining individuals on ICE holds." Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, said, "At a time when criminal justice reform, biased policing, and epidemic rates of mass incarceration are at the forefront of the national agenda, the new PEP program sends a chilling message that immigrants are not entitled to equal justice under the law. Relief for some immigrants cannot and must not be used as a justification to condemn other immigrants. We call on the Obama Administration to end its disastrous deportation policy and immediately stop the felonizing of immigrant families." "Six months ago, the Obama Administration promised that it would no longer ask localities to detain people on ICE detainers except in rare 'special circumstances,'" said Jennie Pasquarella, Staff Attorney with the ACLU-SC. "But these draft forms show that ICE has left that promise behind, and it actually intends to continue the routine, dragnet use of detainers that courts have repeatedly condemned." "ICE detainers continue to violate basic civil liberties, as a single ICE agent can lock someone up without any oversight or judicial approval," said Kate Desormeau, Staff Attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "ICE detainers have led to racial…
For Immediate Release // Excuse cross-postingMay 5, 2015Contact: Olga Tomchin, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Immigrant Rights Organizations Condemn Killing of Terrence Kellom Sr. and Express Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement A coalition of national immigrant rights organizations stands in solidarity with the people of Baltimore and Detroit by honoring the life of 20-year-old Terrence Kellom Sr. who was shot and killed on April 27th, 2015 in his family home by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent. ICE officer Mitchell Quinn was serving as part of the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team (D-FAT) which includes members of the Detroit Police and the U.S. Marshals. The ICE agent was deputized by the U.S. Marshals’ office in order to serve Mr. Kellom with a warrant for his arrest and instead shot the unarmed man ten times. This killing is a tragedy and a violation of Terrence Kellom’s fundamental human rights. Sadly, this is just one of the most recent examples of the national epidemic of state violence and murder attacking Black communities. We demand an end to government-sanctioned violence in all communities and to law enforcement practices that encourage and incentivize profiling and its deadly results with impunity. Mr. Kellom’s killing clearly demonstrates that the systems criminalizing Black communities, people of color, and immigrants are integrally related. The expansion of ICE’s authority to collaborate with local law enforcement agencies is part of an increased emphasis on punitive enforcement measures. These arrangements terrorize communities, invading homes and workplaces, dividing families, and stealing precious lives. We stand in solidarity with the family of Terrence Kellom and the people of Detroit in demanding justice for his death and the death of others at the hands of law enforcement. We demand a full and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Kellom's killing. We call for an end to militarized policing of our communities and the collusion of power between federal and local authorities leading to the overt destabilizing of community safety. We understand that the basis of anti-immigrant sentiment is rooted in anti Black racism and commit to the liberation of Black people as central to the liberation of all immigrants and communities of color. We support the Black Lives Matter movement. Advancing Justice - Asian Law CaucusBlack Alliance for Just ImmigrationBlack Immigration NetworkBorder Action NetworkBorder Network for Human RightsCenter for Popular DemocracyDetention Watch NetworkEnlaceImmigrant Defense ProjectImmigrant Legal Resource CenterNational Day Laborer Organizing NetworkNational Immigrant Justice CenterNational Immigration…
For Immediate Release May 4, 2015Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Questions for Hillary Clinton on Immigration We welcome the news that Hillary Clinton will meet with undocumented immigrants this week and hear from those directly impacted by the US deportation machine. However, given her track-record, she has much to account for. Below are several questions to get the conversation started now. 1.) Despite President Obama taking an important first step last November by announcing DAPA and DACA 2.0, the majority of undocumented immigrants - about 7 million - have been left out of relief. Moreover, with DAPA and DACA 2.0 still in court, the entire population of 11 million continues to be at risk. If we agree that there should be a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants, will you expand deferred action and take additional steps to ensure that we are not deporting those we say we support? Will you meet with immigrants that did not qualify for administrative relief? The Obama Administration has overseen a record-breaking number of deportations, fueled by a self-imposed annual deportation quota of 400,000 people per year. Will you commit to ending it? And while DAPA and DACA 2.0 are stuck in court, what steps will you take to protect immigrant communities immediately? 2.) Last year you stated that children escaping from Central America should be sent home. As President, will you reverse that stance and ensure that the US is protecting refugee children and families that are fleeing violence, such as for starters by ending the family detention system in the US? Moreover, within immigration detention facilities, immigrants and especially LGBTQ people face extreme rates of abuse. Transgender women in particular are frequently subjected to rape and torture at the hands of ICE. Will you fulfill the queer and trans community’s call to end the detention of LGBTQ immigrants? 3.) On Nov. 20th, President Obama announced that, after resounding criticism from local law enforcement officials and immigrant rights advocates, the failed Secure Communities deportation program would be terminated and re-branded as the Priority Enforcement Program. However, it’s unclear that anything will be done to address the core problem of S-COMM—the practice of funneling information from local police to ICE at the point of arrest. Will you end this misguided policy that threatens public safety, alienates immigrant communities, and facilitates abuse? 4.) Recent months have seen a surge in attention to police violence. Just…
For Immediate ReleaseApril 29, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n "Without Justice, There is No Rule of Law": Immigrant Groups Join Call for Justice in Baltimore Washington, DC—In response to the Baltimore Police's killing of Freddie Gray, a young black man in police custody, and widespread outrage by communities in Baltimore and across the country, members of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) released the following statements of solidarity: Carlos Castillo, President, Trabajadores Unidos (Washington, DC): "Yesterday, Freddie Gray was buried, but the police that killed him are free. This doesn't seem to me like rule of law. Without justice, there is no rule of law. This is why people are in the streets. It doesn't matter if you are in Guerrero or Guatemala, Missouri or Maryland, state-violence that escapes justice is impunity. What we need today in Baltimore and beyond is justice." Claudia Bautista, ICE Out Of LA Organizer with NDLON (California): "This is another manifestation of the inhumanity that fails to see black and brown bodies as worthy of life and livelihood. These are not isolated incidents; there is a crisis at the hands of law enforcement in this country. The police are a tool of the state, so it is the obligation of the mayor, the governor, the President, to hold them accountable. We proudly stand with our African-American sister communities rising up in Baltimore. And we join our immigrant sister organizations, like Casa de Maryland, in demanding accountability." Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, Organizing Coordinator, VA Legal Aid Justice Center & President VACOLAO (Virginia): "The immigrant Latino community, which is well-aware of the crisis of impunity that exists for civil rights violations committed by police, must stand in solidarity with African-American families and communities that are shouting: no more. Today, our thoughts are with the family of Freddie Gray and the families of so many that we have lost to this national crisis." Jose Lenin, Organizer, on behalf of Houston Fe y Justicia (Texas): "We feel the pain of police abuse occurring across the country, the brutality and unmeasured force used by police against minorities. We feel for Freddie Gray's family and the Baltimore community who are the new victims of this systemic abuse against African-American communities. The community in Houston is with Baltimore. We must stand opposed to the use of police in oppressing communities of color and minorities. Black lives matter. Brown lives matter. We deserve equality before the law…
For Immediate Release April 26, 2015Contact:Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, El Centro Hispano NC, procha@elcentronc.orgSalvador G. Sarmiento, NDLON, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Carrboro Opens First Workers Center for Day Laborers in North Carolina"A promise fulfilled to serve our community—work with dignity, pride & fair wages" Orange County, NC—On Sunday, community leaders joined Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Aldermen Randee Haven-O'Donnell to celebrate the opening of the first workers' center for day laborers in North Carolina. Workers and community leaders celebrated the opening with a procession from the street corner where day laborers would congregate to the new location for the workers center. Members of The Carrboro Day Laborer Task Force and El Centro Hispano hosted Mayor Lavelle and residents from across Orange County for the official ribbon-cutting followed by tours of the new space located at 201 W. Weaver Street in the Town of Carrboro. The workers center—the Center for Employment & Leadership—will serve as a safe place for local day laborers to gather and seek work, and for community members to hire workers safely and fairly. "Day laborers are a part of our community and we want everyone to be able to integrate, to have job satisfaction, and grow personally," said Mayor Lavelle after the ceremony. "These employees need protection and our employers also should be able to know how to find these workers. We want to make it better for both parts of the equation to be able to connect." The workers center in Carrboro is the first in the state and serves as a model for immigrant inclusion across the United States south, where immigrant populations have been targeted by anti-immigrant legislation and racial profiling. "The worker center's vision that has come to be true—work with dignity, pride and fair wage" said Randee Haven-O'Donnell of the Board of Aldermen. "This center is a promise fulfilled to serve our community." "In the face of legislative efforts that seek to exclude our communities, in establishing this workers center our town has chosen inclusion and dignity," said Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, President of El Centro Hispano, member organization of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). "We look forward to building this space for equity, and hope it serves as a model for other communities that seek to protect their immigrant residents rather than exclude them." About El Centro HispanoEl Centro Hispano (ECH) is a 501(c)(3) grassroots community based organization dedicated to strengthening the Hispanic/Latino community and improving the…
For Immediate Release April 17, 2015Contact: Salvador G. Sarmiento,  Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n NDLON Reaction: Will the 5th Circuit be on the Wrong Side of History? Los Angeles, CA—In reaction to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans hearing oral arguments on granting an emergency stay to lift the injunction on DAPA and DACA 2.0, representatives of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) made the following statements. Pablo Alvarado, National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s Executive Director: “While the President’s evolved deportation policy is before the court today, it is actually the United States' unequal and unjust immigration policy that is on trial. Immigrants have come under historic assault in recent years, but we’re not going anywhere, and we are fighting back using tools developed by those who have advanced this country’s highest ideals of equality. “As the 5th Circuit hears oral arguments regarding narrow issues related to the Administrative Procedure Act, what is at stake is essentially whether the court will be on the right or wrong side of history. Will it perpetuate a legacy of white supremacy, or will it be on the right side of history by furthering equality and racial justice? And its interim decision will have concrete implications for President Obama. DAPA and DACA 2.0 are, at best, just one step in the fight for liberation of our communities. Everyone deserves equality, not just the chosen few.” Olga Tomchin, National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s Deportation Defense Coordinator & Staff Attorney: “Whatever the 5th Circuit decides, we expect the Obama Administration to do more to stop deportations, to de-link the criminal and immigration law enforcement systems, and end the abuse that our communities experience in immigration detention. If and more likely when the injunction is lifted on President Obama’s executive action, we hope that it will unlock the potential for additional forms of relief for undocumented immigrants and immigrants with convictions. If the 5th Circuit upholds the wrongheaded district court injunction, we expect the President to act immediately to institute substitute relief that is within well-established authority.” ###
For Immediate Release April 7, 2015Contact: Salvador G. Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 202-746-2099 5th Circuit Holds Mississippi Lacks Standing to Challenge Obama Administration's DACA Program Court Finds Injury to the State is "Purely Speculative" in Ruling That Has Implications for Upcoming Decision in Texas v. United States Los Angeles, CA--In reaction to today's 5th Circuit decision unanimously affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by ICE agents and the State of Mississippi against President Obama's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following remarks: "Today, the Fifth Circuit rightly held that Mississippi failed to demonstrate that the DACA program harmed it in any way. As a result, the State could not establish standing to challenge the program in court and its lawsuit was dismissed. "At NDLON, we have long known that the injuries suffered by ICE agents and nativist politicians in Mississippi and Texas are fictional. What is not fictional is the suffering of the thousands of mothers and children languishing in immigration detention centers, the 2-million-plus people who have been deported from their homes since President Obama took office, and the 11 million individuals who continue to live in fear of deportation every day. But we are hopeful today's decision is a sign that relief is not far off. "The Court's decision has important implications for the pending appeal of February's district court ruling enjoining President Obama's expanded deferred action programs, which grant relief to millions of immigrant families. Many legal observers believe the Appeals Court is likely to hold that, just like Mississippi, Texas and other state plaintiffs lack standing to challenge deferred action because they cannot show that granting relief from deportation to hard-working students and families will injure them in any way. Such a holding would result in a reversal of the district court's injunction and clear the way for immediate implementation of the President's deferred action programs, bringing relief to millions." ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Postings // Please ForwardContact: Claudia Bautista, 310-909-3917, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Immigrant Rights Groups to Hold Concert & Rally in Front of Private Incarceration Facility "Chant Down the Walls" is Concert, Community Gathering, and Creative Protest What: Concert with Los Jornaleros del Norte (and surprise guests) & Rally to Stop DeportationsWhen: Sunday, March 29th, 5:30pm-7:30pmWhere: Across the street from the GEO Adelanto Detention Facility, 10250 Rancho Rd, Adelanto, CA 92301 Who: The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC), Inland Empire - Immigrant Youth Coalition (IE-IYC), Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Southern California (JFIC), National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Orange County Immigrant Youth United (OCIYU), Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC), RAIZ, family members of people detained at Adelanto, and community members from across Southern California Why: Chant Down the Walls is creative protest that combines music and action order to visibilize and redress suffering caused by unjust detention, criminalization, and deportation of migrant communities. Growing out of a successful series of seven straight concerts held at the Metropolitan Detention Center (an immigrant prison that hides in plain sight in Downtown Los Angeles), the events help galvanize support for families facing deportations, they combat the dehumanization of migrants, and they lift voices to reject walls that divide us, forming a unified chorus for equality. Inspired by these actions, several artists pledged their support, and organizers from around the country asked if we could do similar events in their hometowns. A tour was announced that will Last week a similar protest happened in Santa Ana, California. This week, Adelanto is latest stop on tour that is spreading around the country. And ICYMI- Los Jornaleros del Norte, the house band for immigrant rights in Los Angeles, shot a groundbreaking video at the November 20 Chant Down The Walls event in LA, the same night the President announced his deportation policy shift... ###
For Immediate Release // Please excuse cross-posting March 20, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, 202-746-2099 NDLON STATEMENT IN REACTION TO ICE DIRECTOR SALDAÑA's “AMEN” COMMENTS ABOUT UNCONSTITUTIONAL DEPORTATION POLICY (Los Angeles, CA)—Today, ICE Director Sarah Saldaña issued a press release attempting to clarify her position on ICE’s unconstitutional practice that compelled police to detain immigrants. During yesterday’s House Oversight hearing, Rep. Mulvaney asked Saldaña if she would support legislation to mandate that “local communities cooperate” with ICE. Saldaña reponded, “Thank you. Yes. Amen.” The bizarre series of statements leaves uncertainty about the agency head’s position on DHS Secretary Johnson’s November 20, 2014 memo ending ICE's controversial and discredited Secure Communities deportation policy.   In response to Director Saldaña’s recent statements and to news of recent deportations in Iowa and Philadelphia, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement: “Is ICE heading backward? There is an astonishing dissonance between the White House’s initiative to build community trust in law enforcement and it’s highly disingenuous deportation policy which felonizes immigrants and insists on transforming local police into frontline enforcers of unjust and outdated immigration laws. Director Saldaña’s recent remarks are exactly the kind of doublespeak that plagued the Secure Communities legacy for years. Indeed, we have yet to hear anyone clarify why SCOMM’s failed dragnet is still intact or operational, which is why we have demanded answers compelled by the Freedom of Information Act. "The fact that the President has ostensibly offered relief to some immigrants does not excuse his policies which criminalize other immigrants. The president's pledge to target 'felons not families' is offensive to all those seeking to reform a criminal justice system that is plagued by a legacy of white supremacy. And Secretary Johnson’s recent invocation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory in defense of these new deportation policies is quite simply reprehensible. If the President wants to undo his legacy as “Deporter-in-Chief”, he must take steps immediately to advance equality for all immigrants, particularly as his limited DAPA initiative languishes in the courts.”  ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Postings GROUNDBREAKING NEW MUSIC VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS INJUSTICE FACED BY IMMIGRANTSAND MARKS LAUNCH OF NEW “CONCERT TOUR” FOR JAILED MIGRANTSShot Outside an Immigrant Prison by Acclaimed Director Alex Rivera,  “Serenata a Un Indocumendado,” is first video for Los Jornaleros del Norte (Los Angeles) Today, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and Los Jornaleros del Norte “the house band for the immigrant rights movement,” released today a groundbreaking new video to combat deportations. The video corresponds with announced plans for a “tour” with concerts outside of immigrant prisons throughout the United States.   Last year, Los Jornaleros del Norte held series of seven concerts last year outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center, an immigrant prison that hides in plain sight in Downtown Los Angeles. Joined by artists such as Ana Tijoux, La Santa Cecilia, Los Cadetes de Linares, El Gavachillo, Hermanos Hererrra, Voz del Rancho, Mare Advertencia Lirika, Son del Centro, their music pierced the walls of the jail, turning inmates and those outside into a common audience. Together, participants protested deportations and formed a unified voice calling for equality.    Click here or on image above to watch video. The making of this extraordinary video During one of the Los Angeles shows, a mother arrived with her two children to celebrate her husband’s birthday. She brought balloons, flowers, and love for her jailed loved one to see across the street from the tiny jail cell window. Omar León, lead singer of Los Jornaleros del Norte, approached her to ask why she was there and she shared with him her story. Omar turned that story into this beautiful song. It serves as testimony that arts and culture enable people who face and struggle against injustice to turn circumstances of oppression into practices of emancipation. “Serenata a un Indocumentado” is not just a song; it is an enduring historical document that tells the world that beautiful acts of love can happen in the face of ugly suffering. Shot by acclaimed film director Alex Rivera on the same day of the President’s speech announcing administrative relief, the video depicts Los Jornaleros, true to their purpose, standing on a corner across the Metropolitan Detention Center, serenading the detainees inside while videos of jornaleras and jornaleros are projected onto its walls. The Upcoming “Tour” Inspired by the actions, several artists pledged their support, and organizers from around the country asked if…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // PLEASE EXCUSE CROSS-POSTINGS // PLEASE FORWARD Press AdvisoryDate: March 16, 2015Contacts: Claudia Bautista, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Immigrant Rights Groups Call for Transparency as They Serve FOIA Request to Uncover the Truth about ICE's “Discontinuation” of Secure Communities WHAT: ICE out of LA Coalition will deliver FOIA request to local ICE Field Office WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9:30AM WHERE: ICE Field Office 300 North Los Angeles, CA 90012 (front of bldg) WHO: Individuals and immigrant rights organizations from Los Angeles County including - Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA), Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education Los Angeles (ASPIRE-LA), California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Carwash Campaign, Dream Team Los Angeles (DTLA), Enlace, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Garment Worker Center, Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC), Los Angeles Immigrant Youth Coalition (LA-IYC), National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition (SGV-IYC) (Los Angeles, CA) — On Tuesday, immigrant rights groups will gather outside of the local Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office to deliver a copy of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request served to the Department of Homeland Security in New York last week. The ICE out of LA Coalition will also include a set of information inquiries about the work of ICE in the Los Angeles County--such as the extent of collaboration with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Departments, the 287(g) program, etc. The ICE out of LA Coalition considers the information requested to be vital to the work that we are doing on the ground and as a means for building trust between the community and local law enforcement. This request for basic information about the PEP-COMM deportation program and other ICE Access Programs comes at a uniquely important time. Administrative relief offering work authorization for millions of immigrants remains temporarily postponed by a federal district court judge, Congress has now fully funded DHS to enforce demonstrably outdated and unjust laws, and President Obama’s own Task Force on Policing has called for a firewall between police and immigration functions. Against this backdrop, immigrant workers will call for transparency and accountability over ICE’s continued efforts to force local police into the immigration enforcement business. “DHS has itself acknowledged the failure of…
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