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For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting //November 7th 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Regardless of Who is President, Immigrants and Day Laborers Must Organize! Los Angeles, CA-- As the United States Presidential election comes to a close, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “While this tumultuous election season has served as a stark reminder of the deep racial and class divide that continues to plague this country, it has also reinvigorated a sense of urgency for those who are organizing to empower vulnerable communities. This presidential race has been an ugly spectacle revealing a widening separation between politicians and everyday people.  Unfortunately, sensationalist voices in the media have contributed to polarization, and the absence of policy debate about immigration has only served to intensify the criminalization of immigrants and people of color. “Under President Obama, we have faced a mass deportation machine that has deported immigrants in numbers unmatched by any other president in the history of the United States. A lesson learned is that we should be weary of politicians whose brutal policies belie their benevolent rhetoric. “There is no doubt that President Obama’s policy choices were constrained by a white nationalist movement that sought to delegitimize his presidency.  And regardless of the outcome tomorrow, those people are not going away.  Their hatred against ’the other' has only been fueled by this election, and they will continue to target immigrant communities and use public institutions and public policy to justify legitimize their violence. “Whether we get President Clinton or President Trump tomorrow, immigrants, day laborers and people of color must organize and be prepared to fight for our rights.  In the short term, we might not be able to fix broken institutions in Washington DC, but we can come together to defend our communities at the local level.   As the song says, immigrants get the job done; and starting tomorrow, we will get back to work advancing civil, labor, and human rights." ###
For Immediate Release //Please Excuse Cross PostingNovember 4th 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Day Laborer Network to Support Baton Rouge Reconstruction Efforts **The Brigade will arrive in New Orleans on Monday November 7th and will work until November 21st 2016. Participants will be available for comment and interviews. Los Angeles, CA-- On Monday, the day laborer network announced the creation of the “Safe Reconstruction Works Brigade” that will travel to Baton Rouge to support workers assisting in local reconstruction efforts. The brigade consists of day laborers, organizers and trainers who are authorized to provide Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) trainings to workers. In August, Baton Rouge faced historic levels of rainfall that resulted in devastating flooding. The communities most affected are populated by people of color. According to local government reports, over 53,000 residential houses and 3,800 commercial buildings have been affected by the immense flooding. Many of the workers involved in the cleanup process are immigrant laborers who reside in New Orleans (only an hour away) and are subcontracted by medium sized or larger employers, as well as homeowners. “The devastating disaster in Baton Rouge provides unique opportunities and challenges to do right with the environment, residents and workers"” said Omar Henriquez, coordinator of the Brigade. “the people doing the clean up an reconstruction work are low income and immigrant laborers. In collaboration and with the assistance of our partners we'll make sure that workers are trained to do the the job without risking their safety and health” he concluded. For two weeks, the Brigade will focus on training workers around Health & Safety issues in construction sites, will host a series of “know your rights” workshops, and alert workers on labor violations common for day laborers. The Brigade is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the role of day laborer organizing and the impact of worker centers in response to local disaster relief and reconstruction efforts. As the occurrence of these catastrophic events becomes more frequent worker centers will have an important role to play in response and relief efforts. Not only have workers been central to reconstruction efforts, but in many cases they have been emergency responders. By training day laborers as first responders to recognize and mitigate the common dangers that arise after a disaster, the poor communities that bear the brunt of climate change will become more resilient. Those workers and their…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross PostingOctober 27th 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 NDLON Response to New 287(g) Agreement in Harford County, Maryland Los Angeles -- On Wednesday, the Harford County Sheriff's Office in Maryland signed an agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office that officially declares their participation in the 287(g) program. While the Sheriff uses tired claims arguing efforts to “protect public safety” the program has been widely criticized as one that not only criminalizes immigrants, but actually undermines the work of local police. In response to this announcement NDLON issued the following statements. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON said: “We were stunned and baffled by the news that the 287(g) program has brought back to life by the Obama Administration.  We call upon the President and DHS Secretary Johnson to immediately terminate the 287g program which has criminalized immigrants, resulted in massive civil rights violations, and endangered communities by undermining community policing." Salvador Reza of Tonatierra in Phoenix, Arizona said: "Joe Arpaio is exhibit A as to why 287(g) should have been discontinued on Janet Napolitano’s first day at DHS.  Instead, the Obama Administration chose to pursue the Arizonification of the country by entangling the mass incarceration and mass deportation systems.  In Maricopa County, the truth is that DHS has been an accomplice to Arpaio’s civil rights violations, and the the Department of Justice has helped them both get away with the crime. The decision to expand the 287g program at this point is disgraceful." ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross PostingOctober 19th 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 323-250-3018 NDLON Response to 3rd Presidential Debate: Immigrant Worker Rights Take Center Stage! Washington, DC -- In response to statements about immigration that occured during the third presidential debate, Cal Soto, Worker Rights Coordinator at the NDLON issued the following statement: "I'm glad that the exploitation of immigrant work was finally given a national stage during the debate tonight. When Hillary Clinton highlighted Donald Trump's abuse of undocumented workers, underpaying them and threatening retaliation when they asked for fair treatment, she was also calling out thousands of rotten employers across the United States. “No one understands better than day laborers the United States' dependence on - and exploitation of - immigrant work.  The simple truth is that Donald Trump would accept immigrant workers' labor without accepting their humanity.    And his racist demagoguery is consistent with his own predatory business model.  For the last year, Trump’s dehumanizing and racist language has emboldened predatory practices of those same employers who take advantage of all vulnerable workers, and purposefully creates divisions between native-born and immigrant workers. " "Thankfully, a proposed solution exists to stop the racist, anti-immigrant business model embraced by Trump and his ilk:  Whistleblower protections should be provided for any immigrant worker who comes forward to defend labor and civil rights.  As we move from a rancid political debate to a discussion about actual policy, we hope the Obama Administration and the next administration provides legal status to immigrant workers who come forward.  There are steps that can be taken today, without the approval of our currently broken Congress and without violating the injunction in Texas v. US.” Follow a special live-streamed post-debate discussion by day laborers: https://www.facebook.com/LatinoRebels ###
Media Advisory for October 19th (Presidential Debate)Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Day Laborer Organizations to Host Facebook Live Discussion following Third Presidential Debate WHAT: Day laborer and immigrant rights panel discussion following third presidential debateWHEN: Wednesday October 19th, 7:30pm PSTWHERE: Pasadena Community Job Center (500 N. Lake Ave, Pasadena, 91101) Los Angeles, CA -- On Wednesday, October 19th, day laborer and immigrant rights activists will host a panel to respond and give immediate reactions to the third and final presidential debate of 2016. Day laborer community members will be available to respond regarding important issues around workers rights, labor protections, immigrant and refugee rights. **Media and press are welcome to attend.***Day laborer and immigrant rights community members will be available for interviews** ###
Press Advisory for October 18Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Abuela Xochitl Files Civil Rights Complaint against LAPD and Department of Homeland Security Immigrant Grandmother Jailed for 6 Months as a Result of Racial Profiling Files Civil Rights Complaints with Department of Homeland Security and LAPD Abuela Xochitl Hernandez Calls on DHS to Close Her Deportation Case Who:     Xochitl Hernandez, her attorney, and community membersWhat:     Xochitl Hernandez and her lawyer will issue brief statements and deliver complaints to DHS and LAPD Where:     ICE Office, 300 North Los Angeles Street, Los AngelesWhen:     Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 10:00am ***Press Statements will be given prior to delivery of complaint Los Angeles, CA – On Tuesday, “Abuela” Xochitl Hernandez will file two complaints challenging gang and racial profiling by ICE and LAPD. A February 2016 arrest by LAPD resulted in Ms. Hernandez’ prolonged detention and designation as a top deportation priority by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The complaints, directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS CRCL) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), call for an end to Ms. Hernandez’ deportation proceedings, accountability for the actions which led to Ms. Hernandez’ arrest and detention, and policy reforms. “I am afraid that ICE or the police will show up at my house and take me away at any moment. I am no longer in jail, but until ICE closes my deportation case, I will continue to feel imprisoned in my own home,” said Xochitl Hernandez. “I want my case to be closed, but I also want to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. If the police and ICE can say that I should be deported just for living in a community with a gang presence, they can say that about any immigrant living in Los Angeles. That is not right.” LAPD and ICE agents took Ms. Hernandez into custody on February 24 for being in an East Hollywood house the police raided looking for a robbery suspect. She was neither a suspect nor charged with any crime and LAPD acknowledged she is not even in its overbroad gang database. Nonetheless, LAPD arrested her and transported her to Rampart Police Station—on account of her immigration status alone; ICE then transferred her to immigration detention. “ICE has identified Ms. Hernandez as a deportation priority based on false and…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross-Posting // October 13, 2016Press contacts: Tara Tidwell Cullen, 312.660.1337, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n ; Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018,  100+ Organizations Call Upon DOJ to Drop Felony Charges Against Salvadoran Mother and End Practice of Criminalizing Refugees St Louis, MO — More than 100 immigrant rights, civil rights, faith, and domestic violence organizations demanded that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in St. Louis drop felony charges against Salvadoran asylum-seeker Zenayda del Carmen Sorto. The Justice Department is prosecuting her for allegedly not cooperating with her deportation before she was given an opportunity to apply for asylum. “After my 16-year-old son was murdered, the police told me I should flee because there was nothing they could do to protect me. I tried to stay but after my abusive spouse nearly killed me, I knew I had to go. I can’t go back.” Zenayda explains. “I’ve been imprisoned for nearly a year, and even though it has been a horrific experience, I’m willing to stay here as long as it takes to present my case. I only ask to be able to present my case to a judge, because deportation to El Salvador would be a death sentence for me.” Zenayda has been in U.S. Marshals custody at St. Genevieve County Jail in eastern Missouri since June. Before that, she was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since she arrived in the United States in November 2015. Her first asylum screening took place over the phone from an ICE detention center before Zenayda had spoken with an attorney. On the basis of this interview, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denied Zenayda the chance to present her case to a judge and ICE attempted to deport her. After intervention and months of advocacy by attorneys at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), the Chicago Asylum Office had agreed to conduct a new asylum screening of Zenayda. Instead, ICE pressured her to accept her deportation and, when that failed, transferred her to the Justice Department where she now faces felony charges. An ICE agent also sexually assaulted Zenayda while she was in ICE custody. NIJC and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) have launched a #SolidarityWithZenayda campaign calling for the Justice Department to release Zenayda from custody and for DHS to permit her to apply for asylum. “Because of the Obama administration’s zealous efforts to block Central American refugees from protection and their criminalization…
Media Advisory for October 13 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 ; Armando Carmona, NDLON, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018; 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 ; Jennifer Kim, UCI Law, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   Immigrant Workers Take Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County’s Top Prosecutor To Court Plaintiffs Ask Federal Judge to Rule Arpaio’s Workplace Raids and County Prosecutions of Immigrant Workers Unconstitutional What: Court hearing on the parties’ requests for summary judgment in Puente v. Arpaio When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 – press conference at 9 am, followed by court hearing at 10 am Where: Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse, 401 W. Washington St., Courtroom 603 **Plaintiffs and their attorneys will be available for interviews **   Phoenix, AZ – Tomorrow, October 13, plaintiffs in Puente v. Arpaio will ask a federal judge to rule that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery violated the Constitution by using portions of the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) and Arizona’s felony forgery statute to systematically investigate, arrest, detain and prosecute immigrants who are working to provide for their families. The case challenges the legality of state-level efforts to criminally punish undocumented immigrants for the use of false identity information to get a job. It was brought in 2014 by the organization Puente Arizona, two individuals convicted under the laws, and Maricopa County-based faith leaders who objected to the use of their tax dollars to finance worksite raids.   “I will never forget the pain of that experience. I spent months in jail and am now marked with a felony conviction because I was working to feed my family,” said Elia Estrada, a plaintiff in the case who was arrested while working at a fast food restaurant. “I’m part of the suit because no one should be treated the way I was. I want my record cleared.”   These anti-immigrant measures took a great human toll. Before the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) disbanded its controversial Criminal Employment Unit, deputies had conducted over 80 worksite raids, resulting in the arrest of over 800 workers. In total during this time period, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) reviewed for prosecution more than 1,800 cases.   “The raids created a climate of fear,” said Fernando Abundes, a worker arrested in the 2013 raid on Uncle Sam’s Restaurant. “Abusive employers, like mine, took advantage of that to keep immigrant workers from complaining. In the end, Sheriff Arpaio raided the…
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Contact: Armando Carmona, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 U.S. Congressman Meets With Deported Father of U.S. Veteran at the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall. Champions Efforts to #BringJoseBack San Diego/Long Beach CA – On Sunday afternoon, U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (47th District of CA), Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga, and the office of Congressman Juan Vargas’ office (51st District of CA) met with Mr. Jose Alvarez and his family at the U.S.-Mexico border. Mr. Alvarez was deported in February after being pulled over for a broken headlight by Cal State Long Beach campus police. He is a father of 6 U.S. Citizen children, one who is a former marine. At the national level, Mr. Alvarez’ story has opened up a discussion about the long lasting consequences of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). Under this legislation, he is permanently ineligible for admission into the United States because of a non-violent 21-year old drug conviction. “My father committed a crime and he served his time” said Jorge Alvarez, former U.S. Marine and eldest son of Jose Alvarez. “If you look at his record for the 20-plus years he’s been here in the U.S., he hasn’t done anything wrong. A single non-violent crime that happened over 20 years ago shouldn’t define who you are, it doesn’t define who my father is” he concluded. Jorge Alvarez, was accompanied by Congressman Lowenthal who will be reaching out to his colleagues throughout Congress in an effort to ask President Obama to help bring Jose back to the United States and reunite him with his family. “Nobody should be in the position that you're in, after your family has given so much for this country” said Rep. Alan Lowenthal, as he spoke to Jose Alvarez at the other side of the border fence. “It’s not just you [Jose], it’s all the other people like you who have contributed to the United States, who are denied the ability to not be deported. This illustrates a broken system. Mr. Alvarez has been a model citizen and contributing to this society, that is what the American way is all about” he continued.   “We have to get him, and others like him back home to their families” he concluded. At a local level, members of the Long Beach have also expressed their commitment to support…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross-Posting // Available Online here September 29, 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 , (323) 250-3018   Families of Deportees & Detainees Call on Bill Clinton to Denounce His ‘96 Immigration Law, Join “Bring Jose Back” Petition 1996 federal immigration legislation (IIRIRA) is responsible for fusing mass incarceration and mass deportation systems Organizations launch petition calling on former President to join petition   Los Angeles, CA -- Today, immigrant rights organizations joined with racial justice groups on the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton’s signing into law IIRIRA (the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act”) to denounce the law’s destructive effect on immigrant communities and to call on those responsible for the law to address it. The case of Jose Alvarez exemplifies the negative effects of IIRIRA. The father of six U.S. citizen children, including a former US Marine, was deported last February following a traffic stop for a broken headlight. Under IIRIRA, his twenty-year old non-violent drug conviction makes him permanently ineligible for admission to the United States.   “My father’s deportation has devastated my family. He was the main provider for my family, working as a gardener for years. I’ve since had to leave school and find work,” says Victor Alvarez, son of Jose Alvarez and former business student. “It’s time for our leaders to take responsibility and stand up for all families, no excuses. My father made a mistake more than two decades ago, he served his time and has since devoted his life to me and my siblings.”   “Without exaggeration, this is the most anti-immigrant federal law of our generation, and it’s going to take a real reckoning from our leaders to address the impact of this conflation of immigration and criminal law,” says Salvador G. Sarmiento, Legislative Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). “We hope that former President Bill Clinton will take an important step in acknowledging the need to end the legacy of IIRIRA. Today, we’re calling on him to join the petition to #BringJoseBack.” Organizations have launched a petition with Presente.Org calling on former President Bill Clinton to join the effort to #BringJoseBack to his family and to denounce the effects of IIRIRA. “IIRIRA has been mostly absent from debates around immigration reform; yet, there is no single law that better represents efforts to create a system that exploits immigrant workers and criminalizes their…
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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 , 323-250-3018 TRUTH Act Signed into Law: Step Forward in Fight to get ICE out of Jails Los Angeles, CA - On Wednesday afternoon California Governor Jerry Brown signed the TRUTH Act which focuses on transparency and accountability when it comes to collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local police departments. In response to the signing the governor stated that “the bill…reflects a measured approach to due process and transparency principles”. The TRUTH act will ensure that immigrants are given key information when placed in jail. Any non-citizen who is detained in jail will be made aware if there is a request for that person to be turned over to immigration authorities. Currently, many who are detained and transferred to immigration have no idea what is going on until they either arrive at detention center or are en-route to deportation. The TRUTH Act will also allows immigrants to deny an ICE interview, or to request an attorney be present during that interview. ICE often uses these interviews to intimidate immigrants without them being aware of their rights or following due process. Finally, if a Sheriff or Police Chief turns someone over to immigration authorities, they will have to hold a public forum to explain their actions to the community. “This bill lays the foundation for beginning to bring real due process protections to immigrants in California facing deportation,” said Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director at NDLON. “We will be closely monitoring local jurisdictions’ compliance, and we will continue to press ICE to bring transparency that is sorely lacking.  Finally, we look forward to working with Governor Brown next year to establish additional statutory protections. If there is one thing that is clear at this point, it is that ICE is operating without sufficient accountability for the devastation its detention and deportations unleash on California’s immigrant families. We will continue to work until we get ICE out of our communities and our jails." ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting // Available online hereSeptember 20, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 On 20th Anniversary of IIRIRA, Immigrant Rights Groups Call on Bill Clinton to Join "Bring Jose Back" Petition The 1996 immigration bill (IIRIRA), signed by President Bill Clinton, is responsible for family's separation  (Long Beach, CA) On Tuesday morning, immigrant rights groups sent a letter to former President Bill Clinton asking that he join a petition in support of a father of six children who was deported to Mexico earlier this year.  The letter, sent two weeks before the 20 year anniversary of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), calls the case "emblematic of the problems caused by IIRIRA." "It doesn't make sense for the same government I have served under to shun and deport my father," said Jorge Alvarez, son of Jose Alvarez, a seven year veteran of the U.S. Marines. "The principles of hard work and integrity that inspired me to enlist, are the very principles that my father taught me. I hope our leaders responsible for these deportations would recognize this, and help reunite our family." The letter states in part: “We are directing our attention to you, President Clinton, because you signed into law the federal bill that is responsible for keeping Mr. Alvarez from his children.  This same legislation has destroyed countless other families.  More than any other single law, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) is responsible for the terrible conflation of immigration and criminal law that fused together mass deportations and mass incarceration.  Mr. Alvarez’s case is emblematic of the problems caused by IIRIRA and the need for reform.” The letter was co-authored by the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, the Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization, the National PICO Network (PICO), and National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). Read the full letter to President Clinton here. ###  
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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 , (323) 250-3018 Day Laborer Network Statement on Conclusion of Civil Rights Lawsuit Challenging Arizona's SB 1070 (Los Angeles, CA, Phoenix, AZ)  Following the Arizona Attorney General’s opinion establishing guidance for the two remaining provisions of SB 1070, the civil rights challenge to Arizona’s notorious law was concluded.  Provisions that violated the rights of day laborers to seek and receive work were struck down as unconstitutional. In response, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: “Arizona residents owe a debt of gratitude to day laborers, not just for doing invaluable work and for enriching the state’s economy, but for defending core constitutional rights.  While the hate and racism that animated Arizona’s SB1070 foreshadowed the bitter debate we are now seeing in this presidential election, it also motivated immigrants to defend cherished civil rights, and it inspired a national movement for tolerance, progress, and equality.  Today, during this period of unprecedented xenophobia and extreme polarization, all sides should come together in unity to celebrate the First Amendment, a national treasure that must be enjoyed equally by all people living and working in Arizona. "For a long time in Arizona, immigrants in general and day laborers in particular, have been targeted by vigilantes, by minutemen, by racists sheriffs like Joe Arpaio, and by lawmakers in the state capitol.  Sometimes all at once.  And as everyone now knows, these nativists engaged in a deliberate effort to deny the basic humanity of immigrant workers in a war of attrition meant to force them out. “The xenophobes have failed.   Day laborers and their organizations have endured.   Immigrants have endured.  They have fought back and will continue to fight back using the proudest traditions of peaceful resistance on the streets, in the courts, and at the ballot box.    “While the tide is turning in Arizona, the sad truth is that we were unable to fully prevail in getting ICE out of police and sheriffs departments in large part because the Obama Administration was and adversary, not an ally, in this struggle for civil rights.  The fact is that the Obama Administration was an accomplice in the unprecedented rights violations committed against immigrants in Arizona.   We will look to the next administration to undo some of the damage that was done pursuing…

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For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting // September 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 , (323) 250-3018   COURT LOWERS BOND OF IMMIGRANT GRANDMOTHER VICTIM OF ICE & LAPD GANG & RACIAL PROFILING Despite Growing Community Support, ICE Still Refuses to Release Her or Stop Her Deportation, as Local Groups Announce Fundraiser to Get Her Out of Jail   Los Angeles – Yesterday, an immigration judge lowered to $5,000 the bond of Xochitl Hernandez, immigrant grandmother and L.A. resident who has been imprisoned at the private Adelanto Detention Center for six months and is at the center of the #FreeAbuelaXochitl campaign. Before yesterday, she had been held on a $60,000 bond following gang and racial profiling by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). ICE had opposed her release on bond.   Xochitl Hernandez is fighting for the right to remain with her five U.S. citizen children and four U.S. citizen grandchildren. In response to the move by the immigration judge, local community groups have pledged to raise the bond money necessary to get her out of jail.   “All I want is to be back with my family. I hope the judge’s decision means I will be able to return home soon,” said Xochitl Hernandez, from Adelanto Detention Center where she has been jailed for six months. “I have gained strength from all the support I have received. I hope you will continue to support me and my family in this difficult time so that I can come home.”   “My mother should never have been picked up. She never should have been in custody. She has lived in this city for 30 years, and she should be able to walk the streets without fear of being deported,” said Stephanie Hernandez, one of Ms. Hernandez’s five children. “Growing up with an immigrant parent, my fear was always that my mother could be deported at any time. I was devastated watching the cases of other immigrant families torn apart when a parent was deported. Living this nightmare, I have seen how cruel and inhumane the system is. My family and I have been fighting for her to get released, and we won't stop now.”   “Unfortunately, it will still be a struggle for Xochitl's family and community to find the money to get their mother out of Adelanto,” said Jordan Cunnings, a lawyer at Public…
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