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For Immediate ReleaseMarch 25, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n NDLON REACTION to Museum of Tolerance Partnership with ICE Los Angeles, CA—In response to the announcement by US immigration enforcement (ICE) about their new partnership with the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance (MOT), the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) released the following statements: Olga Tomchin, Deportation Defense Coordinator & Staff Attorney: "As a Jewish refugee and the descendent of Holocaust survivors in Belarus (where 90% of the Jewish population was killed), I am deeply shocked and disturbed that the MOT would describe ICE as 'inspiring' and working with them as 'a true partnership.' ICE is responsible for caging immigrants, many of whom are refugees fleeing genocide and persecution, in horrific conditions and deporting many people to death and violence. "Just two days ago, Human Rights Watch released a report on human rights abuses and torture by ICE against transgender women, most of whom are refugees. I am currently working on two separate cases where ICE handed transgender women refugees to for-profit prison companies who have detained them with men, putting them at great risk of rape. "ICE is the agency that locks up refugee mothers and young children in prison camps with high levels of sexual abuse. Moises Aguirre, a teenage asylum-seeker from El Salvador and the son of our friend Francisco, was so traumatized and terrified of ending up in their custody again that he chose to abandon his asylum case and return to El Salvador, resulting in his murder on February 2nd. "On March 23rd, over 20 faith leaders, including rabbis, were arrested in a protest against ICE's abusive practices. The legacy of the Holocaust and anti-Semitic persecution have strongly influenced my work fighting state violence by ICE, and I suggest the MOT stop distorting our historical trauma to provide PR for such a major violator of human rights." Veronica Federovsky, West Coast Coordinator: "It is sad that an institution established to keep alive the history of the trauma suffered by my family and trying to prevent such atrocities from happening again is partnering with an agency that would have deported my ancestors to their deaths. "As a Jewish Argentinian immigrant whose family was persecuted and murdered in the pogroms in Russia and whose survivors migrated to Argentina as refugees, I am saddened and angered. Our people experienced torture, forced disappearances, and exile merely for being Jewish, in addition…
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 23, 2016Contact (Spanish/English): Guillermo Torres, CLUE, 323-228-2753, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n                                             Armando Carmona, NDLON, 951-966-6500, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   BREAKING: 20+ Faith Leaders Arrested in Prophetic Action to Stop ICE Raids and Deportations "...faith leaders are calling on congregations to open their doors and offer Sanctuary to help those facing deportations" Los Angeles, CA - Wednesday afternoon, 21 faith leaders from various religious traditions were arrested blocking the road outside the U.S. federal court in downtown Los Angeles. Outraged by the continuous raids and deportations terrorizing the immigrant community, the faith leaders participated in this prophetic action during Holy Week just outside the very courtroom where Central American children are defending their cases. The interfaith action was in response to the Department of Homeland Security's threats of imminent raids last Christmas Eve and its "Operation Border Guardian" that has already detained over 300 Central Americans who came here as unaccompanied children. Demands of those arrested included: Sanctuary not DeportationsStop the ICE raids!Stop targeting children!ICE Out of LANo 287g! No PEPcomm!Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for all Central American refugeesEnd the prosecution of Francisco Aguirre and all other Central American Refugees!Due Process-Legislation that would provide free legal assistance to immigrants Rabbi Jonathan D. Klein, Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) said: "This prophetic witness and action occurs on the day before the Jewish holiday of Purim which is called the Fast of Esther. The biblical Queen Esther asked the Jews of Persia to fast in order to spiritually help her overturn Haman's evil decree to kill all the Jews. Purim celebrates the overturning of the decree. Similarly we gather today in the streets of Los Angeles, on the Fast of Esther, to demand that those women and children seeking sanctuary in our land be spared deportation and that the evil decree of deportation be overturned, so that we can celebrate a Purim of salvation from the suffering facing millions of immigrants in our land."The Rev. Francisco García, CLUE Board Member and Episcopal priest, says: "During Holy Week, we remember that Jesus was servant to all, he washed his disciples feet, and he called us to serve the most vulnerable among us; he showed us how to offer radical hospitality to the stranger. The faith community is gathered out here today to…
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 17, 2016Contact: Olga Tomchin, 402-650-2339, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Beyond Inspections, We Need Consequences for Human Rights Violations in DHS Prisons Los Angeles, CA--In response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) statement that it will begin conducting unannounced inspections at immigration detention centers, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and its Chant Down the Walls campaign are calling for immediate consequences for the human rights violations that are ubiquitous within DHS prisons for migrants. For years, DHS' OIG and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRLC) investigations almost always result in absolutely nothing. We fear that the newly announced inspections, like DHS' many unenforced human rights standards, will be yet another way for DHS to make the appearance of taking human rights abuses seriously without any real impact for those trapped in the system. "The Etowah jail here in Alabama is one of the darkest corners of the U.S. immigrant detention system, and one of the most glaring examples of ICE's failed inspections process," states Yazmin Contreras, NDLON Alabama Organizer and #ShutDownEtowah Campaign member. "Although we would welcome an unannounced inspection of Etowah, it will not be nearly enough to put an end to systemic violations including rotten and insufficient food, woefully inadequate medical care that recently led to one detained person's death, and extremely prolonged detention." Other examples include the #SterilizedByICE Campaign in which Angel Rosa was deported to Guatemala by ICE immediately after CRCL officially opened an investigation into the horrific medical abuse in detention which almost led to Mr. Rosa being castrated. Angel Rosa's deportation effectively disappeared the evidence. Additionally, OIG began investigating in May 2015 the situation of paralyzed teenager Gerardo Corrales who almost died of infections due to medical neglect and being forced to reuse catheters in the Adelanto detention center, but he remained at risk of his life in the same detention conditions until October 2015. Moreover, while DHS's own investigations have found that transgender women make up a shocking 1 out of every 5 survivors of substantiated complaints of sexual abuse in detention, often at the hands of guards, ICE has only offered cosmetic fixes and continues to perpetuate transphobic abuse daily. DHS has been and continues to be a rogue agency that acts with impunity. As OIG inevitably discovers abuses at each detention center they inspect, the prisons must be immediately shut down and…
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 March 17, 2016Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   NDLON Reaction to House Vote to Submit Brief in US v. Texas Washington, DC—In response to the U.S. House of Representatives' vote today to submit an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in US v. Texas, a case in which Texas and other states question President Obama's authority to grant deferred action for some undocumented immigrants, Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director at the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) made following statement: "Today's vote has nothing to do with the Constitution and everything to do with the Republican Party's Trump-like strategy to build political power by fomenting anger, division, and xenophobia. "It is hard to remember, but there was once a time when Congress actually passed legislation rather than devising ever more clever ways to politically attack the President. That prior legislation, along with the Constitution itself, clearly gives the Executive branch the authority to provide common sense protections for immigrants who are a fundamental part of our society and economy. "Today's political stunt, and Speaker Ryan's laughable claim that it is about law rather than politics, shows only that House Republicans have reached a new low worthy of their Party's current front-running Presidential candidate." ###
For Immediate Release March 16, 2016Contact: Alexis Nava Teodoro, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   Santa Ana City Council Demands ICE Back Off from Immigrant Resident, Accountability for O.C. Sheriff's Illegal Collusion with ICE Santa Ana, CA—On Tuesday evening, the City Council of Santa Ana unanimously adopted a resolution demanding federal immigration enforcement (ICE) not deport local resident Samuel Sixtos and instead increase the use of "prosecutorial discretion" to keep families together. The resolution called for the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) to be held accountable for illegally turning over Sixtos to ICE in violation of the TRUST Act (AB 4). Samuel Sixtos, a local resident of Santa Ana, was arrested in 2014 on a warrant for an unpaid driving-without-a-license ticket. He was held in OCSD custody for over 48 hours and then illegally turned over to ICE where he spent nearly 6 months in the controversial Adelanto Detention Center. Sixtos was released only after a prolonged campaign that garnered support from local, state, and federal representatives, and Sixtos himself went on hunger strike. While Sixtos has been released, he remains in deportation proceedings. The city's resolution reads, in part: [There] is consensus that United States immigration laws are outdated, unjust and in need of reform... Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sara Saldana, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and President Obama are urged to stop the deportation of Samuel Sixtos... The Orange County Sheriff's Department should be held accountable for violating Samuel Sixtos' rights... "In the face of an intransigent deportation machine, cities and counties have a responsibility to be proactive about protecting their residents from reckless federal policies," said Alexis Nava Teodoro, organizer with National Day Laborer Organizing Network and member of RAIZ, the working-class and migrant-led organization that accompanied the Sixtos family through their ordeal. "ICE is a rogue agency that has been unwilling to apply its own policies in good faith. It's time localities make clear they will not be complicit in the business of deportations," said Nava. The City of Santa Ana is the municipal seat of Orange County, the last jurisdiction in California with a 287(g) agreement, a controversial program that embeds ICE in local jails and 'deputizes' local law enforcement officials to become deportation agents. ###
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Contact: Cal Soto, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Pasadena Resident, Florentino Ceron, Demands End of Wage Theft at Chris’ Korean BBQ in Pasadena Florentino Ceron was deprived of wages from local restaurant, Gaon, now called Chris’ Korean BBQ located at 2063 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, CA. What: A public demand for unpaid wagesWhen: Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00pmWhere: Chris’ Korean BBQ located at 2063 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CAWhy: To retrieve Florentino Ceron’s unpaid earned wages; to highlight the need for strong enforcement of the newly approved minimum wage ordinance; to end wage theft in Pasadena, CA.Who: The Pasadena Community Job Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Pasadenans for a Livable Wage (PLW), Local supporters PASADENA, CA--- On Wednesday, March 16, worker rights activists, community leaders and residents from Pasadena will accompany Florentino Ceron as he demands that his former employer, the owners of Gaon, pay him for the work he performed. The restaurant is located at 2063 East Colorado Boulevard, and is now called Chris’ Korean BBQ. Florentino Ceron is a Pasadena resident who was deprived of wages for two weeks of work at the restaurant. Mr. Ceron had worked at Gaon for approximately two years, from October 2013 to October 2015, earning $9 per hour as a cleaner at the restaurant. In late Spring 2015, the restaurant was closed for business while the management performed renovations. Casey Park, the restaurant manager at the time, enlisted Mr. Ceron’s help in the renovations. Mr. Ceron worked for four nine-hour days during this period. Ms. Park never paid Mr. Ceron for this work—36 hours in total. Mr. Ceron repeatedly, and unsuccessfully, sought to be paid for these two weeks of employment at Gaon during the renovations. For six months the owners of Gaon regularly assured Mr. Ceron that his payment for the renovation work would be included in a future paycheck. This never happened. What Mr. Ceron has experienced can be described as wage theft. Wage theft is the illegal underpayment of workers, and it affects millions of people across the country. It is particularly prevalent in low wage industries such as retail, restaurants, hospitality, day-labor, warehouse and construction. In the City of Pasadena, the number of workers who have begun to report and challenge instances of wage theft has been growing as workers become more informed about their rights and find others who have gone through the same labor…
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 14, 2016Contact: Olga Tomchin, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Federal Prosecutor Billy Williams Must Stop Prosecuting Portland Immigrant Leader Francisco Aguirre for Fleeing Central American Violence that Just Killed His Son On February 2, 2016, Francisco Aguirre's 19-year-old son Moises was viciously murdered in El Salvador. Moises had previously sought asylum in the United States and lived with his father, but returned to El Salvador due to trauma from his experience being incarcerated in a child refugee "shelter" and fears over ending up detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Six months after his return, he was shot sixteen times by two men while playing soccer with friends. Instead of being able to grieve in peace, Francisco is facing federal prison for fleeing fifteen years ago the same violence that just killed his child. Francisco Aguirre and his family publically sought sanctuary at Augustana Lutheran Church in September 2014 after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attempted a warrantless raid on their home. While the deportation proceedings eventually were dropped due to public pressure, the U.S. Attorney (federal prosecutor) charged him with allegedly reentering the U.S. 15 years before after a previous deportation. Francisco has been a highly involved member of the local and national movements for day laborer & immigrant rights for many years. His trial is scheduled to begin April 19th, 2016. While the #UnidosConFrancisco Campaign has been ongoing since he and his family first sought sanctuary, it has been rapidly escalating since Moises's death and the clear injustice of Francisco's continued prosecution by the federal government. The demands of the campaign are:(1) For the Department of Justice to drop the reentry charge against Francisco.(2) For the Department of Homeland Security and White House to grant Temporary Protected Status to Central American refugees like Moises so that they are not deported to their deaths.(3) For the Department of Justice to no longer prosecute Central Americans for entry and reentry for fleeing violence and potential murder.The campaign has launched a new petition that has received 2,891 signatures in the past month, a Facebook page with over 1,000 followers, and a website. Additionally, Francisco Aguirre has received support from high-profile figures such as the Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Homeboy Industries Founder & Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle, and Tony Award-winning Grey's Anatomy actress and immigrant rights advocate Sara Ramirez. Different cities across the country will be holding events in solidarity with…
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 10, 2016Contact: 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: If Dems Had to Make Immigration Policy in the Light of Day, We Would be Dealing with a Different Beast Los Angeles, CA—In response to candidates' commitments on immigration at the Democratic debate in Miami last night, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) staff attorney, Emilou MacLean, made the following statement: "Last night's debate makes clear that if Democrats had to make immigration policy in the light of day, in the public eye, we would be dealing with a different beast. Both candidates committed to limit deportations and reunify families broken up by our out-of-control deportation policy. "The natural follow-up is why they have not denounced or endeavored to change the destructive deportation machine operating today? And will they embrace the position that those with a previous criminal conviction are worthy of a second chance, regardless of their immigration status? Distinguishing people with criminal convictions from those without is no less destructive of families and communities, and it must stop." ###
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 9, 2016Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   NDLON: Accountability for a Failed Immigration Strategy Los Angeles, CA—As the Democratic presidential candidates prepare for another debate round tonight in Miami, Florida, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network's Executive Director, Pablo Alvarado, made the following statement: "As we head into the next Democratic debate, we must ensure that the leaders of the Democratic Party are held accountable for the 2.5 million deportations that have occurred during President Obama's Administration and the massive deportation machinery that is growing bolder and more intransigent every day. "Just yesterday, ICE suggested that deportation is a useful tool for local police to essentially disappear individuals when authorities believe them to be dangerous but may not have sufficient evidence against them. This is not the first time ICE makes such a chilling suggestion. In 2008, ICE told a room full of local police and sheriffs, "If you don't have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he's illegal, we can make him disappear." At the time, that sentiment empowered Arizona's anti-immigrant forces to enact SB 1070. It's an idea that criminalizes immigrants, undermines public safety, and plays into the anti-immigrant strategy of self-deportation. It's shocking that ICE continues to espouse such dangerous policies today, in the face of rising white supremacy." "Far gone are the days when vague promises of comprehensive immigration reform were enough to garner votes. The next President must do better than introduce proposed legislation into a dysfunctional Congress. He or she must demonstrate real leadership that responds to the realities of the more than 11 million undocumented individuals who already subsidize the US economy, but are formally excluded from political participation and equal rights. "Real leadership means ensuring that DHS recognizes the humanity and right to remain of immigrant workers that are already part of the United States, whether they hold legal status or not. It means holding ICE and the US Justice Department accountable for criminalizing workers' rights activists, like Francisco Aguirre. And, in 2016, it means assuming responsibility for supporting a 2009 coup in Honduras that has had tragic consequences for thousands of refugees and many more who have tried to stay and struggle, like Berta Caceres." ###
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Questions for Tonight's Debate

For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 18, 2016Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   Questions for Tonight's Debate As the Democratic candidates meet once again to debate in Nevada, they have only begun to clarify their positions on key immigration policies. Below, are some questions that should be raised tonight and answered by Senator Sanders and former Secretary of State Clinton. After nearly 3 million deportations under a Democratic administration, it's not clear that the party establishment even recognizes that its approach to immigrant and refugee rights is failing. 1) Deferred action for immigrant workers:Legalization for 11 million people, with a path to citizenship, is one goal of the immigrant rights movement, and there is much that the executive branch could do to incrementally advance inclusion of this population. Republicans in the last debate spoke of a new guest worker program, but the AFL-CIO has made clear that past and prospective guest worker programs would be "akin to slavery." With federal legislation blocked in a dysfunctional Congress for the foreseeable future, what steps would you take to advance the inclusion of undocumented workers in the US? Would you support protections and an administrative deferred action program for all undocumented immigrant workers? 2) Truth about the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP-COMM):On February 11, Senator Sanders and Rep. Grijalva sent a letter criticizing the Department of Homeland Security's new deportation program, the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). The letter suggested that the new program is a mere re-branding of the disgraced Secure Communities "S-COMM" jail-based deportation dragnet, which gave rise to Arizona's SB1070. While ICE is facing two federal lawsuits for refusing to come clean about PEP, DHS and ICE leadership continue a national offensive to place ICE in jails, entangling our unjust immigration laws in the morass of mass incarceration. What would you do untangle ICE's role in local law enforcement? Given the national consensus about the need for criminal justice reform, what would you do to address the conflation of civil immigration enforcement regime with local criminal law-enforcement? 3) Raids on refugees:Over 140 members of Congress have rejected the recent raids again Central American refugee mothers and children. The raids, at the beginning of an election year, demonstrate that the deportation regime has not disappeared and can be accelerated at any time, for any political motivation. In this case, the White House has claimed that its raid strategy is necessary to deter families from fleeing the violence and…
For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 11, 2016Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n REACTION: Sen. Sanders & Congressman Grijalva are Right about the Failure of President Obama's Deportation Policy Washington, DC—In response to the White House's release of its final DHS budget, and news that Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Raul Grijalva sent a letter criticizing President Obama's signature deportation policy, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), released the following statement: "Senator Sanders and Congressman Grijalva are right about the failure of President Obama's deportation policy. A mere name change is not enough to undo the damage caused, nor is it enough to bridge the trust deficit caused by the failed experiment of using local police to enforce federal civil immigration laws. During his last year in office, President Obama should be dismantling the very infrastructure that has also emboldened demagogues like Donald Trump to scapegoat immigrants. At a bare minimum, the Obama Administration should be transparent about its deportation programs which threaten to radically alter the relationship between local and federal police. "Rational policymakers at the local level revolted against President Obama's crimmigration policy because it made communities less safe. Meanwhile, DHS and ICE will have to answer to federal lawsuits about their refusal to come clean about PEP-COMM and their own record on racial discrimination. "Unfortunately, the recently-released White House budget affirms the worst of President Obama's deportation legacy. It consolidates and expands the jail deportation regime started with S-COMM, now glossed up with PEP, and it maintains funding for a disgraceful family detention policy that serves and explicitly seeks to deter refugees by terrorizing Central American migrants. "Ultimately, it's cases like those of Angel Rosa, who was deported this week, that demonstrate the offensive meaning of the President's callous budget.." ###
For Immediate ReleaseFeb. 2, 2016Contacts: Olga Tomchin, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n  // Thomas Rome, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   Immigrant Rights Groups File Civil Rights Complaint: ICE nearly castrates grandfather in detention & now tries to deport him to likely death in Guatemala Hyrum, UT—Yesterday, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), and the attorneys at the Thomas Rome Law Group filed a complaint with DHS' Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties regarding the extreme medical abuse against 55-year-old Angel Rosa (A 028-620-363). Starting in April 2012, Mr. Rosa was detained by ICE for over two years at the Utah County Jail. He was locked in a cell with exposed sewage and prevented from showering, leading to a severe and painful testicular infection. Despite pleas, ICE denied Angel medical care until the infection spread throughout his body, caused his rectum to swell shut, and produced a massive intestinal infection. Only the begging of other detained people resulted in him being allowed to see a doctor. Immediately, he was transferred to a hospital. With the strong possibility of him requiring surgical castration, ICE released him from detention and left him to fend for himself with this medical condition and all the expenses. Since then he has experienced recurring infections and was left sterilized. On the morning of January 15, 2016, ICE agents raided Angel's home and detained him at the same facility where he nearly died. Today, ICE is threatening to deport him at any moment. Immigrant rights groups have circulated a petition to fight his deportation under the hashtag #SterilizedByICE. Angel has lived in the U.S. for many years, making his home in Utah with his wife Lorena, their five children (four U.S. citizens and one green-card holder), and six U.S. citizen grandchildren. He is a loving and devoted father in a close-knit family. After an unfortunate incident about 15 years ago where prescription medication reacted badly with alcohol and the police were called, he has been completely sober. Thomas Rome, Managing Attorney, the Thomas Rome Law Group: "Angel Rosa's case is one of the most disturbing our office has ever encountered. And though not unique in a contract jail system where many dubious practices persist, Angel's case somehow tears a hole in your soul. And this is no longer about adding 'insult to injury.' It's a death sentence. We're calling on ICE to exercise humanitarian discretion to save a…
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 21, 2016 John Legend and Juanes Join Call to Overhaul Immigrant Detention as Part of Campaign to End Mass Incarceration National #FREEAMERICA Tour Sees The Two Multiple Grammy Winning ArtistsSpotlighting The Link Between Needed Immigration and Mass Incarceration Reforms Juanes And John Legend Visit The Notorious Eloy Detention Center, Tent City, and Puente Arizona Community Center - With Pop-Up Performances For Both Detainees And Their Separated Families Watch Video Of "REDEMPTION SONG" Performed Outside Eloy Detention Center "John Legend, Juanes Perform Outside Of Immigration Detention Center In Arizona" -- Huff Post/AP "Juanes and John Legend held a concert in the most unlikely of places today — deep in the Arizona desert, in front of the Eloy Immigration Detention Center, where an estimated 1,500 immigrants are currently being held... The goal of the concert: bring light to our country's misguided immigration policies, and transform America's criminal justice system" -- Fusion Phoenix, AZ---As recent raids and a pending Supreme Court case push the issue of immigration into the national spotlight once again, Grammy Award winning artists John Legend and Juanes travelled to Arizona, in many ways the epicenter of the fight for migrant rights, to explore the issue. Yesterday, the two multiple-Grammy winning artists visited with people in detention and heard from local families impacted by immigration enforcement, to bring a cultural component to the campaigns to end detention, put a face to those caught in the system, and link it together with the efforts to end mass incarceration. This marked the first stop on Legend's listening tour to address immigration issues as part of the #FREEAMERICA campaign - in which the artist is visiting with people who are or have been incarcerated, law enforcement, legislators, prosecutors, union members, crime victims, and experts who've been thinking critically about America's prison problem. In Arizona, Legend and Juanes met with detainees inside the Eloy Detention Center, a privately-run facility similar to those that house approximately 34,000 immigrants each day, and one that most recently made news for the suspicious and still insufficiently investigated death of detainee Jose de Jesus Sahagun this past Spring. Inside, they got a glimpse of the conditions that thousands of immigrant families face every day in detention centers across America. Having been denied permission to perform inside the facility for detainees, as has happened on previous #FREEAMERICA visits, the pair of artists then proceeded to a makeshift…
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 21, 2016Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n 50+ Organizations Call on White House to Come Clean About PEP Washington, DC—On Thursday, a broad coalition of 55 immigrant, civil, and workers rights groups joined a letter to President Obama calling on his administration to "come clean" about his Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which replaced the controversial Secure Communities deportation dragnet known as S-COMM. The letter reads in part: Federal agencies under your watch have refused to disclose the requested records. Instead, DHS and ICE leadership have gone on a national crusade to quash the revolt against S-COMM policies, obfuscating the facts with Trump logic and pressuring localities to accept the new jail deportation program. Leading the letter was the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), one of three groups that earlier this week filed a federal lawsuit against ICE and 9 additional federal agencies to compel them to disclose information about PEP. As groups spoke favorably of the Supreme Court's granting of review over Texas v. US, they also cautioned that it was "failed logic" to justify increased deportations because of a partial grant of relief, such as with DAPA. "PEP is not a valid justification for DAPA, and never has been. This lawsuit seeks to help the Obama administration clear up its misunderstanding by compelling it to be open and transparent about this program," said Salvador Sarmiento of NDLON. "It's important that the Obama administration untangle its DAPA rationale from its PEP rationale." NDLON staff attorney Emi MacLean, counsel on the lawsuit, added, "Part of the failed logic of the past involved using S-COMM as a justification for DACA 1.0. That brought us the pernicious 'felons not families' idea that has been put publicly on trial during recent raids." "It's not the case that some immigrants must suffer so that others can get relief. This logic is immoral and unnecessary for Obama to prevail in Texas v US." added MacLean. The letter is available online here. ###
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 19, 2016Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n BREAKING: DHS, ICE, and DOJ Sued in Federal Court Over Controversial Deportation Program Washington, DC—On Tuesday morning, immigrant rights groups filed a federal lawsuit against ICE and 9 other federal agencies to compel the disclosure of information about a controversial and secretive deportation program, known as the "Priority Enforcement Program" (PEP). As the White House persists in targeting Central American refugees and revving up the deportation machinery, advocates are taking aim at PEP, which is fueling ongoing deportations. "ICE is, once again, operating in secrecy. It's time for the nation's largest police force to come clean," said Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). "PEP has failed to meet the bare minimum requirements for transparency and accountability." The groups filed litigation pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) following ICE's refusal to provide a single document more than 10 months after the groups filed their request. Altogether the 10 agencies provided only 5 documents in response. "While PEP-COMM is clouded in secrecy, DHS leadership is going on the offensive," says Angela Chan, Policy Director at Asian-Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ-ALC). "The White House is trying to compel state and local governments to participate in its new deportation program through misinformation and empty promises." "PEP's predecessor, S-COMM, was mired in the same duplicity and double-speak that led to the largest-ever FOIA litigation in ICE history, and ultimately, the termination of the program," said Danelly Bello of the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo Law School. "The public has the right to know whether PEP is different from S-COMM in reality or only in name," says Bello. "It is imperative that immigrant communities learn about the practical implementation of this massive immigration enforcement program in order to assert their rights and protect their families." The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York City by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ-ALC), and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at the Cardozo School of Law. Federal complaint available HERE.  ###
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