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For Immediate Release
 April 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 NDLON: The Most Anti-Immigrant Bill Signed into Law in Our Lifetime Los Angeles, CA—In response to the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs and Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chairwoman introducing a resolution calling for a repeal of the 1996 laws criminalizing immigrants, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), released the following statement: “We welcome the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Asian Pacific American Caucus in calling for a repeal of the IIRIRA, twenty years since its passage, and demanding answers from both Democratic candidates about their support for it in 1996. That would be a start. And there is much more that can be done – outside of the dysfunctional Congress – to mitigate the disastrous effects of ’96. “Perhaps the most anti-immigrant law signed into law in our lifetime, no single law better represents efforts to consolidate a regime that exploits immigrant workers and criminalizes our presence in the U.S. Enacted the same year that then Senior Advisor to President Clinton, Rahm Emmanuel, recommended a record deportations, the law demonstrates the deep-seeded racism at the root of parties’ failed approach to immigration. The law fused mass incarceration and mass deportation, establishing the strategy of conflating immigration and criminal law, which twenty years later, President Obama’s “felons not families” rhetoric has put on steroids. The law made far more people deportable, including legal residents, and created the barriers to legalization that are partially responsible for the number of undocumented people in the U.S. today. “Going forward, any statutory reform will require repeal of much of IIRIRA, including the repugnant section 287(g) of the INA, which authorized ICE to deputize the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It’s no surprise that today one-third of 287(g) agreements are in three states—North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona—all of which have enacted openly anti-immigrant legislation. Democratic leadership, both federal and local, should take responsibility for the laws that made possible Arizona’s SB 1070 and led to record deportations in Maricopa County in Arizona, and Harris County in Texas. “But we won’t hold our breath. Instead of ending its complicity with states legislating hate, the White House and DHS leadership are preparing to re-affirm support for these and nearly two dozen others before the agreements end on June 30th. As always, we know that if we are…
RESOURCES for reporters covering SCOTUS review of U.S. v. TexasContact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n     NDLON STATEMENTSIn the Midst of the Battle for DAPAhttp://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1198-ndlon-in-the-midst-of-the-battle-for-dapa The Deporter-In-Chief v. 26 Nativist Governors & Attorneys-General (aka US v. Texas)http://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1197-ndlon-the-deporter-in-chief-v-26-nativist-governors-attorneys-general-aka-us-v-texas Reaction to House Vote to Submit Brief in US v. Texashttp://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1191-ndlon-reaction-to-house-vote-on-us-v-texas  Reaction to Supreme Court Decisionhttp://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1178-ndlon-reaction-to-supreme-court-decision LEGAL RESOURCES NDLON's Si Se Puede Rule-Making Petition: A detailed explanation of the President's legal authority along with antecedent history in the campaign to persuade the President to take action to stop deportations http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/resources/rulemaking/  DHS Memo on DAPA & Expanded DACAhttp://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1120_memo_deferred_action.pdf  DHS Memo on New Deportation Prioritieshttps://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1120_memo_prosecutorial_discretion.pdf  ORAL ARGUMENTS Transcriptshttp://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/15-674_h3dj.pdf Audiohttp://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2015/15-674
For Immediate Release
April 22, 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; Sierra Golden, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 206.686.2640   NDLON: New Report Reveals How Seattle’s Casa Latina is Fighting Poverty Amongst Day Laborers Seattle, WA: In the 1990s Day Laborers in Seattle had very few options when looking for work, they would wait on street corners hoping someone would come by and hire them. When Casa Latina opened its first hiring hall in Belltown, they finally had a more sustainable alternative. They could become members and participate a daily lottery, which attempts to distribute jobs more equitably. Since then, thousands have chosen to be Casa Latina members and while there has consistently been a community consensus on the positive impacts of the center, there has hardly been quantifiable proof.   Now, Casa Latina and it’s members are excited to announce a formal study that confirms that day laborers dispatched from Casa Latina face fewer hardships than workers that continue to wait on street corners. In 2012 and 2015, Nik Theodore, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, visited Seattle and surveyed workers at Casa Latina and at informal hiring sites on street corners. The study is the first of its kind and is proof that “Casa Latina has directly improved workers’ earnings by increasing their employment rates, maintaining wage standards, and reducing wage theft” as stated by Theodore himself. The report, funded by the Ford Foundationand published by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) provides a detailed explanation of the results of Casa Latina’s efforts.   In 2015, 9% of workers at Casa Latina experienced wage theft. At informal hiring sites, that number was 38%. Marcos Martinez, executive director of Casa Latina said: “It’s heartening that Theodore’s study illustrates in such graphic terms that our programs lead to overall improvements for day laborers. It’s a priceless tool for illustrating our approach and the importance of our work.” Wage theft, or the denial of earned wages, is a widespread concern among informal and contingent workers across the country.   The  study (which can be read in its entirety here) also reveals that in 2015, workers at Casa Latina had much higher daily employment rate over workers at informal hiring sites. Finally, depending on the type of work done, workers at Casa Latina were paid up to 25% more than workers who were not members. Hilary Stern, founder of Casa Latina said, “This…
For Immediate Release
April 22, 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 Advisory: NDLON Joins University of California Undocumented Students in Chant Down the Walls Public Action ** NDLON will join University of California students in a march, rally, public testimonies and live performances as part of the Chant Down the Walls concert series ** Los Angeles, CA— The implementation of Secure Communities (SComm) and the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) under the Obama Administration have played a large role in the nearly 3 million deportations facing our community. Additionally, the recent wave of ICE raids targeting Central Americans and the refugee “unaccompanied minors” are particularly unsettling for students of the University of California. What: March to the Metropolitan Detention Center, followed by public testimonies, live performances and an open forum. When: Sunday, April 24th 2015 at 1:00 PM Where: From 4th and Figueroa to the Downtown LA Metropolitan Detention Center Why: Undocumented youth and their families are rallying in a call to action to end the ICE raids that disproportionately target refugees from Central America, toddlers forced to defend themselves in immigration courts, lack of access to education, mass incarceration of immigrants and the detention and deportation of people within the LGBTQ community. Who: Students of the University of California, Students of the California State University and Community College system, The ICE out of Los Angeles Coalition, undocumented youth, undocuqueer individuals, previously detained immigrants, families in deportation proceedings, community allies and supporters of immigrant rights, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). ###
For Immediate Release April 18, 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: In the Midst of the Battle for DAPA Los Angeles, CA & Washington, DC—In the wake of oral argument before the Supreme Court this morning in the case of U.S. v. Texas, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) representatives, Jessica Karp Bansal and Salvador G. Sarmiento, made the following statements: Litigation Director, Jessica Karp Bansal "It's a sign of how bad the immigration debate has become that this morning lawyers for the Obama Administration—which is responsible for more deportations than any other—were forced to defend the President's use of "discretion" in immigration enforcement before the nation's highest court against an attack from the right. At stake in the case is whether the President will be permitted to publicly acknowledge the existence, humanity, and civil rights of one portion of the millions of undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States by allowing them—at least temporarily—to come out of the shadows. "In many ways, the President has created this dilemma himself. Had he not spent most of his presidency deporting as many people as possible in an ill-advised attempt to win Republican support for immigration reform, he would not now be in a battle to determine whether he will go down in history as the Deporter-in-Chief or be remembered for a more nuanced record." National Campaign Coordinator, Salvador G. Sarmiento "Sadly, in the midst of this fight for DAPA, the White House is still hanging on to its failed efforts to trade ramped-up enforcement against some immigrants in return for protection of others. As the Administration defended DAPA in Court this morning, ICE continues its offensive, targeting Central American refugees, immigrants that have lived and worked in the U.S. for decades, and—through the PEP-COMM jail deportation program—collaborating with the very states that are suing to prevent DAPA. "As we call on the Justices to reject nativists' attempt to thwart progress on racial justice, we will continue to demand that the White House and DHS leadership come clean about their detention and deportation agenda, starting with its PEP-COMM jail deportation offensive and ending with taking ICE Out of every local jail in the U.S." ###
For Immediate Release April 15, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951-966-6500 The Deporter-In-Chief v. 26 Nativist Governors & Attorneys-General (aka US v. Texas) Los Angeles, CA—In the lead up to oral arguments in the case of U.S. v. Texas, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) representatives, Pablo Alvarado and Jessica Karp Bansal, made the following statements: Litigation Director, Jessica Karp Bansal: "Next week all eyes will be on the Supreme Court as they decide which side of history they will stand on in U.S. v. Texas. The law is clear. And it has been clear for a long time. The President could have provided relief from deportation—and much more—in his first year in office. Instead, he chose to accelerate mass deportations. "It's outrageous that it has taken eight years to provide protection for parents of U.S. citizen and legal resident children. We hope the Justices will look through the political games that have dominated the immigration debate for the past decade, and affirm the President's authority, at minimum, to enact DAPA and DACA 2.0, which fall far short of protecting the 11 million individuals that deserve relief from deportation today." "U.S. v. Texas illustrates a simple truth, that the immigration battleground extends far beyond our dysfunctional Congress. The white supremacists enacting hate legislation in North Carolina and Arizona (yes, again) know this and are excited to use every avenue at their disposal to help ICE identify, detain, and deport more immigrants. This much should be clear by now: There are many ways to block or to advance immigration reforms. We only hope allies of immigrants will begin to show the same level of enthusiasm in advancing pro-immigrant strategies as hate groups have shown in excluding immigrants." Executive Director, Pablo Alvarado: "Millions of immigrants have no choice but to put their faith in the judicial system after having witnessed the failure of both Congress and the President to protect their basic rights. A case between the Deporter-in-Chief and 26 nativist governors and attorneys-general is not ideal, and we are grateful to Jane Does and MALDEF for intervening so that immigrant voices are at the table. It was immigrants, after all, who forced President Obama to take action after years of a shameful and hypocritical policy criminalizing immigrants and resulting in mass deportations. "Despite the narrow legal claims in the case, the central question before the Supreme Court is whether this country's legacy of…
Organization dedicated to improving the lives of day laborers in the United States LOS ANGELES (April 7, 2016) - The Norman Lear Center's Popular Music Project is proud to announce the National Day Laborer Organizing Network as its 2016-2017 Distinguished Artist in Residence. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) was officially founded in July 2001 in Northridge California at the first ever national gathering of day laborer organizations. It was formed as an alliance of 12 community-based organizations and worker centers dedicated to improving the lives of day laborers in the United States. NDLON works to unify and strengthen its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer, more humane environments for day laborers, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community. "The singular ways that NDLON has engaged music as a tool of organizing, protest, and mobilization is both inspiring and instructive," says PMP Director and USC Professor Josh Kun. "It will be an honor to learn with them and collaborate at USC." From Fall 2016 through Fall 2017, the Popular Music Project will focus on the cultural work practiced by NDLON in its efforts to encourage, record and celebrate the unique song-crafting and performing skills of day laborers, telling stories of their lives, histories, joys, sorrows and tales of work in corridos. In tandem with NDLON, PMP will coordinate two song-writing workshops followed by recording sessions to capture the finished songs and thus create a series of jornalero (day laborer) songbooks. "We know that projects in art and culture are powerful tools in telling stories, building community and are a vehicle for lifting the voices of the day laborer," says Xochi Flores, NDLON development associate and project coordinator. "We look forward to being facilitators, alongside PMP, of the creation of the jornalera/o songbook." The Norman Lear Center is a multidisciplinary research and public policy center that studies and shapes the impact of entertainment and media on society. From its base in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Lear Center builds bridges between faculty who study aspects of entertainment, media and culture. Beyond campus, it bridges the gap between entertainment industry and academia, and between them and the public. For more…
For Immediate ReleaseApril 1, 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 RELEASE: Day Laborer Organizations host OSHA Health and Safety Training to Emphasize Spanish Language Certification and Worker Justice LOS ANGELES, CA--- In partnership with the United Steelworkers Union, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, with the support of The Labor Institute began the first national effort to certify organizers and worker leaders from across the country to deliver and issue the OSHA 10 training to the Day Laborer Community. On Monday March 28th, the first of two week-longtrainings that are required to become a certified OSHA Outreach Trainer in Construction was launched at the UCLA Labor Center. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is designed to create workplace standards that ensure the safety of workers in the United States. Day laborers are particularly susceptible to accidents and dangerous working conditions because they are usually hired informally, on a temporary basis, with low wages and are not given the proper health and safety tools and training to protect themselves. Additionally, the Day Laborer workforce is often comprised of immigrants that are not always fully aware of their rights as workers, or do not exercise their rights for fear of retaliation. Rodrigo Toscano, Project Director at the Labor Institute said: “This effort began about 5 years ago during Hurricane Sandy. After Sandy a lot of Immigrant workers participated in the cleanup, they went out and got hurt, and some got killed by improper use of power tools or were thrown into hazardous situations, many got injured and exposed to mold, toxic substances, lead. After that, we decided to work together to remedy the situation. We needed to create Spanish speaking OSHA instruction to reach the vast numbers of Day Laborers across the country. This is also a way for worker centers to organize people in the community on basic worker rights, how to inform them, and inspire them to assert their rights in the workplace.” In California alone, there was a rise in workplace related deaths among Latinos which was highlighted by the Worksafe.org 2015 annual report . The report states that 2013 witnessed 194 Latino work-related deaths which is an estimated 49% of all deaths in the state even though Latinos represent roughly 30% of the workforce. The report points out the consequences of health and safety hazards by stating that: “Undocumented immigrant workers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and…
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 , (323) 250-3018 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,…
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, (323) 250-3018, 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…
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. ###
For Immediate Release
March 16, 2016
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…
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