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For Immediate Release April 7, 2015Contact: Salvador G. Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 202-746-2099 5th Circuit Holds Mississippi Lacks Standing to Challenge Obama Administration's DACA Program Court Finds Injury to the State is "Purely Speculative" in Ruling That Has Implications for Upcoming Decision in Texas v. United States Los Angeles, CA--In reaction to today's 5th Circuit decision unanimously affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by ICE agents and the State of Mississippi against President Obama's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following remarks: "Today, the Fifth Circuit rightly held that Mississippi failed to demonstrate that the DACA program harmed it in any way. As a result, the State could not establish standing to challenge the program in court and its lawsuit was dismissed. "At NDLON, we have long known that the injuries suffered by ICE agents and nativist politicians in Mississippi and Texas are fictional. What is not fictional is the suffering of the thousands of mothers and children languishing in immigration detention centers, the 2-million-plus people who have been deported from their homes since President Obama took office, and the 11 million individuals who continue to live in fear of deportation every day. But we are hopeful today's decision is a sign that relief is not far off. "The Court's decision has important implications for the pending appeal of February's district court ruling enjoining President Obama's expanded deferred action programs, which grant relief to millions of immigrant families. Many legal observers believe the Appeals Court is likely to hold that, just like Mississippi, Texas and other state plaintiffs lack standing to challenge deferred action because they cannot show that granting relief from deportation to hard-working students and families will injure them in any way. Such a holding would result in a reversal of the district court's injunction and clear the way for immediate implementation of the President's deferred action programs, bringing relief to millions." ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Postings // Please ForwardContact: Claudia Bautista, 310-909-3917, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Immigrant Rights Groups to Hold Concert & Rally in Front of Private Incarceration Facility "Chant Down the Walls" is Concert, Community Gathering, and Creative Protest What: Concert with Los Jornaleros del Norte (and surprise guests) & Rally to Stop DeportationsWhen: Sunday, March 29th, 5:30pm-7:30pmWhere: Across the street from the GEO Adelanto Detention Facility, 10250 Rancho Rd, Adelanto, CA 92301 Who: The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC), Inland Empire - Immigrant Youth Coalition (IE-IYC), Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Southern California (JFIC), National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Orange County Immigrant Youth United (OCIYU), Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC), RAIZ, family members of people detained at Adelanto, and community members from across Southern California Why: Chant Down the Walls is creative protest that combines music and action order to visibilize and redress suffering caused by unjust detention, criminalization, and deportation of migrant communities. Growing out of a successful series of seven straight concerts held at the Metropolitan Detention Center (an immigrant prison that hides in plain sight in Downtown Los Angeles), the events help galvanize support for families facing deportations, they combat the dehumanization of migrants, and they lift voices to reject walls that divide us, forming a unified chorus for equality. Inspired by these actions, several artists pledged their support, and organizers from around the country asked if we could do similar events in their hometowns. A tour was announced that will Last week a similar protest happened in Santa Ana, California. This week, Adelanto is latest stop on tour that is spreading around the country. And ICYMI- Los Jornaleros del Norte, the house band for immigrant rights in Los Angeles, shot a groundbreaking video at the November 20 Chant Down The Walls event in LA, the same night the President announced his deportation policy shift... ###
For Immediate Release // Please excuse cross-posting March 20, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, 202-746-2099 NDLON STATEMENT IN REACTION TO ICE DIRECTOR SALDAÑA's “AMEN” COMMENTS ABOUT UNCONSTITUTIONAL DEPORTATION POLICY (Los Angeles, CA)—Today, ICE Director Sarah Saldaña issued a press release attempting to clarify her position on ICE’s unconstitutional practice that compelled police to detain immigrants. During yesterday’s House Oversight hearing, Rep. Mulvaney asked Saldaña if she would support legislation to mandate that “local communities cooperate” with ICE. Saldaña reponded, “Thank you. Yes. Amen.” The bizarre series of statements leaves uncertainty about the agency head’s position on DHS Secretary Johnson’s November 20, 2014 memo ending ICE's controversial and discredited Secure Communities deportation policy.   In response to Director Saldaña’s recent statements and to news of recent deportations in Iowa and Philadelphia, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement: “Is ICE heading backward? There is an astonishing dissonance between the White House’s initiative to build community trust in law enforcement and it’s highly disingenuous deportation policy which felonizes immigrants and insists on transforming local police into frontline enforcers of unjust and outdated immigration laws. Director Saldaña’s recent remarks are exactly the kind of doublespeak that plagued the Secure Communities legacy for years. Indeed, we have yet to hear anyone clarify why SCOMM’s failed dragnet is still intact or operational, which is why we have demanded answers compelled by the Freedom of Information Act. "The fact that the President has ostensibly offered relief to some immigrants does not excuse his policies which criminalize other immigrants. The president's pledge to target 'felons not families' is offensive to all those seeking to reform a criminal justice system that is plagued by a legacy of white supremacy. And Secretary Johnson’s recent invocation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory in defense of these new deportation policies is quite simply reprehensible. If the President wants to undo his legacy as “Deporter-in-Chief”, he must take steps immediately to advance equality for all immigrants, particularly as his limited DAPA initiative languishes in the courts.”  ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Postings GROUNDBREAKING NEW MUSIC VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS INJUSTICE FACED BY IMMIGRANTSAND MARKS LAUNCH OF NEW “CONCERT TOUR” FOR JAILED MIGRANTSShot Outside an Immigrant Prison by Acclaimed Director Alex Rivera,  “Serenata a Un Indocumendado,” is first video for Los Jornaleros del Norte (Los Angeles) Today, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and Los Jornaleros del Norte “the house band for the immigrant rights movement,” released today a groundbreaking new video to combat deportations. The video corresponds with announced plans for a “tour” with concerts outside of immigrant prisons throughout the United States.   Last year, Los Jornaleros del Norte held series of seven concerts last year outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center, an immigrant prison that hides in plain sight in Downtown Los Angeles. Joined by artists such as Ana Tijoux, La Santa Cecilia, Los Cadetes de Linares, El Gavachillo, Hermanos Hererrra, Voz del Rancho, Mare Advertencia Lirika, Son del Centro, their music pierced the walls of the jail, turning inmates and those outside into a common audience. Together, participants protested deportations and formed a unified voice calling for equality.    Click here or on image above to watch video. The making of this extraordinary video During one of the Los Angeles shows, a mother arrived with her two children to celebrate her husband’s birthday. She brought balloons, flowers, and love for her jailed loved one to see across the street from the tiny jail cell window. Omar León, lead singer of Los Jornaleros del Norte, approached her to ask why she was there and she shared with him her story. Omar turned that story into this beautiful song. It serves as testimony that arts and culture enable people who face and struggle against injustice to turn circumstances of oppression into practices of emancipation. “Serenata a un Indocumentado” is not just a song; it is an enduring historical document that tells the world that beautiful acts of love can happen in the face of ugly suffering. Shot by acclaimed film director Alex Rivera on the same day of the President’s speech announcing administrative relief, the video depicts Los Jornaleros, true to their purpose, standing on a corner across the Metropolitan Detention Center, serenading the detainees inside while videos of jornaleras and jornaleros are projected onto its walls. The Upcoming “Tour” Inspired by the actions, several artists pledged their support, and organizers from around the country asked if…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // PLEASE EXCUSE CROSS-POSTINGS // PLEASE FORWARD Press AdvisoryDate: March 16, 2015Contacts: Claudia Bautista, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Immigrant Rights Groups Call for Transparency as They Serve FOIA Request to Uncover the Truth about ICE's “Discontinuation” of Secure Communities WHAT: ICE out of LA Coalition will deliver FOIA request to local ICE Field Office WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9:30AM WHERE: ICE Field Office 300 North Los Angeles, CA 90012 (front of bldg) WHO: Individuals and immigrant rights organizations from Los Angeles County including - Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA), Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education Los Angeles (ASPIRE-LA), California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Carwash Campaign, Dream Team Los Angeles (DTLA), Enlace, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Garment Worker Center, Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC), Los Angeles Immigrant Youth Coalition (LA-IYC), National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition (SGV-IYC) (Los Angeles, CA) — On Tuesday, immigrant rights groups will gather outside of the local Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office to deliver a copy of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request served to the Department of Homeland Security in New York last week. The ICE out of LA Coalition will also include a set of information inquiries about the work of ICE in the Los Angeles County--such as the extent of collaboration with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Departments, the 287(g) program, etc. The ICE out of LA Coalition considers the information requested to be vital to the work that we are doing on the ground and as a means for building trust between the community and local law enforcement. This request for basic information about the PEP-COMM deportation program and other ICE Access Programs comes at a uniquely important time. Administrative relief offering work authorization for millions of immigrants remains temporarily postponed by a federal district court judge, Congress has now fully funded DHS to enforce demonstrably outdated and unjust laws, and President Obama’s own Task Force on Policing has called for a firewall between police and immigration functions. Against this backdrop, immigrant workers will call for transparency and accountability over ICE’s continued efforts to force local police into the immigration enforcement business. “DHS has itself acknowledged the failure of…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-posting Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n March 12, 2015 NDLON Reacts to DOJ Appeal of Texas Decision Enjoining DAPA, Calls on Obama Administration to Rein in Deportation Machine While Legal Case Works its Way Through Court (Washington, DC)--In response to the US Department of Justice's appeal to the Fifth Circuit to lift a the Texas District Court Judge's Injunction of the DAPA Program. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued this statement: "Neither delays in court nor the rabidly xenophobic Republican Congress should deter President Obama from taking additional steps immediately to minimize the unnecessary suffering caused the United States' unjust and outdated immigration policy. In the meantime, immigrants must continue organizing in self-defense and in pursuit of full equality." Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director of the NDLON issued the following statement: "The Obama Administration must take additional steps to protect hard-working immigrant families and workers from deportation while this case works its way through the system. It can start by ending the failed practice of mining the local criminal justice system for deportations in order to meet its ill-conceived and self-imposed quota. "Unfortunately, the Administration's new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) is starting to remind a lot of people of the notorious S-COMM, which DHS itself now acknowledges was plagued by opacity and confusion. Without complete transparency and accountability for PEP--which so far has been entirely lacking--we are concerned that it, too, will become a dangerous dragnet that undermines the purposes of DAPA and unnecessarily perpetuates the pain caused by our broken immigration system." ###
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // PLEASE EXCUSE CROSS-POSTINGS // PLEASE FORWARD Press AdvisoryDate: March 5, 2015Contacts: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (202) 746-2099Angela Chan, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (415) 848-7719 Immigrant Rights Groups Call for Transparency as They Serve FOIA Request to Uncover the Truth about ICE's “Discontinuation” of Secure CommunitiesEvent in Washington, DC launches national effort to shine light on ICE’s new “Priority Enforcement Program” as parallel demonstration is held in California WHAT:  Immigrant rights groups deliver FOIA request at ICE Headquarters, hold banners saying, "Uncover the Truth about PEP-COMM", "#Not1More Deportation"WHEN:  Friday, March 6, at 11:00AM ESTWHERE:  ICE Headquarters, 500 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC (front of bldg)WHO:  Individuals and immigrant rights organizations from around the country including - National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON); Natalicia Tracy of the Brazilian Immigrant Center & National Domestic Workers Association; Representatives of the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Shannon Lederer, Director of Immigration, AFL-CIO (Washington, DC)—On Friday, immigrant rights groups will physically serve a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on ICE headquarters to uncover the truth about the discontinuation of ICE’s failed Secure Communities deportation dragnet and the creation of the new "PEP" program, which is coming to be known as PEP-COMM because of its ominous similarities to its disgraced predecessor S-Comm. This request for basic information about the PEP-COMM deportation program comes at a uniquely important time. Administrative relief offering work authorization for millions of immigrants remains temporarily postponed by a federal district court judge, Congress has now fully funded DHS to enforce demonstrably outdated and unjust laws, and President Obama’s own Task Force on Policing has called for a firewall between police and immigration functions. Against this backdrop, immigrant workers will call for transparency and accountability over ICE’s continued efforts to force local police into the immigration enforcement business. “DHS has itself acknowledged the failure of Secure Communities, but this new program continues to entangle ICE with local police, leaving us with more questions than answers," said Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “At a bare minimum, DHS is obligated by law to be transparent with the public about what PEP means for immigrants and their families.” Angela Chan, senior staff attorney and policy director at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, a co-requester, stated, “The rollout of PEP-Comm contains many similarities to S-Comm. There has been little transparency…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // PLEASE EXCUSE CROSS-POSTINGS // PLEASE FORWARD Press AdvisoryDate: March 5, 2015 Contacts: SG Sarmiento, sgsarmiento@ndlon.orgAngela Chan, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Immigrant Rights Groups Call for Transparency as They Serve FOIA Request to Uncover the Truth about ICE's “Discontinuation” of Secure CommunitiesEvent in Washington, DC launches national effort to shine light on ICE’s new “Priority Enforcement Program” as parallel demonstration is held in California WHAT: Immigrant rights groups deliver FOIA request at ICE Headquarters, hold banners saying, "Uncover the Truth about PEP-COMM", "#Not1More Deportation"WHEN: Friday, March 6, at 11:00AM ESTWHERE: ICE Headquarters, 500 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC (front of bldg)WHO: Individuals and immigrant rights organizations from around the country including - National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON); Natalicia Tracy of the Brazilian Immigrant Center & National Domestic Workers Association; Representatives of the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Shannon Lederer, Director of Immigration, AFL-CIO (Washington, DC)—On Friday, immigrant rights groups will physically serve a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on ICE headquarters to uncover the truth about the discontinuation of ICE’s failed Secure Communities deportation dragnet and the creation of the new "PEP" program, which is coming to be known as PEP-COMM because of its ominous similarities to its disgraced predecessor S-Comm. This request for basic information about the PEP-COMM deportation program comes at a uniquely important time. Administrative relief offering work authorization for millions of immigrants remains temporarily postponed by a federal district court judge, Congress has now fully funded DHS to enforce demonstrably outdated and unjust laws, and President Obama’s own Task Force on Policing has called for a firewall between police and immigration functions. Against this backdrop, immigrant workers will call for transparency and accountability over ICE’s continued efforts to force local police into the immigration enforcement business. “DHS has itself acknowledged the failure of Secure Communities, but this new program continues to entangle ICE with local police, leaving us with more questions than answers," said Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “At a bare minimum, DHS is obligated by law to be transparent with the public about what PEP means for immigrants and their families.” Angela Chan, senior staff attorney and policy director at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, a co-requester, stated, “The rollout of PEP-Comm contains many similarities to S-Comm. There has been little transparency in how the…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 27th, 2015Contact: Pablo Alvarado (213) 210-7124 Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n DAY LABORERS PARTNER WITH JAMES MADISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO BEAUTIFY CAMPUS FOR THE STUDENT COMMUNITY (February 27, 2015, Los Angeles) – On Saturday, February 28th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 PM, day laborers from the Pasadena Community Job Center, will volunteer their efforts for a beautification event at James Madison Elementary School. Day laborers will be taking out the trash-filled ivy and dying bushes and replacing them with a new drought tolerant, lovely landscape. Since its inception, the day laborer center has provided an avenue for workers to engage and give back to the community. But this is more than giving back. Some of the day laborers’ children attend Madison. The day laborers are proud of living, working, and raising families in Northwest Pasadena. Workers are pleased to work closely with Madison Elementary volunteers and staff, and Councilmember Victor Gordo to ensure that children have a beautiful environment to learn, grow, and become contributing members of society. The effort is part of Growing Roots, a community service campaign undertaken by day laborers across the country to promote learning, tolerance, understanding, respect and protection of the environment. The Pasadena Job Center is run by NDLON, The National Day Laborer Organizing Network. NDLON improves 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. # # # Download PDF
For Immediate Release // Excuse cross-posting Date: February 20, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, 202-746-2099, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n A Welcome Sign that President to Hear from Undocumented Immigrants (New Orleans, LA)—For at least the second time this year, President Obama will engage in dialogue with immigrants directly impacted by his DAPA and DACA policies. Today, the White House and Telemundo announced a town hall scheduled for next week in Miami, Florida. In response, Salvador G. Sarmiento, Legislative Affairs Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: “It is a welcome sign that the President is inviting the participation of undocumented immigrants into discussions about policies affecting their lives. The essence of citizenship is political equality, and that means participation in shaping laws that advance a shared prosperity. “For too long, immigrant worker voices have been shut out of the immigration reform debate. The damaging consequences of this exclusion are on full display in Judge Hanen’s poorly reasoned decision, which dehumanizes immigrants and ignores the urgent need for relief faced by millions of people. The decision by the President to elevate the voices of people most impacted by inaction is a good one. Immigrants who have labored for equality will not be silenced by one bad—and temporary—district court decision. Immigrants fighting for their rights should remain confident that they are on the winning side of history. “As details of the town hall are made available, we hope and expect that the voice of undocumented workers will be part of the discussion. Specifically, we think it is important that people both included by the DAPA policy and those who are excluded be part of the discussion. We look forward to working with the White House and Telemundo to make this happen.” ** NDLON lawyers also available to provide comment in response to news of the President's request for a stay in the Texas case. ### PS- Circulating this excellent report from MSBNC profiling immigrant community in New Orleans - http://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow-daily/watch/faces-of-the-undocumented-immigration-battle-400501827671  
For Immediate Release // Excuse cross-posting // Please share // On-line at www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom Date: February 17, 2015 Contact: SG Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099 NDLON Reaction to Initial Texas v US Decision: Judicial Vigilantism Will Not Slow Progress Toward Equality (Los Angeles/Washington DC) In reaction to the recent decision by Judge Andrew Hanen, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement: “Judge Hanen’s decision is an example of judicial vigilantism. We are confident it will be immediately overturned upon appeal. Unfortunately, in recent years we have become accustomed to Minutemen patrolling the border, racist sheriffs illegally criminalizing immigrants, talk show hosts questioning the President’s citizenship, and xenophobic lawmakers holding Congress hostage. The corrosive hijacking of government to pursue a nativist agenda should not, and most likely will not, be tolerated in federal courts.     “Even though Judge Hanen’s disregard for established precedent is alarming, we continue to have faith in the judicial process both as a vehicle to affirm the legality of the DAPA program, and as a venue to remedy injustice. We have faith in the courts because we have no other choice. While scapegoating of immigrants by other branches of government has threatened to roll back bedrock constitutional and labor protections earned over generations, courts have offered refuge for the advancement of fairness, equality, and constitutional values. In the end, we are confident Judge Hanen’s regressive, polemical decision will be humiliated by history’s march toward progress. “In the meantime, we will redouble our efforts to ensure that civil rights are upheld for immigrant workers and their families, and we will use all tools at our disposal in defense of our rights. We will continue organizing in order to make visible the intolerable injustice caused by maintaining the status quo. And as the legal battle continues, we call upon the President to take immediate steps using existing authority to protect immigrants.” Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON Litigation Director said, “It is no secret that this judge was handpicked for his staunch opposition to immigration relief. Today’s decision reflects politics, not law. It cannot be reconciled with binding legal precedent. We are confident that the Appeals Court will quickly determine that it has no legal merit, as did the only other court that considered a challenge to President Obama’s executive action. In the meantime, we will continue to use every avenue available to stop the…
For Immediate Release // Excuse cross-posting // Please shareDate: February 11, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099 NDLON on Oil Workers Strike: We Are Not Disposable (Los Angeles) In reaction to the national strike by oil refinery workers, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, issued the following statement: “On behalf of its 45 member organizations and thousands of day laborers across the US, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) stands in solidarity and support with the striking USW oil workers. Day laborers know what it is like to go to a job where their employers do not place any value on their lives, to risk their safety for a paycheck, in unconscionable and exploitative working conditions. “No one should have to trade his or her health and safety in order to make a living. No community should have to live in fear of a deadly explosion because oil companies are creating conditions that endanger lives. We applaud the striking workers for pressing these oil companies to recognize that workers are not disposable. Every individual, every worker, has dignity and value.” On February 1, the United Steelworkers announced that its members, oil refinery workers in some of the most dangerous jobs in the country, decided to conduct a nationwide strike at nine oil refineries across the US. They stated in announcing this work stoppage: “…oil companies are too greedy to make a positive change in the workplace and they continue to value production and profit over health and safety, workers and the community.” This is the first time these workers have been on strike since 1985. ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse cross-posting // Please share Contact: SG Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099 The Circus in Congress Will Not Distract Growing Calls For Immigrant Equality In reaction to the most recent spectacle in Congress and the publication of the President’s budget request, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, issued the following statement: “For years, lawmakers in Washington, DC, were content to block progress on immigration reform, but now it seems some are seizing upon congressional dysfunction in a shameful- yet ultimately futile- effort to move the country backwards, presumably to an era denying equal protection under the law. “Racism manifests itself in many forms, and we will call out Republican nativism, xenophobia, and intolerance for what it is in hopes that the regressive voices within the Republican Party will be shunned and eventually silenced. “But we will not be distracted or deterred from making progress in defense of immigrants’ rights. And while this includes ensuring a successful implementation of new protections for some immigrants, it will also include speaking out against a White House budget that maintains a draconian deportation regime that hyper-modernizes the enforcement of outdated and unjust laws. “Now is not the time for the Obama Administration to double the funding for surveillance, detention, and prosecution of precarious immigrants, nor is it time for the Administration to double-down on failed enforcement initiatives that criminalize our communities and incentivize civil rights violations by local police. “Instead, now is the time to demand that every available option be utilized using existing laws at the federal, state, and local levels to mitigate the grave injustice caused by the broken political process in Washington. Our goal remains the same: Not one more deportation. Not one more worker or family criminalized. And not one more day without equality.” ### DOWNLOAD PDF
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-posting // Please Forward Share at: http://bit.ly/dhs-policeabuse Date: January 20, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n President Urged to Address Role of DHS & Immigration Enforcement in Police Abuse Los Angeles, CA—Ahead of the President's second to last State of the Union address, the Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Pablo Alvarado, issued the following statement: “We expect the topic of immigrants' rights to factor into the President's remarks about biased policing. Neither the progress made last year for some immigrants nor the partisan attacks against all immigrants in Congress this year should prevent the President from taking steps to undo the damage caused by his ill-conceived deportation policy, which hyper-modernized the enforcement of outdated and unjust immigration laws. “Day laborers across the country know firsthand the impunity that exists for some law enforcement agents who engage in racial profiling, harassment, and civil rights violations. And while we certainly appreciated DHS Secretary Johnson’s acknowledgement that Secure Communities caused civil rights violations and eroded confidence in law enforcement, insufficient progress has been made. Indeed, the President's own ‘felons not families’ rhetoric has masked the administration's own involvement in the unprecedented felonization of immigrant families. “DHS programs that entangle local police into the country’s draconian deportation machinery must be part of the national conversation about police reform, public safety, and equal rights. It is unconscionable that DHS continues to harbor rogue agencies, even as it empowers abusive local law enforcement agencies to engage in biased policing. We call on the President to include immigrant voices in the White House’s Policing Task Force Initiative." ### Download PDF
For Immediate Release // Excuse cross-postings // Please forward January 5, 2015 Contacts: Caroline Picker, Puente, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 510-501-7276Salvador G. Sarmiento, NDLON, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 202-746-2099Steve Kilar, ACLU of Arizona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 602-773-6007 Arpaio Reign of Terror on Immigrants Suffers Another Crippling Blow in Federal Court CourtGrants Injunction in Lawsuit Against Workplace RaidsArpaio and Montgomery Ordered to Stop Enforcing Statutes on which Raids are Based PHOENIX – Federal Judge David Campbell today put a stop to the workplace raids that have torn apart countless families in Maricopa County. Judge Campbell determined that the raids instigated by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and supported by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery are likely unconstitutional and must be stopped, at least until a final decision is rendered in a class action lawsuit. Today’s preliminary injunction in Puente v. Arpaio bars Arpaio and Montgomery from enforcing portions of two Arizona statutes, A.R.S. § 13-2008 and § 13-2009 that have been using to criminalize undocumented workers. Judge Campbell concluded that these workplace raids cause irreparable harm to Puente members and that plaintiffs are likely to succeed with their legal challenge. The judge ordered an end to the workplace raids. The Court held that “Plaintiffs have shown that these laws are likely to be found unconstitutional” and that members of Plaintiff Puente would face irreparable harm in the absence of a court order enjoining enforcement. “This is an enormous victory for our community,” said Carlos Garcia, executive director of Puente, a Phoenix-based human rights group that is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. “Arpaio and Montgomery are being stripped of the tools they use to illegally terrorize immigrant workers and families. We hope that justice will continue to prevail, that not one more worker is arrested for providing for his or her family and that the racist, anti-immigrant machine for which Arizona is known is dismantled completely.” “When I was led away from my job in handcuffs, I never thought I would see the day that we took Arpaio and Montgomery to court instead of the other way around,” said Noemi Romero, who was arrested in a raid in 2012. “We lost our fear and made this lawsuit happen, and now others in our community won’t have to suffer like we did.” “The decision puts an end to cruel and unlawful practices that have separated families and disrupted communities throughout Maricopa County," said Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON's Litigation Director, counsel…
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