Comunicados de prensa

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.  ###
Viernes, 15 Enero 2016 11:06

NDLON Reaction to Supreme Court Decision

For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 14, 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 Supreme Court Decision Washington, DC—In response to the U.S. Supreme Court accepting review of Texas v. U.S., representatives of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) made the following statements: NDLON Executive Director, Pablo Alvarado, made the following statement in Washington DC: "It has taken far too long for this moment to arrive, but we are confident that history is on our side. And despite the unfortunate structure of a lawsuit where immigrants' interests are not adequately represented by the Obama Administration, justice demands a reversal of the injunction upheld by the Fifth Circuit. "Pundits may have different things to say about this case, but above all it is about political equality, self-determination, and freedom versus fear. Like everyone else living and working in this country, immigrants deserve to have a voice in policy matters affecting their lives. When immigrants speak for themselves, we make progress. That was the lesson from the first DACA, and that is the lesson now. Congress blocked statutory reform, and President Obama was slow to listen to those of us who said he had the authority to act (and frankly, he appears to still be listening to those who have gave him bad advice on immigration policy), but the President was ultimately persuaded by solid legal arguments and a moral imperative, both which we believe will compel the Supreme Court to do the right thing. "When viewed in the context of the rancid xenophobia that has infected US politics, it is also clear this case is about freedom versus fear. And whether it's the irrational fears harbored by the 26 governors or the paranoia stoked by Donald Trump, white anxiety about the changing complexion of the country is insufficient justification to deny current immigrants the same shot at progress afforded previous generations. The Supreme Court has a mixed record when it comes to cases that confront racial injustice and white supremacy. The question now is which way will it go this time?" NDLON Legal Director and General Counsel, Chris Newman, issued the following statement in Los Angeles, CA: "This Congress may be broken and incapable of carrying out its obligation to modernize immigration statutes, but previous Congresses were very clear in granting the statutory authority to the executive branch, and the President has more than enough authority to take the modest action contained in…
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 12, 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: Ahead of Final State of Union, President Obama's Legacy is on Line Los Angeles, CA—Ahead of today's State of the Union address, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) made the following statement: "It's difficult to have an optimistic vision of President Obama's last year in office while he is deporting refugee families, potentially to their death, and engaging in a war of attrition against undocumented immigrants, but we remain hopeful for a change in policy, and we remain confident that immigrants will earn political equality afforded previous generations. "Compounding the mistakes of the past six years—a false reliance on an arbitrary deportation quota, a criminalizing S-COMM policy, and an unprecedented militarization of the of the US/Mexico border—this latest round of raids has terrified the very people he once promised to liberate. "Rather than confront Donald Trump, President Obama's deportation policy has capitulated to him. And it has emboldened the neo-nativist and fascist movement that has infected US politics. Among the potentially lasting damage caused by President Obama's failure is his ratification of the false premise that some immigrants (in this case recent arrivals) must suffer in order for others to have security. Quite to the contrary, the President's policy is making everyone—immigrants and native born alike—feel less safe. "Tonight, President Obama should admit his mistake in order to protect the immigrants and refugees he has harmed. He should immediately announce TPS for all Central Americans residing in the US. And he should use his final year in office to reign in the rogue ICE agency he has unleashed, to dismantle the unparalleled deportation machinery he has constructed, and to disentangle the criminal justice system from our broken and unjust immigration laws. "If he fails to take these steps, and we expect he will, his legacy will be cemented not just as deporter-in-chief, but as a president who triggered a new sanctuary movement opposed not just by the Trump-wing of the Republican Party, but opposed by President Obama himself. Perhaps not while he is still in office, but eventually, both Mr Trump and President Obama will find themselves on the wrong side of history." ###
(Traducido del ingles)  Trump Estigmatiza a la Gente, el Presidente Obama los Deporta Los Angeles, CA—En respuesta a los nuevos esfuerzos de la Casa Blanca de acelerar deportaciones, el Director de la Red Nacional de Jornaleros y Jornaleras (NDLON), Pablo Alvarado, hizo las siguientes declaraciones: "Que la Casa Blanca este deteniendo a familias refugiadas es innecesario e inmoral, pero tristemente, no es sorprendente. Es emblemático de la estrategia de la administración de Obama en el campo de migración. "Por siete años, la administración de Obama nunca ha perdido la oportunidad de mover su política a la derecha para ganar algunos puntos políticos. Ahora, mientras el discurso racista de Trump se normaliza en la política estadounidense, el Presidente Obama decide apostarle de nuevo a las deportaciones. La verdad es que las acciones del Presidente Obama son mas viles que las palabras de Trump. Trump estigmatiza a la gente con su lenguaje deshumanizador, pero el Presidente Obama los deporta. "Has motivos oscuros atrás de las mas recientes redadas de DHS, que son basadas en fríos cálculos políticos en lugar de cualquier análisis legal. Hay que dejar en claro: estas redadas son inmorales, nunca hay justificaciones por las violaciones de los derechos humanos. La idea de que estas deportaciones son necesarias para que otras personas reciban alivio es una idiotez. Este año electoral, no habrán puntos políticos para los demócratas que busquen incrementar deportaciones. Los republicanos ganan mas por estos esfuerzos de aplacar la ala extreme de Trump el la política EEUU. "Es igualmente un disparate la declaración de la Casa Blanca que estas redadas de alguna manera van a prevenir que las familias escapando de violencia terrible salgan de sus países. Primero, si hace falta mas prevención, entonces es claro que la situación no esta bajo control. Segundo, mientras en los países de origen sigan existiendo amenazas de vida, la gente seguirá buscando refugio al norte. "El hecho de que son mujeres y niños ahora detenidos por ICE nos demuestra la crueldad del calculo político del Presidente. La política es una desgracia, y disminuye la posición de los EEUU al nivel internacional. La maquinaria masiva de detención y deportación debe ser desmantelada, no acelerada. "El Presidente tiene aproximadamente un año para cambiar su camino y escapar el legado de "deportador-en-jefe". Las familias inmigrantes y refugiadas no tienen el lujo de ese tiempo. El Presidente y quienes lo rodean deben detener inmediatamente estas…
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 4, 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: Trump stigmatizes people with his dehumanizing language, President Obama deports them Los Angeles, CA—In response to the White House's new efforts to rev-up deportations, this time of women and children refugees, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following statement: "The White House's targeting of refugee families is unnecessary and immoral, but sadly not surprising. It is emblematic of the Obama administration's failed approach to immigration. "For seven years, the Obama Administration has never missed an opportunity to move its immigration policy to the right to win a few political points. Now, as Trump's racist discourse becomes normalized in US politics, the Obama administration chooses to double down on its shameful deportation policy. The sad truth is that President Obama's actions are more vile than Trump's words. Trump stigmatizes people with his dehumanizing language; President Obama deports them. "There are dark motives behind DHS' latest raids based on cold political calculation rather than sound legal analysis. Make no mistake: these raids are immoral, and justifications for violating human rights are never acceptable. The idea that deporting some people is somehow necessary for others to get relief is idiotic. This election year, there are no political points to be gained for Democrats thru increased deportations. Republicans gain more from these misguided efforts to appease the Trump-wing of US politics. "The White House's assertion that this increased enforcement will somehow deter families that are escaping terrible violence is equally preposterous. If a deterrent is needed, then the situation is not under control as the White House has claimed. As long as their countries of origin are more life threatening than the already treacherous journey north, people will seek refuge. "That it's refugee women and children in ICE's enforcement crosshairs today speaks to the dangerous callousness of the President's political calculations. The policy is a disgrace; it diminishes the United States' standing on the world stage. The mass detention and deportation machinery must be dismantled, not revved up. "The President has roughly one year left to change course and avoid the enduring legacy of deporter-in-chief. Immigrant and refugee families do not have the luxury of time. The President and his enablers should cease these raids immediately and focus resources and attention on the preservation of immigrant and refugee rights. Basic decency requires no less." ###
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 3, 2015Contact: Olga Tomchin, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Obama's New Years Resolution Should Not Be to Deport Families Fleeing Violence Los Angeles, CA – Right before Christmas, and after a federal judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release families from immigration detention, the Washington Post reported that the Obama administration would instead begin mass deportations in the new year. Sources described a "large-scale effort to deport families who fled violence in Central America." Yesterday, we heard the first reports that U.S. authorities have begun to implement this plan in at least Atlanta. In one family, a woman reported that immigration agents came to the door saying they were looking for a "black person" (una persona de la raza morena). She said that no one lived there by that description. The agents rounded up everyone at the house, including the children, and left with a Honduran mother and her nine-year-old son. ​Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) made the following statement:​"Obama must stop the raids. What message is sent by a president whose first action in the new year is to destroy families—to rip children from their homes and communities? ​In recent years, too many lives have been ruined by heartless and racist deportation policies. Home raids are inherently destructive and terrorize immigrant communities. Now is not a time for mass deportations, but for increased humanity. "​Dangerous political rhetoric is scapegoating, criminalizing, and dehumanizing immigrant communities. The President's actions are far more harmful than Trump's demagoguery. While Trumps's dangerous rhetoric stigmatizes our loved ones, President Obama actually deports them. "​ICE is distrusted by our communities and rightly so. Reports indicate that ICE has been using racist lies to trick people into letting ICE into their homes. Immigrant communities must be warned to not open their doors to ICE unless they have a warrant. "We need an immigration policy that recognizes the human dignity of migrants and does not use them as political pawns. Anything less is unconscionable." More information about what to do in the event of a raid is available here:http://iceoutofla.org/ To report a raid, call:844-878-8071 ###
For Immediate ReleaseDecember 1, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n NDLON REACTION to 8-day Extension by U.S. Supreme Court Los Angeles, CA—In response to the Supreme Court's decision to deny a thirty-day extension request by the 26 states blocking DAPA and DACA 2.0, which would have effectively "run out the clock", Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following statement: "The decision today appears to recognize the urgency of the situation, both for immigrants and for the country. Like the nativists in Congress blocking reform, the plaintiffs in this case seek to block progress by silencing immigrants and depriving them of political equality, but they will be on the losing side of history. "The status quo is cruel, unjust, and discriminatory. We must continue to seek relief by every means available. No one at this point should be relying exclusively on Washington for relief. We must confront the unjust status quo at every detention center and locality where ICE has inserted its unconstitutional overreach. "When the President was moved by communities across the country to take initial steps to stop deportations, the momentum did not come from Washington, DC, it came from the bottom up. Moving forward will be no different. It is time again for immigrants' voices to be heard." ** NDLON Legal Staff Available for Comment **  For background on the President's legal authority to advance DAPA, See NDLON's "Si Se Puede" Rule-Making Petition from November 2014 ###
Martes, 24 Noviembre 2015 15:28

NDLON REACTION to Sanders' Immigration Plan

For Immediate ReleaseNovember 24, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n NDLON REACTION to Sanders' Immigration Plan Los Angeles, CA—In response to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' immigration plan, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: "We look forward to studying the details, but it is frankly a welcome sign that there are so many details to analyze. The depth of proposals contained in the platform, both for administrative and legislative reform, are befitting of a candidate who is taking seriously the urgency and complexity of the situation facing immigrant workers and the country. Upon an initial reading, a couple of things jump out: "First, we applaud Senator Sanders' legalization-first approach. His promise to maximize use of executive branch authority immediately will help advance political equality for immigrants. Administrative reform should not be conditioned on Congressional inaction or a wait-and-see approach with the courts. Legislative reform has been held hostage for over a decade by xenophobes in Congress. Providing status for all who would have qualified for the 2013 bill is the least that we expect from the next president. "Second, it is excellent that the plan is rooted in principles of economic justice that align the interests of immigrant and native born workers. In particular, the idea of giving whistleblower visas to immigrants who report labor violations is long overdue. This basic step will empower immigrant workers to step forward, it will take away the unfair advantage gained by predatory employers, and it will benefit everyone working in the US economy. "Third, the Sanders platform broadly recognizes that too many people are profiting from the preservation of the status quo. Part of the reason why we aren't making progress on immigration reform as a country is because demagogue politicians profit politically by scapegoating immigrants during elections, predatory employers profit by exploiting immigrants, a massive bureaucracy at DHS profits from bloated budgets, and commercial companies are now profiting from imprisonment of refugee families. "And Democrats have historically profited too. It is unacceptable for Democrats to simply sit back and profit politically from the Trump Effect on the Republican primary by claiming that they are in favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Senator Sanders has put forth a serious plan that deserves attention, scrutiny, and debate. We call upon all candidates for President to match Senator Sanders' level of detail. Indeed, we are hopeful that many of…
For Immediate Release November 5, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   NDLON REACTION: Following Decision, Onus is Back on President to Take Action Los Angeles, CA—In response to the 5th Circuit Court's decision to uphold the injunction blocking implementation of DAPA and DACA 2.0, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: "The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals got it wrong today. But this is not the last word from a court on this issue. It will only amplify the call to action for immigrant workers and families. Their demand for justice, equality and a decent life must not be obstructed by more delays and political wrangling. "President Obama spent years enacting a brutal deportation policy, and waited far too long to announce DAPA. He should not compound that error by delaying an appeal of this erroneous decision, nor should he allow the coarsening of political rhetoric about immigrants to deter him from taking additional steps using existing authority to ameliorate the injustice facing immigrants. "Just as the choice was never between 'comprehensive immigration reform or administrative relief,' the choices facing the President today are not 'DAPA or nothing.' The President's own misguided deportation policy contributed to the criminalizing rhetoric we are now hearing from Republican candidates, and we hope his actions going forward are not guided by partisan politics. Immigrants have been scapegoated and used as an election issue for too long. The President should use his remaining months in office to undo much of the damage he did by pursuing a failed 'CIR or nothing' strategy. "The Fifth Circuit got one thing right in recognizing that undocumented immigrants must have a voice in this lawsuit. We welcome the court's decision to allow immigrants represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) to intervene. This lawsuit is, in the end, a dispute between 26 nativist governors and the 'Deporter-in-Chief.' The three undocumented immigrants represented by MALDEF carry with them the interests and hopes of 11 million immigrants who deserve political equality. While equality demands relief from unjust deportation and access to work authorization papers, it also requires equal access to redress from harm in federal courts. I have no doubt Jane Does 1 through 3 will ultimately prevail." ###  
For Immediate Release October 20, 2015Contact: Salvador G Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n NDLON Statement on Vitter: More, Not Less, Sanctuary Needed (Los Angeles, CA) – In response to today's Senate vote, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement: "Today's bill was never meant to become law. It was introduced as an odious act of scapegoating. It is being used to defend unjustifiable deportations and it perfectly symbolizes the political cowardice of lawmakers both in Congress and within the Obama Administration and their collective failure to reform outdated US immigration policy. It is also a reminder that going forward, progress will and must be made at the state and local level by bottom-up community organizing, through courageous activism, and with litigation to uphold civil rights and constitutional values. "While TRUST Acts and sanctuary cities are needed now more than ever to guard against the sickening demagoguery of the Trump Effect, they initially emerged as shields to defend against the Obama administration's own disgraceful 'Secure Communities' deportation policy. And today's debate should not be used as an excuse to bully local jurisdictions into acquiescing to a lesser of two evils. The Vitter bill must be rejected, but so too must President Obama's mutating PEPCOMM policy with its duplicitous goal of deporting 'felons, not families'." "Below the surface of the shameful spectacle on display today, a national consensus is emerging about the need to redress structural racism built into the DNA of US deportation policy and criminal law. Communities of color have always been disproportionately criminalized, dehumanized, and deported. Today's spectacle on the Senate floor makes this racism visible, and it further illustrates the need to kick ICE agents out of local jails." ###  
Press ReleaseOctober 12, 2015Contacts: Olga Tomchin, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n // Yadira Sanchez, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n In Response to Targeting of Grandfather, Family Demands Meeting with ICE Director Saldaña and Answers for Libelous Statements, Highlights Additional Cases (San Francisco, CA) – Today, the family of 67-year old grandfather Apolinar Sanchez Cornejo ("Abuelito Poly"), along with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC), announced steps ICE must take to vindicate his reputation and highlighted other grandparents and vulnerable individuals targeted by federal immigration enforcement (ICE). In a letter to ICE, the family and organizations are demanding that ICE "immediately cease and desist from defaming him and the family, apologize for this libelous statement, and explain how such a serious and indefensible mistake could have been made." ICE Spokesperson Virginia Kice has acknowledged that Abuelito Poly was never convicted of domestic violence, but ICE continues to assert that he was arrested for it. NDLON and IYC are demanding that ICE Director Sarah Saldaña meet with Abuelito Poly's family to deliver an apology and explanation, a request that has been incorporated into Abuelito's petition demanding that his deportation proceedings be dismissed. Abuelito Poly and his family have also filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking information concerning the raid on his home, the attempted deportation, and the lies by ICE. In addition to trying to deport Abuelito Poly, traumatizing him and his family, ICE has insisted on lying to the press that he had previously been convicted of domestic violence. "I saw the statement ICE gave about my husband Apolinar Sanchez Cornejo, what they say is a lie," says Apolinar's wife, who goes by Abuelita Vicky. "I'm his wife, we have lived together 45 years and I have never been mistreated. We get along well. That's why my heart broke when I was taking him, I felt helpless. He is my support and the love of my life. Don't say things about him that are not true!" Abuelito Poly's family members highlighted other cases of vulnerable loved ones targeted by ICE in California. "We are not just fighting for my Abuelito, we are fighting for all abuelit@s, elders, and loved ones who are being attacked, criminalized, and scapegoated by ICE," said Abuelito Poly's granddaughter Yadira. Yadira continued, "We are fighting for Venecia Santiago, a grandmother and domestic violence survivor who has been detained by ICE for three years. We are fighting…
Press Release September 30, 2015Contacts: Olga Tomchin, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n // Yadira Sanchez, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n #FreeAbuelito: Community Pressure Stops Deportation of Beloved Grandfather On the early morning of September 23rd, ICE agents raided the home of 67-year-old grandfather Apolinar ("Abuelito Poly") Sanchez Cornejo and his wife Vicky in Pico Rivera, CA. Abuelito Poly was in the car about to go to work at an auto-body shop in Montebello when ICE agents suddenly surrounded him. They tried to convince Abuelita Vicky to come out of the house but she refused. Abuelito was put in handcuffs and in a deportation van. Through immediate and massive community mobilization including using the #FreeAbuelito hashtag on Facebook, flooding the ICE Field Office phone lines and voicemail, and emails from about 1,000 people to local and national ICE officials, Abuelito was taken off the deportation van and returned home that same day. Abuelito had been the victim of a fraudulent immigration lawyer in the 90s, resulting in him getting a deportation order without knowing it. Because of a citizen son, a lack of criminal record, and residence in the U.S. since 1992, he would qualify for President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA) program. "Abuelito does not fall into ANY of ICE's enforcement priorities, proving yet again that ICE is a rogue agency that does not even follow its own internal standards," says Olga Tomchin, Deportation Defense Coordinator and Staff Attorney at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). "ICE cannot be trusted to be on our streets, in our jails, or in our communities." Abuelito Poly and his wife Vicky have been married for 44 years. They have three sons, seven grandchildren, and no immediate family in Mexico. Every day, Abuelito still works at an autobody shop in Montebello, CA. His granddaughter Yadira Sanchez is an undocumented organizer for the Immigrant Youth Coalition, through which she fights deportations. His son Alvaro Sanchez is an advocate for environmental justice, affordable housing, and community development. Alvaro explains, "When I heard ICE detained my dad, I feared nothing could be done. However, the incredible community response that demanded my dad be returned to his family shows that not only is this issue deeply felt, but people are willing to do something about it." The fight is not over. Abuelito still risks deportation and has a court hearing next month. His petition has now been updated to demand that ICE dismiss the removal proceedings: http://action.ndlon.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21380 Abuelito…
Press Release September 29, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n REACTION: Will North Carolina Become a New National Symbol of Hate? Durham, North Carolina—In response to the North Carolina General Assembly's sending anti-immigrant bill HB 318 to Governor Pat McCrory, Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, President of El Centro Hispano, made the following statement: "North Carolina risks going down Arizona's unwise path of exclusion and hate. While the rest of the country celebrated with the Pope a message about mercy and resisting polarization, these legislators choose to stain North Carolina's reputation nationally and put us on a dangerous path to deliberate racial profiling and exclusion. "Like Donald Trump, these legislators have demonstrated they are more interested in headlines than public safety or community well-being. Will North Carolina become a new national symbol of hate? We ask that Governor McCrory be wise enough to reject the path of hate and opportunism, and immediately vetoes this extremist piece of legislation. "As members of NDLON, we will support and accompany any and every immigrant who fights back in defense of human and civil rights. Such despicable legislation is never acceptable, and where our families and our communities are threatened, we will not back down." ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingsDate: Friday, September 25, 2015Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   NDLON Reaction: There is still time for Boehner to Do the Right Thing Los Angeles, CA -- In reaction to news of Speaker Boehner's sudden announcement of resignation, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement: "Speaker Boehner has an unprecedented opportunity. He should heed the Pope's call for an end to the polarizing, divisive politics of fear, scapegoating, and stagnation. The deportation of millions of people, the incarceration of refugee families, and dehumanization of immigrants is wrong. Both Congress and the Obama Administration have been complicit in perpetuating sinful injustices that threaten to irreparably damage cherished national institutions and values. For too long, Congress has been held hostage by a nativist, vigilante wing of the Republican Party, with many Democrats seeking to take advantage from a worsening status quo. Nobody knows this better than Speaker Boehner. "In the next month, Speaker Boehner could bring an immigration reform bill to the floor that advances equality for millions of undocumented immigrants and their families. In the process, he can help the country move forward by showing that Congress can, in fact, represent the will of the majority of Americans. Now free from constraints of the so-called Hastert Rule, he can bring a bill to the floor of the House that restores faith that government can indeed function. Speaker Boehner can end his job as a hero. He has several weeks left on the job. Will he answer the call?" ###  
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