For Immediate Release

May 12th, 2016

Contact: Armando Carmona, armando@ndlon.org, (323) 250-3018

NDLON responds to escalation of Immigration raids targeting Central American Mothers and Children

Los Angeles, CA – In response to an “exclusive report” from Reuters regarding plans for a month-long series of deportation raids specifically targeting Central American Mothers and Children, the  following statement was issued by Olga Tomchin, Deportation Defense Coordinator & Staff Attorney for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

“In the midst of an election rife with racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, President Obama is solidifying his legacy as Deporter-In-Chief by planning massive armed raids to round up refugee mothers and children for deportation to violence and potential death. Mothers fleeing murder must not be used as political pawns to appear “tough” on immigration.”

“While this administration continues daily attacks on immigrant communities, these plans appears to be an escalation of similar January raids. It is vilely immoral and a violation of U.S. human rights obligations to use mass roundups, imprisonment, and deportation to deter refugees from fleeing death.

“We expect elected officials and candidates for office to denounce these raids and other attempts at deterring asylum seekers, which are no less grotesque than policy proposals by Donald Trump or Arizona’s “self-deportation” tactics. We demand President Obama immediately stop sowing panic and cancel these planned human rights abuses.”

 

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