In the 36 years I have been a lawyer, I have seen many people take brave moral actions. I have represented hundreds of people here in Louisiana and across our country who were arrested for protesting for peace, civil rights, economic justice and human rights. It is amazing to see people put their freedom on the line when they risk jail for justice. None are braver than the 18 immigrant workers arrested in New Orleans Thursday in the street in front of the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These mothers and fathers — members of the Congress of Day Laborers at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice — are standing up for justice and risking being deported from the United States. They risk being separated from their children, many of whom are U.S. citizens. These workers simply ask for the right to remain in the city they helped rebuild. Like many readers of The Times-Picayune, I was here during and after Katrina.

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