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  • Governor Brown: Sign SB29:Dignity Not Detention Act!

    SB29 (the Dignity Not Detention Act) will ensure that our local government is not complicit in private immigration detention expansion in the state of California. Currently 80% of detention in California are ran by private for-profit corporations which have incentives to detain as many community as possible for the long periods of time. 
    For years there for-profit detention centers have been known for deplotable conditions including: medical neglect, rotten food, emotional, physical, mental and sexual abuse and many deaths!
    Here are some facts: 
    • Private detention companies have spent a total of $45 Million in lobbying and campaign contributions 
    • 3 people have died in Adelanto Detention Center in California since March 2017 and at least 10 have died since it became privatized in 2011 
    • The Community Initiatives groups found 33,126 complaints of sexual and/or physical abuse in detention centers between January 2010 and July 2016. Adelanto was among the 5 detention centers with the most complaints!  
    We need California to make a strong stance against detention centers and this is the first step. California legislature has already passed SB 29 which would: 
    • Not allow cities, counties or local law enforcement agencies from entering into new contracts with private corporations or federal government  for immigrant detention. 
    • Not allow cities, counties or local law enforcement agencies as of January 2018 to expand a contract or renew with expansion of beds. 
    • Mandate public notice and community input if a private corporation wants to buy land or a building to re-use it to detain immigrant community the city or county must. 
    Governor Brown has not committed to signing this act into law. We need as many community members to urge him to sign before October 15th. 
    Take action by signing the petition below and sharing to urge Governor Brown to Sign SB29 into law! 
    Thank you for your support! 
    Dignity not Detention Coalition 

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  • #Free Claudia: Urge San Diego ICE Field Director to Grant Claudia Prosecutorial Discretion

    On the morning of Thursday, May 18, Border Patrol went into Boyle Heights communities, knocking on doors to try to locate 22-year-old DACA eligible Cal State LA student Claudia Rueda, ultimately arresting and detaining her with significant federal resources and no justification.
    In the days prior to her arrest on May 18, Border Patrol agents went to Claudia’s old apartment to ask about her whereabouts. 
    On Thursday morning, they knocked on doors, took note of the cars, and stopped people on their way to work from her previous apartment complex. We have confirmed they took 4 residents from that apartment complex and 3 have been deported. Most of the apartment complex is now empty as residents are afraid of moving back in. 
    At that time of her arrest, Claudia was outside moving a family car, to observe the street cleaning restrictions. Three unmarked cars surrounded her, and men in plainclothes exited the vehicles and began to try to interrogate her. They asked her for her name, and identified her as their target--a 22-year-old DACA-eligible student who has lived in Los Angeles for 16 years. They kidnapped her and brought her to the Border Patrol detention site in Chula Vista, hours from her home.
    These actions are unacceptable. Border Patrol continues to target Claudia’s family and community! 
    The timeline here suggests that CBP/Border Patrol are retaliating against Claudia for successfully advocating in the face of her mother’s detention--which resulted from her collateral arrest in a joint CBP-LASD operation--just weeks weeks earlier.

  • Take Action: Ask Rep. Pelosi to Champion Yazmin's Case!

     

  • Free Yazmin: Mother of 3 & Domestic Violence Survivor Detained!
  • Free Carmina from the Santa Ana City Jail

     

    #FreeCarmina #ShutSantaAnaCityJail #LGBTQLiberation 

    Carmina Ortega (A# 095-760-568)  is a lesbian fleeing gender persecution in Mexico—her ex-husband chained her in a room almost daily. At 21 years old, she fled to California directly from the hospital where she gave birth to her son. She fears that, if deported, her ex-husband will come after her. Carmina has resided in the US for 21 years and is a small business owner in Santa Ana.

    Carmina is currently being detained in Santa Ana City Jail’s immigrant detention center where she is need of medical services.

    While in Orange County Carmina and her partner Liz were victims of a hate crime where a man attempted to run them over for holding hands, fracturing Carmina’s leg in the process.

    ICE has detained Carmina and targeted her for deportation despite that she has a strong asylum claim and should be eligible for a U visa, as a crime victim.

    Carmina and Liz have a family of four children who need Carmina's emotional and economic support.  One of her sons dropped out of college to work as a result of Carmina’s detention.

    Carmina was transferred to ICE after police found she had a previous non-violent drug conviction and DUI. As members of the LGBTQ community are deprived of support and services, they are often left to self-medicate. That was true in Carmina’s case at the moments when she was experiencing trauma. However, Carmina has already served time for her previous convictions and should not be doubly punished. She should  be reunited with her children and partner, and be permitted to stay in the United States for her safety.

    Sign her petition to demand her release and for her to be reunited with her children and partner! 

  • Stop Guillermo's Deportation

    Guillermo Felix (A#208-082-977),  a father from South Los Angeles is facing deportation due to racial profiling by LAPD and ICE, who arrested him and six others at a house party in South Central Los Angeles in November 2014, for no reason other than their immigration status.  He is the father of 4 U.S. citizen children, the youngest of whom – Guillermo Felix Jr. – is only a year old. Guillermo has lived in the United States for more than 15 years.

    Recently, Guillermo was the victim of a joint raid by LAPD and HSI (a branch of ICE) at a house party in South Central Los Angeles. Guillermo was not charged with a crime, and the police didn’t allege he was engaged in any illegal activity. Nonetheless, authorities brought Guillermo to a police station and then turned him over to ICE who brought him to the for-profit Adelanto Detention Center. 

    While Guillermo was let out on bond, ICE continues to target him for deportation. Guillermo is now asking the local Los Angeles ICE office to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to allow him to stay in Los Angeles with his four children and his U.S. citizen wife.

    Guillermo is also eligible for DACA. Guillermo is a caring father devoted to his family. When he was young, he made mistakes and has years-old drug possession convictions for which he served a few days in jail and attended classes to better himself and avoid drugs in the future. These prior convictions should not destroy him and his family.

    Guillermo’s detention has already brought emotional and economic hardship to his family. While he was detained, his children were afraid that they would lose their father. His deportation would be devastating for his family.

  • City of Santa Ana Stop Charging Survivors of Crimes for Police Reports and Create a Fund to Help Them!

    The city of Santa Ana charges $20 to every resident for a copy the their police report. That may not seem like alot but for immigrant survivors of crimes, that is a choice between food and living expenses or a copy of their police report.

    Not to mention the added stress and trauma but having to pay for a copy of a police report is unnecessary and should be waived for those in our community who are most vulnerable, immigrant survivors of crimes.

    Please sign this petition to let the city manager and council members from the city of Santa Ana know that they should stop profiting from immigrant survivors of crimes and to instead create a fund to help them navigate their legal process to obtain the protection they are entitled to. 

    #noestansolas  

  • Take Action, Alvaro May Be Deported TODAY!

    EMERGENCY! Alvaro is about to be put on a deportation bus to Tijuana! He went in for his standard check-in with ICE today, expecting to have his case closed. Instead, they told him he was about to be deported and taken away from his four U.S. citizen kids! He only has a long-ago conviction for using a fake social security card in order to work. We need people to make calls NOW! We can stop this deportation like we did with Abuelito's case! ‪#‎FreeAlvaro‬!

    Call NOW to: 714.834.4885 & 213.830.7908!

    "I am calling for the immediate release of Alvaro Benitez Reyes (A# 088033573)! He is a beloved community member and father of four U.S. citizen children.We demand he be reunited with his family and community."

  • PUSD & Dr. McDonald Fire Juan Ruelas From Madison Elementary Immediately!

    The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) has allowed Madison Elementary Principal Juan Ruelas, to abuse his authority and intimidate, exclude, and punish teachers and parents.

    He cherry picks his favorite parents and manipulates them to speak in his support whenever he is criticized. The tactics he employs are those of a dictator who only wants to do things his way or the highway.Many of the best teachers have left the school since he arrived including over 40 students.

    He even went as far as threatening a mother with calling immigration agents on her if she complained to PUSD about him. The complaint was ignored by the school district and that is why a complaint with the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has been made.

    Threatening mothers with immigration agents sounds like something Donald Trump would do. So why is he still employed by PUSD instead of being held accountable for his actions?

    This reflects poorly on PUSD and the entire education system as a whole. Juan Ruelas needs to be fired immediately. He should never work at another school again.

  • After Community Pressure, OC Sheriff Hutchens Will Not Honor the ICE Hold on Ricardo. Now, ICE Needs to Drop It.

    Last week, hundreds of emails and calls targeting OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to drop the ICE hold on Ricardo resulted in a small victory. OCSD, followed the request of the community and "WILL NOT" share any information of Ricardo to ICE nor will they honor the ICE hold.

    Ricardo's misdemeanor DUI conviction is protected under the TRUST Act, a law in CA prohibiting law enforcement from turning people like him to the custody of ICE.

    ICE still has the hold in place and can take him as he is being released. We demand they drop the hold on Ricardo immediately!

    Ricardo's case is important becasue it also highlights the contradictions of the new immigration enforcement program called Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). While it was designed to target the "most dangerous," the program has already inhumanely seperated thousands of families across the nation. 

    Add your name to this petition to support Ricardo, his family, and the Orange County immigrant community. 

    #dropricardosicehold 

  • Free Francis, Community member in need of medical care!

    Francis Giovanni Torres, father and day laborer, age 44, (A# 072-929-991) is an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who has been transfered from Adelanto Detention Center in California to Georgia and then to Texas violating his rights and in need to urgent medical care. He migrated to the U.S in 1982 and has been living in Los Angeles since then. Francis is a father of two U.S citizens, Christian Yovanny Diaz, 20 & Liza Marie,17. He worked as a cook at Universal Studios and at a Union Station Restaurant to support his family. Francis has volunteered at Blessed Sacrament church as well as at the hospital near his home in Hollywood. Francis has reasonable fear to return to Guatemala and due to his own advocacy and that of the community he was granted a reasonable fear interview.

    He is waiting for the response but due to his medical condition we keep demanding ICE let him return with his family as this process continues.

    Please sign and share this petition.

    In August 2010 Francis was stopped for a traffic violation and was sent to the twin towers Men's Central jail in Los Angeles, then was a transferred to Arizona where he was deported in August 2012.  Francis reentered the United States in 2013 to try to reunite with his family and was detained at the border. From the border he was transferred to Adelanto Detention Center where he has been detained since December 24th 2013. He has medical issues that need to be treated immediately, like respiratory issues, diabetes and a bad knee injury that makes it difficult to walk. Since Francis has previous traffic violations and is part of the vast population of immigrants that are charged with "RE-ENTRY" ,  ICE has denied francis and his family the opportunity to fight for his release for almost 2 years now!! Francis has already paid all his tickets and finished the programs required for his traffic violations. We know that detention centers make money everyday out of incarcerating people.

    This is UNACCEPTABLE !  


    Francis mother states: “ I just want my son back! He is suffering because of his delicate health condition and he has no one in Guatemala to support him, his life would be at risk if he is deported. I just want to be reunited with my son”

  • Free Venecia, Grandmother Survivor of Violence

    UPDATE: Venecia is free!! Please sign and share the petition for another DV survivor & mother detained at Adelanto: Bit.ly/FreeIsabel

    Grandmother Survivor of Domestic Violence has been Incarcerated for 3 years Suffering from Extensive Depression is now in the controversial Adelanto Detention Center! 

    A grandmother and domestic violence survivor, Venecia Duarte (A#079-725-205 ) had been detained in Yuba County Jail for 3 years. She recently was transferred to the GEO corporate owned Adelanto Detention Center. 

    Even though she passed her credible fear interview, which is the first step to fight an asylum case, she still remains behind bars.

    SIGN THE PETITION AGAIN TO SEND A MESSAGE TO LOS ANGELES ICE FIELD DIRECTOR THAT WE WANT VENECIA IMMEDIATELY RELEASED.  

    As a 23 year long time resident of New York, Venecia has been a loving mother to her son, daughter and her two grandchildren. Her life has been devoted to caring for her family. 

    She has been the only person to look after her son who deals with mental health issues. Since Venecia’s separation from her family, her son has had severe breakdowns and has been hospitalized several times. The family is unable to visit her because she is currently detained in CA and her family is across the country in New York. 

    One of the reasons why ICE continues to detain her is due to a DUI charge from 2007. In this country, the concept of double jeopardy is that individuals don't get punished twice for the same offense. If Venecia paid her dues for the DUI, then why is she being denied the right to remain in this country where she has built a community and established roots?  

    Venecia is a valuable member to her community in New York and California. She cannot be left and forgotten inside a detention center. Her family in New York is waiting for her release. 

    #FreeVenecia #LiberenAVenecia  

  • Tell The County Board of Supervisors to Terminate 287(g)!

    Stand with the ICE Out of LA Coalition to Demand That Los Angeles County Get out of the Deportation Business!

    Immigrants are part of LA County's heart and soul. With 3.7 million immigrant residents, including 900,000 undocumented community members, our county should be leading the nation with policies that honor our common humanity and uphold basic human rights for all. 

    But instead, LA County is deeply entangled with the machinery of deportation. In fact, the County is clinging to an outdated deportation agreement that hurts families, undermines civil liberties, and worsens the crisis of confidence in law enforcement.  

    This deportation agreement is called "287(g)." It's responsible for the deportation of thousands of our loved ones, neighbors, and friends. Even Riverside County and San Bernardino County have terminated their 287(g) deportation agreement  because of deep flaws with the program. In California, that leaves just Los Angeles and Orange County clinging to the ineffective and outdated program.

    The 287(g) deportation agreement isn=t the only problem. Other deportation programs, like the Secure Communities program - soon to be rebranded as the Priority Enforcement Program - also entangle local law enforcement in the shameful business of separating families. ;

    Mixing local law enforcement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) further deteriorates trust in police, leads to further criminalization of immigrants and people of color, and leaves the most vulnerable populations, such as LGBTQ people, survivors of domestic violence, people with mental health conditions, black immigrants, and many others, susceptible to unconstitutional detentions and deportations.  

    Will you join us in calling on our Board of Supervisors to end these abuses?

    We will do everything we can to protect our communities. I stand with the ICE Out of LA Coalition to demand that LA County: 

    1. Terminate the 287(g) Deportation Agreement.

    2. Not notify ICE of the pending release of community members under the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP-Comm).

    3. Ensure transparency of information. We demand access to quarterly reports from the Los Angeles Sheriff Department detailing their compliance with programs that entangle them with ICE.

    4.Establish quarterly meetings with the Supervisors to continue to grow our relationship and to discuss our concerns as a Coalition.

    5.Create increased community oversight of the LA County Board of Supervisors comprised of directly impacted community members.

    Join the conversation and share your story on social media. 

    #ICEOutofLA #End287g #RejectPEPComm #uncoverthetruth

  • Demand ICE closes Victor Calderon's Case, Long Time Resident of Los Angeles

    Demand ICE closes Victor Alejandro Calderon's case, Long Time Resident of Los Angeles 

    Victor Alejandro Calderon (A# 206-412-111) originally from Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico is a long time resident of Los Angeles and current resident of the City of Alhambra. Victor is the father of three US citizen children and his mother Patricia Suarez is a permanent resident of the United States. Victor has worked and lived in the United States for 27 years. He supports his mother after she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in which she needs special medication for. 

    Victor was being detained in Adelanto Detention Center in Southern California, a detention center known for civil rights violations. He was detained after serving time for misdemeanors that have severe immigration ramifications. After advocacy and support from the community, Victor was given a bond and released from Adelanto on an ankle bracelet. This has been a harship for him the last few months.

    He has his next court day in May 2016 and we are requesting ICE and the immigration judge to close his case and allow him to stay in the country with his family. 

    If he is deported back to Michoacan he is someone who can be violently targeted, an experience of many recent deportees. Victor has lived through many struggles, including limited contact with his children. We recognize that Victor has a domestic violence and past drug offense convictions. He has already participated in community services programs and spent time in jail for these convictions. He is ready to come back to his community in Alhambra to continue supporting his mother. 

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  • Don't Deport A Domestic Violence Survivor and Mother of Three!

    Mother Of Three Detained Due To A Conviction 16 years ago!

    Don't Deport Omara! Allow her attend her son Omar's high school graduation!

    Omara Gomez-Aviles (A#070-920-749) came to the United States when she was 17 years old from El Salvador. Omara came to the United States fleeing the civil war and violence in her home country. At the age of 13 Omara was sold to an older man who sexually abused her and forced her to marry him. Omara with the desire to be free, at 17 years old decided to flee the abusive marriage and risk the journey to the United States. In the US Omara sought asylum and employment to send money back to her Grandmother. Since then Omara worked hard to  provide for her and her family in Los Angeles. Omara is the loving mother of three US citizen children.

    On Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at 9:00am Omara was going to pick up her husband from work but was instead picked up by Immigration Customs Enforcement(ICE) who were waiting outside their home. She was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles but was transferred to the Santa Ana City Jail. ICE officers told her that her asylum application was denied and decided to place her in deportation proceedings. Omara was never notified of this decision by ICE prior to them detaining her.

    Omara does have a criminal record dating 16 years ago. Omara was in several occasions pulled over while driving her ex-husband's car, who also abused her and planted illicit drugs in the car. When police searched her car the found drugs that belonged to him, Omara was taken into custody and advised to plead guilty to the charges not informing her of the consequences particularly on her immigration case. She was convicted with with petty theft and 2 felony drug convictions. Omara served 8 months in prison and has not committed any offense ever since while meeting the requirements of her probation. There is no reason why Omara should be placed in deportation proceedings for something that happened 16 years ago, it undermines the criminal justice system the effort she has made to raise her family here in the United States.

    Omar the oldest son is a leader in his community and is involved in several community based organizations such as United Students and Inner City Struggle which advocates for educational justice and a more equitable, safe and healthy education system. Omar is also an organizer  in the Brothers Son Selves a campaign by Liberty Hill Foundation to address the disparities facing men of color in Los Angeles. As part of Building Healthy Communities Boyle Heights Omar is a youth member of the initiative to make the community of Boyle Heights safer and healthier for its members.

    Omar will be graduating in June. Graduation is one of the most important events in a youth’s life and Omar should have his mother there with him not sitting in a immigration detention center. Omara started her own Food and catering business selling tamales and with her partner Geronimo who have been able to support and raise their children.  Without her working, Omar, his siblings  have had to work in order to meet ends meet and pay the rent. 

    If deported to El Salvador Omara faces extremely unfavorable conditions for her and her family. Omara is a survivor of domestic violence needs to be granted asylum not deportation. Omara doesn't know any one in El Salvador, she only knows of two brothers, but has never met them.

    TAKE ACTION!

    1. Sign and share the petition

    2. Share the organizational support letter

    3. Make a call to Los Angeles field office for ICE  (213) 830-7911

    Sample Script: I am calling in support of Omara Gomez-Aviles (A#070-920-749) who is currently detained in Santa Ana City Jail. Omara is the mother of 3 US citizen children, one who is graduating high school in June. Omara is a domestic violence and human trafficking survivor and should be granted asylum not deported. She has been in the US for over 25 years and has strong ties to her community in Los Angeles.

  • Organizational Support Letter

    Domestic Violence Survivor and Mother of Three Detained Due To A Conviction 16 years ago!

    Omara Gomez-Aviles (A#070-920-749) came to the United States when she was 17years old from El Salvador. Omara came to the United States fleeing the civil war and violence in her home country. At the age of 13 Omara was sold to an older man who sexually abused her and forced her to marry him. Omara with the desire to be free, at 17 years old decided to flee the abusive marriage and risk the journey to the United States to seek asylum and employment to send money back to her Grandmother. Since then Omara worked hard to  provide for her and her family in Los Angeles. Omara is the loving mother of three US citizen children.

    On Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at 9:00am Omara was going to pick up her husband from work but was instead picked up by Immigration Customs Enforcement(ICE) who were waiting outside their home. She was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles but was transferred to the Santa Ana City Jail. ICE officers told her that her green card application was denied and decided to place her in deportation proceedings. Omara was never notified of this decision by ICE. 

    Omara does have a criminal record dating 16 years ago. She was convicted with with petty theft and 2 felony drug convictions due in part to her ex-husband who abused her and planted drugs in the car she was driving. Omara was pulled over by police and they found the illicit drugs and was arrested. Her public defender advised her to plead guilty without informing her of the potential consequences to her immigration case. Omara served 8 months in prison and has not committed any offense ever since while meeting the requirements of her probation. There is no reason why Omara should be placed in deportation proceedings for something she did 16 years ago, it undermines the criminal justice system the effort she has made to raise her family here in the United States.

    Omar the oldest son is a leader in his community and is involved in several community based organizations such as United Students and Inner City Struggle which advocates for educational justice and a more equitable, safe and healthy education system. Omar is also an organizer  in the Brothers Son Selves a campaign by Liberty Hill Foundation to address the disparities facing men of color in Los Angeles. As part of Building Healthy Communities Boyle Heights Omar is a youth member of the initiative to make the community of Boyle Heights safer and healthier for its members.

    Omar  will be graduating in June. Graduation is one of the most important events in a youth’s life and Omar should have his mother there with him not sitting in a immigration detention center. Omara started her own catering business selling tamales with her partner Geronimo who have been able to support and raise their children.  Without her working, Omar, his siblings  have had to work in order to meet ends meet and pay the rent. 

    If deported to El Salvador Omara faces extremely unfavorable conditions for her and her family. Omara is a survivor of domestic violence and human trafficking, she needs to be granted asylum not deportation.

    SIGN THE ORGANIZATIONAL SIGN ON LETTER AND SHARE WITH YOUR CONTACTS

    (for individuals not representing an organization, please sign the petition here: bit.ly/freeomara

     

  • ICE Don't Deport A Mother Escaping Violence in Honduras
    Sign Petition to Stop Mother’s Deportation Escaping Violence from Honduras

    Lexi Bonilla Lopez (File # 724738) is a mother who recently came to the United States escaping the violence in Honduras and after her husband and father were murdered on their way to work. Lexi migrated with her two year old daughter Yaritza Bonilla making a long journey to find safety and instead upon arrival she was placed in a detention center with her daughter.

    ICE conducted a credible fear interview to determine if she would quality for asylum but without any legal counsel and just having arrived Lexi did not pass her interview. She was released to her family in California but was put in deportation proceedings a few months later. She is currently in deportation proceedings and fears ICE could show up to her door at any moment to detain her and deport her.

    We are demanding ICE to grant Lexi another credible fear interview so she can obtain asylum, that they exercise favorable prosecutorial discretion to stop her deportation proceedings and that she is not placed in a detention center again.

    Sign the Petition and Share
     
  • Stand With Nan-Hui Jo!

    Nan-Hui Jo, loving mother and survivor of domestic violence, is currently at high risk for deportation and permanent separation from her daughter. In 2009, Nan-Hui fled the United States with her infant daughter, Vitz Da, to escape the physical and emotional abuse of the child’s father. Upon her escape, he reported her to authorities for child abduction, which she was unaware of. In July 2014, Nan-Hui arrived in Hawaii on a three-month ESTA visa. She was arrested and detained immediately. Her daughter was handed over to her ex-partner, who now has full legal and physical custody.

    Nan-Hui spent nine months in Yolo County Jail, and was denied bail for the entirety of this time. It took five long months before she even went to trial, and her first trial ended in a hung jury. The Yolo County District Attorney aggressively pursued a retrial, which ended in a misdemeanor child abduction sentence. Immediately upon her release from Yolo County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took her into their custody and transferred her to an immigration detention center, despite her status as a survivor who has multiple immigration applications pending, including a VAWA petition.

    Mother and daughter have not seen each other in nearly ten months. In spite of Nan-Hui’s best efforts to love and protect her child, she has been relentlessly criminalized by our justice and immigration systems. We stand with Nan-Hui against an unjust system that criminalizes survivors and immigrants, as well as separates families. We call on ICE to immediately release Nan-Hui and stop all deportation proceedings.  

    TAKE ACTION NOW TO #STANDWITHNANHUI:

    1. Sign this petition for Nan-Hui directed to ICE director Sarah Saldana and San Francisco ICE Field director Craig Meyer.

    2. Make a QUICK phone call in support of Nan-Hui:

    Call Sarah Saldana at (888) 351-4024 and ICE Field Director Craig Meyer at (415) 844-5512 ext. 4 to demand that ICE release Nan-Hui from detention immediately and end any deportation proceedings.

    Sample Script: “I am calling to ask Director Saldana/Meyer to request the immediate release of Ms. Nan-Hui Jo (A 098 906 641) from detention. Ms. Jo is a survivor of domestic violence and has multiple immigration applications pending. She also has an immigration hearing before a judge scheduled, as well family court hearings she will attend. She should not be detained so that she can reunite with her six ­year ­old daughter, who has not seen her mother in nine months, as soon as possible. Release Ms. Jo immediately and do not initiate any deportation proceedings against her.

    4. Raise awareness on social media about Nan-Hui's case.

    Click on the share buttons on this petition and Tweet about it and spread the word using hashtags #StandWithNanHui, #WeSurvived, and #Not1More..

    In Solidarity,

    Stand With Nan-Hui Campaign

  • Undocumented Labor and Immigrant Rights Organizer Arrested by Santa Ana Police While Protecting Her Community!

    Maria Zacarias is an Undocumented Labor and Immigrant rights organizer in Santa Ana, CA in Orange County. She was copwatching and was arrested by Santa Ana Police Department for exercising her First Amendment Rights on Friday night December 5, 2014.

    She is a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, however, she can still be turned over to ICE at the discretion of the Santa Ana Police Department.

    She formerly used to work for Unite HERE Local 11 and is a long time immigrant rights organizer in Orange County. She has organized, marched, and contributed to major victories for the worker and undocumented community. 

    WE DEMAND HER CHARGES BE IMMEDIATELY DROPPED!!! THE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY WILL NOT ALLOW ONE OF OUR ORGANIZERS TO BE INTIMIDATED BY THE SANTA ANA POLICE DEPARTMENT OR ANY OTHER LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY THAT COLLABORATES WITH ICE.

    Alongside Maria, community organizer Theresa Dang was also arrested for exersicing her constitutional rights.

    Sign this Petition and CALL CHIEF ROJAS TO IMMEDIATELY DROP THE CHARGES on Maria and Theresa!

    Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas @ (714) 245-8001 and (714) 245-8003

    Sample Script: "Hi, I am calling to demand you drop the charges on Maria Zacarias and Theresa Dang. They are both civil rights leaders in our community and we oppose the intimidation of organizers while they protect the rights of our undocumented community! Thank you."

  • Human Rights Organizer and DACA Eligible Father of U.S. Citizen Faces Deportation

    Alexi Miguel Cruz Flores (A# 202-034-086) is a 24-year-old DACA eligible father of a 2-year-old U.S. Citizen daughter. He has been in the U.S. for more than 10 years and has been an active member of his community in the struggle for Human Rights. 

    Alexi was on his way back from dealing with a family emergency in Phoenix when his car broke down in Lordsburg, NM. He was racially profiled when questioned by Sheriff officials regarding his place of birth and was detained. Exercising his constitutional right not to answer this question, they responded by transferring him to Border Patrol.  

    In addition to going to school and volunteering with local social justice organizations in Phoenix, AZ like Puente AZ and Tonatierra and Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, TX, Alexi, along with his U.S. Citizen partner of five years and mother of their daughter, Anayanse, own a business publishing a magazine that focuses on issues regarding social justice, community resources, art and culture in the greater San Antonio area and beyond. 

    Alexi, with indigenous roots of Yaqui and Mayo, has a history of social justice activism and organizing, both in Phoenix and San Antonio, and is known as a responsible, caring member of the community, always willing to help those in need.

    Alexi should be released immediately on his own recognizance as he is not a flight risk, is not a threat to the community, has no criminal record, is a father of a 2-year old U.S. Citizen daughter and is married to a U.S. Citizen under Texan common law.  

    In addition, Alexis qualifies for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. According to ICE’s June 17, 2011 “Morton Memo” and the August 23, 2013 “Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities,” Alexi is not a priority for deportation and needs to be released to his family on his own recognizance as a positive exercise of prosecutorial discretion.     

    CALL ICE TO RELEASE HIM

    El Paso Processing Center @ (915) 225-1941

    Adrian P. Macias-ICE EL Paso Field Office Director @ (915) 225-0885

    Jesus Placencia-ICE EL Paso Assistant Field Office Director @ (915) 225-1901

    SAMPLE SCRIPT: "Hi, I am calling to urge you release Alexi Cruz A#202-034086 on his own recognizance as he has no criminal record, is DACA eligible, has a 2-year old U.S. Citizen daughter, and is not a public threat nor a flight risk. He has the support from Congressmembers Lloyd Doggett, Loretta Sanchez, and Alan Lowenthal. He needs to be release immediately! Thank you" 

  • Father of Two Children Scheduled to be Deported TOMORROW!

    On Saturday April 19, 2014, Angel Mendoza (A#:0 78-079-183), the father and provider of two U.S. citizen children, was placed in deportation proceedings after leaving a Mexican restaurant in Sacramento when California Highway Patrol officers stopped him. The officers accused him of throwing a cigarette butt from his car. Then, the officers arrested Angel for allegedly driving under the influence and took him to the Sacramento County Jail where he was not allowed to contact his family. He was also not allowed due process and was not convicted for this charge. Instead, he was turned over to ICE and separated from his family.

    California's TRUST Act prohibits persons like Angel from being turned over to ICE custody by local law enforcement. According to the state law which went into effect on January 1, 2014, ICE hold requests issued to police and sheriff agencies shall not be responded in most cases. Under this law, Angel should have been released. Instead, the Sacramento Sheriff's Department violated the TRUST Act by allowing ICE to take him from their custody even before he could be processed for release and appear in court.

    For the past six months, Angel has been detained in the Otero Processing Center in New Mexico, hundreds of miles away from his family. His two children depend on him, both financially and emotionally. His children are facing homelessness if Angel is not allowed to stay, as he was the only financial provider for his family. His eldest child is an honor roll student who has been emotionally devastated and as a result is seeking professional help. Please help us reunite Angel with his children before it is too late and they end up on the street.

    PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW

    CALL AND E-MAIL ICE. Demand that they exercise discretion based on the Parental Interests Directive!!

    Call ICE's Acting Director Thomas S Winkowski at (202) 732-3000

    Suggested Script:"My name is ___________.I am calling to ask that you stop the deportation of Angel Mendoza (A#:078-079-183) and release him so he can be reunited with his two U.S. citizen children. They are at risk of being homeless as he is their only financial provider. Angel was arrested for a minor first-time offense several months ago and was turned over to ICE in violation of California's TRUST Act. He has been in ICE custody since April and is currently detained by ICE.Will you release Angel so he can go home to his family?"

  • UndocuQueer Father Fears For His Life As He Faces Deportation

    Queer Santa Ana resident Norberto Correa Rivera's life is in danger if deported to Mexico

    Norberto Correa Rivera A#205-711-332 came to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 13 running away from a death threat due to his sexual orientation.

    He was detained by ICE on August and currently faces deportation where he will be separated from his 12 year old U.S. Citizen daughter and two U.S. citizen siblings.

    Norberto faced discrimination from other inmates when he was first detained and was moved to the only LGBTQ designated facility in Orange County. He is currently being detained inside the Santa Ana City Jail with other LGBTQ detainees. 

    He fears being deported to Mexico due to hate crimes and death threats from his uncle. 

    He is a responsible father and is involved in his community through church and different organizations. He also plans to get married with his fiancee later on this year.

    Norberto is not a public threat nor a flight risk. His community demands his immediate release under his own recognizances as he has been in the U.S. for over 10 years, is a father to a U.S. Citizen daughter, has two U.S. Citizen siblings, and his community needs him. 

    SAMPLE SCRIPT

    "I am calling to ask for the immediate release of Norberto Correa Rivera A#205-711-332. His currently being detained at the Santa Ana City Jail and his life is in danger if deported to Mexico due to his sexual orientation. He fled Mexico as a child after receiving death threats from his uncle. He also is a father to a U.S Citizen child. We ask you to release him on his own recognizance. Thank you."

    Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas @ (714) 245-8001 and (714) 245-8003

  • Father of Two Children Scheduled to be Deported TOMORROW!

    On Saturday April 19, 2014, Angel Mendoza (A#:0 78-079-183), the father and provider of two U.S. citizen children, was placed in deportation proceedings after leaving a Mexican restaurant in Sacramento when California Highway Patrol officers stopped him. The officers accused him of throwing a cigarette butt from his car.  Then, the officers arrested Angel for allegedly driving under the influence and took him to the Sacramento County Jail where he was not allowed to contact his family. He was also not allowed due process and was not convicted for this charge. Instead, he was turned over to ICE and separated from his family.

    California's TRUST Act prohibits persons like Angel from being turned over to ICE custody by local law enforcement.  According to the state law which went into effect on January 1, 2014, ICE hold requests issued to police and sheriff agencies shall not be responded in most cases. Under this law, Angel should have been released. Instead, the Sacramento Sheriff's Department violated the TRUST Act by allowing ICE to take him from their custody even before he could be processed for release and appear in court.

    For the past six months, Angel has been detained in the Otero Processing Center in New Mexico, hundreds of miles away from his family. His two children depend on him, both financially and emotionally. His children are facing homelessness if Angel is not allowed to stay, as he was the only financial provider for his family. His eldest child is an honor roll student who has been emotionally devastated and as a result is seeking professional help. Please help us reunite Angel with his children before it is too late and they end up on the street.

    PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW

    CALL AND E-MAIL ICE.  Demand that they exercise discretion based on the Parental Interests Directive!!

    Call ICE's Acting Director Thomas S Winkowski at (202) 732-3000

    Suggested Script: "My name is ___________.I am calling to ask that you stop the deportation of Angel Mendoza (A#:078-079-183) and release him so he can be reunited with his two U.S. citizen children. They are at risk of being homeless as he is their only financial provider. Angel was arrested for a minor first-time offense several months ago and was turned over to ICE in violation of California's TRUST Act. He has been in ICE custody since April and is currently detained by ICE.Will you release Angel so he can go home to his family?"

  • Angel Mendoza TRUST violation

     URGENT ACTION ALERT

    Father of Three Children and Victim of TRUST Act Violation in Sacramento
    On Saturday April 19th, 2014 as Angel was leaving a restaurant 

California Highway Patrol officers stopped him and accused him of littering. Then began to ask him if he had thrown a cigarette butt from his van.  The officers proceeded to  arrest him for alleged DUI. Angel was taken to the Sacramento County Jail, where his family says he was unable to contact them.
    Angel's family panicked after being unable to locate him, and even sought to file a missing person's report after they learned he'd been released from the local jail, but could not find him. The family frantically searched shelters and sent alerts to Angel's friends, acquaintances, and co-workers, until jail officials finally told them he had been turned over to ICE. 
    The TRUST Act, a law that took effect in California states  that if and ICE hold is issued and the person has no violent offenses, that person should be released. Angel with no offense whatsover should have been released, but instead, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department allowed ICE to take him from their custody before they could even finish processing his case.
    Angel was protected by the TRUST Act and should not have been transferred to ICE custody! For the past four months he was detained in the Otero Processing Center in New Mexico, hundreds of miles away from his family. Angel was recently transfered to the West Texas Detention facility.  He is the father of three young children who depend on him. He is being deported any day now, and will be separated from his three children if the deportation is not stopped.
    CALL ICE! 
El Paso Assistant Field Office Director: Jesus Placencia

    Phone: (915) 225 1941 Press 1 English, then 3 Deportation Cases and 2 for Deportation Unit  
    Script:  “My name is ___________.  I am calling to ask that you stop the deportation of Angel Mendoza (A#078 079 183).  He was detained in the Otero Processing Center in New Mexico and is now in the West Texas Detention facility.  He is the father of three young children who depend on him.  He is being deported today after a minor arrest several months ago that led to his being turned over to ICE in violation of California's TRUST Act.  The conduct of both the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and ICE in this case has come under fire from community groups.  Will you stop the deportation now?”

  • Migrants Lives Matter: Organizational Support Letter

    Dear Representative,

    In preceding decades the Democratic party has enjoyed crucial political support from immigrant communities.  This support has meant the difference between election and defeat for you and your party.  Despite this support, your actions have been nothing short of disastrous for our communities. Since the election of the “Deporter-in-Chief,” President Obama, there has been no substantial improvement for our communities other than temporary measures which protect only a few.  On the contrary, under your watch and often with your support, immigrants have been massively incarcerated, deported, and too many have died as a result. 

    We are writing to you today as Migrant Lives Matter, a campaign led by undocumented immigrants, our families, and communities in solidarity across California.  These communities together have been at the forefront of fighting the deportation policies and practices that your party has initiated and supported.  The Deferred Action measures that have been instituted so far have come into fruition only because of our unyielding efforts, not yours.  The more devastating detention and deportation policies remain intact and continue to result in four hundred thousand deportations a year and rising.  We are holding your party - The Deportation Party - accountable for your actions and inactions that have caused grave violence and injustice against our communities. 

    It is the Deportation Party that drafts, approves and implements policies of marginalization and criminalization which result in widespread incarceration and deportation.  Now, the Deporter-In-Chief is manipulating the current humanitarian crisis of child refugees and families to request emergency funds to expedite their detention and removal.  The vast majority of the  $3.7 billion requested is to be used to further militarize the border, expand detention facilities and weaken due process rights for all migrants.  This unconscionable rush to deport refugee children and families, and your party’s failure to oppose this effort, will cement your legacy as an unforgivable one for our communities. 

    Trust for you, your Party and your President among our communities has been broken —not irreparably, but deeply.  The following demands are immediate measures that you must take to re-establish trust and regain our support. 

    We demand from you the following: 

    1. Advocate vigorously and publicly for the expansion of Administrative Relief to protect all undocumented immigrants and advocate in this same manner for an immediate end to all deportations and the release of all detained immigrants without delay.

    2. Defeat, by any means at your disposal, the HUMANE Act and any and all other requests for funding that would further militarize the border, expand detention centers, and immigration enforcement.

    3. Grant Refugee Status to all who are seeking asylum, including refugee children and families arriving at the US-Mexico border. 

    4. Extend existing protections to ensure that all refugee children and families can receive refugee status, including Mexican and Canadian citizens who are currently excluded.

    Our communities can spare no more time and will mince not one more word about your role in our marginalization and criminalization.  We expect a response to our demands by Thursday, July 31, 2014.  Please contact Luis Ojeda from California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA) at lojeda@ciyja.org.  We urge you to take action without further delay and show our communities the respect and dignity we deserve.

    Sincerely,
    Migrant Lives Matter Campaign

  • TRUST Act Violated Now Father of a U.S. Citizen Child Faces Deportation!

    Undocumented Youth and Father to 5-year Old U.S. Citizen Child Faces Deportation from Adelanto Detention Center

    Samuel Sixtos-Gomez (A#095-735-387) is an aspiring student and father of a 5-year old U.S. citizen child who was turned over to ICE by the Orange County Sheriffs Department in violation of CA Law the TRUST Act (AB 4).
    Samuel has been in the country since he was 8 years old. He wants to complete his G.E.D. to be able to qualify for the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Yet, he is currently being held at the Adelanto Detention Center.
    He is a responsible father and pays child support to raiser her U.S. citizen daughter. He is also a father figure to his younger U.S. citizen siblings who look up to Samuel since their father was deported several years ago. Samuel’s mother also depends on his income, as she is not able to work due to her legal status.
    Samuel is not a public threat nor charge. He has deep ties in his community in this country and his life is in danger if he is deported. He merits a positive exercise of prosecutorial discretion so he can be immediately released to his family and he can go back to school to finish his GED and apply for DACA.

    Call ICE

    Los Angeles Office Director David Marin @ 213-830-7911

    Los Angeles ICE Deputy Director Robert Naranjo @ 213-830-7908 (office)

    Los Angeles ICE @ 213-830-7911 

    Sample Script: “I am calling to ask for the immediate release of aspiring student Samuel Sixtos-Gomez (A#095-735-387). He was turned over to ICE in violation of CA Law TRUST Act. He is the father of a U.S. citizen daughter and can qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program once he completes his GED. We ask you exercise prosecutorial discretion and release him to his family immediately. Thank you.

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  • Father From East LA facing Deportation! FREE Wilman!

    ICE WANTS TO DEPORT WILMAN FOR UNPAID TICKETS

                     

    Wilman Exady Juarez (A-206-407-672) is a caring father of 3 U.S citizen children ages 1, 3 and 5 years old and a caring husband is in deportation proceedings as a result of a TRUST Act Violation by Los Angeles Sheriff Department after honoring an ICE hold for a minor offense.

     

    Wilman an El Salvador national has lived in the United States for over 12 years and has been married for over 7 years with his wife Belen.  He is very active in his community of East Los Angeles, as a Deacon of his church and a stay at home dad. Wilman takes his children to school and takes care of them everyday; they have been apart for months now.

     

    His children have been traumatized by the whole experience and have experienced a state of depression, including his 5 year old daughter who will be seeing a psychologist since she has been saying things such as " they are going to kill my dad" and is fearful of any police or law enforcement.

     

    Wilman received a letter from the LAPD notifying him that he had an arrest warrant for two unpaid tickets. At first Wilman was too scared to present himself to pay the tickets. On March 25th Wilman and his family decided to go pay the tickets at the Hollenbeck Police Division of LAPD in Boyle Heights, and at that time he was placed under arrest in front of his children and taken into custody. He was in custody of LAPD for a week and then transferred LA County Jail where he was given an ICE hold and then picked up by immigration officers and taken to Adelanto Detention Center. Despite Wilman not having a committed any serious crimes he was turned over to ICE which is a TRUST Act Violation!

     

    Wilman was then transferred to ICE detention in Adelanto, CA because they told his family that he had a previous offense that made him a danger to the community. ICE was referring to an arrest in 2007, which was a result of a verbal argument with his mother and proceeded to hit a mirror and cut himself. His mother called the Police to teach him a lesson, but never imagined they would try to deport him. He was arrested by LAPD and was told by his attorney to plead guilty for the offense he did not committ. As a result Wilman was directed to take anger management classes including seeing a psychological help and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Wilman took all the classes he was directed to and never committed any other offense.

     

    If deported to El Salvador he will certainly facing prosecution and extortion. In El Salvador he was forced to join a gang. The same gang killed even his nephew, so in fear of his life he came to the United States and is now seeking political asylum. Wilman's petiton for asylum, petiton under his US citizen wife and NACARA were all denied.

    Wilman has also been threatened by ICE officials to stop his family's interiviews with the media. According to Wilman on August 15th ICE officials assaulted him and left him with bruises all over his body.

    Call ICE and demand that Wilman be reunited with his family!

     
    National ICE Office: (202) 732-3000
    Los Angeles Field Office:  (213) 830-7911
     

    Sample Script: I am calling in support of Wilman Exady Juarez (A-206-407-672) he is a caring father of 3 U.S citizen children, he did not commit any serious offense and is a deacon in his church. He should not be deported since he qualifies for prosecutorial discretion since he has not committed any serious offenses and could be killed if deported to El Salvador.

     

  • DON’T DEPORT FRANCISCO FATHER OF TWO US CITIZEN CHILDREN!

    DON’T DEPORT FRANCISCO FATHER OF TWO US CITIZEN CHILDREN!

    ICE grant Francisco a prosecutorial discretion and allow him to return home with his US Citizen Children and Wife!! 

    We are demanding the release of Francisco Sosa Mezcal (A# 255-98-477) who is currently detained at Otay Mesa Detention Facility in San Diego, CA. Francisco was ordered to appear to his final hearing in Juarez, Mexico for an adjustment of status. He left the country and was denied his residency. Francisco has a death threat over his shoulders and fears that returning to his home country in Mexico will result in death.

    Francisco migrated to the US to help provide for his mother and siblings back in Mexico. He did not commit any crimes and is an essential part of his community and family. His two young children continue asking their mother “why daddy doesn’t come home” and “where is dad.” Francisco didn’t give up and was persistent in returning with his children. He tried and failed several times. While in Mexico, Francisco was kidnapped for four days and was threatened to be killed if he was ever seen in Mexico again. After his wife paid several thousand dollars for his release, they let him go. Not knowing what to do he left the place and didn’t have anywhere to go. He noticed he continued to be followed, at which time he turned himself in to Homeland Security at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. He has been detained in San Diego since then, in August. His two young children need their father home since he is the sole provider for their family 

    Francisco is in danger of being in killed in Mexico. Please help him reunite with his young children who miss him terribly. 

    Heres is what you can do!!

    1. Sign the Petition

    2. Share on Facebook and Twitter

    3. Make a call to ICE

    Call National ICE (202) 732-3000

    Call San Diego Field Office  (619) 557-6343

    Call Utah Senator. Orrin Hatch (801)-524-4380 or (202)-224-5251

    Sample Script: I am calling in support of Francisco Sosa Mezcal (A# 255-98-477) who is currently detained at Otay Mesa Detention Facility in San Diego, CA. He is a caring father of 2 US citizen Children who needs to be back home in the US. In Mexico he is in danger of being killed and has already been kidnapped before. Francisco needs to be with his family not deported!

  • Father of U.S. Citizen Active Duty Soldier Is Being Deported!

    Father of U.S. Citizen Active Duty Soldier Is Being Deported 

    Altereith Sherman Evan Smith (A# 078-442-296) has been in the U.S. for over 15 years. He is a hard working hotel worker and father to 3 U.S. citizens, one who is in active duty in the military stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    On April 30th at 7:30am, ICE, posing as Sheriff’s, entered his home in the city of Stanton and took him into custody. He was held in the Santa Ana Field office but transfered to Adelanto Detention Center.

    Mr. Smith is a Belize national and volunteer in the young Marine’s program where his two U.S. citizen children are enrolled. He is a dedicated father and loving husband. He even graduated from the International School of Ministry with a diploma of Biblical Studies.

    In 2003, Mr. Smith was deported and he came back to reunite with his family. His love made him sacrifice his life to re-enter the country again so he can be in the place he calls home and where his children were born. He also has one U.S. citizen brother and a Legal Permanent resident sister.

    Last year the Obama Administration implemented an immigration relief program where undocumented family members of military personnel can qualify for Parole In Place. If his son is sacrificing his life for this country, why is the Obama Administration trying to deport him. 

    We need to demand that he is immediately released and granted Parole In Place as his son is in active duty in the military. 

    CALL ICE! 
    National ICE Director, Daniel Ragsdale (202) 732-3000
    Los Angeles ICE Depucty Director Rober Naranjo (213) 830-7908
    Los Angeles ICE Field Office (213) 839-7911

    Sample Script: “I am calling to ask for the immediate release of Evan Smith (A#078-442-296). He is the father of an active duty military soldier stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He qualifies for Parole In Place as his son is in the military. Thank you.”

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     Kareli Barreras is a Long Beach resident and her fiancée, Jose, is a Legal Permanent Resident. They are parents to a beautiful 2-year old citizen child.

    Last Monday evening, Kareli took some articles of clothing from a store and the store called the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, who came to the scene. When she was being interviewed, Kareli was extremely nervous, felt intimidated, gave wrong identifying information to the Sheriffs. She was arrested Monday April 7, 2014 and is still being detained at the Lakewood Sherriff’s Station.

    She has already seen a judge and qualifies to be released, but the Los Angeles Sheriff Lakewood station has stated they are keeping her there until ICE picks her up.  Both of Kareli’s charges are simple misdemeanors and under the TRUST Act, there are no provisions under which detention is authorized.  Why is the Lakewood Sheriff’s department still honoring the ICE hold of a mother of a U.S. citizen child? 

    Kareli has no prior criminal record and even though she has been deported once before, the fact that she has 1 U.S. citizen child and 4 U.S. citizen siblings, deep roots in the United States, and is the main caretaker of her daughter, she should be immediately released based on the TRUST Act and ICE should drop the ICE hold in a positive exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

    The Los Angeles Sheriff’s department is in violation of CA law according to the TRUST Act. They do not have to honor the ICE hold and can immediately release Kareli to her fiancée and U.S. citizen daughter. Please sign below to support her and her family!  

  • Xavier Becerra and Loretta Sanchez Support Deportations?

    Why Won't Xavier Becerra and Loretta Sanchez Come Out Against Deportations?!

    Following the April 5th National Day of Action Against Deportations that saw over 80 cities nationwide to urge Presidential action to stop deportations, immigrant youth from California traveled to D.C. to bring the message of 2 Million Too Many to Representatives Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), who have yet to condemn the President’s massive deportation programs and unwillingness to expand Deferred Action for all. Even after immigrant youth held a sit ins, neither congressperson heard their plea to join them in pushing Obama to stop deportations.

    We will continue adding pressure, by letting the community know that these elected officials have failed us as allies. They have done so by completely disregarding the fact that a huge portion of deportation cases come out of their districts. LA County deports more people than Maricopa County in Arizona! That’s why we’re demanding that they meet the following.

    1. More actively serve to stop the cases of constituents in deportation proceedings

    2. Come out against deportations, and push the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to do the same

    3. Publicly call on the President to expand deferred action for all and stop all deportations immediately

    Make a call to Xavier Becerra and Loretta Sanchez and tell them #NOT1MORE deportation!

    “Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ”- Paulo Freire

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  • Release Oscar Simbras Delgado: Father of 4 U.S. Citizen Children

    Father of 4 U.S. Citizen Children Faces Deportation After Border Patrol Raided the Latino Community in San Juan Capistrano

    Oscar Simbras Delgado is a hard-working man that sustains his family while working as a landscaper for over 12 years. He was detained in a raid conducted by Border Patrol in San Juan Capistrano last Sunday. He is also the cousin of recently released Victoria Delgado Arteaga who also was caught up on the same raid.

    He is the proud father of 4 U.S. citizen children. In 2010, Oscar's wife self-deported to Mexico to take care of her sick mother and took their children with her. Oscar's wife and U.S. citizen children depend on his income as he sends the majority of his earnings as remittances to Mexico. Oscar works very hard every day to make sure his children have the necessities to survive and to get an education. However, his 4 U.S. citizen children are being raised away from their father and the country they were born in.

    Oscar should be released immediately the same way it happened with Victoria Delgado. Deporting him will not only limit the educational and economic opportunities he provides to his family, but it would permanently keep his U.S. children away from a better life here in the United States.

    We ask that he receive a positive exercise of prosecutorial discretion as he is not a public threat, he has been in the country for over 10 years, and is the father of 4 U.S. citizen children that depend on his income."

    Call ICE!

    National ICE @ (202) 732-3000 or (202) 732-3100

    San Diego ICE @ (619) 557-6117 

    Sample Script: "Hi I am calling to ask that you release Oscar Simbras Delgado DOB (12/08/1974). He is the father of 4 U.S. citizen children that depend on his income for survival. Thank you."

  • Mother of 4 DACAmented youth Detained by Border Patrol!

     MOTHER OF 4 DREAMERS IS DETAINED BY BORDER PATROL AND FACES DEPORTATION

     

    Victoria Delgado Arteaga is a hard-working mother that has been in the U.S. for 14 years. She has 6 children, 4 of them who are have recieved Deferred Action. The youngest (19) is currently a student  at Cal State San Marcos. Victoria is a food vender and works hard to provide for her family. 

    While grocery shopping in San Juan Capistrano, Border Patrol agents took her right outside the store. She was taken to the Border Patrol office in San Clemente where she is currently detained. Victoria has a fractured ankle,suffers from varicose veins, high blood pressure and gets anxiety attacks. She needs medical attention and her prescribed medication. She has never committed a crime and has never been deported. According to the Morton Memo's she is not a priority for deportation and should be immediately released so she can reunite with her family. Her youngest daughter also depends on her to pay for her tuition at CSU San Marcos.

     
    TAKE ACTION - MAKE A CALL
     
    San Clemente BP Office @ (760) 430-7029 
    National ICE @ (202) 732-3000 or (202) 732-3100
     
    San Diego ICE @ (619) 557-6117
    Sample Script: " Hi I am calling to ask that you release Veronica Delgado Arteaga. She has no criminal record and suffers serious medical conditions. According to ICE she is a low priority case and should be immediately released." 
     

  • Don't Deport Undocuqueer Alfredo Reyes: Organizational Sign On Letter

    Alfredo an Undocuqueer activist from Los Angeles, CA and a member of the Immigrant Youth Coalition could be deported!

    Alfredo was driving home in Santa Barbara after attending a wedding with his friends when a car rear ended him. He pulled over on the side of the road and was exchanging information with the driver when a police officer went up to him. The cop suspected Alfredo had been drinking and had him take a breathalyzer. Alfred was convicted for driving under the influence and placed in deportation proceedings. He was detained for almost a month and was released due to public pressure but he is still in deportation proceedings.

    Alfredo came to the United States from Mexico when he was 9 months old. He attended Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles and was part of the swim team. He was engaged in his school and was also part of "United Students", the youth component of a local nonprofit organization Inner City struggle. Alfred is a leader in his community and a student at East Los Angeles Community College. He needs to be home with his family to continue to pursue his dreams. He dreams of continuing his education and majoring in culinary arts.

    He needs to be with his family and continue to pursue his goals as a leader in his community Alfredo needs education not deportation.

    Alfredo's next hearing is in October but and is in danger of being deported to Mexico. Please consider signing as an organization.

    Thank you

  • Don't Deport Sergio a father of a 5 year old US Citizen

    ICE is trying to deport Sergio for driving without a license!

    On Friday, March 7th, Sergio Flores (A# 098-797-172) was pulled over and arrested in Baldwin Park Blvd. around 12PM in the city of Baldwin Park, he was asked to show proof of identification but Sergio did not have a driver’s license or any other form of identification, was arrested by the police officer and taken to the Baldwin Park Police Station.

    Baldwin Park police officers have a reputation for treating the undocumented community very poorly and Sergio’s experience was no different. Upon arriving to the police station, Sergio was not allowed to speak or ask for anything to drink. He was forced to drink water out of the sink in the small jail cell and was not allowed to walk around or stretch. When he would ask for the time and date, the officers would reply with remarks saying, "ICE is coming for you and that you don't have much time left."

    Sergio was given an ICE hold and the Baldwin Park police department honored the ICE hold, a violation of the TRUST Act, which means he was falsely imprisoned! 

    Sergio never received the mail ICE claims they sent him to present himself to Immigration. The court saw his absence in court as a deportation absence, and therefore Sergio had the warrant for his deportation.

    Due to the support of the community, On March 17th, the day he was going to be transfered to Texas for deportation, Sergio was released. He is now reunited with his son, Jonathan, and wants to help organize and stop deportations of people in his community. 

    Although he was released from detention, Sergio is still in danger of being deported to El Salvador where he fears for his life!

    Call ICE (202) 732-3000

    Sample Script: 

    "I am calling in support of Sergio Flores (A# 098-797-172). He is the father of a 5 year old US citizen and should not be deported. Sergio has no prior criminal record, he was only charged with a minor crime. He has only been charged with driving without a license and qualifies for prosecutorial discretion."

  • Two Million Two Many: Santa Maria

    The City of Santa Maria wants to build a ICE facility in our Community!

    The City Council of Santa Maria voted (3-2) in favor of pushing forward the construction of an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in North County Santa Maria. The proposed SantaMaria facility would include a 12,700-square-foot, one-story ICE building at 740 W. Century St., and accompanying barbed wire fencing, landscaping and a 50-stall parking lot. The facility is proposed to hold a maximum of 12 to 15 people in two to three specially built rooms.

    This proposed ICE facility runs counter to the developed relationship of trust formed between Police Chief Ralph Martin. The presence of ICE is likely to subvert this relationship as many would rather see the local police force work with the local community to increase safety than have federal agencies such as ICE present in the community and spread fear amongst a community much less likely to report crimes if they do not trust enforcement agencies- leaving the entire community (not just immigrants) less safe.

    California is moving in a different direction we have passed the TRUST Act, and Driver licenses for undocumented drivers, we do NOT need more ICE facilities! We are nearing 2 million deportations, 2 million families separated. #not1more deportation!

    We are alarmed at the overwhelming dismissal of thousands of members of Santa Maria residents who attended recent city council meetings and many who spoke in direct opposition of this proposal. Migrant workers and property owners spoke against the negative impacts of this facility including lowering property values and instilling fear in our community. On a similar note, we must be conscious of the historical and present environmental impacts of constructing facilities such as these in agricultural communities similar to that of Santa Maria.

    The construction of this facility could also lead to potential expansion that could be led through changes in policy coming from Washington at any given time. Santa Maria's agricultural economy thrives off the work of migrants. As members of the community are already discussing plans to move due to the fear caused by this proposal we demand the City Council of Santa Maria vote against this proposal and take the best interested of the Santa Maria community into account. Immigrants are a vital part of our community.

    WE SAY NO TO ICE AND DEMAND AN OPPOSITION TO THIS FACILITY.

    Take Action call the Santa Maria city council who voted in support of the ICE facility!

    Alice Patino (Mayor)  805.925.0951 x188

    Bob Orach  805.925.0951 x193

    Jack Boyson 805.925.0951 x192

  • ANAHEIM CITY COUNCIL: CANCEL YOUR 287(g) AGREEMENT WITH ICE!


     ANAHEIM CITY COUNCIL KEEP OUR FAMILIES TOGETHER AND CANCEL YOUR 287(g) AGREEMENT WITH ICE!!!!

    The Obama Administration has reached 2 million deportations in the U.S. That means millions of our families are separated and children have been left behind. Federal immigration enforcement programs like 287g, which delegates immigration powers to local law enforcement agencies, have massively contributed to the deportations.

    In Orange County, the city of Anaheim, which has a large Latino and immigrant population has been working with ICE for several years and has a 287g agreement with ICE.This means that the police in Anaheim have the same power as Arizona police to ask for your “papers” and put you or your family in deportations proceedings. Today at 5pm, the Anaheim city council is going to pass a resolution asking the Obama Administration to halt deportations.


    If the city council is concerned about the separation of our families and massive inhumane deportations, they should first CANCEL THEIR 287g AGREEMENT THEY HAVE WITH ICE!!!

    We are tired of letters sent from our so called “political leaders and representatives.” Just as we want Obama to stop deportations, we demand that the city of Anaheim immediately cancel their 287g agreement. You can call the Mayor Tom Tait and Council Member Jordan Brandman and tell them that if they support our community they must start with first cacelling their 287g agreement. 

    Sign petition to tell them to cancel their 287g agreement.

     

  • BALDWIN PARK: STOP MASS UNFAIR ARRESTS

    Photo Credit: Manoj JayodaCITY OF BALDWIN PARK STOP THE IMPOUNDS AND ARRESTS!

    On Saturday, December 28th in the middle of the holiday season the City of Baldwin Park in L.A. County held a massive DUI checkpoint which resulted in the arrest of more than 30 undocumented immigrants.

    At the checkpoint drivers were asked to present their driver's license or a valid form of identification; however, Police Chief Mike Taylor and his subordinates refused to accept consular IDs in complete contradiction to their three-year policy and practice of accepting consular IDs as valid forms of identification. Those with consular IDs were arrested, fingerprinted, held for more than 20 hours, and denied the right to call their relatives, attorneys, and consulate.

    Not only that, but the police officers competed against each other to see who could arrest the most and fill up the police vans beyond capacity. It is clear that Chief Taylor and his subordinates deliberately broke state law AB 353 by arresting undocumented immigrants and impounding their vehicles.

    They made thousands of dollars in the process and provided to guarantee that the arrestees' information was not shared with ICE agents. We fear that they will be targeted by ICE in the near future and be placed in deportation proceedings. We have to put an end to Baldwin Park's rogue police force, unjust checkpoint practices, and unwarranted confiscation of undocumented immigrants' private property.

    The City of Baldwin Park Police department continues to impound the cars of drivers including school police. Due to these practices Baldwin Park community member Sergio Flores is in deportation proceedings for driving with out a license. The Baldwin Park continues to violate state law including the TRUST Act.

    We are not their piggy bank and will not rest until they meet our demands. We urge you to stand in solidarity with the residents of Baldwin Park and demand accountability and justice from Baldwin Park city officials. 

    The community demands are:

    1. The creation of an Ad hoc committee to investigate and oversee the resolution of these demands, including the implementation of the California Trust Act (AB4) in Baldwin Park.

    2. A moratorium on checkpoints, saturation patrols, and other Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Grant operations

    3. Reimbursement of fees incurred by the arrests and impoundment of vehicles of all persons or property involved in the December 28, 2013, checkpoints, which are violative of public policy. 

    4.  The City Council shall issue a resolution declaring that the Matricula Consular will be recognized as acceptable identification by all departments of the City of Baldwin Park, including the Police Department.


  • Don’t Deport Jesus Rafael, Green Card Holder Father of 3!

    Don’t Deport Jesus Rafael

    We are demanding the release of Jesus Rafael Molina Perez (A# 092-609-975), father of 3 US Citizens and Green Card holder for more than 20 years. Jesus is currently detained at El Centro Processing Center in San Diego since January 3rd. Jesus’ entire family is in the United States, as they are all either US Residents or US Citizens. He no longer has family nor ties to his home country of Mexico. The United States has been his home for the majority of his life.

     
    One morning when Jesus was driving back from his recent trip to Mexico, a Border Agent mistook his documents to be that of another person. The border agent immediately jumped to conclusions and began telling Jesus that his Green Card was not real and that it was a fake. He was then passed onto ICE officials who began to question him and dig deeper into his case. When the agents found a past conviction that occurred over 25 years ago, they proceeded with transferring Jesus from the Port of Entry to El Centro Processing Center.

    Why is ICE trying to deport Jesus for something that occurred over 25 years ago? 

    We ask for the immediate release Jesus Rafael Molina and grant  him discretion on his case so that he can be reunited with his family.

    Please sign the petition and share!


  • Keep Jose Santos Maltez with His Family, Stop His Deportation!

    Tracy, Jose’s wife, mother of four faces eviction while her husband awaits deportation at Adelanto Immigration Detention center. Immigrant youth take action, release statement in regards to Immigration reform and deportations.

    Jose has been in the US for over 10 years and originally from Nicaragua, he came in search of a better life. He settled in California where he met and married Tracy, a U.S Citizen. Jose and his wife have four children who are also U.S citizens, Justin (4) , Blake (3) , Mason (18 months), Abraham (3months). Jose is a hard working man and a big part of his childrens lives , not only does he care for their school activities but he is the ONLY financial support that his family has, and without Jose's financial support, his family will go hungry and ultimately lose their home.

    In March, 2013, ICE posing as police took Jose from his home in Echo Park, CA. Jose's oldest son Justin (4) was woken up by sounds of immigration officials at their home, little justin witnessed how ICE took his dad away without giving him a chance to say goodbye. He was taken to a U.S immigration and customs enforcement field office in downtown los angeles where they took his digital fingerprints and was then transferred to the Adelanto Immigration detention center where he has been detained ever since.

    We cannot continue to allow a 'get tough on crime' rhetoric determine which undocumented immigrants are granted relief from deportation and which ones we automatically deport; The reality is that undocumented people face challenges that push us into "crime" on a daily basis, especially low income working class people. Jose Santos Maltez was branded a criminal as a result of a failed justice system. In 2009, jose had an altercation with his mother in law at a family gathering, they had arguments and the police was called. His mother-in-law pressed charges for harassment after having felt he was verbally disrespectful, the police arrested him and placed a "sexual abuse" charge on his record. Jose (wrongfully) served over five months in county jail, participated in classes and completed a certificate; ICE is still detaining him and has placed him in deportation proceedings as of march of 2013.

    It has been over five months now since Jose's family was separated, tracy, mother of four faces eviction while her husband awaits deportation at Adelanto Detention Center.

    “ I'm being evicted, they sent the three day notice months ago, i need my husband, his children need him home ; i don't know where i could go, i have no money and i cannot go live in the streets with my four boys… “ - Tracy Maltez

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