• RELEASE DACA ELIGIBLE BYRON GARCIA FROM DEPORTATION
    (Spanish translation below/ Traducción al español abajo) What would you do if you were getting deported to an unknown country? In this country, you have no family, friends, or money. This is the reality Byron Garcia is living in. Byron was born in Honduras but, when his father left the picture, his mother took him with her to Mexico where her family was. Like any parent, she wanted what was best for him so in 2001 when Byron was two his mother brought him to the United States. In February, Byron was detained and has been kept at the Louisiana detention center since then. Because he is locked up Byron hasn’t seen his family for months and is unable to finish high school. He is determined to continue his education to become a nurse and is eager to return home to help his mother take care of his siblings who are now 10 and 12 years old. Since Byron came to the U.S. at age two, he is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) eligible. This means he can get a work permit, social security number, and a driver's license to continue finishing school. The only reason he hadn't applied sooner was because he needed his passport to apply and as a minor, he needed both of his parents to sign for him but, his father left them when he was young so he was waiting to turn 18 in December 23, 2016. Why would they send a DACA-eligible student to an unknown country? Byron wants to continue to live in the only country (USA) he knows and has grown up in. Sign this petition to prevent his deportation and support his dreams of becoming a nurse! _______________________________________________________________________________________ ¿Qué harías si fueras deportado a un país desconocido? En este país, no tienes familia, amigos ni dinero. Esta es la realidad en la que vive Byron García. Byron nació en Honduras pero, cuando su padre los abandonó, su madre lo llevó con ella a México donde estaba su familia. Como cualquier madre, ella quería lo que era mejor para él, así que en 2001, cuando Byron tenía dos años, su madre lo trajo a Estados Unidos. En Febrero, Byron fue detenido y a estado en el centro de detención de Luisiana desde entonces. Debido a que está encerrado Byron no ha visto a su familia desde hace meses y es incapaz de terminar la escuela secundaria. Está decidido a continuar su educación para convertirse en un enfermero y está ansioso por regresar a casa para ayudar a su madre a cuidar de sus hermanos que ahora tienen 10 y 12 años. Desde que Byron llegó a los Estados Unidos a los dos años, es elegible para DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Esto significa que puede obtener un permiso de trabajo, un número de seguro social y una licencia de conducir para terminar su escuela. La única razón por la que no había solicitado antes era porque necesitaba su pasaporte para aplicar y como menor, necesitaba que sus dos padres firmaran para él, pero su padre los dejó cuando era joven, así que esperaba cumplir los 18 años el 23 de Diciembre de 2016 para aplicar. ¿Por qué enviarían a un estudiante DACA elegible a un país desconocido? Byron quiere seguir viviendo en el único país (USA) que conoce y ha crecido. Firme esta petición para evitar su deportación y apoyar sus sueños de convertirse en un enfermero!
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  • Wilmer's health and life are in danger. Demand his immediate release and stop his deportation!
    On Monday, March 27th, in a clear escalation from its already dehumanizing and violent tactics, ICE detained Wilmer Catalan Ramirez. At the time of his arrest, Wilmer was recuperating from an armed attack that left half of his body paralyzed and requires him to use a prosthetic leg. When ICE officials arrived at Wilmer’s home they did not identify themselves as ICE, instead calling themselves detectives and pretending to be looking for a suspect named “Rubio”. Wilmer's wife, Celene, asked the agents to leave as her husband was not in any position to see them and asked them to leave as she proceeded to open the door to go inside. As soon as she began to open the door, agents pushed her and made their way into the home at which point they proceeded to apprehend Wilmer. In this process, agents threw Celene on the ground as she was attempting to protect her ailing husband. Wilmer was also thrown into the ground and handcuffed; this exchange left him with a broken arm which was not tended to for several days following his arrest. Wilmer’s arrest, which took place without a warrant or transparent communication on behalf of ICE, is representative of aTrump era for ICE in which detentions are as violent as ever and continue ICE’s tradition of glaring human rights violations. This case is emblematic of ICE’s push to keep our communities in constant fear, without ever following their supposed protocol and aiming to instill panic and terrorize immigrant families. Wilmer has fought his case from within detention, but has been subject to abuse within detention since his arrest, including denial of critical medical care. On May Day, immigrant and Black-led groups filed request for information from the City of Chicago, as start of campaign to expose the role of the gang database in criminalizing and deporting community members. The request was filed on the same day that Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez filed a lawsuit naming the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department as responsible for sharing incorrect information with ICE that wrongfully identified Mr. Catalan-Ramirez as a gang member. In May, Wilmer filed a civil rights lawsuit against McHenry County Correctional Facility, Ricardo Wong, ICE’s Chicago Field Office Director, and the City of Chicago for triggering a nightmarish chain of events that left Wilmer imprisoned, in severe physical pain and mental anguish, and fighting his deportation. Since then, however, he has continued to be verbally abused, denied care, and re-injured due to the reckless disregard of detention center staff for his well-being. The situation has escalated to the point where Wilmer is afraid he will die in detention. We must get him out. Wilmer migrated from Guatemala to the United States in 2006 and was deported that same year as result of an ICE raid that took place in his workplace in 2006. Shortly after being deported, Wilmer returned to the United States and has since been living here. Wilmer is a part of a loving family; his three children US citizens and he is the main provider for his household. Please sign on to support Wilmer. He is being punished for standing up for his rights and ICE is attempting to place him in expedited proceedings because of his 2006 deportation. We want him free to heal with the care he needs.
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  • Mental Health Needs Aren't Deportable: Free Jorge Herrera, DACA Eligible Youth, From Detention
    Jorge Herrera is 21 years old, DACA eligible, and has lived in the US for the past 18 years with his mother Elena. On December 2016, Jorge was arrested by local police after his mother called 911 for help. Jorge suffers from mental health issues and on that day, he was having an episode. His mother believed the police would help her by de-escalating the situation and help her take Jorge to a hospital. Instead the police arrested him and the District Attorney's office threw the book at him. During the trial, Jorge and his mother received no translation services through their ordeal. They were advised to have Jorge plead "guilty" in order to access mental health support services but to this day no services have been provided to the family. He is now detained without bond at the York County Detention Center in Pennsylvania. Jorge has lived almost his entire life in the U.S. and is DACA eligible but ICE would much rather destroy another family than release him to the only place he calls home. Jorge needs mental health support services, not detention. Please sign this petition to ask that Immigration Judge John P. Ellington allow Jorge to be released from the York County Detention Center on bond and that ICE remove him from deportation procedings so that he can be reunited with his mother and to be able to seek the help he needs.
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  • Free Cesar X
    Cesar X is a young Guatemalan gay man who is currently in immigration detention in Virginia. The last 33 months of detention have only worsened his symptoms of PTSD and depression brought on by years of childhood trauma and being labor trafficked in the U.S. La ColectiVA is supporting his fight to be released. Cesar X has a community that wants to welcome him and help him thrive after years of detention. Cesar X needs people to stand with him in fighting for his liberation! On April 11 Cesar X has a hearing before Immigration Judge Rodger Harris. We want Cesar X to be released on his recognizance. Please sign this petition to support the release of Cesar X. La ColectiVA is also raising money in case the Immigration Judge instead decides to release him on bond. For more information on his story or to donate, please go to https://www.youcaring.com/2017freecesarx to donate. Any amount is appreciated! La ColectiVA is a collaborative led by Latinx people in Northern Vriginia #FreeCesarX #LiberarCesarX
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  • Stop Noe's Deportation
    Trump's administration, which has avowedly committed itself to the persecution and criminalization of all communities of color, places Noe under threat of deportation. Under the executive actions signed under the current administration, practically all undocumented individuals currently residing in the United States are considered priorities for ICE. This administration's rhetoric not only targets Noe for deportation, but seeks to further criminalize him as an immigrant. Noe, parent of a US-citizen and long-term member and active contributor to his community in Aurora, was placed in deportation proceedings after making a right turn during a red light 3 years ago. Police in Aurora handed Noe over to ICE custody, and as a result was detained in the Dodge Detention Facility for over an year - often times being placed in solitary confinement. It was only through community efforts to pressure ICE that Noe was released from detention in 2014. Since Noe was released he has been rebuilding a relationship with his 5-year-old U.S. citizen daughter and has established a loving home with his U.S. citizen partner and her three children. Under the current climate of ruthless persecution advocated by the current administration, Noe has decided to come out of the shadows and publicly face a system that seeks to uproot him from his community. At his next check-in on April 12, Noe will submit another request for Stay of Removal in order to stay close to his daughter and to be able to continue supporting his family. It is crucial that we are vigilant of Noe's case as we have seen how ICE has taken the opportunity to place individuals in deportation proceedings after attending their routine check-ins. We as a community must continue to seek justice until no more families are torn apart.
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  • Tell Mayor Hector Lora to Defy Trump, Defend Passaic, & Expand Sanctuary
    Every day, migrants fleeing structural violence and poverty travel to North America in search of a better future. They come with valuable skills and contribute to the cultural and economic growth of these cities. Passaic NJ, is one of the many towns whose economy thrives based on its migrant population. With 71% of its residents having a Hispanic background, and 40% born outside of the US, Passaic reflects the diversity of New Jersey, and is particularly affected by anti-immigrant federal policies. We demand a safe town for the thousands of hardworking and honest immigrants and refugees that have made of Passaic their home. We cannot allow federal policy driven by hatred and fear-mongering to harm our neighbors and turn us away from our core values. Immigrant rights are human rights. Cities such as Boston, New York City, Newark, Maplewood, East Orange, Jersey City and many other nation-wide have recognized the important contributions their immigrant populations have made to the prosperity of their region and are taking a stand. We ask local leaders, including the Mayor, Police Chief, and City Council,to add Passaic to the growing list of municipalities who acknowledge the benefits and contribution of migrant people and are standing up human rights. Want to get more involved? Email us at sanctuary.passaic@gmail.com! #sanctuarypassaic Image credit: bradsigal
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  • Tell Mayor Holly Sierra to Defy Trump, Defend Buellton, & Expand Sanctuary
    Donald Trump just announced executive action that threatens any city that seeks to protect immigrant residents from his deportation machine. What he’s trying to do is roll back the leaps forward we’ve made in recent years but we won’t let him. In 2017, it’s the efforts to defend Black lives and protect migrant rights that make our cities safer, not Trump’s extra enforcement promises. To keep us safe, we need to evolve our local policies to make our cities real sanctuaries for all residents, not cancel them because of the illegitimate President's latest actions. That means a commitment to separating police from federal immigration enforcement AND addressing the policing that funnels Black and other residents to jail and places criminal charges on immigrant residents, making them a target for ICE agents. Tell our mayor and city council to stand up to Trump and take action that doesn't just symbolically defend immigrants, but transforms our city's policies to stop targeting us for imprisonment, risk of removal, and state violence at the hands of police and aggressive immigration agents. The illegitimate President's threats should be cause to embolden our city leaders, not an excuse to abandon our potential progress.
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  • Ducey: No State Troops Terrorizing Our Communities
    President Trump is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants, according to a draft memo recently obtained by The Associated Press. This will mean military checkpoints in our neighborhoods and armed soldiers raiding business, schools, and churches. In order to make this dangerous plan a reality, all Trump will need is Governor Doug Ducey to issue the order to the Arizona National Guard. We know more law enforcement and more criminalizing laws will never make our communities safer. Filling the streets with thousands more troops and raiding our communities destroys families, devastates neighborhoods, and erodes strong and healthy cities and towns. Tell Governor Ducey we demand better for all people who live in Arizona. Stand with immigrants and stop the Arizona National Guard from joining Trump's deportation force.
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  • SIGN: Agents Just Detained a Trans woman at Court as She Sought a Protective Order from Her Abuser
    Ms. Gonzalez is a transgender undocumented woman and victim of domestic violence. When she left the domestic violence shelter to go to court, she was seeking protection from her abuser. But moments after a judge gave her that protective order, ICE agents arrested her. County Attorney Bernal believes that the deportation agents may have been led to Ms. Gonzalez by her abuser himself. "I'm suspicious that the tip may have come from the abuser, who knew precisely where the victim would be at that time and date since he had received notice to be in that courtroom as well,' Bernal told KFOX. Transgender women face higher rates of abuse in detention than anyone else. They experience 1 in 5 cases of sexual assault despite being an extremely small percentage of the detention population. Ms. Gonzalez deserves the protection a judge granted her. Now we need to help protect her by getting her out of ICE custody. Please sign and share.
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  • Tell Mayor Michael Seibert to Defy Trump, Defend Joplin, & Expand Sanctuary
    Donald Trump just announced executive action that threatens any city that seeks to protect immigrant residents from his deportation machine. What he’s trying to do is roll back the leaps forward we’ve made in recent years but we won’t let him. In 2017, it’s the efforts to defend Black lives and protect migrant rights that make our cities safer, not Trump’s extra enforcement promises. To keep us safe, we need to evolve our local policies to make our cities real sanctuaries for all residents, not cancel them because of the illegitimate President's latest actions. That means a commitment to separating police from federal immigration enforcement AND addressing the policing that funnels Black and other residents to jail and places criminal charges on immigrant residents, making them a target for ICE agents. Tell our mayor and city council to stand up to Trump and take action that doesn't just symbolically defend immigrants, but transforms our city's policies to stop targeting us for imprisonment, risk of removal, and state violence at the hands of police and aggressive immigration agents. The illegitimate President's threats should be cause to embolden our city leaders, not an excuse to abandon our potential progress.
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  • Boicot al Maíz Gringo
    México es el segundo socio comercial de los Estados Unidos en la compra de maíz y soya - dos productos que solían ser producidos en México y que ahora son comprados de los Estados Unidos casi en su totalidad. Además, México importa de E.U. más del 70% del maíz que consume y representa 13 mmdd en ingresos a varios estados que predominantemente votaron por Trump y que respaldan sus políticas anti-migrantes y anti-mexicanas. Pedimos al Senado de la República Mexicana que presione al gobierno estadounidense para exigir un trato de dignidad y respeto al pueblo de Mexico y a los millones de mexicanos que contribuyen a la economía y sociedad norteamericana.
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  • Don’t Let Guadalupe Be One of Trump’s First Deportees
    Guadalupe García de Rayos is a mother of two who came to the US when she was 14 years old. Nine years ago, Sheriffs carrying out an unconstitutional raid led by Arizona’s Arpaio arrested her for working to support her family. She spent six months in ICE detention before being released to her family, but now, she’s being called back in by federal agents. This week, Guadalupe faces possible deportation due to Trump’s new declarations calling for the immediate removal of all people with charges regardless of circumstances. Guadalupe and her family are facing the reality that she may soon be separated from the children she has worked so hard to support. Angel, 16, and Jacqueline, 14, grew up with the fear of Arpaio's racially motivated reign and although a federal judge declared Arpaio’s raids unconstitutional, ICE agents still may attempt to separate this family. Her community is rallying around her and is asking you to do the same. https://youtu.be/ZNeae3RQJsI
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