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    Default Jessica’s DACA has been revoked.

    Jessica’s DACA has been revoked.


    Chris,

    When one of us is under attack, we must all come together to fight back. Since Trump came to power, a growing number of DACA recipients have been harassed, detained, deported, or denied their DACA status without justification. Now, US immigration agencies have revoked Jessica Colotls’ DACA status, putting her in deportation proceedings.

    Jessica is undocumented. In 2010, she was arrested for parking a car without a license and spent 37 days in immigration detention. She was told she’d be deported, but public outcry led to her release. Jessica's story became part of the movement led by immigrant youth to win DACA in 2012.

    Just like in the cases of Daniel Ramirez, Daniela Vargas and Juan Manuel Montes, the reason for Jessica’s DACA revocation is a flimsy one. When Jessica was arrested, officials wrote down her address. Shortly after, her parents moved. But officials later claimed that Jessica willfully gave false information – and charged her with a felony. This is wrong! We need to fight for Jessica right now. Will you join us?

    Take action: Add your name to demand Jessica's release and reinstatement of DACA right now.

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    Jessica has spent 18 years in this country, working hard and contributing to her community. We must raise our voices once again for Jessica and for the 750,000 other young people in the DACA program who now face very real threats from the government.


    Add your name now to stand up for Jessica – and for all the young people trying to make a life in this country.

    Thank you for fighting for and with Jessica today.

    In solidarity,

    Greisa and the rest of the team at United We Dream


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    Default No Hate, No Fear

    No Hate, No Fear


    Reform Immigration FOR America





    Chris,

    When the moment called on May 1st, you and thousands of others across the country answered the call to rise up for immigrants. Yet, while we continue to resist Donald Trump and his administration's hateful policies, some of America's biggest companies are doing the opposite -- they're falling in line behind him.

    Meet the Corporate Backers of Hate -- nine corporations that stand to profit from Trump's racist, xenophobic agenda. In the pursuit of profit, the actions of these companies diminish the dignity of our families. Find out more about the Corporate Backers of Hate!

    JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo are major financiers of the country's two largest private prison and immigrant detention companies, GEO Group and CoreCivic. These two corporations, among seven others, either have direct ties to the Trump administration or will profit from plans to ramp up Trump's deportation machine and they must be held accountable. Hold the nine Corporate Backers of Hate accountable and send emails to their CEOs demanding that they denounce Donald Trump! Once you've chosen the Backer of Hate you'd like to email, click on the "give 'em hell" button and scroll to the bottom of the page to send your message.

    We have a duty to speak out against the Trump administration as it continues to target our communities. If corporations want our communities to continue to give them our business, they need to speak out against Trump as well.

    In Solidarity,

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    Default Did you see what happened this weekend?

    Did you see what happened this weekend?


    Dear Chris,

    If Donald Trump has his way this week, I may never get to bring my husband home.

    My husband Basheer and I married over a year ago. I’m American, he’s Yemeni. After our wedding I flew back to New York to start the process of getting him an immigrant visa. But before that could happen, Trump put his hateful campaign rhetoric into effect and imposed the Muslim ban. Even now, with the ban on hold, immigration authorities keep delaying us.

    Now, the Trump administration is petitioning the Supreme Court to lift the temporary block on the Muslim ban. It could go back into effect as early as tomorrow.

    If that happens I may never be reunited with my husband again.

    Tell Congress: Stop the Muslim Ban, Once and For All.

    Last week, Basheer told me that three of his friends had been killed in Yemen. “I can’t do this anymore,” he told me. He fled Yemen because his work as a journalist and his activism made him a target, and threatened his life. He can’t go back, but he also can’t come here.

    This ban affects all of us. Last weekend, anti-Muslim protests were organized in cities across the country. I was afraid of what might happen but it was inspiring to see so many people take to the streets to fight back and hold counter protests to say No Ban No Wall.

    Even so it was a chilling reminder of what’s at stake: This fight is not just about the Muslim ban, but about whether the white supremacists are going to have their hey-day. We can’t let their hate become the new normal.

    That’s why I’m asking you to join Amnesty International in fighting hate and bigotry and demanding that members of Congress stand with us.

    Tell Congress: Stop the Muslim Ban, Once and For All.

    Thank you for your support.

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    Default Immigration raids strike Detroit: Dozens rounded up for deportation to Iraq war zone

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    Immigration raids strike Detroit: Dozens rounded up for deportation to Iraq war zone

    By Eric London and Niles Niemuth

    13 June 2017

    In a series of raids Sunday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested as many as 100 Iraqi immigrants in the Detroit metro area, including Muslims and many Chaldean Catholics, some of whom were reportedly captured while leaving church services.

    Family members of the arrestees told the World Socialist Web Site that the detainees were sent to a for-profit prison four hours away near Youngstown, Ohio, from where they face immediate risk of deportation to Iraq.

    Protesters held a demonstration at the Mother of God Catholic Church in Southfield yesterday, where friends and family of the arrestees wept and screamed denunciations of Trump and immigration officials.


    Iraqi woman denounces immigration raids

    Relatives say that deportation will be a “death sentence” due to the ongoing war and sectarian strife that has enveloped Iraq since the US invasion of 2003. While ICE claims they are only deporting dangerous criminals, relatives say some of the arrestees were convicted for crimes as minor as marijuana possession and that many of the convictions are decades old.

    The decision by the Trump administration to deport refugees to Iraq explodes the claims that the US wars in Iraq and Syria are “humanitarian” interventions aimed at protecting the population. In violation of international law, the US government is sending the arrestees into an active warzone in a region that it continues to bomb. Iraq has been laid to waste by 25 years of permanent US-led war. The death toll is in the millions.

    As the ICE raids were taking place Sunday, the Department of Defense issued a press release announcing that the US military launched seven air strikes in Iraq, hitting Bayji, Kisik, Mosul, and Tal Afar in recent days.

    Family members were informed that their relatives could be sent to the Iraqi city of Erbil, located less than two hours by car from Mosul, a city under active siege where the US has killed thousands of civilians and where the US-backed invasion force has been accused of using the chemical white phosphorous against the population.

    Mosul, which has been largely demolished by the US siege, is the seat of a leading Chaldean Catholic Church diocese and the home of ethnic Chaldeans, an Assyrian population whose roots in Iraq date back over 5,500 years.

    Although the Chaldean minority in Iraq was not targeted by the secular regime of Saddam Hussein, persecution grew after the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91 as the US stoked sectarian conflict in the country’s northern Kurdish region in an effort to destabilize the Ba’athist government.


    A portion of the protest at Mother of God church in Southfield, Michigan

    Conditions drastically worsened after the US invasion, which fueled sectarian warfare as the US military mobilized Shi’ite forces against insurgents in the majority Sunni areas, and both Islamic factions persecuted religious minorities like Yazidis and Chaldeans. Over 80 Chaldean churches have been bombed since the US occupation began.

    Since the 2003 US invasion, Iraq’s total Christian population has fallen from 1.5 million to 400,000 due to death and emigration. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians fled to Syria after the US invasion, only to now find themselves trapped in the conflict raging there.

    In order to stoke civil war and force the ouster of Bashar al-Assad in neighboring Syria, the US has backed an opposition dominated by Syria’s Al Qaeda affiliate, the Al Nusra Front, which has also carried out atrocities against Chaldeans in both Syria and Iraq. Al Qaeda is believed to be responsible for the 2008 assassination of Mosul’s Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahno.

    In the last three years, ISIS has routinely destroyed Chaldean churches, killed religious officials, and desecrated ancient ruins. The Islamist group developed in Iraq and emerged in Syria under conditions where the US’s deliberate policy was to fuel violent religious conflict. In Iraq, the purpose is to keep the population divided and more easily dominated by Washington. In Syria, the aim is to bring down Assad.

    Sunday’s round-up is the product of a deal made in March by the Trump administration with the Iraqi government that removed the country from the administration’s revised executive order barring travel from seven predominantly-Muslim nations. Under the terms of the deal, Iraq agreed to take deportees from the US, something the country has not done for years.


    Steve said, "If they took your brother, father, sister, or mother, how would you feel? What would you do?"

    Many Chaldeans at Monday’s demonstration told the WSWS they voted for Trump because he claimed he would protect Christians in Iraq and Syria. An older Chaldean man whose brother was arrested said, “I voted for Trump, it’s not fair. This is our home, where are we to go in Iraq? We have no country, that’s why we came to America!”

    Steve, another Chaldean protester whose brother was arrested, said, “Trump lied, he said he would go after people without legal papers, but everyone they arrested had papers. My brother went in for a regular check-up with immigration authorities, and he got picked up at home one week later. If they took your brother, father, sister, or mother, how would you feel? What would you do?”

    Scenes like the one that played out in a church parking lot in Michigan on Monday afternoon are becoming increasingly common in the US. In the first three months following his inauguration, Trump’s administration arrested over 40,000 immigrants, an escalation from the already high numbers deported under Barack Obama.

    Across the country, parents of all backgrounds are being torn from their children and from one another. Many, including those from the Middle East, Central America and Southeast Asia, will be sent back to impoverished disaster zones suffering from the impact of US imperialist intervention.

    The number of lives shattered by these policies is in the tens of millions, and yet there is near total silence from the Democratic Party on Trump’s mass deportation program.

    Instead, the Democratic Party is throwing its entire political energy behind advancing unsubstantiated neo-McCarthyite claims that Trump is an agent of Russia, amplified by highly publicized Senate hearings.

    But the Democrats’ attempt to whip up public hysteria over “foreign meddling” may exacerbate xenophobic confusion, further poisoning the political climate and creating conditions in which “foreigners” and immigrants may find themselves the victims of physical attacks. The Democrats’ anti-Russian campaign is providing right-wing paramilitary groups and the Bannon-Miller faction of the Trump White House with a springboard to direct social anger against immigrants.

    If public hearings were held on Trump’s deportation program, facts would emerge that would shock tens of millions and educate them on the horrific conditions immigrants face.

    For example, the government is setting up a network of camps to house hundreds of thousands of immigrants, including those who have committed no crimes. The government has considered mobilizing 100,000 National Guard troops across 11 western and southwestern states to incarcerate millions of immigrants. ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are filled with thousands of fascistic officers who describe beating and arresting immigrants as “fun.” Violations of immigrants’ due process rights are so routine they are treated as par for the course by immigration attorneys and judges.

    The Democrats have not and will not demand hearings to investigate these widespread violations of democratic rights, in part because Barack Obama’s administration carried out similar crimes and deported 2.7 million immigrants. The task of bringing the Trump administration to justice for the attacks on immigrants therefore falls to the working class.

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    Outrageous




    Did you hear what ICE’s Director said yesterday?

    Thank you for e-mailing your US Senators and Congressional Representative and asking them to support the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 (AWPA), the UFW’s new immigration bill for farm workers.

    We need to ask you for more help. We're hearing stories of farm workers being afraid to leave their houses except to go to and from work.

    And their fear was confirmed yesterday by ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan. In testimony before the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, Homan defended the Trump Administration’s targeting of formerly ‘low priority,’ non-criminal undocumented immigrants using the justification, “We shouldn't wait for them to become a criminal.”

    What happened to America’s innocent until proven guilty philosophy? Homan’s insulting and inaccurate statement assumes that all undocumented laborers are dormant criminals who are going to commit a crime. In fact the truth is the exact opposite. Undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans.

    A solution to this fear is critically important to the UFW and the community we serve. According to researchers at University of California, Davis, approximately 70% of all the farm workers here who put food on America’s tables are undocumented. And these hard-working people who are a vital part of our economy are scared.

    The AWPA takes care of a real need in the farm worker community. It will protect farm workers from deportation and put them on a pathway to legalization and citizenship -- if they have worked 100 days or more in agriculture the past two years and continue to work in agriculture for at least 100 days/year for 5 years or 150 days/year for 3 years and meet other conditions. The AWPA would help ensure a stable, legal workforce in agriculture to the benefit of farm workers, employers and consumers.

    Can you please forward this email to friends and family and ask them to e-mail their US Senators and Congressional Representative as well and request their elected officials support the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 (AWPA)?

    This bill is critically important in the current atmosphere of Trump’s America and statements like yesterday's. Please take this extra step for farm workers. Thank you.

    E-mail your U.S. Congressmembers in support of new immigration bill for farm workers
    It is critical that we find a solution to the immigration problem in agriculture. Our nation’s food supply relies on the hard working men and women who labor to put food on our tables. Click here to e-mail your Congressmember today!

    The first steps towards a solution began last month. On May 3th Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA-D) introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 (AWPA) alongside 4 original co-sponsors. On May 25 Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez introduced this bill into Congress with 30 original co-sponsors. This bill is critically important in the current atmosphere of Trump’s America.

    According to researchers at University of California, Davis, approximately 70% of all the farm workers here who put food on America’s table are undocumented. And these hard working people who are a vital part of our economy are scared. The threat of deportations has caused disruptions to agricultural production.

    The AWPA of 2017 takes care of a real need in the farm worker community. It will protect farm workers from deportation and put them on a pathway to legalization and citizenship -- if they show consistent employment in US agriculture and meet other criteria.

    This bill sends a clear signal that there are leaders in Congress ready to work constructively on immigration. The AWPA would help ensure a stable, legal workforce in agriculture to the benefit of farm workers, employers, and consumers.

    Please join this important effort to protect those who put food on our tables. E-mail your US Senators and Congressional Representative today and ask them to support the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017.

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    Huffington Post Politics (6/13/17): ICE Director To All Undocumented Immigrants: ‘You Need To Be Worried’

    Non-criminals won’t be spared from deportation, Thomas Homan said.
    By Elise Foley

    WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration will continue arresting undocumented immigrants who haven’t been convicted of crimes and won’t apologize for it, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.

    “If you’re in this country illegally and you committed a crime by entering this country, you should be uncomfortable,” Acting Director Thomas Homan told the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee. “You should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried.”

    Following up on Trump’s campaign promise to drive out more undocumented immigrants, ICE arrests rose significantly during the president’s first 100 days in office, compared with the same period the year before. About one-quarter of those arrested ― more than 10,800 people ― were non-criminals, meaning they did not have authorization to be in the U.S., but had not been convicted of a crime. (Being in the U.S. without legal status is a civil offense, although it is a crime to cross the border illegally.)

    The Trump administration has come under fire from activists and Democratic lawmakers for its deportation practices. Homan, testifying before the subcommittee to explain the agency’s request for additional funding, devoted much of his prepared remarks to arguing those criticisms are unfair. He echoed Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who has said ICE is enforcing laws passed by Congress.

    ICE requested a $1.2 billion increase in funding for next fiscal year. Nearly $4.9 billion would expand immigrant detention to more than 51,000 beds from about 34,000 beds ― the number Congress requires ICE to maintain. The budget request also would allow the agency to hire an additional 1,000 enforcement officers and about 600 support staff to increase the rate of removing people.

    "If we wait for [non-criminal undocumented immigrants] to violate yet another law against a citizen of this country, then it’s too late. We shouldn’t wait for them to become a criminal." ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan

    Even with additional funding, officials have said there is a need to prioritize enforcement, since ICE doesn’t have the funds to deport all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

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    Default My father was detained, please help stop his deportation!

    My father was detained, please help stop his deportation!


    Dear Chris,

    ICE detained my father yesterday, on a ridiculous and callous technicality. Every time we've met with ICE, they've told us to bring a one-way ticket to Mexico for my father, which we've done. Yesterday, we went into the ICE office with a one-way ticket, but the flight had a layover in Orlando—which ICE used as an excuse to lock him up. It's outrageous.

    Will you call ICE and ask them to release my father from detention, and stop his deportation?



    ICE has delayed my father's deportation because of tremendous support and activism around his case, from people like you. Now, they're hoping the attention will die down. We can't let that happen.

    Please give ICE a call, and ask your friends and family to do the same.

    Sincerely,

    Maria Martinez


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    Default Urgent Action needed for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

    Urgent Action needed for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)




    On June 1, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly declared his intention to end a program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that allows people in the wake of an environmental or political crisis in their home country to seek shelter and live in the United States. If this program is ended, it will affect individuals and families from Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua who have lived and worked in the United States for many years, many of whom have put down roots in their communities.

    Alianza Americas and its members are taking action to let DHS, Congress, Senate and the White House know that:

    Ending these temporary protection programs would be a grave error. It would rip families apart, put people in harm's way, and take hundreds of thousands of productive workers off of our tax rolls, costing the US millions in tax revenues.

    Rather than ending the programs, the Trump administration should support a legislative solution to allow current TPS beneficiaries to request permanent residency visas. Our investments in the region should focus on addressing economic, social and political factors that cause people to leave their homes and seek safety in the United States.

    Learn more about TPS and what you can do by reviewing our new "SAVE TPS" Toolkit

    This toolkit titled "Save TPS" has been developed by Alianza Americas to provide resources for TPS beneficiaries, their families, allies, faith communities, labor unions, employers, business owners, and community-based organizations. The toolkit can be used by anyone interested in taking actions to extend the period of TPS relief for the people from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua who are currently protected, and in advocating for a path for TPS recipients to obtain permanent residency.

    To read more about Alianza's position on TPS,
    click on the full press release here


    "Save TPS" Toolkit offers a number of tools you can use:

    1. Launch advocacy efforts targeting members of Congress and U.S. Senate, they are key leaders with the power to identify, introduce, and approve changes to current laws to allow TPS beneficiaries to adjust their status to permanent residents.

    2.Take action through social networks, find example of messages to share on Twitter & Facebook, & several graphics you can publish & share with your networks.



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    Default Protest demands New Hope fire cop who questioned Ariel Vences-Lopez’s immigration sta

    Protest demands New Hope fire cop who questioned Ariel Vences-Lopez’s immigration status

    Fight is on to stop his deportation

    By staff

    New Hope, MN - Protesters packed the June 12 city council work session in New Hope, a suburb of Minneapolis, to demand that the city fire police officer Andy Lamers. Until recently, in addition to his job in New Hope, Lamers also had a part-time job as a police officer with Metro Transit, which operates public transit in the Twin Cities area.

    However, Lamers was forced to resign from Metro Transit Police when a video of him surfaced in which he questioned a light rail passenger about his immigration status asking, "Are you here illegally?" The action in New Hope, called for by Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), asserted Lamers’ resignation from Metro Transit Police was not enough, that officers who blatantly racially profile people shouldn’t be police officers anywhere.

    The incident prompting the protest occurred on May 14 and gained national attention after a video posted to Facebook went viral. In the video, officer Lamers can be seen asking a light rail passenger, later identified as Ariel Vences-Lopez, “Are you here illegally?” during what appears to be a routine fare check.

    After protesters spoke out forcefully at the May 24 Met Council meeting and forced the authorities to come clean with the whole story, it became clear that after the video snippet showing officer Lamers questioning Vences-Lopez ended, he was then removed from the train, tased and arrested under suspicion of committing fare evasion and obstructing an officer. When Vences-Lopez was in custody at the Hennepin County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) put a hold on him, after which he was transferred to ICE for deportation. Since finding out ICE had Vences-Lopez, immigrant rights activists and lawyers have scrambled to try to stop his deportation while also campaigning to end Metro Transit police’s relationship with immigration enforcement and holding the officer in question accountable.

    Organizers next plan to attend and speak at the June 14 meeting of the Metropolitan Council. The speak-out, called by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) will demand that Metro Transit police officers stop carrying out immigration enforcement on trains and buses, and that they stop cooperation with ICE and the Department of Homeland Security on trains and buses.

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    Default Reclaim DACA, Fight Trump.

    Reclaim DACA, Fight Trump.


    Chris--

    For the last five years, the DACA program has successfully protected 800,000 young people from deportation and has enabled us to work and live here with peace of mind. This was huge victory won by Immigrant youth who came out, joined together and took action. But instead of building upon this success, the Trump team is separating our families.

    Trump administration officials are working to erode and weaken DACA, from revoking work permits to appointing anti-immigrant officials to oversee the DACA program. We’ve even seen cases of DACA recipients being framed, stalked, detained and deported.

    That's why we are committed to continuing the fight for ALL 11 million undocumented immigrants., We are demanding that our policymakers do more than pay lip service to our safety and security. We want action. Right now, we are calling for justice for the wrongly deported. We demand that our brother and DACA recipient Juan Manuel be brought home. Will you join the call?

    Tell Secretary Kelly: Bring DACA-Recipient Juan Back from Mexico!

    Our policymakers in Washington need to hold DHS accountable for their out-of-control enforcement -- and ensure that DACA is a strong and reliable protection for immigrant youth. Our elected officials also must work to stop Donald Trump’s racist, mass deportation agenda. This is part of a larger and more, permanent policy effort to protect immigrant youth and our families. We want to be able to build our lives freely, without fear of detention or deportation or harassment from ICE agents. That is what we fight for.

    We’re ready to put our bodies on the line for this fight. Now, we need YOU to join and fight with us!

    Join this action. Urge Secretary Kelly to bring back Juan Manuel!

    Here at United We Dream, we’re doing everything we can to organize against the Trump administration and fight back to defend and strengthen DACA. And we won’t stop until we achieve permanent protection for undocumented young people and our loved ones . We all deserve the chance to pursue our dreams, build our lives and thrive. We believe that we will win.

    Thank you for taking action today.

    In solidarity,

    Greisa and the rest of the team at United We Dream


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    Default Claudia is Free! 1st ICE Check-In Today: TAKE ACTION!

    Claudia is Free! 1st ICE Check-In Today: TAKE ACTION!


    Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC)

    Dear Chris,

    THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT YOU GAVE CLAUDIA!
    CLAUDIA IS FREE!

    Claudia's THANK YOU VIDEO



    AS A HUMAN BEING FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE, HER EXPERIENCE REPRESENTS THE CONTINUOUS ABUSE AND REPRESSION OF THIS GOVERNMENT.

    THIS WIN ALSO REPRESENTS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZING!

    She was released on her own recognizes! Meaning she didn't have to pay the system that continues to deport and incarcerate our communities to get her freedom.
    HOWEVER, SHE IS STILL IN DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS!

    TODAY, FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH SHE HAS HER FIRST ICE CHECK-IN @10 AM

    TAKE ACTION!

    CALL, TWEET & SIGN THE PETITION PRESSURING THE NATIONAL ICE OFFICE & SAN DIEGO OFFICE TO APPROVE HER PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION.

    Words from Claudia: “Thanks to your support I am free and with my family. I am so grateful for your support, this whole experience has been traumatic and it does not end. I still face possible deportation. Please help me make calls to urge the ICE Director to approve prosecutorial discretion, so my family can stay together”

    Call

    Call Matthew T. Albence, Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations, (ICE) & Tracy Short Principal Legal Advisor

    (202) 732-5513

    “I am a community member (friend, religious leader, from this organization) calling to urge you (Director Albence) and Tracy Short to approve Claudia Rueda’s (A#213-081-680) Prosecutorial Discretion package. She is a student at Cal State LA, DACA eligible youth and beloved member of her community, allow her to continue her education, life with her family here in the United States”

    Call ICE San Diego Field Office
    Phone: (619) 557-6117 (ask to speak to operator) or 619-338-3707
    Call Script
    “Hi, my name is ________________, and I am a concerned community member calling in support of Claudia Sarahi Rueda Vidal, (A# 213-081-680), a DACA eligible youth, college student and beloved community member from Boyle Heights. Claudia has been a mentor in the community. I call to urge Director Greg Archambault to grant Claudia prosecutorial discretion and release her immediately to her family and community” *Note- you don’t need to give your full name or phone number*


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    .@ICEgov I urge Director Albence & Legal Advisor Tracy to approve Claudia Rueda’s Prosecutorial Discretion Request (A#213-081-680) #Justice4Claudia

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    SAVE THE DATE: MONDAY, JUNE 18TH- PRESS CONFERENCE:JUSTICE FOR CLAUDIA @ 4PM IN LOS ANGELES
    VIDEO/PHOTOS: Claudia Rueda Released from Immigration Custody

    All eyes on ICE to grant request for prosecutorial discretion

    Los Angeles – Claudia was released on June 9, 2017 early afternoon, following over three weeks of detention. On Friday morning, an Immigration Court judge ordered beloved activist and Cal State LA student Claudia Rueda released on her own recognizance from ICE custody in the for-profit CCA Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego California.

    The judge indicated ICE's decision to hold Claudia without bond was "unduly severe" and ordered her released immediately.
    Thank you for your support,
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    Tell the Chicago City Council: Protect all immigrants from Trump’s hate

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    “Protect all of Chicago’s immigrants from Trump’s hate by strengthening the Welcoming City Ordinance so that Chicago police stop enabling deportations.”

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    Dear Chris,



    Trump’s Department of Homeland Security is targeting nearly every undocumented immigrant for immediate deportation. Now is the time for Chicago to step up and fight back.

    Chicago’s current Welcoming City Ordinance limits collaboration between local police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but it does not protect all immigrants from Trump’s hate. It leaves immigrants of color who have been targeted and criminalized by the racist Chicago Police Department (CPD) at extreme risk.

    Chicago’s aldermen have the power to fix these dangerous loopholes and as city residents, we have the power to make sure they do. The city council could vote on whether to strengthen and expand Chicago’s immigrant protections as early as Wednesday. Will you add your support now to help keep the pressure on?

    Tell the Chicago City Council: Protect all immigrants from Trump’s hate. Click here to sign the petition.

    The CPD has an appalling history of racism. A mayoral task force that investigated the department after the 2015 cover-up of the police murder of Laquan McDonald released a scathing report claiming that CPD’s own data gives validity to the widely held belief that the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.1 A Department of Justice investigation at around the same time found that CPD’s use of "deadly force" was "unreasonable.”2

    Right now, the Welcoming City Ordinance allows CPD officers to help ICE deport immigrants whom CPD has racially profiled and criminalized. CPD can collaborate with ICE in cases where immigrants have an open warrant, have been charged with a felony (even if they have not been convicted), have been convicted of a felony (regardless of how long ago it was), or who are in the CPD’s gang database.3

    This is a recipe for disaster. People of color often have open warrants because they do not have the resources to resolve minor offenses, like traffic tickets, in complicated, rigged court systems.4 CPD targeting immigrants who were charged but never convicted of a crime is cruel and unacceptable. Prosecutors’ overuse of plea bargains, the pressures of the money bail system and decades of mandatory minimum sentencing have forced tens of thousands of people of color to plead guilty to felonies rather than face trial.5,6 And gang databases are notorious tools of racial profiling.7,8 These loopholes allow ICE and CPD to go after people who have essentially been targeted by police for “living in Chicago while black or brown.” The city council must close these loopholes now.

    Last week, immigrants, allies, our friends at Mijente and others rallied in front of City Hall to demand that Chicago lawmakers strengthen immigrant protections. Help us keep up the pressure. Chicago’s aldermen have a choice: Plug loopholes in the Welcoming City Ordinance and protect all of Chicago’s immigrants from Trump’s hate or continue to help Trump’s rogue deportation force rip families apart and terrorize communities of color. Speak out now to make sure they do the right thing.

    Tell the Chicago City Council: Protect all immigrants from Trump’s hate. Click the link below to sign the petition.

    https://act.credoaction.com/sign/chi....247355.8Agyvb

    Thank you for standing with Chicago’s immigrants,

    Nicole Regalado, Campaign Manager
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    References:

    Monica Davey and Mitch Smith, “Chicago Police Dept. Plagued by Systemic Racism, Task Force Finds,” The New York Times, April 13, 2016.
    Jason Hanna and Madison Park, “Chicago police use excessive force, DOJ finds,” CNN, Jan. 13, 2017.
    Fran Spielman, “Immigrant groups want Welcoming City ordinance strengthened,” Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 26, 2017.
    Nathan Robinson, “The Shocking Finding From the DOJ’s Ferguson Report That Nobody Has Noticed,” HuffPost, May 13, 2015.
    Gretchen Gavett, “The Problem With Pleas,” PBS, Oct. 31, 2011.
    Bill Quigley, “Fourteen Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System,” HuffPost, May 25, 2011.
    Jennifer Medina, “Gang Database Criticized for Denying Due Process May Be Used for Deportations,” The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2017.
    Tony Briscoe, “Immigrant says he was wrongly placed in gang database, sues over arrest,” Chicago Tribune, May 2, 2017.


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    Default ‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear

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    ‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear

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    By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and VIVIAN YEEJUNE 16, 2017

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    WASHINGTON — President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration on Thursday night.

    But White House officials said on Friday morning that Mr. Trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them.

    The Department of Homeland Security announced that it would continue the Obama-era program intended to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them with work permits so they can find legal employment.

    A fact sheet posted on the department’s website says that immigrants enrolled in the 2012 program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, “will continue to be eligible” to renew every two years, and notes that “no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”

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    A news release from the department said flatly that “the June 15, 2012, memorandum that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will remain in effect.”

    But officials at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday morning that those statements were intended only to clarify that immigrants enrolled in the DACA program would not immediately be affected by a separate action officially ending a similar program for undocumented immigrants whose children are citizens or legal permanent residents.

    “There has been no final determination made about the DACA program, which the president has stressed needs to be handled with compassion and with heart,” said Jonathan Hoffman, the assistant secretary for public affairs at the department. He added that John F. Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, “has noted that Congress is the only entity that can provide a long-term solution to this issue.”

    Immigration rights activists, who have fiercely battled Mr. Trump’s travel ban and increased enforcement of other immigration laws, initially hailed the announcement, calling it a surprising turn of events from Mr. Trump.

    “This is a big victory for Dreamers amid months of draconian and meanspirited immigration enforcement policy,” said David Leopold, an immigration lawyer. “The preservation of DACA is a tribute to the strength of the Dreamer movement.”

    But after the White House clarified its intent, activists expressed regret. Mr. Leopold said in a second statement that “it’s no surprise that Trump would quickly walk back the preservation of DACA.” He added that the administration was trying to “cynically pit 800,000 Dreamers against the rest of the 11 million undocumented immigrants.”

    Cecilia Muñoz, who led President Barack Obama’s domestic policy council and oversaw immigration policy for the White House, said, “It is unfortunate that their status is still temporary, and their peace of mind not complete.”

    A decision to maintain the DACA program would be a reversal from Mr. Trump’s anti-immigrant language during the campaign and would disappoint some of the president’s most ardent supporters, who view the program started by Mr. Obama as an illegal grant of amnesty.


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    During the campaign, Mr. Trump repeatedly agreed with that sentiment. At one rally last summer, Mr. Trump vowed to “immediately terminate” the program, saying that Mr. Obama had “defied federal law and the Constitution.”

    But once in office, Mr. Trump faced a new reality: the political risks of targeting for deportation a group of people who are viewed sympathetically by many Americans. In some cases, the immigrants did not know they were in the country illegally. Many attended American schools from the time they were in kindergarten.

    Asked repeatedly about his intentions for the program since he took office, the president has hinted that he would not try to deport the Dreamers. But immigration activists had remained worried that the administration might still eliminate the program.

    On Friday, young immigrants who have gained legal status through the program were eager for clarity.

    “My initial reaction was, ‘Well, what’s the catch?’” said Carlos Robles-Shanahan, 27, a business consultant in Chicago who is waiting for his deferred action status to be renewed. “It felt like it sounds too good to be true. If they gave us that, what did they take away?”

    Born in Mexico, Mr. Robles-Shanahan and his two siblings followed their parents to the Chicago area in 2004, when they were children. He and his brother were arrested and detained by immigration officials while traveling to Boston by train in 2010, but were given a temporary reprieve from deportation. Joining the deferred action program two years later, he said, allowed him to obtain financial aid from his college, teach for a year through a fellowship, earn a master’s degree in public policy, get a white-collar job and buy a house for his mother.

    “DACA changed a ton of stuff for me and my brother, exponentially,” he said. “It was like a switch.”

    Mr. Robles-Shanahan recently married a United States citizen and has begun the process of applying for a green card, but fears that his ability to work and live in the country will be jeopardized if his deferred action status is not renewed.

    Confirmation that the Trump administration planned to preserve the program would have given young immigrants some certainty that they could apply for deferred action or renew their status, said Rigo Rivera, 27, who crossed the Mexican border when he was 9 to join his parents in Alpharetta, Ga. Many have been afraid to apply for fear of putting their information in the hands of federal authorities.

    “With Trump, we can expect anything. Tomorrow he can say that he wants to deport us,” he said. “I don’t know what to make of this, or what to believe.”

    Mr. Rivera, a prep worker in a restaurant kitchen who also leads a group of young undocumented activists, received protected status in 2013, allowing him to obtain a driver’s license, a Social Security number and permission to work legally.

    But he said he worried that he and other young immigrants in the program would not be protected from deportation even if Mr. Trump does not formally end DACA, because of several recent episodes in which people like him have been detained despite their participation in the program.

    The announcement that the DACA program will continue for the time being, a decision that affects about 800,000 people in the United States, came as the administration formally ended Mr. Obama’s attempt to expand it to also cover the parents of Dreamers.

    In 2015, Mr. Obama proposed an expansion of the program, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which could have shielded as many as five million people from deportation and provided work permits to them as well.

    That program was never put in place because a Texas court blocked it at the request of a coalition of 26 state attorneys general. The Supreme Court deadlocked, 4 to 4, on a challenge to that ruling, but the decision by the Trump administration officially ends the litigation.

    Correction: June 17, 2017
    An earlier version of this article, using information from a Department of Homeland Security news release and a separate fact sheet, referred incorrectly to the status of the Obama-era immigration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program is continuing for now; President Trump has not decided to keep it permanently, according to a clarification released by the administration. The headline repeated the error.

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    Join on Justice for Claudia Day of Action!



    Claudia went to her check-in appointment on Friday just to find out the office was actually closed and she had to come back Monday. ICE San Diego Field Office and ICE DC office can decide as early as TODAY if they will deport her!
    Today, Monday, June 19th community, faith leaders, her attorney and community organization will stand with her at a press conference to accompany her to her first ICE Check-In, support the filing of her DACA application and DEMAND ICE STOP DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS!

    TAKE ACTION! CALL, TWEET & SIGN THE PETITION AGAIN TODAY

    Words from Claudia: “Thanks to your support I am free and with my family. I am so grateful for your support, this whole experience has been traumatic and it does not end. I still face possible deportation. Please help me make calls to urge the ICE Director to approve prosecutorial discretion, so my family can stay together”

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    “I am a community member (friend, religious leader, from this organization) calling to urge you (Director Albence) and Tracy Short to approve Claudia Rueda’s (A#213-081-680) Prosecutorial Discretion package. She is a student at Cal State LA, DACA eligible youth and beloved member of her community, allow her to continue her education, life with her family here in the United States”

    Call ICE San Diego Field Office
    Phone: (619) 557-6117 (ask to speak to operator) or 619-338-3707
    Call Script
    “Hi, my name is ________________, and I am a concerned community member calling in support of Claudia Sarahi Rueda Vidal, (A# 213-081-680), a DACA eligible youth, college student and beloved community member from Boyle Heights. Claudia has been a mentor in the community. I call to urge Director Greg Archambault to grant Claudia prosecutorial discretion and release her immediately to her family and community” *Note- you don’t need to give your full name or phone number*


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    Every minute 20 people leave their homes to flee from war, terror, and persecution. The 1951 UN Refugee Convention states that refugees must be guaranteed such basic rights as housing and education, the right not to be expelled from a host country, the right not to be punished for illegal entry, and more. Today on World Refugee Day, we reaffirm these rights. We also add that refugees, as well as all people, have the right to live in a world without war.

    As more and more people flee from wars the US is too often involved in, we call on the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, to support all governments ensuring the right of refugees and increased refugee entry into the US.

    From the borders of US/Mexico to the Mediterranean Sea, thousands across the globe are blocked or pushed back from finding a better quality of life.

    The statistics are staggering:

    65.6 million forcibly displaced

    40.3 million displaced internally

    5.3 million Palestinian refugees

    2.8 million asylum seekers

    However, Trump signed an executive order in January that cuts refugee resettlement funding. He is also working quietly to reduce the number of refugees accepted from 110,000 to 60,000.

    As the refugee crisis explodes, it is more critical than ever that we open our doors. Tell US Ambassador Nikki Haley to support the welcoming and ensuring of basic rights for refugees. Don't forget to share the image above on Facebook and Twitter.

    Also, please consider wearing our Refugees Welcome t-shirts as well as Drop Earrings, Not Bombs handmade by a Syrian refugee in Istanbul. You can also order our I Heart posters or download them from our website.

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    Default One person forced to flee their home every three seconds by war and violence

    The number of people forced to flee their homes by war and persecution has risen to record levels for the third year running, with 65.6 million people displaced around the world – more than the population of Britain.


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    Default Undocumented student Claudia Rueda freed By staff

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    Los Angeles, CA - Public school teachers at Roosevelt High School (RHS), joined by professors from Cal-State LA and students from RHS Magnet joined together to demand that authorities free 22-year-old Claudia Rueda.
    Only a week after Rueda helped organize the successful fight to free her own mother, Teresa de Vidal Jaime, from custody, Rueda was taken from her home by ICE.
    On June 8, Rueda’s mother Teresa, Rueda’s sister, her aunt, students, teacher, professors and community members all lined up to give testimony about Rueda being influential and inspiring. Organized by M.E.Ch.A de RHS, the United Teachers of LA union, ICE out of LA, and the Immigrant Youth Coalition, the event had a strong and energized turnout.
    “I see myself when I look at Claudia,” said Edna Galvis, president of M.E.Ch.A de RHS. “Fighting for her mother, fighting for a better education, and helping lead her classmates against discrimination and attacks of ICE.”
    RHS’s Marianna Ramirez, who was Rueda’s teacher said, “We must join when Claudia needs us more than ever!”
    Teacher Arlene Inouye spoke of the Japanese concentration camps and about how her grandmother was taken from her home and put in the camps. Inouye insisted that organized efforts are the key to succeeding against ICE and deportations.
    Rueda was in the middle of moving when sheriffs showed up at her door to detain her. Rueda was then transferred to the Otay Mesa Detention Center near San Diego. Efforts in LA, San Diego, as well as public outcry ultimately led to the freeing of Rueda on June 9. Rueda’s next steps are to have her case reviewed, and to be eligible for DACA.
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    Minneapolis, MN - On June 23, the charges against Ariel Vences Lopez of ‘fare evasion,’ ‘obstruction of process’ and ‘providing a false name to police’ were dropped. This legal victory is one step in the campaign that immigrant rights and anti-police brutality activists are waging to stop the deportation of Vences Lopez and stop police harassment and brutality on Twin Cities public transit.
    Vences Lopez was riding the blue line light rail train in Minneapolis on May 14 and gained national attention after a video posted to Facebook went viral. In the video, Metro Transit police officer Andy Lamers can be seen asking Vences-Lopez, “Are you here illegally?” during what appears to be a routine fare check. Minneapolis is supposed to be a ‘sanctuary city’ where police do not ask people about immigration status. Metro Transit, which has its own police force, claims to not ask about immigration status either, despite the viral video showing Lamers doing exactly that.
    After protesting at the Met Council and pressing authorities about what happened, it became clear that after the video snippet showing officer Lamers questioning Vences-Lopez ended, he was then removed from the train, tased and then arrested. The charges from that arrest are the charges that were dropped today.
    When Vences-Lopez was in custody at the Hennepin County Jail for these charges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) put a hold on him, after which he was transferred to ICE for deportation. He is still held by ICE pending deportation, with activists and lawyers working to stop his deportation. Getting the charges against Vences Lopez dropped is one step in that process.


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