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    Default #FreeEspilvio - Nicaraguan immigrant now!

    #FreeEspilvio - Nicaraguan immigrant now!


    Together we have helped stop deportations. Please help us free Espilvio Sanchez-Benavidez from detention who could be deported to his death.

    Sign this petition calling on Representative Ileana Ros Lethinen and Representative Carlos Curbello to allow Giovanni to reunite with his family.


    Chris,

    At the age of 21 Espilvio had witnessed the murder of two of his family members for opposing the government in Nicaragua. Espilvio Sanchez-Benavidez decided to migrate in 2013 to the United States from Nicaragua in order to save his life after he too was threatened.

    Espilvio has made a home here and found a safe space where he met his now wife Wendy and step daughter Bella Sofia. He’s raised Bella as his own daughter. Bella has only come to know Espilvio as her father, and the future for her is now blurred as he’s a step closer to deportation.

    Will you join us to demand for his release today so Espilvio can return home where he belongs and be with Bella Sofia and his wife Wendy?

    Sign this petition calling on Representative Ileana Ros Lethinen and Representative Carlos Curbello to allow Giovanni to reunite with his family.

    Thank you for taking action today.

    In solidarity,

    Greisa and the rest of the team at United We Dream
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    Default Urge Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to Fund Deportation Defense for All

    Urgent Call to Action! Urge Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to Fund Deportation Defense for All Not Just for Some!


    Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC)

    Dear Chris,

    Today, the Board of Supervisors is introducing a motion reducing the number of Los Angeles county immigrant community members that can get access to free legal representation if placed in deportation proceedings!

    This motion is problematic for three main reasons:

    This motion disproportionately affects low-income, LGBTQIA, women and black immigrant communities since they are most likely to be targeted by criminalization

    Legal providers have expressed that this is a dysfunctional model and they will have to spend more than half of their time screening community members to find out they cannot represent them

    Everyone deserves due process to better understand their rights and choices under immigration law. At the end of the day certain laws will dictate the outcome of the particular case.

    We cannot let LA County discriminate against people who have convictions, especially given the systemic injustices within our criminal justice system. The carve-out will also make providing services more expensive and will end up helping fewer people. New York recently passed the first in the nation Universal Representation Program! We need LA to follow.



    We urgently need your help opposing this motion with CALLS and SOCIAL MEDIA

    At this point, we need to call ALL 5 of the Board of Supervisor offices and the Mayor expressing our strong opposition to this motion.

    Numbers:
    1) Sup. Solis: (213) 974-4111
    2) Sup. Ridley-Thomas: (213) 974-2222
    3) Sup. Kuehl: (213) 974-3333
    4) Sup. Hahn: (213) 974-4444
    5) Sup. Barger: (213) 974-5555
    6) Mayor Garcetti: (213) 978-0600

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    Hello, my name is ______. My zip code is _______. I am calling to express my strong opposition to the LA Justice Fund Client Prioritization and Services motion, which the LA County Board of Supervisors will hear on Tuesday. The LA Justice Fund must not bar any group of people from getting a lawyer to defend them from deportation. This is about due process and fairness. Don't buy into Trump's framework, dividing people into "good" and "bad" immigrants. Please stand up for immigrants and ensure the LA Justice Fund provides services to ALL our community members.

    TWEET TODAY BETWEEN 9AM-12PM
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    @SheilaKuehl
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    Don't carve up the #LAJusticeFund! Stand up for ALL our community members and protect #DueProcess4All.

    Carving out the #LAJusticeFund means carving up local families. Oppose the eligibility motion Tuesday! #DueProcess4All.

    Don't endorse Trump's good/bad immigrant idea! For real justice in LA, don’t carve out the #LAJusticeFund! #DueProcess4All

    Vote no on the #LAJusticeFund eligibility motion Tues. LA must take a stand for #DueProcess4All Do the right thing!

    .@MayorOfLA, my neighborhood stands for #DueProcess4All. My neighbors want a healthy #LAJusticeFund. We need you to take a stand today!

    Thank you for your continuous support!
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    Oppose Muslim Ban 2.0 & Muslim Laptop Ban



    Wednesday | April 12, 2017

    Dear Chris,

    US Senate Bill 54 if passed will ban any government registry based on religion or national origin. The bill now has 10 Democratic Senators and one Independent Senator sponsoring it. But so far no Republican Senator.

    The great pushback by Americans against the registry is paying off: San Francisco’s mayor signed the first preemptive law opposing Trump’s proposed registry, we hope many more cities will follow. Recently, the TV series Quantico took on Trump’s idea of a registry, and broke it down for viewers, questioning its premise and logic.


    Action Items

    Add your name to the #OneAmerica registry

    Support S.b-54: “Protect American Families Act”

    While the database on Muslims has not been made a reality yet, Trump continues to stigmatize Islam and Muslims through other proposed measures. Trump’s second Executive Order restricting travel from Muslim nations was suspended swiftly by the Courts.

    With the new Supreme Court appointee it will probably head for the Supreme Court.

    Trump’s spokesman, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on the March 16 that the administration would appeal the rulings “very soon.” It is more important than ever to remain vigilant against the registry and the ban.


    In solidarity,

    Co-Chairs
    One America Coalition
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    Default Watch the #WeBelongTogether Kids Caravan live from DC right now!

    Watch the #WeBelongTogether Kids Caravan live from DC right now!


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    Dear Chris,

    It’s been an amazing few days for Charlene, Jasmine, Leah, William, Thomas, and all the youth on the #WeBelongTogether Kids Caravan!

    Watch live as they end their journey by standing up for each other in front of the White House. After days on the road, all the kids are ready to show Trump that their bonds are unbreakable and that no matter what, #WeBelongTogether!

    On Monday, Charlene, a 16 year old Afro-latina, spoke at her first press conference and gave Mayor Gimenez an “F” for failing to protect immigrant families. On Tuesday the kids painted banners, danced and went on a tour of Atlanta’s West End with new friends to learn about their movement roots and the history of the black freedom struggle. On Wednesday they stood up for immigrant families in North Carolina.

    Now that they’re in DC, Jasmine wants Trump to know that no matter what, “we are not afraid. We are going to stand up for our friends and families!” Tune in live as the kids deliver their messages of power and unity at Trump’s door.

    Next week it’s your turn to show elected leaders in your community that kids’ bonds are stronger than hate and that no matter what, #WeBelongTogether. Stay tuned for updates on local actions and for more information about how you can plan an event near you.

    — With love and inspiration, Andrea, on behalf of all the Kids Caravan leaders


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    Default Trump plans detention force and network of camps for immigrants

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    Trump plans detention force and network of camps for immigrants

    By Eric London

    14 April 2017

    The Trump administration is advancing plans to create a national force of paramilitary guards and officials aimed at deporting millions of undocumented people from the United States. According to the Washington Post, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning on jailing tens of thousands more immigrants in the coming period, hiring thousands of agents, as well as the construction of a wall between the US and Mexico.

    According to an internal DHS memo acquired by the Post, the government is expanding the number of detention beds by 33,000, including some for “unaccompanied minors,” in other words, children held in prison.

    These facilities will include five private, for-profit prisons and two government facilities. The total number of immigrants imprisoned on a daily basis will rise to around 70,000—approaching the number of Japanese-Americans interned by the Roosevelt administration during World War II.


    Mexican children wave as construction workers expand the border wall

    The memo also explains that “progress” has been made and that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is “taking all appropriate action to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall” along the border. One contractor proposed to build a wall with a moat filled with nuclear waste that immigrants would fall into if they attempted to cross.

    DHS is also dredging up the most backward and fascistic elements to hire 5,000 new guards and agents who will serve as modern-day slave catchers. The memo announces that the agency has eliminated the most basic physical and mental fitness requirements for applicants and has dropped the requirement that applicants must pass a polygraph test.

    To combat widespread hostility to immigration raids, DHS will engage in propaganda to “further improve brand awareness and convey the importance and scope of our mission within the public sphere.” To do so, DHS is targeting young people: “We will also continue to focus on increasing our digital and social media presence to reach the millennial generation; [and] expand our outreach at high schools, colleges and universities.”

    The new memo comes after DHS announced it has hired two fascistic white nationalists, John Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and Julie Kirchner of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), to serve as policy advisers to ICE and CBP, respectfully. The fact that CIS and FAIR are now helping direct the government’s immigration policy is a warning of even more brutal treatment to come.

    The New York Times reported yesterday that the Trump administration is also seeking to eliminate even the minimal requirements for services at immigrant detention centers. The administration is considering dropping translation services for immigrants, eliminating rules that detainee requests for medical attention be granted within 24 hours, and closing a bureau responsible for overseeing conditions for protecting immigrant women from sexual assault.

    Immigrant detention centers are already hellish places, often located in isolated areas, where immigrants are fed rotten food, barred from seeing their attorneys, and housed with violent non-immigrant criminals. Many immigrants are housed in county jails. One Ohio police sheriff told the Times, “Jail is jail … we don’t put chocolates on the pillows.”


    Two immigrants jailed at the West Texas Detention Facility

    Private prisons house roughly 65 percent of detained immigrants, and this figure is likely to rise when the new expansion is carried out. The Democratic and Republican parties established a “detention bed quota” whereby the government is required to fill prisons with immigrants, producing windfall profits for privately-run facilities whose corporate executives donate heavily to both parties.

    This massive expansion of the internment camp system for immigrant detention is taking place with the tacit approval of the Democratic Party, which has maintained an almost complete silence on Trump’s attack on immigrants in recent weeks. The Democratic Party has instead attacked Trump from the right, demanding that he prosecute the ruling class’s war drive against Russia in Syria while also threatening to attack North Korea.

    Speaking at an event in Brooklyn, New York Wednesday, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said that Trump’s immigration program is “terrible for America because these are people who work and you’re taking people’s breadwinners away, you’re taking people away who businesses need. That’s why they’re here. And so we’ll do everything we can to stop that.”

    Aside from Schumer’s cynical declaration that he “defends” immigrants because corporations need to exploit cheap labor, his claim that Democrats will oppose Trump’s immigration programs is a lie.

    Schumer and the vast majority of Democratic senators showered DHS, ICE, and CBP with money during last year’s appropriations bill, which “provides appropriation for … Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology,” as well as “construction and facilities management.”

    Democrats Schumer, Booker, Durbin, Feinstein, Franken, Gillibrand, Kaine, Klobuchar, Leahy, Reid, and many more agreed to pay the “salaries and expenses” of every immigration officer and border patrol agent. Each time an immigrant is deported, the Democratic Party has effectively signed their next check.

    Widespread demonstrations have taken place against Trump’s immigration policies, and polls show large majorities oppose the construction of a border wall. Ninety percent of Americans support granting citizenship to immigrants who have lived in the US for several years. Last week, roughly 30,000 people demonstrated in Dallas, Texas to defend the rights of immigrants.

    Democratic politicians spoke at the rally, including former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, who as HUD Secretary sold 98 percent of long-delinquent mortgages to Wall Street speculators at sweetheart rates through the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program.

    Democratic state legislator Roberto Alonzo told the crowd to vote for Democrats: “The 2006 march and the movement around that is what turned Dallas County blue in 2008. First we march, then we govern.”

    Alonzo failed to mention that when the Democrats governed under Obama, they deported 2.7 million undocumented people and set the stage for Trump’s expanded deportation program.

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    Default Chicago must expand Sanctuary

    Chicago must expand Sanctuary


    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council must expand Sanctuary City.



    It's time for Chicago to stop doing Trump's dirty work.

    TAKE ACTION!


    Chris,

    Chicago is not a Sanctuary city. This month it is expected that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council will have two important decisions to make to expand Sanctuary in the city. Chicago has a potential amendment to a city ordinance called Welcoming City that aims to expand protections for immigrants. And another potential ordinance that will limit the power and notorious relationship between the Fraternal Order of Police and Chicago police department by setting crucial guidelines that will decrease police violence and hold police accountable. These changes would be major steps in creating policies that will reform Chicago’s police department and local government.

    Right after Trump took office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel publicly announced that Chicago would remain a Sanctuary City.1 Yet, weeks later ICE officials rounded up hundreds of people in series of raids in Chicago and across the country -- taking people out their homes, workplaces, schools and away from their loved ones. Many Black people continue to be inflicted with violence by the hands of police. Those words echoed by Mayor Emanuel were empty promises.

    Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago City Council must expand Sanctuary protections for all people of Chicago by passing these important city ordinances.

    Chicago has a long and damaging history of state violence that deeply impacts Black people’s lives and well-being. We still remember the tragic and horrific killing of teenager Laquan McDonald by a police officer. This prompted a federal investigation by the Justice Department and one of the largest community mobilization efforts to remove then state attorney Anita Alvarez from office for her failure to hold the police accountable at the time. Yet, the Chicago police still remain unchecked and still harms Black people.

    Elected leaders have a responsibility to the communities they represent. A city cannot be Sanctuary if Black and Brown people are harassed and killed by police more frequently than anyone else. The police do not deserve all the power and control -- it's the people who deserve safety first. Sanctuary must be expanded to fully protect all marginalized communities. The Welcoming City ordinance and the Fraternal Order of Police resolution must be approved by Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council. Both of these measures will provide a transformative step in protecting and improving the lives of all Chicago residents by redefining and expanding Sanctuary city.

    Demand Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council move forward with expanding protections for immigrants and ending the power of the Fraternal Police Union. Sign the petition.

    The Trump Administration has the sole intent on attacking and silencing Black and Brown communities through its “Law and Order” agenda. Just days after the inauguration, Trump signed a series of vicious executive orders that target and disrupt the lives of immigrants -- from banning Muslim immigrants and refugees from traveling to the U.S. to emboldening more power to local law enforcement and ICE agents. One includes the elimination of federal funding to cities that are declared Sanctuary. In the aftermath, all across the country, many immigrants became prime targets and once again lived in fear. And just last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would start to cut DOJ contracts to cities that are Sanctuary.

    Then Trump pushed further and signed three specific executive orders that bolster the power and control of law enforcement. Each of these executive orders included the expansion of law enforcement, monitoring and surveilling activists within the Black Lives Matter movement, re-igniting the “War on Drugs” that includes increasing the funding for military equipment for local police departments. ALL of these measures are just the beginning. In Chicago and cities across the country, too many times we’ve seen the dismantling of our progress and civil rights. It’s time for cities to stop doing Trump’s dirty work, it’s time to resist.

    Sign the petition.

    Until justice is real,

    Scott, Rashad, Arisha, Anay, Clarise, Enchanta, Malaya, and the rest of the Color Of Change team


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    “As Trump signs immigration order, Emanuel vows Chicago will stay sanctuary city, ” Chicago Tribune, 01.25.2017. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7431....872082.1K9FhX


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    Default 100 Disruptions: Surveillance of immigrants

    100 Disruptions: Surveillance of immigrants


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    Chris,

    Social media is where we express ourselves freely, right? Not so much if you’re an immigrant — and especially not if you’re undocumented.

    Under the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded the use of social-media surveillance to justify arresting, detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants all over the country, making the internet a pretty dangerous place.1

    Local police as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are monitoring thousands of social-media accounts, poring through personal posts for anything they can use1 — and trampling all over basic human rights.

    Today’s ask is to read and share the community advisory from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, which outlines these tactics and provides valuable tips for safety and security. Pass this guidance along to anyone who may be vulnerable, as well as those who provide services and support.

    Let’s work together to protect the dignity of immigrants while fighting the surveillance state in all its forms.

    Thanks for all that you do—

    Collette, Lucia, Candace and the rest of the Free Press team
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    1. “DHS Is Now Asking Some Foreign Visitors About Their Social Media,” CBS News, Dec. 22, 2016: http://act.freepress.net/go/16781?t=...9036884.udU7Kz

    2. Department of Homeland Security DHS Directives System Instruction Number: 110-01-001 Revision Number: 00 Issue Date: June 8, 2012: https://act.freepress.net/go/16782?t...9036884.udU7Kz



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    Default Trump seeks to restrict visas used by high-tech companies

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    Trump seeks to restrict visas used by high-tech companies

    APRIL 18, 2017, 7:49 A.M.

    Trump to take first step toward restricting visas used by tech industry

    Michael A. Memoli



    President Trump on Tuesday will take what the White House is calling a “transitional step” toward a revamped immigration system, ordering a review of a visa program meant to attract skilled immigrant labor that administration officials say has been abused to the detriment of American workers.

    An executive order Trump is scheduled to sign during a visit to a Wisconsin manufacturer will direct federal agencies to review the H-1B visa program, which is widely used by the tech industry to bring workers in from other countries.

    The White House argues that the program has been “abused to the point of being rendered … inoperative,” as an official told reporters Monday, bringing in workers for positions where they earn less than the industry average paid to American workers. That's a criticism that has also been widely made by outside analysts.

    A senior administration official, briefing reporters Monday on the condition of anonymity ahead of the president’s event, said the goal of the review would be to shift the process for awarding H1-B visas to put a priority on higher-skilled and higher-paid workers, making it more difficult to use it to replace American workers.

    Trump's plan, which also directs a separate review of government purchasing requirements, is consistent with the “Buy American, Hire American” credo that was a staple of his campaign, featured prominently in his inaugural address and outlined in his address to Congress in February.

    “This is a transitional step to get toward a more skills-based and merit-based immigration system,” the official said.

    The executive order is the latest in a series of steps the administration has already taken on H-1B visas. Under guidance issued earlier this month by the Department of Homeland Security, companies seeking to sponsor computer programmers for a guest visa would need to take additional steps to verify the tasks performed qualify as a “specialty occupation.”
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    Default BREAKING NEWS: #JusticeForJuan

    BREAKING NEWS: #JusticeForJuan


    Chris,

    The Trump administration has chosen to deport a DACA recipient. This is despite the fact that Trump promised he wouldn't target DACA recipients.

    We must stand up against Donald Trump's ICE AND CBP thugs who are doing this to our community. If Juan wasn’t safe, anyone can be next.

    Our response to Juan's deportation needs to be immediate and powerful. This deportation force is unacceptable and against our vision for our country. This is a moment for our #HereToStay network to shine. We must take action to demand Members of Congress reject funding for Trump's agenda, be bold by demanding that Juan Manuel is brought home, and be proud. And we need to do it immediately.

    Sign this petition to demand Department Homeland Secretary John Kelly bring back Juan from Mexico

    On February 17, Juan Manuel Montes was walking to a taxi stand in his hometown in California when he was approached by border officials and asked for his papers. Though Juan is authorized to live and work in America through the DACA program, he was deported to Mexico just hours later.

    Juan was brought to the United States by his family when he was 9 years old. He had graduated from high school and was working while finishing community college at the time he was picked up. He was nearly finished with his welding degree.

    DACA recipients like Juan and myself come forward, file paperwork, receive background checks, and pay fees. In exchange, we receive work authorization and a promise that the federal government will not deport us. But we know DACA recipients have been wrongfully detained by ICE. And now, for the first time, a DACA recipient has been deported. We need to make sure the Trump administration and the entire country hear us:

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

    We delivered over 50,000 petitions to Secretary Kelly to demand Dany and Daniel’s release, and now they are both free. Our movement is making a difference. Now it’s time to put our power behind Juan.

    Adrian and the rest of the team at United We Dream

    P.S. Join us tonight at 8pm ET on Facebook Live to learn about how you can take action on the ground to bring back Juan and stop future detentions and deportations from happening https://www.facebook.com/unitedwedream

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    Default The #BerksKids Don’t Belong in Detention

    The #BerksKids Don’t Belong in Detention




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    Dear Chris,

    The Berks County Residential Center is just one of the family detention centers that still exists in this country. It’s also “home” for Antonio, Carlos, Josue, and Michael, four children – all under five years old – who have spent the last 500 days in “baby jail.” These children, along with their mothers, fled horrific violence and danger and came to the U.S to seek safety. Instead of refuge, they were locked up. We need to close detention centers like Berks, not create more.

    Sign Now to Stop Trump’s Anti- Immigrant Agenda.

    Right now, President Trump is asking Congress to fund his hateful agenda on immigrants. He wants $3 million for his abusive enforcement policies, including more than $1 million to put more families in detention even though they are fleeing here to seek safety.

    President Trump’s policies of bigotry and xenophobia show the true cost of fear but together we can stop them. Trump’s budget proposal can’t move forward without the support of your members of Congress. Before this moves forward, make sure your members of Congress know where you stand.

    Tell your members of Congress to reject President Trump’s abusive enforcement agenda.

    Antonio, Carlos, Josue, and Michael need you. While their current deportation order has been blocked they are still being held in detention. There is no reason for these children to be locked up. Seeking asylum is not a crime.

    Together we can stop Trump’s anti- refugee agenda because children deserve safety, not detention.

    Thank you for taking action,
    Margaret Huang
    Executive Director, Amnesty International USA

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    Default Tell Congress: No Money for Trump's Wall

    Tell Congress: No Money for Trump's Wall


    Tell Members of Congress to Block "The Wall"



    #BanTheBudget

    ACT NOW!


    Dear Chris,

    This week Trump’s budget proposal will be released and he wants us to pay for “The Wall” that was his grand scheme! Mexico said “No!” to Trump's bully tactics, and we need to follow suit.

    An estimated $70 billion is the expected cost to build a wall along the U.S. Mexico border, one of Trump's great promises that now everyone is on the hook for but him.1 Trump promised his supporters that this wall was being built for public safety and to protect jobs, as a ploy for his real racists agenda, but the budget he proposed puts all of those things into jeopardy and directly impacts the people who overwhelming voted for him. Democratic Members of Congress are starting to take a stand against Trump’s wall proposal and budget as a whole, and if we can peel away even a small amount of Republican support, we’ll be able to block the funding for this potential disaster just like we did with Trump Care a few weeks ago.

    Chris, this is an all hands on deck throw down. Sign this petition to stop the wall and #BanTheBudget.

    Programs like “Meals on Wheels”, after-school and summer activities, SNAP benefits, youth and senior job programs, and civil rights and environmental protections are all on the chopping block just to name a few.2 These are the real budget priorities that keep us safe but Trump wants to slash them to pay for his pet project.

    Trump convinced vulnerable communities to bite the bait by believing that a smaller government meant more opportunity for them. But the reality is, he’s doing more than “cutting the fat” from the government, he’s ripping away programs that are life support for folks as if it’s just a simple cosmetic lift. Trump's first 100 days has been leading us on a road to nowhere that’s full of fear and empty promises. He is on track to spend just as much money on his personal travel and golf excursions as it would keep some of these programs intact.

    In small rural towns like East Liverpool Ohio, Southwest Pennsylvania and other Appalachian towns, people are immobilized with fear around the impacts of this budget. Apparently, 7 out of the 12 federal programs intended to assist coal mining communities are being cut, including the Appalachian Regional Commission which will be cut completely.3 These are the very same communities that turned out in mass to vote for Trump, that are now saying “Not my president”, let's #BanTheBudget!

    We need Members of Congress to step up and not allow funding for the wall. We need them to #BanTheBudget.

    And now that Trump has his “top cop” Jeff Sessions in office as the Attorney General, the Department of Justice is taking major hits as well. The Civil Rights Division, which is the only federal institution that investigates and holds police accountable to the law and enforces anti-discrimination laws, is being cut severely. Over 40 attorneys were abruptly fired from the DOJ last month with no intentions on filling those positions because of these cuts.4 However, this administration thinks it's more important and of priority to invest over $600 billion into "rebuilding the military" and dump billions into flawed local police departments, rather than investing in the people of this country.

    Stand with us and over 50,000 members and urge Congress to #BanTheBudget not people. Divesting over $70 billion to build a wall and putting even more into policing is not going to ensure more safety or economic opportunities.

    Until Justice Is Real!

    Arisha, Rashad, Scott, Malaya, Enchanta, Clarise, Anay and the rest of the Color Of Change team


    References:

    Democrats say President Trumps border wall could cost $67 billion,” TIME, 04.18.2017. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7822....872082.bu2JVP

    Proposed budget cuts for 2017 include, AIDS, AmeriCorps programs,CNN, 03.30.2017 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7823....872082.bu2JVP

    Rural Ohio worried about "hardship" under Trump's budget, whcih would eliminate Appalachian Regional Commission; Cincinnati.com, 04.20.2017 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7825....872082.bu2JVP

    A month after dismissing federal prosecutors, Justice Department does not have any U.S. attorney's in place; The Washington Post, 04.18.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/782....872082.bu2JVP


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    ADC Files Brief Opposing Arab and Muslim Ban


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    ADC Files Brief Opposing Arab and Muslim Ban

    Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | April 25, 2017 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) vigorously opposes the Executive Order (EO) travel bans. At the request of the Plaintiffs attorney’s in IRAP v. Trump, the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Refugee Assistance Program, ADC filed an amicus brief to the Fourth Circuit.

    Since the implementation of the first travel ban on January 27, 2017, ADC led efforts to provide direct assistance and representation to individuals subject to the ban. Based on the thousands of ADC documented reports from individuals, ADC was able to provide a unique perspective and contribution to the court on the actual harm individuals will continue to suffer under the second EO.

    ADC’s brief focused on the substantial impact that the Ban would have on families, refugees, students, and professionals through case specific facts and examples. We persuasively argued that the case-by-case waivers and exemptions are a pretext to discrimination by requiring extra requirements that: 1) are only imposed on Arab travelers based on national origin; and 2) set an impossible and unattainable burden on travelers that the government knows travelers cannot meet.

    We know the Arab and Muslim ban is not about national security. No matter how many revisions, we know the intent, purpose and effect is to exclude Arab travelers based on their identity.

    If you or anyone you know has questions or concerns regarding the Arab and Muslim Ban, please contact ADC for legal advice at 202-244-2990 or [email protected].

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    Default Seven Kids Need Their Dad! Help Us Free Antonio (español abajo)

    Seven Kids Need Their Dad! Help Us Free Antonio / 7 Niños Necesitan Su Papá! Ayúdanos a Liberar a Antonio


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    Dear Chris,

    We need you to take action right NOW to stop the deportation of Antonio Sanchez Can you take 10 seconds and sign & share the petition?

    SIGN THE PETITION HERE: bit.ly/freedadof7

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    About the Case:

    #FreeDadOf7: Free Antonio, Birmingham Father of Seven!

    Antonio Sanchez (A# 209 767 953) is the loving father and husband and sole financial provider to his seven U.S. citizen children and his wife Leticia, who live in Pinson, Alabama, just north of Birmingham. Their youngest child, Yazmin, is only five months old. Their oldest son Daniel is about to turn 18 years old, and their oldest daughter, Jessica, is 15 years old; both attend Pinson Valley High School. Antonio has lived in the U.S. for 25 years, since he was 15 or 16 years old. “My dad is a good father. He provides us with everything we need. Please send him back to us,” pleaded Jessica.

    On Monday, April 10th, an officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office pulled over Antonio on his way to work, claiming he had a lot of materials in the back of his pickup truck, which he uses to do landscaping work. The police didn’t end up issuing Antonio any ticket for the incident, but when they saw in the system that he hadn’t shown up to a court date for an old ticket, they arrested him and booked him into the county jail.

    Under the much-criticized “Secure Communities” program, which has been revived by the Trump Administration, ICE was notified that Antonio was in the jail. Even though Antonio’s wife posted his bond the next morning, the jail kept Antonio locked up for extra time, without a warrant, so that ICE agents could come pick him up. Antonio is now being detained in Jena, Louisiana and is facing deportation. Antonio had made some mistakes in his past that he deeply regrets and from which he has long since rebuilt his life to focus on his family and work. He has several misdemeanor convictions for DUI and domestic violence, all from over ten years ago. As his wife Leticia explains, “Antonio used to suffer from alcoholism that sometimes led him to act in harmful ways, but he has long since rehabilitated. He took anger management classes, and changed his whole life out of love for his children and me.”

    Take action now to demand that ICE release Javier from detention and close his deportation case.

    Also, check out this video from Antonio's wife and children, asking for your support!

    In Solidarity,

    Cesar Mata, Organizer, Adelante Alabama Worker Center

    ***********************

    Estimado/a Chris,

    Necesitamos que tomes acción AHORA para detener la deportación de Antonio Sanchez. ¿Puede tomar 10 segundos y firmar y compartir la petición?

    FIRMA LA PETICIÓN AQUÍ: bit.ly/freedadof7

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    Sobre el caso:

    Libera a Antonio, Padre de Siete Niños de Birmingham, Alabama!

    Antonio Sánchez (A# 209 767 953) es el cariñoso padre y esposo y único sustento financiero de sus siete hijos ciudadanos y su esposa Leticia, que viven en Pinson, Alabama, justo al norte de Birmingham. Su hija menor, Yazmin, tiene sólo cinco meses de edad. Su hijo mayor Daniel está a punto de cumplir 18 años y su hija mayor, Jessica, tiene 15 años; los dos asisten a Pinson Valley High School. Antonio ha vivido en los Estados Unidos por 25 años, desde que tenía 15 o 16 años. "Mi papá es un buen padre. Él nos da todo lo que necesitamos. Por favor, mándalo de regreso a nosotros," suplicó Jessica.

    El lunes 10 de abril, un oficial de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Jefferson paró a Antonio cuando iba manejando en camino a su trabajo, alegando que tenía muchos materiales en la parte de atrás de su camioneta, que utiliza para hacer trabajos de jardinería. Al final el policía no le dio ningún ticket para el incidente, pero cuando vio en el sistema que él no había comparecido a una cita de corte para otro ticket, lo arrestaron y lo detuvieron en la cárcel del condado.

    Bajo el muy criticado programa de "Comunidades Seguras," que ha sido revivido por la Administración Trump, ICE fue notificado de que Antonio estaba en la cárcel. A pesar de que la esposa de Antonio pagó su fianza la mañana siguiente, lo mantuvieron encerrado por tiempo adicional, sin orden judicial, para que los agentes de ICE pudieran pasar a recogerlo. Antonio ahora está detenido en Jena, Luisiana y está en proceso de deportación. Antonio había cometido algunos errores en su pasado que lamenta profundamente, pero ya había cambiado su vida desde hace mucho tiempo para enfocarse en su familia y su trabajo. Él tiene algunas condenas de nivel misdemeanor (delito menor) por manejar bajo influencia y violencia doméstica, todo de hace más de diez años. Como explica su esposa Leticia, "Antonio solía sufrir de alcoholismo que a veces lo llevó a actuar de una manera dañina, pero hace tiempo se rehabilitó. Tomó clases de control de la ira y cambió toda su vida por amor a sus hijos y a mí."

    Tome acción ahora para exigirle a ICE que liberen a Javier y que cierren su caso de deportación.

    También, eche un vistazo a este vídeo de la esposa y los hijos de Antonio pidiendo que lo apoyen!

    En solidaridad,

    Cesar Mata, Organizador, Adelante - Centro de Trabajadores de Alabama



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    Default Immigrant Women on the Frontlines // Mujeres inmigrantes en primera línea

    Trump’s First 100 Days: Immigrant Women on the Frontlines // Los primeros 100 días de Trump: Mujeres inmigrantes en primera línea


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    Dear Chris Kaihatsu,

    From what we’ve seen of Trump’s first 100 days in office, we know he fully intends to promote his campaign agenda of misogynistic, nativist and hateful policies that tear apart our communities and families. His consistent target has been immigrants, refugees, black communities, Muslims, LGBTQ people and many others.

    We Belong Together has released a report I co-wrote called “Trump’s first 100 DAYS: Immigrant Women and Families on the Frontlines.”

    There are 20 million immigrant women in this country and 5 million are undocumented, including indigenous women, black women, and refugees. Trump’s executive orders on immigration, hateful rhetoric, travel bans, and attacks on access to basic health and reproductive care, deeply impact women and their families.

    However, while immigrant women and families are among the most affected by Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-women, anti-refugee, anti-poor policies and politics, we are also on the frontlines leading the resistance that is pushing back and winning victories.

    Read more about our resistance in our report and share!

    As we mark the first 100 days of Trump, we must remember that in order to achieve women’s equality, we need to fight for justice and equality for the women that are most marginalized and criminalized, including immigrant women and women of color.

    The brave leadership of immigrant women and women of color on the frontlines of the resistance inspires and will lead the way to keeping our communities safe and to fighting for full dignity for all of us.

    Together we will continue to resist and defend democracy and human rights, because We Belong Together.

    In sisterhood,

    Sameera Hafiz, Beyond Survival Campaign Director

    Estimad@ Chris Kaihatsu,



    Por lo que hemos visto de los primeros 100 días de gobierno de Trump, sabemos que él tiene la intención de promover su agenda de campaña llena de políticas misóginas, nativistas y discriminadoras que desgarran a nuestras comunidades y familias. Los inmigrantes, refugiados, comunidades negras, musulmanes, personas LGBTQ y muchos otros se han convertido en objetivo constante de sus ataques.

    We Belong Together ha publicado este informe que co-escribí llamado "Los primeros 100 días de Trump: Las mujeres inmigrantes y las familias la en primera línea". (Disponible en inglés por el momento)

    Hay 20 millones de mujeres inmigrantes en este país y 5 millones son indocumentadas, incluyendo mujeres indígenas, mujeres negras y refugiadas. Las órdenes ejecutivas de Trump sobre inmigración, la retórica cargada de odio, las prohibiciones de viaje para los musulmanes y refugiados, y los límites al acceso a la salud básica y el cuidado de la salud sexual y reproductiva, afectan profundamente a las mujeres.

    Sin embargo, mientras que las mujeres inmigrantes y sus familias estamos entre las más afectadas por las políticas antiinmigrantes, anti-negros, anti-mujeres, anti-refugiados, anti-pobres, también estamos en la primera fila de la resistencia y logrando algunas victorias.

    ¡Lea más sobre nuestra resistencia en este reporte y comparta!

    Al marcar los primeros 100 días de Trump, debemos recordar que para lograr la igualdad de todas las mujeres, debemos luchar por la justicia y la igualdad para las mujeres más marginadas y criminalizadas, incluidas las mujeres inmigrantes y las mujeres de color.

    El liderazgo valiente de las mujeres inmigrantes y las mujeres de color en las primeras filas de la resistencia inspira y guía el camino en la lucha para mantener nuestras comunidades seguras y por la plena dignidad para todos.

    Sigamos resistiendo juntas, defendiendo la democracia y los derechos humanos, porque debemos mantenernos unidas.

    En hermandad,

    Sameera Hafiz


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    Default May Day 2017! Defend immigrant rights and build workers unity! Defeat Trump!

    May Day 2017! Defend immigrant rights and build workers unity! Defeat Trump!



    By Freedom Road Socialist Organization

    May Day is a day for immigrant and workers’ struggle. The Freedom Road Socialist Organization thinks it is important to join the tens of millions around the world who rally and march on International Workers Day.

    This year across the U.S., many immigrant rights groups and some unions will rally and protest as part of the 100 days of resistance to the reactionary Trump agenda. It is important to build the protests, help link issues together, and unify the fight to make the country ungovernable.

    The movements against Trump are rising

    Even before he was elected, Trump faced demonstrations of hundreds and thousands nearly everywhere he went. In Chicago students led 10,000 people in shutting down Trump during the Republican primaries. Next the Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the Republican National Convention took over the streets of Cleveland in July 2016. Then on Nov. 9, the day after the election, many thousands of young people took to the streets of every city big or small to protest the election outcome.

    This was followed on Jan. 20 by protesters hitting the streets of Washington D.C. and other cities to protest Trump’s Inauguration Day. The next day historic numbers of people joined the Women’s Marches. This caused Trump’s team to break into conniptions as they claimed “alternative facts” to explain low turnout at Trump’s Inauguration.

    The wave after wave of protests increased the fighting spirit of the masses as Trump took office. Trump quickly issued executive orders and presidential memoranda attacking immigrants, Muslims, American Indians, environmental regulations, business oversight, and sensible federal agencies. Trump proposed cutting all the social spending budgets while increasing the military budget by billions.

    “No ban! No wall! Legalization for all!”

    The protests at airports across the country in response to Trump’s Muslim ban were huge and effective. The emergency response to such an outright attack against Muslims hugely impacted the debate in society and the actions of the courts. The mass action and bold tactics show that people’s movements can beat back Trump’s anti-democratic attacks, consolidate organizing gains, and prepare for the next round of repression.

    International Workers Day comes in the context of increasingly ugly attacks on immigrants by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE raids work places and abducts undocumented people driving to work, or dropping their children at school. In one case ICE took a woman preparing for a surgery out of the hospital. News of these outrages spread quickly amongst immigrants. Trump and his advisor Steve Bannon think that they will make the masses cower in fear, but the undocumented and their families are rising up to protect themselves and their communities. The undocumented masses are becoming emboldened to protest and march on May Day.

    In February, many cities with Mexican, Central American, and other immigrants held “A Day Without Immigrants” rallies and marches, where some schools had to declare a snow day because so few students were present. This May Day we will see a big turnout as immigrants stand up and fight back. Demands will range from stopping the Muslim travel ban and opposing Trump's border wall, to stopping deportations and demanding legalization. We need to also support refugees from Syria and the Middle East where the U.S. is making war and illegally intervening.

    May Day is a day for unity and struggle!

    May Day has a glorious history. Back in 2006, the immigrant rights marches, largely led by Mexicans and Chicanos, surged into the streets and reminded the world that International Workers Day originated in Chicago. Over 2 million participated in mega-marches in nearly every city, demanding legalization for all and shaking the political establishment.

    It was over130 years ago that immigrant and American workers united to strike Chicago’s big industrialists, demanding the eight-hour day. In response to the workers’ movement, the robber barons called out the police to beat and shoot striking workers. Then the big capitalists jailed the leaders, union organizers and revolutionaries, hanging four of them. It caused a worldwide outrage. The labor movement went on to win the eight-hour day and other workplace rights.

    In many countries, we will see angry protests against government cutbacks to social services, education, health care and housing. Many of the cutbacks in other countries are imposed by the U.S. through the International Monetary Fund or World Bank. These entities demand deep spending cuts to pro-people programs, as well as the purchase of U.S. weapons. If countries don’t accept the U.S. loans, or are late to pay, then the U.S. military will show up to enforce the deal. Workers and oppressed peoples of the world have a common enemy in Wall Street.

    Trump wants real news; so, let’s give it to him this May Day. Let’s get out and organize broadly, build movements that link the struggles together, and fight back against the Trump agenda. With each of Trump’s attacks, we gain momentum and resistance grows. The movements are rising and we are planning to meet every attack and defeat Trump’s backward, anti-people actions.

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    The Moment Has Come


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    Take action:

    The movement is ready! After months of preparation to make the largest showing of resistance to the Trump agenda yet, on May 1st, our movement and its allies will host more than 250 events in 200 cities. Are you ready to Rise Up?

    Find an event near you right now!


    Chris,

    Trump's agenda will tear apart immigrant and refugee families, but he will only succeed if we let him. This fight will determine the future of all our communities. That's why we're making May 1st a moment for all progressive allies. While causes like health care, worker's rights, education and immigrant rights have always been intertwined, now more than ever we need to work together to resist the Trump agenda that is pushing communities into the shadows.

    Members from organizations such as MoveOn.org, ACLU, AFT, Planned Parenthood and many more are joining marches across the nation because unjust and harsh enforcement is not only an attack on immigrants, it's an attack on all of us. Join us at a march or event in your community!

    Since the inauguration, our communities have come together like never before. You've seen it all over the news -- key moments this year like the Women's March, the airport protests, and the March for Science this past weekend -- have brought together people from all over the country in the fight for justice. With your support, this May 1st will be no different!

    We will win as long as we rise up together. See you in the streets on May 1st!

    Donna De La Cruz
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    PS: From those who cook the food we eat to those who build the businesses of the future, all are affected by the Trump Administration's attack on immigrants. So, don't forget to invite your friends and family to Rise Up on May 1st!


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    Default URGENT: ICE wants to deport my father next week

    URGENT: ICE wants to deport my father next week


    My father has lived here for 30 years, but ICE wants to deport him next week.



    Will you sign our petition calling on ICE not to separate our family?

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    Dear Chris,

    ICE has ordered my father, Martin Martinez, to check in next week on Wednesday, May 3rd and bring a one-way ticket to Mexico.

    My father has been living in this country for more than 30 years with my mother, Julia Ochoa. They raised my brother and I here in New York, and they have a new 3-month-old granddaughter, Olivia Grace.

    ICE can use its discretion and decide not to separate our family – they did it once before, after members of the community joined my family in speaking out.

    Can you sign our petition asking ICE to stop my father’s deportation – and ask your friends and family to do the same?

    My parents applied for asylum in 2004, but were denied, despite the fact that my brother and I were still children. The judge determined that we couldn't prove deporting my father would cause "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" for my brother and I, even though we were just 10 and 15 years old at the time. The judge told my parents that they would get a letter providing a date for them to leave the country, but it never came, so they continued to work, pay taxes, and raise my brother and I.

    My parents are not a danger to the public. Julia has no criminal record. Martin has two DWI charges from nearly two decades ago but has learned from his mistakes and has not been pulled over since.

    My parents were detained in 2013,1 but ICE decided against deporting them after hearing from my family, community members, and leaders.2 Will you join us speaking out again now?

    Please join my family in calling on ICE to allow my father to stay with his family in the country he has called home for 30 years.

    Sincerely,

    Maria Martinez

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    California judge issues injunction against executive order to defund sanctuary cities

    By Shelley Connor

    28 April 2017

    On Tuesday, Judge William H. Orrick, a United States District Court Judge in San Francisco, temporarily blocked an executive order that would strip so-called “sanctuary cities” of federal funding. Although Santa Clara County and the City of San Francisco filed the complaint, Judge Orrick’s injunction applies to the entire nation.

    In his decision, Judge Orrick wrote that Trump had overstepped his executive authority by threatening to withhold billions of dollars in federal funding from municipalities and counties should they refuse to enforce immigration law in tandem with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Orrick noted that federal spending is the purview of Congress, not the executive branch; as such, the executive order represented an overreach by the president.

    San Francisco estimated a loss of more than $1 billion in federal funding should the executive order be enforced. Santa Clara County estimated that it would lose about a third of its revenue—about $1.7 billion. Justice Department attorneys scoffed at these claims, stating that the only funds that would be withheld would be those specifically mentioned in the executive order, grants from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, not every federal department.

    In his decision, however, Judge Orrick noted several public statements made by Trump and his administration that intimated more sweeping cuts. He alluded to Trump’s statements to Fox News in February, in which he characterized sanctuary cities as criminal hotbeds, and specifically mentioned San Francisco and the state of California: “If we have to, we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California—California in many ways is out of control, as you know.”

    Trump and key members of his administration have since made similar threats in the press. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly toured southwestern border states just last week, doubling down on Trump’s characterization of sanctuary cities and on threats of defunding.

    Orrick wrote in his decision that the Justice Department’s approach was “schizophrenic,” stating that the administration’s own public statements had led the counties to “reasonably fear enforcement of the order.” “If there was doubt about the scope of the order, the president and attorney general have erased it with their public comments,” he wrote.

    This is not the first time that Trump’s public statements have figured into the courts’ decisions about the scope of an executive order. In February, Judge Leonie Brinkema, a US District Court Judge in Alexandria, Virginia, cited Trump’s statements from his campaign and press interviews to issue an injunction against the enforcement of his executive order banning travel from six Muslim countries.

    “The president himself acknowledged the conceptual link between a Muslim ban and the EO (executive order),” Brinkema wrote in her decision, responding to the Justice Department’s claims that the order was religiously neutral. The executive order, she claimed, was a gross overstep of executive power. Not only did the order arrogate the legislative branch’s power, Brinkema wrote; it also violated First and Fifth Amendment guarantees of religious freedom and due process. At their core, the judge’s ruling hinged, not upon the literal interpretation of the executive order itself, but upon the president’s own statements.

    Federal Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii likewise cited Trump’s own language in his decision to issue an injunction against the second version of the so-called “Muslim ban.” He wrote, "A reasonable, objective observer—enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

    In his decision, Judge Orrick invoked the Tenth Amendment, citing National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, a case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the government could not withhold Medicaid funding to induce states to expand Medicaid coverage under Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The judge, a Democrat appointed by Obama, thus turned the argument that states should not be compelled to enforce federal statutes against a Republican president.

    There is no agreed-upon definition of a “sanctuary city.” The vagueness in this designation gives the Trump administration wide latitude to arbitrarily enforce the order in retaliation against opposition to its anti-immigrant dragnet. For Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco, of particular concern were demands that local police question people about their immigration status. In addition, Trump and his administration have demanded, repeatedly, that localities detain unauthorized immigrants after courts have released them from detention—such as when they’ve completed their sentence or have been acquitted—until ICE could take them into custody.

    The city of San Francisco claimed that this violated the Constitution by commandeering the municipality’s resources to enforce federal law. This forced cooperation, city attorneys argued, would endanger public safety by making unauthorized immigrants reticent to report violent crimes and serve as witnesses in criminal cases. San Francisco was the first city to sue the administration over the executive order; several cities, including Richmond, California and Seattle, Washington have followed suit.

    Predictably, Trump met the news of Orrick’s injunction with disdain for the judicial system. He accused political opponents of “judge shopping,” although the court in question was the appropriate court for San Francisco and Santa Clara County. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus referred to the decision as another instance of “the 9th Circuit going bananas,” although Judge Orrick does not sit on the 9th Circuit but on a lower court within that circuit.

    The Justice Department responded that it would continue its vendetta against sanctuary cities, saying in a press release, “the Department will continue to enforce existing grant conditions and will continue to enforce” the executive order.

    While the injunction represents a setback for the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, the US legal system as a whole is stacked against immigrants and against democratic rights. Appeals of court rulings against Trump’s executive orders will wend their way through the courts, culminating in action by the US Supreme Court, where the administration is likely to find a more sympathetic hearing for its authoritarian views.

    No section of the American ruling elite, Democrat or Republican, can be relied on to defend democratic rights. That task falls to the working class, which must oppose divisive, chauvinist attacks on foreign-born workers, emanating from both parties and all the institutions of the capitalist state.

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    Default A Love Supreme

    A Love Supreme


    Send love and support to mamas who are under attack.



    Write a card to Muslim and immigrant mamas and it will be translated, printed, and delivered in time for Mamas Day!

    Take Action


    Dear Chris,

    Mama's Day can be a difficult time for those who are not able to be with loved ones. On this Mama's Day, you can expand much-needed compassion, love, and resilience through supporting mamas and connecting communities.

    Write a message to an immigrant or Muslim mama now, and we’ll deliver it by Mamas Day.

    Renata immigrated to the U.S. so she could finally be herself. As a queer woman from Brazil, she faced rejection and homophobia on a daily basis. After migrating to the U.S., she found community with other LGBTQ people and immigrants, building a family of choice that now includes her partner, their daughter, and their dog.
    The racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic attacks of the Trump Administration aren’t new to Renata—but after fleeing hatred, it’s heartbreaking to face it here in the U.S.

    Send your card by May 1, and our partners at Forward Together will translate, print, and help deliver it to a mama.

    This Mamas Day, so many mamas like Renata are feeling fearful and uncertain. You can remind these mamas that you see them, you love them, and you’re resisting alongside them by writing a Mamas Day card to an immigrant or Muslim mama.

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



    Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC)


    Hey Chris,

    Did you know as of today Yazmin will have been detained by ICE 100 times longer than she ever spent in jail for her DUI charge?! We have always known ICE uses detention as just another way to break the spirit of our community. Little do they know just how strong Yazmin is, and how committed all of you are in helping get her home.

    In the next 10 days we are going to be organizing a series of community actions, and events, not only here in California, but across the United States. These events are going to bring to light the injustices faced by so many in Yazmin’s situation. Right now we are focusing all of our energy on getting Rep. Pelosi to support Yazmin, especially in light of her fierce advocacy to stand up to Trump, and his direct attack on women just like Yazmin.

    Sign the Petition: Ask Rep. Pelosi to Stand up to President Trump and Support Yazmin!



    The time is ripe for the Trump administration to release Yazmin. ICE claims they are detaining Yazmin because of her 3 prior DUIs, while completely disregarding the fact that Yazmin’s DUIs are a direct result of more than 20 years of domestic violence and trauma which she has since treated as part of a program designed specifically for victims of violence.

    We really need your help to convey the urgency of this case to Rep. Pelosi, and to get her to stand on the right side of history. Can you take action right now by signing this petition calling on Rep. Pelosi to stand up for Yazmin?

    On April 20th District Court Judge Orrick (the same judge that stopped Trump’s recent attack on sanctuary cities) ruled in Yazmin’s case, “[i]t violates due process to keep someone in immigration detention for more than a year on the basis of dangerousness where the overriding reason is that a non-violent crime was committed as a result of that person’s addiction and the individual has a viable plan for rehabilitation and compliance with pertinent conditions of release.”

    The writing's on the wall, it’s time for Rep. Pelosi to take a stand and call for the release of Yazmin, instead of allowing ICE to further criminalize her.

    Thank you for your continued support and action.

    Sincerely,

    Blanca
    Lead Organizer
    East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition

    P.S. Our goal is to get 300 signatures today, can you help us spread the word by sharing this petition with just one friend?
    If you are in the bay support Yasmin’s Days of Action!

    Wednesday, May 3rd - West County Detention Center Rally
    10:00AM
    5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806

    Monday, May 8th - Rally Against Domestic Violence
    11:00AM
    location TBA

    Wednesday, May 10th- National Mother's Day Action to #FreeYazmin
    11:00AM
    location TBA

    Thursday, May 11th- #FreeYazmin Press Conference & Pack the Courtroom
    8:30AM
    ICE Building 630 Sansome St. San Francisco, Ca
    Follow East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition for more details

    Thank you for your continued support and action.

    Sincerely,

    Blanca
    Lead Organizer
    East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition

    P.S. Our goal is to get 300 signatures today, can you help us spread the word by sharing this petition with just one friend?
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