Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Stop Deportations Civil Disobedience in Phoenix


 Immigrant Groups Say “Until President Stops Deportations, We Will Begin to Stop Them Ourselves”
Plans Underway for National Convergence, Civil Disobedience in Phoenix, AZ. Oct 12 - 14.
What: National #Not1More Deportation Conference and Day of Action
When: October 12 – 14, 2013 (Conference 10/12-13; ICE Protest and Shut Down on 10/14)
Where: Phoenix, AZ
Who: Puente Arizona, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Members of the #Not1More Deportation Campaign
This week, families and workers in deportation proceedings, undocumented youth and adults, and immigrants rights organizers from across the country will converge in Phoenix, Arizona, the epicenter of the immigrant rights struggle, to kick off a new phase in the campaign urging the President to grant immediate relief to immigrants who could benefit from reform by expanding deferred action and stopping deportations.
Since immigrant youth succeeded in pushing the administration to implement deferred action last year, the immigrant community has urged the President to expand the program to the rest of the undocumented population that is equally deserving of relief.
“I’m glad to have DACA,” says Natally Cruz of the Puente Movement. “but what about my parents and aunts and uncles? As long as the President is trying to reach his deportation quotas by taking away our family members, it’s as if we’re all still in the crosshairs.”
Despite President Obama’s assertion that further administrative action is unlikely, event organizers insist that the chief executive has unused options available and commit to seeing them implemented.
Tomas Martinez, an event attendee from Georgia and one of seven undocumented people to handcuff themselves to the White House fence last week, said, “Immigration reform is something we are working for but it is still just a possibility, something that could be.  What is real is the suffering our families experience because of deportations. The President is the only person who can give us immediate and real relief.”
When they gather in Phoenix they will exchange strategies with victims of Sheriff Arpaio and of ICE raids who have fought and won stays of their own removal, replicate local legislative campaigns that place limitations on the federal government’s deportation quota programs like Secure Communities, and train in non-violent civil disobedience to be able to stop deportations.
On October 14th, they pledge to “shut down” ICE through protest and peaceful civil disobedience. “Under the President’s administration, nearly two million families have been torn apart through detention and deportation,” explains Marisa Franco of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “ Our communities can no longer wait for the President to rediscover his moral compass or for Congress to actually do its job.  We will do what any mother or father would do and keep our families together by preventing ICE from being able to tear them apart.”
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