Hello friends, there is an urgent matter at hand and i need all of your help. Elesban, one of the Reforma 150 participants is set to be deported anytime now!!!! He has 2 US daughters that need him here.

Can you make a quick call the DC Offices of Rep. Roybal-Allard and ask that she make a call to ICE on he behalf of Elesban?

Elesban Vidal

A#099808282

Phone # 202-225-1766

Up at 3:30am writing & finalizing a Discretion Letter/Packet for someone who (most likely) will be deported tomorrow. Let’s hope it works y’all! Keep Esleban in your thoughts and Fuck La Migra. Seriously.

I don’t usually ask much from my Tumblr followers but if there is something you can do for me it would be to share this image & help me circulate the hell out of it.
Esleban could be deported this week and we need to be able to make sure he is able to come home to his two daughters. He was part of the #REFORM150 group that presented themselves at the border earlier this month. Now he has court on Thursday and we need Congresswoman Roybal-Allard to show support and intervene. She has the power to reunite Esleban with his daughters.
http://action.dreamactivist.org/bringthemhome/california/elesban

I don’t usually ask much from my Tumblr followers but if there is something you can do for me it would be to share this image & help me circulate the hell out of it.

Esleban could be deported this week and we need to be able to make sure he is able to come home to his two daughters. He was part of the #REFORM150 group that presented themselves at the border earlier this month. Now he has court on Thursday and we need Congresswoman Roybal-Allard to show support and intervene. She has the power to reunite Esleban with his daughters.

http://action.dreamactivist.org/bringthemhome/california/elesban

Early in February, 2014, Nalleli and her husband were involved in a lover’s quarrel that resulted in a heated argument with both parties inflicting harm upon each other. As a result, Nalleli called the police on her husband. As she hung up, however, she realized that she may have put herself and her family in even more of a difficult situation. Despite calling to cancel the call the police, the Rialto Police arrived on scene. Both Nalleli and her husband were interviewed and as a result, Nalleli was arrested for her part in the domestic quarrel.

Both Nalleli and her husband pleaded with the police to not arrest either of them, even to the point that the husband begged to be arrested in the place of the her. Nalleli was taken away and the next day she found herself in West Valley Detention Center where she was coerced into signing her own immigration documentation without understanding what she was signing. She was told that she would never see her family again.

During her arraignment, Nalleli was never told by the judge or by her court-appointed lawyer what the Trust Act was and how it applied to her situation. Soon thereafter she was transferred to San Bernardino ICE where she was told that she qualified for monitored release or ISAP program.

Despite her original charge being dropped, despite Nalleli’s ICE hold being illegally honored, and despite the fact that she is a low priority for deportation with a family that will suffer if she is deported, Nalleli must now wear an ankle bracelet (with the wrong charge printed on it) and faces being separated from her family.

In addition to the Trust Act being violated, according to the 2011 Morton Memo, Nalleli is a low priority for deportation. She has two minor children who love her, and has demonstrated his strong ties to the community.

Please help us out! Nalleli needs to remain here with her family and this is a signifcant case because the TRUST ACT was violated & now we need to hold ICE and the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Accountable.

So please sign, call and share!

foreverthesoniag:

The @thealexaldana on #migration and the multiple layered of that experience as an #undocumented #immigrant #art4 #writer #poet #undocumenting via @culturestrike

My friends are fuertz~

foreverthesoniag:

The @thealexaldana on #migration and the multiple layered of that experience as an #undocumented #immigrant #art4 #writer #poet #undocumenting via @culturestrike

My friends are fuertz~

A recap of the week on immigration

juansaaa:

imageimage via Colorlines

Yesterday, New Jersey became the latest state to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. The news came as both Democrats and Republicans were able to strike a deal that provided a tuition break to undocumented students, but nixed the portion of the bill that provided them with state aid.

Governor Christie (R-NJ) has gone as far as to demand apologies of those who said that he was playing “political games” with the issue. 

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image via MiamiDade.gov

Miami-Dade County, Florida, has passed a resolution terminating their funding to house temporarily detained immigrants within its correctional facilities.

The resolution boasted some eye-opening numbers regarding the number of undocumented immigrants that are detained and handed over to ICE. meanwhile, across the country in California, San Bernardino County mulls over a similar proposal.

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image via Fox news Latino

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released it’s deportation numbers yesterday. According to the breakdown, deportations have dropped by 10% in comparison to last year’s record number. However, we are closing in on 2,000,000 deportations under the Obama administration and there does not to seem to be any relief in sight.

On a separate note, the PEW Research Center disclosed the following study. In it, there are various figures that demonstrate that Hispanics put “deportation relief” over “citizenship” at the end of the day. Perhaps immigrant advocates could take a hint. Oh, the study also shows that both Republicans & Democrats will hold a substantial amount of blame for not passing comprehensive immigration reform.

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image via Politico

Newly appointed Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson wrote a letter to Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) regarding deportation quotas.

"I do not believe that deportation quotas or numeric goals are a good idea," Johnson wrote in the letter, obtained by HuffPost and confirmed by Durbin’s office.

Johnson, who has been criticized for not having experience in immigration policy matters, has touted his support for the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill.

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image via The Washington Post

Seven undocumented immigrants have launched a compliant against the state of Virginia. Following the steps of other states such as New Jersey and Maryland, the students are seeking in-state tuition at state universities and colleges. 

The 19-year-old cannot afford the out-of-state tuition of $29,000 a year Virginia charges people with her immigration status, so she and six other students filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Arlington County Circuit Court arguing that they should be able to pay the same lower rates as other longtime Virginia residents.

Similar litigation is occurring in the states of Georgia and Arizona. Although efforts to take up the issue of in-state tuition have failed in the General Assembly, the issue is expected to be taken up once again next year.

A pretty in depth breakdown of this weeks immigration news. Check it out!

In FY2013, ICE conducted a total of 368,644 removals, 235,093 of whom were apprehended while, or shortly after, attempting to illegally enter the United States, and 133,551 of whom were apprehended in the interior of the United States. Nearly 60 percent of ICE’s total removals had been previously convicted of a criminal offense, and that number rises to 82 percent for individuals removed from the interior of the U.S. Other than convicted criminals, the agency’s enforcement priorities include: those apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, illegal re-entrants – individuals who returned to the U.S. after being previously removed by ICE – and immigration fugitives.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has proposed changes to its partnership with federal immigration authorities that will modify the program to allow immigration detainers only for those who have been convicted of serious, specified crimes.

The county Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on the revised version of the controversial program more commonly referred to as 287g, after a specific section of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
After extensive community outreach and meetings with federal officials, Sheriff John McMahon chose to amend the language in the 287g memorandum of agreement to adhere to the requirements of Assembly Bill No. 4, also known as the Trust Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in October
“We feel this is a great compromise that meets the needs of public safety and also addresses the concerns of those in the community,” McMahon said.

It’s a good feeling to know that after busting your ass for a year, all your hard work pays off! The Inland Empire is moving forward y’all!

ebenite3:

We believe it is time that North Carolina granted in-state tuition for undocumented students. Currently, undocumented students who attend any UNC system school are charged out-of-state tuition even if they have lived in North Carolina for the majority of their life.
We believe that an inclusive university demands that we give all North Carolinians an equal opportunity to continue their education. Up until this day, seventeen states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Utah, already, offer in-state tuition for undocumented students. This is an educational issue where people from across the political spectrum support tuition equality for undocumented students.
It’s time this state, as well as many others, did the same. Let’s be on the right side of history and grant in-state tuition to undocumented students. We challenge 1,000 49ers to sign this petition for tuition equality.

http://bit.ly/OSORUNCC

ebenite3:

We believe it is time that North Carolina granted in-state tuition for undocumented students. Currently, undocumented students who attend any UNC system school are charged out-of-state tuition even if they have lived in North Carolina for the majority of their life.

We believe that an inclusive university demands that we give all North Carolinians an equal opportunity to continue their education. Up until this day, seventeen states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Utah, already, offer in-state tuition for undocumented students. This is an educational issue where people from across the political spectrum support tuition equality for undocumented students.

It’s time this state, as well as many others, did the same. Let’s be on the right side of history and grant in-state tuition to undocumented students. We challenge 1,000 49ers to sign this petition for tuition equality.

http://bit.ly/OSORUNCC

On today’s episode of people who landed on my shit list is Rep. Luis Gutierrez. The man who is the “face” of CIR and a constant advocate for Immigration Reform (or so he says) who showed his true colors today.

If many of you didn’t know, the DREAM 30 (30 youth that had left to Mexico for various reasons/deported attempted to come back to the US through Humanitarian Parole since this is their home) have been fighting their cases in El Centro Processing Center for about a month in Texas. Unfortunately one of the DREAM 30, Rocio, was deported because ICE agents didn’t deem her fear of cartels to be a realistic one (bullshit but not the point of this post). Soon after about 10 or so of the DREAM 30 were released and headed to DC to get Congressional support for the remaining kids.

Today the DREAM 30 youth staged a sit-in for his support and Gutierrez’ office released the press statement above. Not only is this incredibly childish from the Representative but the claims of “excessive racism” are all from posts that an undocumented queer organizer makes on calling out white privilege & white allies. Last time I checked YOU STILL CANT BE RACIST TOWARDS WHITE PEOPLE.

That’s not all folks, he is also homophobic as fuck. A group of DREAM 30 parents had previously met with Luis Gutierrez to advocate for the release of their kids. At this meeting was where Gutierrez made snarky remarks about the sexuality of one of the main organizers (who was the same person their office made allegations on racism). However this is TOTALLY FUCKING IRRELEVANT to the situation but get this, a good portion of the DREAM 30 are queer youth. Obviously his ignorant hetero-ass assumes that this information will divide the parents from the organizers.

I’ve had it with basic allies like Luis Gutierrez who claim to be working for and with our community. Honestly he can go fuck himself because we do NOT need openly homophobic, colonized cis-hetero men speaking for our immigrant communities. Que se joda el Gutierrez.

San Bernardino County wants to renew the 287-G contracts tomorrow.

Even though our organization has met with the Sheriff and County Supervisors, they still want to do this. Fuuuckkkk….We seriously don’t need anymore Police-Immigration Cooperation in San Bernardino County.

I’ll be there to hopefully give the Board a good view on why this program should (be cancelled ideally but old white folks who are in power wont do that) be amended to a post conviction model to create protections for individuals that are low priority.

So if you’re available tomorrow @10am please come support! Here is the address 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue - San Bernardino, CA 92415
Please help out Blanca! She has been detained for 2 months in Eloy Detention Center yet she has passed and received her Credible Fear Interview (Process that is part of seeking Asylum). There is no reason as to why should her anymore. She could very easily be fighting her case from the outside.

Please help out Blanca! She has been detained for 2 months in Eloy Detention Center yet she has passed and received her Credible Fear Interview (Process that is part of seeking Asylum). There is no reason as to why should her anymore. She could very easily be fighting her case from the outside.

Based on my last post I wanted to clarify that I am in way in favor of the markings. Ideally it would have had no markings but the markings were added so that the Governor could sign it.

California has been fighting for licenses for about 10 years (correct me if I am wrong) but this is the farthest we’ve come…and for people who )like my dad yesterday) are getting stopped for no license and given $600 tix its something they’d rather avoid all together, be it with a marked license or unmarked one. I think we all chose to back it up because

1. people don’t care and

2. we don’t know what the outcomes of the bill would have been if it had been postponed into a 2year one…at least if it gets signed now we only have to worry about amending it with future bills…

Of course the problems do arise that Law enforcement might abuse the marked licenses for immigration purposes but I think that falls on us as community members/organizers to inform the people of what the licenses mean and how it is that we can fight back against such abuses.

Coincidentally the TRUST Act is headed to Governor Brown’s Desk  anytime now and this would play hand in hand with AB 60 since those getting booked for traffic offenses will no longer be eligible for Immigration Holds.

AB 60 (drivers license) was going to die in the Senate as a 2 year bill because many disconnected community orgs like MALDEF and SEIU decided to come out in opposition of driver’s licenses for all. (Their reasoning was because of the marking which is a valuable point but the people don’t care if its marked, as long as its a valid license…)

Anyways the community wanted licenses so in the timespan of a day we came together. rallied, made tons of calls, and signed petitions.

In the end we managed to get it re-introduced!  AB 60 passed through the Senate and Assembly and is on its way to the Govs Desk.( who already hinted that he will be signing it)

The power of the community y’all <3

BREAKING: AB60- the drivers license bill - will be getting a vote tonight after all, around 8 PM. Make sure you keep signing those petitions. We are SO close!! http://action.dreamactivist.org/california/yestoab60/

AB60 - la propuesta de ley para licencias de conducir - tendra un voto HOY, como a las 8 PM. Sigan firmando las peticiones por favor!! Ya estamos muy cerca de la victoria.