Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Haven Immigrants Demand Moratorium on Deportations Today at 5pm

Giovanni, a child whose parents would benefit from DAPA
In response to the Supreme Court decision in Texas vs US, the case of 26 Republican governors suing to block the immigration relief announced in November, 2014, immigrant communities in New Haven and across the country are calling on President Obama and DHS to stop dividing communities with deportation raids.

"In January, some of my first grade students stopped going to school. I called their families, and they were worried about immigration raids targeting Central American women and children," said José Luis Mendoza, a public school teacher in New Haven. "One of my students crossed the border with his sister when he was only 6 years old and she was 8 years old, fleeing violence in Guatemala. They are in deportation proceedings. I am proud that our community, including New Haven's mayor, police and superintendent, have come together to say, Stop the Raids. We will continue to defend the human rights of our families."
Rally in New Haven in January to stop the deportation raids.
Mayor Toni Harp and Police Chief Dean Esserman

“Under President Obama we have witnessed the creation of a new mass incarceration system for immigrants," said John Lugo, leader of ULA. "Obama has deported more people than any U.S. president before him, and almost more than every other president combined from the 20th century. With the spectre of a Trump Presidency, it would be reckless for President Obama to continue this mass incarceration without taking major steps to halt deportations and address abuse."

"Obama has built new private prisons exclusively to lock up immigrant women and children," said Lugo. "We will not rest until those prisons are dismantled and there is Not One More Deportation."

"I will keep fighting," said José Luis Piscil, a father of two US-born children and New Haven factory worker who has been challenging a deportation order since 2012. "DAPA was just one option, but there is much more that the Obama administration must do now. Our local leaders need to act now. I will keep fighting my case and uniting my community."

As part of the #Not1More campaign, ULA has launched a petition to the President available at Supreme Court Fails to End Partisan Attack on DAPA (an event).

Press Conference; Protest to React to Supreme Court Immigration Decision
US Courthouse, 141 Church Street, New Haven, CT
5:00 pm Thursday, June, 23, 2016
Unidad Latina en Accion (ULA) and immigrants directly affected by the Supreme Court Decision