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Wednesday, 12 December 2012 22:56

Call to Stop 287(g)

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Sheriffs in several states have asked the federal government to expand their local deportation powers. The new agreements will be reviewed by DHS as soon as next week.

Can you call the White House today and urge them to deny these pending applications and also finally put an end to the entire 287(g) program?

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The 287(g) program gained notoriety in 2007 through its strongest proponent--the abusive Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.  Plagued by controversy, the 287g program was supposed to be phased out according to the Administration. Yet today the program is still destroying communities in 57 local jurisdictions and now some Sheriffs are looking to expand it to additional counties in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama and Virginia.

President Obama won re-election with a mandate to do better on immigration, not to continue broken policies like 287(g). The 11 new applications and the active counties are up for review by the Department of Homeland Security. We need to make it clear that 287(g) should be a thing of the past. Our families belong together. It's police and ICE that should be separated.

Can you take 3 minutes to call the White House and tell President Obama: "No More 287(g)!"

"My name is ______________ and I'm calling from ___________. I am calling to urge the President to stop the expansion of 287(g) to new jurisdictions nationwide and end the program altogether. We want to see a difference on immigration in the President's 2nd term. The road to reform can start by terminating 287(g). It leads to racial profiling, makes us all less safe, and should be ended. Thank you."

We need you to join with Florida Immigrant Coalition, ACLU of Florida, North Carolina Justice Center, Coalicion de Organizaciones Latino Americanas, ACLU of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Centro Presente, VA Legal Aid Justice Center - Immigrant Advocacy Program, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and NDLON. 

Together we can make the difference.

On Monday evening, 14-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca was shot and killed by a Border Patrol Officer at an international bridge near downtown El Paso, Texas.

The boy was unarmed, but the officer claims he used deadly force in self-defense. Meanwhile, witnesses claim that Sergio was running from the agent when lethal bullet struck his head.

Currently, the Federal Bureau of Investigations in El Paso is investigating the incident, and you can view their press release here. However, we are calling on the White House to conduct an independent investigation of the killing.
- We demand an investigation that doesn’t start by equating the issue of immigration with border violence and drug trafficking.
- We demand the Obama administration to understand that there is a human rights crisis on the border and the overwhelming majority of immigrants crossing into the U.S. are victims, not perpetrators, of that crisis.
- We demand President Obama to stop appeasing the far right fringe with enforcement-first immigration policy (he recently promised 1,200 National Guard Troops and a request for $500 million for border enforcement). Instead, the President should endorse legislation that provides a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million Americans in Waiting currently living and working in the US without political equality. Furthermore, the President should unequivocally end the local enforcement of immigration law that is criminalizing our immigrant communities.

Violence is the inevitable result of dehumanization. When people are deemed "illegal," when entire communities are criminalized, and when the border is militarized, then it's easy for society to look the other way when a 14 year old "illegal" boy gets shot in the head by Border Patrol. Please join us in demanding a proper investigation – one that has some teeth – into the death of young Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca.

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Watch video of Shooting: http://bit.ly/afQXQW

Email the White House today & Tell President Obama: On Monday evening, 14-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca was shot and killed by a Border Patrol Officer at an international bridge near downtown El Paso, Texas. The boy was unarmed, but the officer claims he used deadly force in self-defense. Meanwhile, witnesses claim that Sergio was running from the agent when lethal bullet struck his head.

Currently, the Federal Bureau of Investigations in El Paso is investigating the incident, and you can view their press release here. However, we are calling on the White House to conduct an independent investigation of the killing.
- We demand an investigation that doesn’t start by equating the issue of immigration with border violence and drug trafficking.
- We demand the Obama administration to understand that there is a human rights crisis on the border and the overwhelming majority of immigrants crossing into the U.S. are victims, not perpetrators, of that crisis.
- We demand President Obama to stop appeasing the far right fringe with enforcement-first immigration policy (he recently promised 1,200 National Guard Troops and a request for $500 million for border enforcement). Instead, the President should endorse legislation that provides a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million Americans in Waiting currently living and working in the US without political equality. Furthermore, the President should unequivocally end the local enforcement of immigration law that is criminalizing our immigrant communities.

Violence is the inevitable result of dehumanization. When people are deemed "illegal," when entire communities are criminalized, and when the border is militarized, then it's easy for society to look the other way when a 14 year old "illegal" boy gets shot in the head by Border Patrol. Please join us in demanding a proper investigation – one that has some teeth – into the death of young Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca. Please share this action with these links:

Watch video of Shooting: http://bit.ly/afQXQW

Email the White House today & Tell President Obama:

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Please stand with the National Women's Caucus Against ICE and Police Collaboration and sign the petition to President Obama expressing concerns about Human Rights threats against women and children. Please stand with the National Women's Caucus Against ICE and Police Collaboration and sign the petition to President Obama expressing concerns about Human Rights threats against women and children.

Sign the Petition

Across the country, counties are recognizing the damage to communities and public safety caused by police/ICE collaboration programs, such as “Secure Communities” or S-Comm. We've seen racial profiling and the diversion of scarce local resources when counties are coerced into conducting federal civil immigration enforcement. We've heard from families too afraid to approach police. And we've decided to end it. Counties, including Arlington, VA; Santa Clara County, CA; and San Francisco, CA have all voted to "opt-out" of ICE’s dangerous S-Comm program.

Unfortunately, Secretary Janet Napolitano has gone back on her word and is trying try stop counties from opting out of S-Comm.

Join us today in signing your individual letter to Secretary Napolitano to demand that she respect the right of counties to opt out of S-Comm now! Across the country, counties are recognizing the damage to communities and public safety caused by police/ICE collaboration programs, such as “Secure Communities” or S-Comm. We've seen racial profiling and the diversion of scarce local resources when counties are coerced into conducting federal civil immigration enforcement. We've heard from families too afraid to approach police. And we've decided to end it. Counties, including Arlington, VA; Santa Clara County, CA; and San Francisco, CA have all voted to "opt-out" of ICE’s dangerous S-Comm program.

Unfortunately, Secretary Janet Napolitano has gone back on her word and is trying try stop counties from opting out of S-Comm. Join us today in signing your individual letter to Secretary Napolitano to demand that she respect the right of counties to opt out of S-Comm now!

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Tell National Geographic, "There's a Crisis on the Border, Not a War."

Sign the Petition

The Department of Justice report chronicling Sheriff Arpaio's unconstitutional crimes and the federal immigration programs that made them possible moved the Department of Homeland Security to cut the Sheriff off from his 287(g) agreement and restrict his Secure Communities access.

But those programs are still going full force and being spread across the country. It's time for the federal government to learn the lessons of Maricopa County and end S-Comm now.

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