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For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross Posting October 5th, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n VICTORY! California Enacts Landmark Legislation to protect immigrants from deportations Los Angeles – Today, California is signing into law SB-54, the California Values Act, landmark legislation designed to protect immigrants from deportation by prohibiting cooperation between local police and immigration agents.  The California Values act is currently the strongest and most comprehensive statewide policy in the country to protect against deportations and is expected to set a precedent for similar types of legislation in localities across the nation. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON issued the following statement: "California is a safer and stronger place when all people— regardless of where they were born— are treated equally by our schools, by our courts, and by our criminal justice system.  SB 54 is proof that local leadership is necessary, and progress is possible, despite the politics of fear, hatred, and division that have paralyzed the nation’s capitol. California lawmakers draw strength and courage from immigrants, and ironically President Trump’s racist scapegoating has inspired an emerging consensus about the need for even greater protections for those who are most vulnerable.”   ###
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:56

SB54 PASSES CA STATE ASSEMBLY

For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross PostingAugust 22nd, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n BREAKINGSB54 PASSES CA STATE ASSEMBLY Los Angeles – Today, the CA State Assembly voted to pass Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, often referred to as the Sanctuary State legislation. In response, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON issued the following statement: "Today’s vote constitutes a victory for millions of immigrant families who are fighting for equality.  The unprecedented scapegoating of immigrants in recent years has imperiled public safety, threatened civil rights, and divided our communities.  However, today California again proved that local governments are not powerless when it comes to confronting the danger posed by the Trump Administration.    “There is an emerging consensus in California that we need to get ICE completely out of our jails and out of our communities, and SB 54 constitutes significant incremental progress toward that goal.  Many of the provisions included in the original version of the bill will one day become law, but in the meantime, the compromise reached between Senator de León and Governor Brown reflects much-needed progress.     "We are grateful to Senator de León for his leadership, and we urge Governor Brown to sign the bill without delay." Background: The fight for SB54, the CA Values Act – also known as the Sanctuary State legislation– has been a symbol to the resistance against President Trump’s racist deportation machine that has criminalized, scapegoated and indiscriminately targeted the immigrant population. For nearly a year, advocates and political leaders have drawn from the immense courage of immigrants, their testimonies and personal experiences in order to build the necessary strength to stand up to President Trump and Attorney General Sessions’ continued assault on the rights and lives of immigrants. SB54 is a step forward in achieving what advocates have been calling for years to push Immigrations & Customs Enforcement completely out of local communities. Immigrant rights advocates and community leaders see this as a victory in the fight against unjust policies and racist scapegoating against immigrants. http://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1298-romulo-avelica-leads-caravan-to-sacramento-to-fight-for-sanctuary-state-bill">ROMULO AVELICA LEADS CARAVAN TO SACRAMENTO TO FIGHT FOR SANCTUARY STATE BILL http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1276-ndlon-responds-to-law-enforcement-officials-endorsement-of-ca-values-act">NDLON RESPONDS TO NEW ENDORSEMENTS OF CA VALUES ACT http://www.ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1279-breaking-sb54-cavaluesact-sen-de-leon-clears-assembly-judiciary-committee">BREAKING: #SB54 #CAVALUESACT (SEN DE LEÓN) CLEARS ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE http://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1263-ndlon-reaction-victory-in-the-battle-between-fear-courage-as-ca-senate-advances-values-act">NDLON REACTION: VICTORY IN THE BATTLE BETWEEN FEAR & COURAGE AS CA SENATE ADVANCES VALUES ACT http://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1244-day-laborer-network-issues-statement-on-ca-values-act">DAY LABORER NETWORK ISSUES STATEMENT ON CA VALUES ACT
Media Advisory for Thursday September 7th (Sacramento) Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n 323-250-3018; Jon Rodney, CIPC, 510-207-9520 Romulo Avelica, Recently Released from Adelanto Detention Center, Leads Caravan To Sacramento to Fight for Sanctuary State Bill Advocates and community members call on Gov. Brown & Senate Pro-tem Kevin de Leon to sign the strongest possible SB 54 amidst onslaught of anti-immigrant attacks by President Trump & the cancellation of DACA Los Angeles/Sacramento, CA – Only days after his release from Adelanto Detention center, Romulo Avelica is leading a caravan of immigrants and workers to Sacramento in order to advocate for the California Values Act, known as the “Sanctuary State” legislation authored by Senate President Kevin de Leon. Romulo Avelica, a Los Angeles father arrested by ICE as he was dropping his children off at school gained national attention after his daughter, Fatima, recorded the incident. He was released after being detained for 6 months and a large national community campaign garnered broad community support which included  elected officials such as Gov. Jerry Brown, Senator Kamala Harris and LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo. Mr. Avelica recently called for the bill's passage in a CNN.Com op-ed, writing: "To me, 'California values' mean keeping families together, working toward a better future for our children, and not subjecting people to double punishment for lack of a piece of paper." Now, he will seek to reach out to Governor Jerry Brown and Senate President Kevin de Leon to ask for their commitment in passing the strongest SB 54 that protects all immigrants. What: With only a week remaining before the legislature adjourns, immigrant rights groups from across the state will converge in Sacramento on Thursday for a day of action to call upon the Assembly and Gov. Brown to pass SB 54 in its strongest possible form.  In the wake of the President's outrageous decision to end the DACA program, immigrant communities around the country are fighting to protect both DACA beneficiaries and all 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of criminalization and deportation, raising the stakes for passing a strong SB 54. The bill by Senate President Kevin de Leon, known as The California Values Act or "Sanctuary" bill, will help make sure that local police and sheriffs do not help the Trump administration deport millions of people. SB 54 will limit sharing personal information with Trump's deportation force and will ensure that police and sheriffs…
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 09:07

NDLON Responds to Termination of DACA

For Immediate Release //September 5th 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 323-250-3018
 NDLON Statement In Response to Termination of DACA Los Angeles, CA – On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump officially ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
 In response, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer & Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: “Today’s announcement constitutes a considerable challenge for U.S. democracy. Dictators take hostages, and Mr. Trump is clearly aspiring to become a dictator. In essence, Mr. Trump has decided to hold millions of immigrant lives hostage in an effort to rig a negotiation with Congress.     “Mr. Trump has terrorized and scapegoated immigrants since announcing his candidacy. He now wants to exploit desperation and fear in a cowardly attempt to use young immigrants as a legislative bargaining chip. But he is underestimating our courage. While he tries to take America backward, we will continue to make progress towards racial, political, and economic justice. “There is a national consensus that immigrants who came to the U.S. as children deserve citizenship and full equality. The challenge for the millions of citizens shocked by Trump’s cruelty will be to support DACA recipients while resisting a racist agenda to criminalize millions of other immigrants. 

“The challenge facing all immigrants – and not just DACA recipients – is to seek liberation without sacrificing equality. We must refuse to pay ransom for rights that are owed to us. And we must reject the white supremacist logic that some people should earn legalization at the expense of criminalizing others. “In the coming days, our collective action – not words or gestures – will define what kind of country we will live in. Anyone outraged by today’s despicable display should feel compelled to action – and to resist.” 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 30th 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, NDLON, 323-250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n While Texas Advances a White Supremacist Agenda, No Injunction is Sufficient  Los Angeles – On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered blocked major parts of the anti-immigrant Texas legislation Senate Bill 4. Salvador Sarmiento, National Organizer for NDLON issued the following response: "This is not over. When Texas state government is advancing a white supremacist agenda, no single injunction or election will be sufficient.   "We must rebuild and reaffirm the national consensus against white supremacy.   And this Saturday in Texas – ground zero in the fight against extremism in state government – we can send a powerful message of unity against hate and white supremacy." "The threats against the DACA protections for immigrant youth, and the expansion of police-ICE collusion - thru SB4 or new 287g agreements - those are policy representations of the despicable hate we saw on the streets of Charlottesville.  That hate, those policies, are meant to silence us and to enable extremists to target the most vulnerable among us.   We must not comply, we must speak out, bc our courage is greater than fear." ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingAugust 30th, 2017Contacts: Armando Carmona, NDLON, 323-250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Tessie Borden, 323-559-1895, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n BREAKING: Romulo Avelica Released After Six Months of Immigration Detention  LA Father Detained in February While Dropping His Children Off at School Calls on Those Who Stood with Him to Protect Others from Devastating Deportations August 30, 2017, Adelanto, California—This morning, in a courtroom at the Adelanto Detention Center in San Bernardino County, Immigration Judge Amy T. Lee, ordered Romulo Avélica to be released on $6,000 bond. ICE arrested Mr. Avélica on February 28 in East Los Angeles while he was dropping off his two youngest daughters at school. Romulo averted immediate deportation following his arrest, but has been detained at Adelanto since then. His case has garnered national and international attention. In granting bond, Immigration Judge Amy T. Lee, recognized that Mr. Romulo Avelica merits “discretionary release from custody” because of his longstanding ties to the community, broad based support from all levels of government, and critical ties to this country. “I have gained strength from all who have stood alongside me these past months. I have courage and a new calling having spent six months detained and alongside many who are still fighting for their freedom,” said Romulo Avélica, immediately after his release. “I will savor every minute with my family. I will fight for my right to remain with them and in this country. And I will never again be able to look away from how deportations are tearing families apart.” Earlier this month, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) stayed Romulo’s deportation and overturned a prior deportation order. He has a pending U visa application related to a crime his wife suffered, and the BIA ordered the Immigration Judge to reconsider his application for cancellation of removal. “Today is a new start for Romulo and his family, but his case is not over. He continues to ask USCIS and the court for immigration relief,” said Alan Diamante, one of Romulo’s immigration attorneys. “We hope that the court will consider all of the evidence and allow him to stay in this country. This family has suffered enough.” “I almost cannot believe that my father will be back home with us,” said Fatima Avélica, Mr. Avelica’s 14-year-old daughter who videotaped her father’s arrest. “This has been the most devastating six months of my life. But I have learned the power…
For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross PostingAugust 30th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n [TODAY] Romulo Avelica to Attend Bond Hearing, Pending Release From Immigrant Prison(Schedule of Events) Los Angeles – Today, Romulo Avelica is scheduled to attend a bond hearing at the Adelanto Detention Center in San Bernardino County, a prison designed to detain immigrants. For months, his family and supporters have been fighting for his immediate release. ICE arrested Romulo on February 28 in East Los Angeles while he was dropping off his two youngest daughters at school. Romulo averted immediate deportation following his arrest, but has been detained at Adelanto since then. His case has garnered national and international attention. Earlier this month, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) stayed Romulo’s deportation and overturned a prior deportation order. He has a pending U visa application related to a crime his wife suffered, and the BIA ordered the Immigration Judge to reconsider his application for cancellation of removal. NOTE: Pending Romulo Avelica’s Immediate Release on Wednesday August 30th, the following schedule is set to remain. Wednesday August 30th 2017:10:00am – Bond Hearing at Adelanto Detention CenterStatements will be issued outside of the detention center (expected response by 12:00pm PST) Thursday August 31st 2017:12:00pm - 1:00pmPress Conference & Rally Outside for RomuloLA Hall of Justice – LA Sheriff’s Department (211 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) Friday September 1st 20178:00am – 9:00amSchool Homecoming W/ Romulo - AssemblyAvance School – 115 N Ave 53, Los Angeles CA 90042 4:00pm – 7:00pmCommunity Celebration (Carne Asada/BBQ)Academia Avance – 115 N Ave 53, Los Angeles CA 90042 ###
For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross Posting August 25th, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Response to Trump’s Presidential Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio   Los Angeles – Today, President Donald J. Trump issued a presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, former Maricopa County Sheriff.   Salvador Reza  from Phoenix, Arizona issued the following statement:   “Trump’s pardon of Arpaio is an unpardonable offense against the rule of law.  The Barrio Defense Committees ask legislators to immediately start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.”   ###
For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross Posting August 22nd, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Federal Courts Affirm Day Laborers' Constitutional Rights To Solicit Work on Public Streets and Sidewalks   Los Angeles – Today, federal courts affirmed that day laborers' have the Rights to solicit work on public streets  Solicit Work on Public Streets and Sidewalks. Specifically, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the Eastern Division of New York holding that the Town of Oyster Bay's anti-day labor ordinance violates the First Amendment. The ordinance, which made it illegal to solicit day labor on public streets and sidewalks, has been permanently enjoined.   Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which filed a "friend of the court" brief in the case said:   "Today's victory is the latest in a long line of decisions affirming the constitutional right of day laborers to gather peacefully in public and look for work. It provides a forceful rebuke to anyone that seeks to criminalize workers for trying to put food on their families’ tables.  It also offers an inspiring example of migrant workers standing strong to defend the fundamental freedoms of all people in this country despite the hate, fear, and white supremacy emanating from the White House.   ###
For Immediate Release August 21st 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, (323) 250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n NDLON Convenes 8th National Day Laborer Assembly: Courage is greater than fear: De la Indignación a la Acción Santa Clara, CA – From August 22nd - 25th the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and member organizations from around the country will convene its 8th national day laborer assembly at Santa Clara University. Organizers expect more than 400 day laborers and community leaders to attend the National Assembly. For nearly 15 years NDLON has convened and hosted a national assembly to discuss the vision and strategy of the national immigrant & workers rights movement in conjunction with developing political analysis and building strategic skills. While this convening comes at a time of arduous challenges, we also see it as one of unprecedented opportunities. As you know, the rights of immigrant workers are increasingly under attack across the country. However, day laborers–the most visible and marginalized immigrant group–are leading this struggle with innovative organizing and education efforts to expand worker and civil rights for all. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON issued the following statement: “Recognizing evil is not difficult these days. It manifests itself in the employer that steals wages, in the police officer that harasses people because of the color of their skin, in the politician that enacts laws that make poor people suffer, and the union leader that excludes the most humble workers because of fear of confronting the powerful. However, evil is not driven by itself. It is set in motion by socio-political structures, the legacy of white supremacy and the permanent exclusion of people impoverished by those very same structures." “In this beautiful Asamblea we will think about our past to better understand our present in order to forge a better future. We will make collective decisions so that indignation transforms into a campaign of strategy, of method. So that we can preserve the love, the solidarity and the unity between people. So we can join forces, face our fears together and not tremble before our most powerful enemy.” The following events are open to the press & media: Public Demonstration: When: Thursday August 24th 2017 Details: Contact Armando Carmona, (323) 250 - 3018 *** To RSVP & for all other press inquires or media requests contact Armando Carmona, (323) 250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n
For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross Posting August 15th, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n California Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Clears Path to Pass Sanctuary State Bill Los Angeles, CA – Yesterday, the State of California filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s latest attempt to cut funding to states and localities that limit participation in cruel and costly deportations. The lawsuit challenges the recent announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that jurisdictions receiving federal law enforcement “JAG” grants must assist ICE by helping to funnel individuals into deportation proceedings.  Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON’s Litigation Director, said: “The litigation correctly points out that the Trump Administration is engaged in unconstitutional efforts to coerce our state into taking part in cruel, misguided, and harmful deportation programs. It is very clear that the threat to withhold funding from California is part of a a concerted effort to bully California lawmakers into watering down SB-54, which would defend the state from President Trump’s racist deportation agenda. As the lawsuit makes clear, the “Values Act” is fully within California’s legal authority, and the only remaining question is whether lawmakers in Sacramento will have the courage to stand up to Trump and get the strongest possible bill to Governor Brown’s desk.” ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross-PostingAugust 10, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Jennifer Cuevas, 213-375-8714, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n BREAKING NEWS: Deportation Order for Romulo Avelica is Vacated by Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Los Angeles – On Thursday afternoon, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) vacated the deportation order for Romulo Avelica, the LA father of four US citizen daughters who was arrested February 28 while dropping his daughters off in school. This is an important victory for the case of Mr. Avelica, as the Board rejected an earlier ruling which had originally upheld a March 27, 2014 removal order. Now, the case has been returned to an immigration judge to consider whether or not Mr. Avelica is eligible for the relief he previously sought, which can be available for individuals who have lived for an extended period of time in the United States and have U.S. citizen family members who would suffer severe hardship in the case of a deportation.  Officially, the BIA acknowledged that the offense for which Mr. Avelica had been convicted at the time of his initial arrest by ICE (CPC Sec. 496(a), or receipt of stolen property) was not a crime which would categorically exclude him from immigration relief as a so-called “crime involving moral turpitude.” Nevertheless, this conviction was vacated earlier this year and has no immigration consequences. Mr. Avelica has been in custody at Adelanto Detention Center for more than five months. Now, Romulo Avelica’s family, friends and advocates call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release Mr. Avelica immediately. ###
For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross PostingAugust 10th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Lawsuit Filed Against LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell:Seeks Disclosure of Collusion with Trump Administration Los Angeles – On Thursday evening, the Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West (USWW) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell to compel disclosure of information about the Sheriff’s interactions with the Trump administration about SB-54 (“Values Act,” Sen. de León). During an evening panel discussion hosted by Zocalo Public Square, entitled “What Does Trump Mean for Immigrant LA?,” the Sheriff was physically “served” with the lawsuit by janitors and day laborers. During the exchange, the group of immigrant workers issued the service to Sheriff after, NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado made brief remarks. Video of the exchange can be found here. Prior to that, activists from the ICE out of Los Angeles coalition staged a peaceful and silent protest of the panel by holding up a banner that stated “McDonnell: Stop Doing Trumps Dirty Work & No More Deportations!!” Alejandra Valles, Secretary Treasurer, SEIU USWW said, "The sheriff is trying to bully lawmakers in Sacramento into watering down a necessary and important legislation to block President Trump's unjust deportation agenda.  Our lawsuit asks a simple question:  Why?”’ Earlier in the day, the ICE out of CA coalition sent a letter (signed by over 20 community organizations) calling for Sheriff McDonnell to be removed from the panel, and they also issued this statement:  “Trump means fear for immigrant Los Angeles.  It is unfortunate that Sheriff McDonnell, who has been complicit in spreading that fear, will be given a platform to speak while no immigrants will be featured in the discussion. The Sheriff has proven to be one of the strongest lobbyists against SB-54, and his obvious attempt to bully Sen. Kevin de León and Governor Brown will not go uncontested.”  NDLON and SEIU are represented by attorneys Matthew Struger and Colleen Flynn.     ***PDF Copy of the Lawsuit can be found here***Video of the notice of a lawsuit can be found here###        
  For Immediate release // Please Excuse Cross PostingAugust 9th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n NDLON Suggests Questions for Sheriff McDonnell During Zocalo Public Square discussion on Trump’s impact on “Immigrant LA" Los Angeles – On Wednesday evening, Zocalo Public Square will host a panel discussion titled “What Does Trump Mean for Immigrant LA?” The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Medina, NY Times National Correspondent, and will include Los Angeles Times immigration reporter Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, World Trade Center Los Angeles president Stephen Cheung, and director of USC’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute Roberto Suro.  The panel features no immigrants, although event planners have stated that questions from the audience will be granted.    In advance of the event, NDLON suggests the following questions for Sheriff McDonnell at Zocalo Public Square Event: 1. Do you believe non-citizens have an equal right to rehabilitate themselves after being convicted for a crime?  If so, why should immigrants be subject to double-punishment? 2. Do you believe it is proper for local criminal law enforcement agencies to do any work in the area of federal civil law enforcement? Yes or no. 3. Do you agree with Trump’s ICE director that undocumented immigrants “should be looking over their shoulders”  with respect to law enforcement?   If not, what steps have you taken to respond to the fear of that statement? 4. Have you spoken with anyone from the Trump administration about SB54?  Anyone from ICE, from AG, from DHS, from WH? 5. You recently published an OpEd about support for the TRUST ACT. You never supported it while you were a chief of police in Long Beach.  When did you change your mind, and why? 6. You have said that ICE will retaliate against California by conducting street raids if SB54 is signed-into law.  Do you believe it is okay for ICE to issue such threats?  Have you asked whether ICE will refrain from doing raids if SB54 isn’t signed (as LAPD Chief Beck did)?7. In 2012, Sheriff Lee Baca threatened to not comply with the TRUST ACT if it was signed-into law.  Was this appropriate? ###
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Please Excuse Cross PostingAugust 7, 2017Contacts: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Jennifer Cuevas, 213-375-8714, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n BREAKING: ROMULO AVELICA GRANTED EMERGENCY STAY OF REMOVAL FROM BOARD OF IMMIGRATION APPEALS Community Has Called for an End to ICE’s Efforts to Deport LA Father of Four US Citizen Children Arrested While Dropping Daughters Off at School LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 7, 2017):  More than five months after ICE arrested Romulo Avelica while he was dropping his daughters off at school on February 28, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) today granted an emergency stay of removal, preventing his deportation while the BIA reviews his case. The Ninth Circuit had stayed his deportation from the date of his arrest, but that stay was due to expire today.   “This is my country; I have roots and family here. And today I am grateful beyond words that the court has prevented ICE from deporting me,” said Romulo Avelica, speaking from Adelanto Detention Center in San Bernardino County. “Every day I wake up knowing that I must be at least half as strong as my children have been in their fight for my freedom. I have gained strength from all who have stood alongside me these past months--the most difficult period of my life. I will never give up fighting for my rights, and for the rights of other immigrants.” “The BIA granted an emergency stay of removal for Romulo, preventing ICE from deporting him,” said Alan Diamante, an immigration attorney for Romulo Avelica. “We are now asking the BIA to reconsider its prior decision and recognize that Mr. Avelica should have a right to stay in the United States. ICE should release Romulo immediately.” “These last months have been very hard for my dad and for us. My life changed the day that ICE arrested my dad while he was taking me to school,” said Fatima Avelica, Mr. Avelica’s 13-year-old daughter who video-taped Mr. Avelica’s February 28 arrest. “Now that the court has recognized that he should not be deported, I hope that ICE will release him from detention. He should not be imprisoned just for trying to live a better life and stay with his family.” Mr. Avelica’s arrest has served as an embodiment of the painful reality of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Mr. Avelica, a father of four U.S. citizen children, and a cook at the time of his arrest, has…
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