Press Releases

For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 11, 2016Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n REACTION: Sen. Sanders & Congressman Grijalva are Right about the Failure of President Obama's Deportation Policy Washington, DC—In response to the White House's release of its final DHS budget, and news that Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Raul Grijalva sent a letter criticizing President Obama's signature deportation policy, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), released the following statement: "Senator Sanders and Congressman Grijalva are right about the failure of President Obama's deportation policy. A mere name change is not enough to undo the damage caused, nor is it enough to bridge the trust deficit caused by the failed experiment of using local police to enforce federal civil immigration laws. During his last year in office, President Obama should be dismantling the very infrastructure that has also emboldened demagogues like Donald Trump to scapegoat immigrants. At a bare minimum, the Obama Administration should be transparent about its deportation programs which threaten to radically alter the relationship between local and federal police. "Rational policymakers at the local level revolted against President Obama's crimmigration policy because it made communities less safe. Meanwhile, DHS and ICE will have to answer to federal lawsuits about their refusal to come clean about PEP-COMM and their own record on racial discrimination. "Unfortunately, the recently-released White House budget affirms the worst of President Obama's deportation legacy. It consolidates and expands the jail deportation regime started with S-COMM, now glossed up with PEP, and it maintains funding for a disgraceful family detention policy that serves and explicitly seeks to deter refugees by terrorizing Central American migrants. "Ultimately, it's cases like those of Angel Rosa, who was deported this week, that demonstrate the offensive meaning of the President's callous budget.." ###
For Immediate ReleaseFeb. 2, 2016Contacts: Olga Tomchin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n  // Thomas Rome, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   Immigrant Rights Groups File Civil Rights Complaint: ICE nearly castrates grandfather in detention & now tries to deport him to likely death in Guatemala Hyrum, UT—Yesterday, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), and the attorneys at the Thomas Rome Law Group filed a complaint with DHS' Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties regarding the extreme medical abuse against 55-year-old Angel Rosa (A 028-620-363). Starting in April 2012, Mr. Rosa was detained by ICE for over two years at the Utah County Jail. He was locked in a cell with exposed sewage and prevented from showering, leading to a severe and painful testicular infection. Despite pleas, ICE denied Angel medical care until the infection spread throughout his body, caused his rectum to swell shut, and produced a massive intestinal infection. Only the begging of other detained people resulted in him being allowed to see a doctor. Immediately, he was transferred to a hospital. With the strong possibility of him requiring surgical castration, ICE released him from detention and left him to fend for himself with this medical condition and all the expenses. Since then he has experienced recurring infections and was left sterilized. On the morning of January 15, 2016, ICE agents raided Angel's home and detained him at the same facility where he nearly died. Today, ICE is threatening to deport him at any moment. Immigrant rights groups have circulated a petition to fight his deportation under the hashtag #SterilizedByICE. Angel has lived in the U.S. for many years, making his home in Utah with his wife Lorena, their five children (four U.S. citizens and one green-card holder), and six U.S. citizen grandchildren. He is a loving and devoted father in a close-knit family. After an unfortunate incident about 15 years ago where prescription medication reacted badly with alcohol and the police were called, he has been completely sober. Thomas Rome, Managing Attorney, the Thomas Rome Law Group: "Angel Rosa's case is one of the most disturbing our office has ever encountered. And though not unique in a contract jail system where many dubious practices persist, Angel's case somehow tears a hole in your soul. And this is no longer about adding 'insult to injury.' It's a death sentence. We're calling on ICE to exercise humanitarian discretion to save a…
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 21, 2016 John Legend and Juanes Join Call to Overhaul Immigrant Detention as Part of Campaign to End Mass Incarceration National #FREEAMERICA Tour Sees The Two Multiple Grammy Winning ArtistsSpotlighting The Link Between Needed Immigration and Mass Incarceration Reforms Juanes And John Legend Visit The Notorious Eloy Detention Center, Tent City, and Puente Arizona Community Center - With Pop-Up Performances For Both Detainees And Their Separated Families Watch Video Of "REDEMPTION SONG" Performed Outside Eloy Detention Center "John Legend, Juanes Perform Outside Of Immigration Detention Center In Arizona" -- Huff Post/AP "Juanes and John Legend held a concert in the most unlikely of places today — deep in the Arizona desert, in front of the Eloy Immigration Detention Center, where an estimated 1,500 immigrants are currently being held... The goal of the concert: bring light to our country's misguided immigration policies, and transform America's criminal justice system" -- Fusion Phoenix, AZ---As recent raids and a pending Supreme Court case push the issue of immigration into the national spotlight once again, Grammy Award winning artists John Legend and Juanes travelled to Arizona, in many ways the epicenter of the fight for migrant rights, to explore the issue. Yesterday, the two multiple-Grammy winning artists visited with people in detention and heard from local families impacted by immigration enforcement, to bring a cultural component to the campaigns to end detention, put a face to those caught in the system, and link it together with the efforts to end mass incarceration. This marked the first stop on Legend's listening tour to address immigration issues as part of the #FREEAMERICA campaign - in which the artist is visiting with people who are or have been incarcerated, law enforcement, legislators, prosecutors, union members, crime victims, and experts who've been thinking critically about America's prison problem. In Arizona, Legend and Juanes met with detainees inside the Eloy Detention Center, a privately-run facility similar to those that house approximately 34,000 immigrants each day, and one that most recently made news for the suspicious and still insufficiently investigated death of detainee Jose de Jesus Sahagun this past Spring. Inside, they got a glimpse of the conditions that thousands of immigrant families face every day in detention centers across America. Having been denied permission to perform inside the facility for detainees, as has happened on previous #FREEAMERICA visits, the pair of artists then proceeded to a makeshift…
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 21, 2016Contact: SG Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n 50+ Organizations Call on White House to Come Clean About PEP Washington, DC—On Thursday, a broad coalition of 55 immigrant, civil, and workers rights groups joined a letter to President Obama calling on his administration to "come clean" about his Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which replaced the controversial Secure Communities deportation dragnet known as S-COMM. The letter reads in part: Federal agencies under your watch have refused to disclose the requested records. Instead, DHS and ICE leadership have gone on a national crusade to quash the revolt against S-COMM policies, obfuscating the facts with Trump logic and pressuring localities to accept the new jail deportation program. Leading the letter was the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), one of three groups that earlier this week filed a federal lawsuit against ICE and 9 additional federal agencies to compel them to disclose information about PEP. As groups spoke favorably of the Supreme Court's granting of review over Texas v. US, they also cautioned that it was "failed logic" to justify increased deportations because of a partial grant of relief, such as with DAPA. "PEP is not a valid justification for DAPA, and never has been. This lawsuit seeks to help the Obama administration clear up its misunderstanding by compelling it to be open and transparent about this program," said Salvador Sarmiento of NDLON. "It's important that the Obama administration untangle its DAPA rationale from its PEP rationale." NDLON staff attorney Emi MacLean, counsel on the lawsuit, added, "Part of the failed logic of the past involved using S-COMM as a justification for DACA 1.0. That brought us the pernicious 'felons not families' idea that has been put publicly on trial during recent raids." "It's not the case that some immigrants must suffer so that others can get relief. This logic is immoral and unnecessary for Obama to prevail in Texas v US." added MacLean. The letter is available online here. ###
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 19, 2016Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n BREAKING: DHS, ICE, and DOJ Sued in Federal Court Over Controversial Deportation Program Washington, DC—On Tuesday morning, immigrant rights groups filed a federal lawsuit against ICE and 9 other federal agencies to compel the disclosure of information about a controversial and secretive deportation program, known as the "Priority Enforcement Program" (PEP). As the White House persists in targeting Central American refugees and revving up the deportation machinery, advocates are taking aim at PEP, which is fueling ongoing deportations. "ICE is, once again, operating in secrecy. It's time for the nation's largest police force to come clean," said Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). "PEP has failed to meet the bare minimum requirements for transparency and accountability." The groups filed litigation pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) following ICE's refusal to provide a single document more than 10 months after the groups filed their request. Altogether the 10 agencies provided only 5 documents in response. "While PEP-COMM is clouded in secrecy, DHS leadership is going on the offensive," says Angela Chan, Policy Director at Asian-Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ-ALC). "The White House is trying to compel state and local governments to participate in its new deportation program through misinformation and empty promises." "PEP's predecessor, S-COMM, was mired in the same duplicity and double-speak that led to the largest-ever FOIA litigation in ICE history, and ultimately, the termination of the program," said Danelly Bello of the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo Law School. "The public has the right to know whether PEP is different from S-COMM in reality or only in name," says Bello. "It is imperative that immigrant communities learn about the practical implementation of this massive immigration enforcement program in order to assert their rights and protect their families." The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York City by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ-ALC), and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at the Cardozo School of Law. Federal complaint available HERE.  ###
Friday, 15 January 2016 11:06

NDLON Reaction to Supreme Court Decision

For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 14, 2016Contact: SG Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n NDLON Reaction to Supreme Court Decision Washington, DC—In response to the U.S. Supreme Court accepting review of Texas v. U.S., representatives of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) made the following statements: NDLON Executive Director, Pablo Alvarado, made the following statement in Washington DC: "It has taken far too long for this moment to arrive, but we are confident that history is on our side. And despite the unfortunate structure of a lawsuit where immigrants' interests are not adequately represented by the Obama Administration, justice demands a reversal of the injunction upheld by the Fifth Circuit. "Pundits may have different things to say about this case, but above all it is about political equality, self-determination, and freedom versus fear. Like everyone else living and working in this country, immigrants deserve to have a voice in policy matters affecting their lives. When immigrants speak for themselves, we make progress. That was the lesson from the first DACA, and that is the lesson now. Congress blocked statutory reform, and President Obama was slow to listen to those of us who said he had the authority to act (and frankly, he appears to still be listening to those who have gave him bad advice on immigration policy), but the President was ultimately persuaded by solid legal arguments and a moral imperative, both which we believe will compel the Supreme Court to do the right thing. "When viewed in the context of the rancid xenophobia that has infected US politics, it is also clear this case is about freedom versus fear. And whether it's the irrational fears harbored by the 26 governors or the paranoia stoked by Donald Trump, white anxiety about the changing complexion of the country is insufficient justification to deny current immigrants the same shot at progress afforded previous generations. The Supreme Court has a mixed record when it comes to cases that confront racial injustice and white supremacy. The question now is which way will it go this time?" NDLON Legal Director and General Counsel, Chris Newman, issued the following statement in Los Angeles, CA: "This Congress may be broken and incapable of carrying out its obligation to modernize immigration statutes, but previous Congresses were very clear in granting the statutory authority to the executive branch, and the President has more than enough authority to take the modest action contained in…
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 12, 2016Contact: SG Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n NDLON: Ahead of Final State of Union, President Obama's Legacy is on Line Los Angeles, CA—Ahead of today's State of the Union address, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) made the following statement: "It's difficult to have an optimistic vision of President Obama's last year in office while he is deporting refugee families, potentially to their death, and engaging in a war of attrition against undocumented immigrants, but we remain hopeful for a change in policy, and we remain confident that immigrants will earn political equality afforded previous generations. "Compounding the mistakes of the past six years—a false reliance on an arbitrary deportation quota, a criminalizing S-COMM policy, and an unprecedented militarization of the of the US/Mexico border—this latest round of raids has terrified the very people he once promised to liberate. "Rather than confront Donald Trump, President Obama's deportation policy has capitulated to him. And it has emboldened the neo-nativist and fascist movement that has infected US politics. Among the potentially lasting damage caused by President Obama's failure is his ratification of the false premise that some immigrants (in this case recent arrivals) must suffer in order for others to have security. Quite to the contrary, the President's policy is making everyone—immigrants and native born alike—feel less safe. "Tonight, President Obama should admit his mistake in order to protect the immigrants and refugees he has harmed. He should immediately announce TPS for all Central Americans residing in the US. And he should use his final year in office to reign in the rogue ICE agency he has unleashed, to dismantle the unparalleled deportation machinery he has constructed, and to disentangle the criminal justice system from our broken and unjust immigration laws. "If he fails to take these steps, and we expect he will, his legacy will be cemented not just as deporter-in-chief, but as a president who triggered a new sanctuary movement opposed not just by the Trump-wing of the Republican Party, but opposed by President Obama himself. Perhaps not while he is still in office, but eventually, both Mr Trump and President Obama will find themselves on the wrong side of history." ###
(Traducido del ingles)  Trump Estigmatiza a la Gente, el Presidente Obama los Deporta Los Angeles, CA—En respuesta a los nuevos esfuerzos de la Casa Blanca de acelerar deportaciones, el Director de la Red Nacional de Jornaleros y Jornaleras (NDLON), Pablo Alvarado, hizo las siguientes declaraciones: "Que la Casa Blanca este deteniendo a familias refugiadas es innecesario e inmoral, pero tristemente, no es sorprendente. Es emblemático de la estrategia de la administración de Obama en el campo de migración. "Por siete años, la administración de Obama nunca ha perdido la oportunidad de mover su política a la derecha para ganar algunos puntos políticos. Ahora, mientras el discurso racista de Trump se normaliza en la política estadounidense, el Presidente Obama decide apostarle de nuevo a las deportaciones. La verdad es que las acciones del Presidente Obama son mas viles que las palabras de Trump. Trump estigmatiza a la gente con su lenguaje deshumanizador, pero el Presidente Obama los deporta. "Has motivos oscuros atrás de las mas recientes redadas de DHS, que son basadas en fríos cálculos políticos en lugar de cualquier análisis legal. Hay que dejar en claro: estas redadas son inmorales, nunca hay justificaciones por las violaciones de los derechos humanos. La idea de que estas deportaciones son necesarias para que otras personas reciban alivio es una idiotez. Este año electoral, no habrán puntos políticos para los demócratas que busquen incrementar deportaciones. Los republicanos ganan mas por estos esfuerzos de aplacar la ala extreme de Trump el la política EEUU. "Es igualmente un disparate la declaración de la Casa Blanca que estas redadas de alguna manera van a prevenir que las familias escapando de violencia terrible salgan de sus países. Primero, si hace falta mas prevención, entonces es claro que la situación no esta bajo control. Segundo, mientras en los países de origen sigan existiendo amenazas de vida, la gente seguirá buscando refugio al norte. "El hecho de que son mujeres y niños ahora detenidos por ICE nos demuestra la crueldad del calculo político del Presidente. La política es una desgracia, y disminuye la posición de los EEUU al nivel internacional. La maquinaria masiva de detención y deportación debe ser desmantelada, no acelerada. "El Presidente tiene aproximadamente un año para cambiar su camino y escapar el legado de "deportador-en-jefe". Las familias inmigrantes y refugiadas no tienen el lujo de ese tiempo. El Presidente y quienes lo rodean deben detener inmediatamente estas…
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 4, 2016Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n REACTION: Trump stigmatizes people with his dehumanizing language, President Obama deports them Los Angeles, CA—In response to the White House's new efforts to rev-up deportations, this time of women and children refugees, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following statement: "The White House's targeting of refugee families is unnecessary and immoral, but sadly not surprising. It is emblematic of the Obama administration's failed approach to immigration. "For seven years, the Obama Administration has never missed an opportunity to move its immigration policy to the right to win a few political points. Now, as Trump's racist discourse becomes normalized in US politics, the Obama administration chooses to double down on its shameful deportation policy. The sad truth is that President Obama's actions are more vile than Trump's words. Trump stigmatizes people with his dehumanizing language; President Obama deports them. "There are dark motives behind DHS' latest raids based on cold political calculation rather than sound legal analysis. Make no mistake: these raids are immoral, and justifications for violating human rights are never acceptable. The idea that deporting some people is somehow necessary for others to get relief is idiotic. This election year, there are no political points to be gained for Democrats thru increased deportations. Republicans gain more from these misguided efforts to appease the Trump-wing of US politics. "The White House's assertion that this increased enforcement will somehow deter families that are escaping terrible violence is equally preposterous. If a deterrent is needed, then the situation is not under control as the White House has claimed. As long as their countries of origin are more life threatening than the already treacherous journey north, people will seek refuge. "That it's refugee women and children in ICE's enforcement crosshairs today speaks to the dangerous callousness of the President's political calculations. The policy is a disgrace; it diminishes the United States' standing on the world stage. The mass detention and deportation machinery must be dismantled, not revved up. "The President has roughly one year left to change course and avoid the enduring legacy of deporter-in-chief. Immigrant and refugee families do not have the luxury of time. The President and his enablers should cease these raids immediately and focus resources and attention on the preservation of immigrant and refugee rights. Basic decency requires no less." ###
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 3, 2015Contact: Olga Tomchin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Obama's New Years Resolution Should Not Be to Deport Families Fleeing Violence Los Angeles, CA – Right before Christmas, and after a federal judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release families from immigration detention, the Washington Post reported that the Obama administration would instead begin mass deportations in the new year. Sources described a "large-scale effort to deport families who fled violence in Central America." Yesterday, we heard the first reports that U.S. authorities have begun to implement this plan in at least Atlanta. In one family, a woman reported that immigration agents came to the door saying they were looking for a "black person" (una persona de la raza morena). She said that no one lived there by that description. The agents rounded up everyone at the house, including the children, and left with a Honduran mother and her nine-year-old son. ​Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) made the following statement:​"Obama must stop the raids. What message is sent by a president whose first action in the new year is to destroy families—to rip children from their homes and communities? ​In recent years, too many lives have been ruined by heartless and racist deportation policies. Home raids are inherently destructive and terrorize immigrant communities. Now is not a time for mass deportations, but for increased humanity. "​Dangerous political rhetoric is scapegoating, criminalizing, and dehumanizing immigrant communities. The President's actions are far more harmful than Trump's demagoguery. While Trumps's dangerous rhetoric stigmatizes our loved ones, President Obama actually deports them. "​ICE is distrusted by our communities and rightly so. Reports indicate that ICE has been using racist lies to trick people into letting ICE into their homes. Immigrant communities must be warned to not open their doors to ICE unless they have a warrant. "We need an immigration policy that recognizes the human dignity of migrants and does not use them as political pawns. Anything less is unconscionable." More information about what to do in the event of a raid is available here:http://iceoutofla.org/ To report a raid, call:844-878-8071 ###
For Immediate ReleaseDecember 1, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n NDLON REACTION to 8-day Extension by U.S. Supreme Court Los Angeles, CA—In response to the Supreme Court's decision to deny a thirty-day extension request by the 26 states blocking DAPA and DACA 2.0, which would have effectively "run out the clock", Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), made the following statement: "The decision today appears to recognize the urgency of the situation, both for immigrants and for the country. Like the nativists in Congress blocking reform, the plaintiffs in this case seek to block progress by silencing immigrants and depriving them of political equality, but they will be on the losing side of history. "The status quo is cruel, unjust, and discriminatory. We must continue to seek relief by every means available. No one at this point should be relying exclusively on Washington for relief. We must confront the unjust status quo at every detention center and locality where ICE has inserted its unconstitutional overreach. "When the President was moved by communities across the country to take initial steps to stop deportations, the momentum did not come from Washington, DC, it came from the bottom up. Moving forward will be no different. It is time again for immigrants' voices to be heard." ** NDLON Legal Staff Available for Comment **  For background on the President's legal authority to advance DAPA, See NDLON's "Si Se Puede" Rule-Making Petition from November 2014 ###
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:28

NDLON REACTION to Sanders' Immigration Plan

For Immediate ReleaseNovember 24, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n NDLON REACTION to Sanders' Immigration Plan Los Angeles, CA—In response to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' immigration plan, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: "We look forward to studying the details, but it is frankly a welcome sign that there are so many details to analyze. The depth of proposals contained in the platform, both for administrative and legislative reform, are befitting of a candidate who is taking seriously the urgency and complexity of the situation facing immigrant workers and the country. Upon an initial reading, a couple of things jump out: "First, we applaud Senator Sanders' legalization-first approach. His promise to maximize use of executive branch authority immediately will help advance political equality for immigrants. Administrative reform should not be conditioned on Congressional inaction or a wait-and-see approach with the courts. Legislative reform has been held hostage for over a decade by xenophobes in Congress. Providing status for all who would have qualified for the 2013 bill is the least that we expect from the next president. "Second, it is excellent that the plan is rooted in principles of economic justice that align the interests of immigrant and native born workers. In particular, the idea of giving whistleblower visas to immigrants who report labor violations is long overdue. This basic step will empower immigrant workers to step forward, it will take away the unfair advantage gained by predatory employers, and it will benefit everyone working in the US economy. "Third, the Sanders platform broadly recognizes that too many people are profiting from the preservation of the status quo. Part of the reason why we aren't making progress on immigration reform as a country is because demagogue politicians profit politically by scapegoating immigrants during elections, predatory employers profit by exploiting immigrants, a massive bureaucracy at DHS profits from bloated budgets, and commercial companies are now profiting from imprisonment of refugee families. "And Democrats have historically profited too. It is unacceptable for Democrats to simply sit back and profit politically from the Trump Effect on the Republican primary by claiming that they are in favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Senator Sanders has put forth a serious plan that deserves attention, scrutiny, and debate. We call upon all candidates for President to match Senator Sanders' level of detail. Indeed, we are hopeful that many of…
For Immediate Release November 5, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n   NDLON REACTION: Following Decision, Onus is Back on President to Take Action Los Angeles, CA—In response to the 5th Circuit Court's decision to uphold the injunction blocking implementation of DAPA and DACA 2.0, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: "The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals got it wrong today. But this is not the last word from a court on this issue. It will only amplify the call to action for immigrant workers and families. Their demand for justice, equality and a decent life must not be obstructed by more delays and political wrangling. "President Obama spent years enacting a brutal deportation policy, and waited far too long to announce DAPA. He should not compound that error by delaying an appeal of this erroneous decision, nor should he allow the coarsening of political rhetoric about immigrants to deter him from taking additional steps using existing authority to ameliorate the injustice facing immigrants. "Just as the choice was never between 'comprehensive immigration reform or administrative relief,' the choices facing the President today are not 'DAPA or nothing.' The President's own misguided deportation policy contributed to the criminalizing rhetoric we are now hearing from Republican candidates, and we hope his actions going forward are not guided by partisan politics. Immigrants have been scapegoated and used as an election issue for too long. The President should use his remaining months in office to undo much of the damage he did by pursuing a failed 'CIR or nothing' strategy. "The Fifth Circuit got one thing right in recognizing that undocumented immigrants must have a voice in this lawsuit. We welcome the court's decision to allow immigrants represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) to intervene. This lawsuit is, in the end, a dispute between 26 nativist governors and the 'Deporter-in-Chief.' The three undocumented immigrants represented by MALDEF carry with them the interests and hopes of 11 million immigrants who deserve political equality. While equality demands relief from unjust deportation and access to work authorization papers, it also requires equal access to redress from harm in federal courts. I have no doubt Jane Does 1 through 3 will ultimately prevail." ###  
For Immediate Release October 20, 2015Contact: Salvador G Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n NDLON Statement on Vitter: More, Not Less, Sanctuary Needed (Los Angeles, CA) – In response to today's Senate vote, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement: "Today's bill was never meant to become law. It was introduced as an odious act of scapegoating. It is being used to defend unjustifiable deportations and it perfectly symbolizes the political cowardice of lawmakers both in Congress and within the Obama Administration and their collective failure to reform outdated US immigration policy. It is also a reminder that going forward, progress will and must be made at the state and local level by bottom-up community organizing, through courageous activism, and with litigation to uphold civil rights and constitutional values. "While TRUST Acts and sanctuary cities are needed now more than ever to guard against the sickening demagoguery of the Trump Effect, they initially emerged as shields to defend against the Obama administration's own disgraceful 'Secure Communities' deportation policy. And today's debate should not be used as an excuse to bully local jurisdictions into acquiescing to a lesser of two evils. The Vitter bill must be rejected, but so too must President Obama's mutating PEPCOMM policy with its duplicitous goal of deporting 'felons, not families'." "Below the surface of the shameful spectacle on display today, a national consensus is emerging about the need to redress structural racism built into the DNA of US deportation policy and criminal law. Communities of color have always been disproportionately criminalized, dehumanized, and deported. Today's spectacle on the Senate floor makes this racism visible, and it further illustrates the need to kick ICE agents out of local jails." ###  
Press ReleaseOctober 12, 2015Contacts: Olga Tomchin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n // Yadira Sanchez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n In Response to Targeting of Grandfather, Family Demands Meeting with ICE Director Saldaña and Answers for Libelous Statements, Highlights Additional Cases (San Francisco, CA) – Today, the family of 67-year old grandfather Apolinar Sanchez Cornejo ("Abuelito Poly"), along with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC), announced steps ICE must take to vindicate his reputation and highlighted other grandparents and vulnerable individuals targeted by federal immigration enforcement (ICE). In a letter to ICE, the family and organizations are demanding that ICE "immediately cease and desist from defaming him and the family, apologize for this libelous statement, and explain how such a serious and indefensible mistake could have been made." ICE Spokesperson Virginia Kice has acknowledged that Abuelito Poly was never convicted of domestic violence, but ICE continues to assert that he was arrested for it. NDLON and IYC are demanding that ICE Director Sarah Saldaña meet with Abuelito Poly's family to deliver an apology and explanation, a request that has been incorporated into Abuelito's petition demanding that his deportation proceedings be dismissed. Abuelito Poly and his family have also filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking information concerning the raid on his home, the attempted deportation, and the lies by ICE. In addition to trying to deport Abuelito Poly, traumatizing him and his family, ICE has insisted on lying to the press that he had previously been convicted of domestic violence. "I saw the statement ICE gave about my husband Apolinar Sanchez Cornejo, what they say is a lie," says Apolinar's wife, who goes by Abuelita Vicky. "I'm his wife, we have lived together 45 years and I have never been mistreated. We get along well. That's why my heart broke when I was taking him, I felt helpless. He is my support and the love of my life. Don't say things about him that are not true!" Abuelito Poly's family members highlighted other cases of vulnerable loved ones targeted by ICE in California. "We are not just fighting for my Abuelito, we are fighting for all abuelit@s, elders, and loved ones who are being attacked, criminalized, and scapegoated by ICE," said Abuelito Poly's granddaughter Yadira. Yadira continued, "We are fighting for Venecia Santiago, a grandmother and domestic violence survivor who has been detained by ICE for three years. We are fighting…
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