Wednesday, 06 March 2013 05:07

Day Laborer & Immigrant Orgs Join National "Coming Out of the Shadows" Month, Call for Stop to Deportations

Community members facing deportation and detention to come out at events around the country calling for a moratorium to record-breaking deportations and the federal quota programs that drive them.
03/04/2013—Day laborer and immigrant worker organizations have declared this March a month of action where those in deportation proceedings, will join undocumented youth in ‘coming out’ events to say ‘Not One More (Ni uno más);’ not one more person taken from their loved ones because of deportations.
For the past three years, undocumented youth have held “coming out” events as a central tactic to activate dream-act eligible youth, humanize those targeted by immigration laws, and expose the inhumanity of current immigration policies.  This year, the youth-led initiative will take on a specific focus of deportation and detention and be joined by adults,  day laborers, people facing removal, and broader community members’ participation highlighting the impact of the immigration enforcement policies that have rapidly expanded under the President’s first term in order to meet Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s self-imposed quota of 400,000 deportations per year. 
Events around the country include: 
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• March 8th – Boyle Heights, California 
                       Nashville, TN 
• March 10th – Atlanta, Georgia 
• March 10th – Chicago, Illinois 
• March 11th – Phoenix, Arizona 
• March 12th – Nashville, TN
• March 13th – Detroit, Michigan 
• March 15th – San Fernando Valley, California
• March 16th – Addison, Illinois 
• March 17th – Tucson, Arizona
• March 20th – Boston, Massachussetts
• March 25th – Columbus, OH 
• March 28th – South Los Angeles, California 
• March 30th – San Gabriel Valley 
Events nation-wide will give a face to those impacted by the immigration debate, demonstrate the power of community organizing. The events are part of a national push to make the first step on the path to citizenship a moratorium on the approximately 1,400 daily deportations that continue as the immigration debate proceeds.