Comunicados de prensa

For Immediate Release // Excuse cross-posting // Please shareDate: February 11, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099 NDLON on Oil Workers Strike: We Are Not Disposable (Los Angeles) In reaction to the national strike by oil refinery workers, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, issued the following statement: “On behalf of its 45 member organizations and thousands of day laborers across the US, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) stands in solidarity and support with the striking USW oil workers. Day laborers know what it is like to go to a job where their employers do not place any value on their lives, to risk their safety for a paycheck, in unconscionable and exploitative working conditions. “No one should have to trade his or her health and safety in order to make a living. No community should have to live in fear of a deadly explosion because oil companies are creating conditions that endanger lives. We applaud the striking workers for pressing these oil companies to recognize that workers are not disposable. Every individual, every worker, has dignity and value.” On February 1, the United Steelworkers announced that its members, oil refinery workers in some of the most dangerous jobs in the country, decided to conduct a nationwide strike at nine oil refineries across the US. They stated in announcing this work stoppage: “…oil companies are too greedy to make a positive change in the workplace and they continue to value production and profit over health and safety, workers and the community.” This is the first time these workers have been on strike since 1985. ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse cross-posting // Please share Contact: SG Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099 The Circus in Congress Will Not Distract Growing Calls For Immigrant Equality In reaction to the most recent spectacle in Congress and the publication of the President’s budget request, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, issued the following statement: “For years, lawmakers in Washington, DC, were content to block progress on immigration reform, but now it seems some are seizing upon congressional dysfunction in a shameful- yet ultimately futile- effort to move the country backwards, presumably to an era denying equal protection under the law. “Racism manifests itself in many forms, and we will call out Republican nativism, xenophobia, and intolerance for what it is in hopes that the regressive voices within the Republican Party will be shunned and eventually silenced. “But we will not be distracted or deterred from making progress in defense of immigrants’ rights. And while this includes ensuring a successful implementation of new protections for some immigrants, it will also include speaking out against a White House budget that maintains a draconian deportation regime that hyper-modernizes the enforcement of outdated and unjust laws. “Now is not the time for the Obama Administration to double the funding for surveillance, detention, and prosecution of precarious immigrants, nor is it time for the Administration to double-down on failed enforcement initiatives that criminalize our communities and incentivize civil rights violations by local police. “Instead, now is the time to demand that every available option be utilized using existing laws at the federal, state, and local levels to mitigate the grave injustice caused by the broken political process in Washington. Our goal remains the same: Not one more deportation. Not one more worker or family criminalized. And not one more day without equality.” ### DOWNLOAD PDF
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-posting // Please Forward Share at: Date: January 20, 2015Contact: SG Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n President Urged to Address Role of DHS & Immigration Enforcement in Police Abuse Los Angeles, CA—Ahead of the President's second to last State of the Union address, the Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Pablo Alvarado, issued the following statement: “We expect the topic of immigrants' rights to factor into the President's remarks about biased policing. Neither the progress made last year for some immigrants nor the partisan attacks against all immigrants in Congress this year should prevent the President from taking steps to undo the damage caused by his ill-conceived deportation policy, which hyper-modernized the enforcement of outdated and unjust immigration laws. “Day laborers across the country know firsthand the impunity that exists for some law enforcement agents who engage in racial profiling, harassment, and civil rights violations. And while we certainly appreciated DHS Secretary Johnson’s acknowledgement that Secure Communities caused civil rights violations and eroded confidence in law enforcement, insufficient progress has been made. Indeed, the President's own ‘felons not families’ rhetoric has masked the administration's own involvement in the unprecedented felonization of immigrant families. “DHS programs that entangle local police into the country’s draconian deportation machinery must be part of the national conversation about police reform, public safety, and equal rights. It is unconscionable that DHS continues to harbor rogue agencies, even as it empowers abusive local law enforcement agencies to engage in biased policing. We call on the President to include immigrant voices in the White House’s Policing Task Force Initiative." ### Download PDF
For Immediate Release // Excuse cross-postings // Please forward January 5, 2015 Contacts: Caroline Picker, Puente, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 510-501-7276Salvador G. Sarmiento, NDLON, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 202-746-2099Steve Kilar, ACLU of Arizona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 602-773-6007 Arpaio Reign of Terror on Immigrants Suffers Another Crippling Blow in Federal Court CourtGrants Injunction in Lawsuit Against Workplace RaidsArpaio and Montgomery Ordered to Stop Enforcing Statutes on which Raids are Based PHOENIX – Federal Judge David Campbell today put a stop to the workplace raids that have torn apart countless families in Maricopa County. Judge Campbell determined that the raids instigated by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and supported by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery are likely unconstitutional and must be stopped, at least until a final decision is rendered in a class action lawsuit. Today’s preliminary injunction in Puente v. Arpaio bars Arpaio and Montgomery from enforcing portions of two Arizona statutes, A.R.S. § 13-2008 and § 13-2009 that have been using to criminalize undocumented workers. Judge Campbell concluded that these workplace raids cause irreparable harm to Puente members and that plaintiffs are likely to succeed with their legal challenge. The judge ordered an end to the workplace raids. The Court held that “Plaintiffs have shown that these laws are likely to be found unconstitutional” and that members of Plaintiff Puente would face irreparable harm in the absence of a court order enjoining enforcement. “This is an enormous victory for our community,” said Carlos Garcia, executive director of Puente, a Phoenix-based human rights group that is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. “Arpaio and Montgomery are being stripped of the tools they use to illegally terrorize immigrant workers and families. We hope that justice will continue to prevail, that not one more worker is arrested for providing for his or her family and that the racist, anti-immigrant machine for which Arizona is known is dismantled completely.” “When I was led away from my job in handcuffs, I never thought I would see the day that we took Arpaio and Montgomery to court instead of the other way around,” said Noemi Romero, who was arrested in a raid in 2012. “We lost our fear and made this lawsuit happen, and now others in our community won’t have to suffer like we did.” “The decision puts an end to cruel and unlawful practices that have separated families and disrupted communities throughout Maricopa County," said Jessica Karp Bansal, NDLON's Litigation Director, counsel…
In reaction to the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, Marisa Franco, lead organizer of the #not1more campaign for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:"Last night completed a circle of tragedy and travesty.  Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in broad daylight, but his protectors used the thick of night to announce their decision to not indict. While the St. Louis prosecutor’s explanation rang empty and hollow, the clamor for justice in the streets of Ferguson was once again clear, resounding, and this time nationwide. Our hearts were already split last week by the President’s immigration announcement, now they would be fully broken if it were not for the freedom fighters of Ferguson. We are outraged at the miscarriage of justice, but we are fortified by the proliferation of protest. From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa, people have reached their limit and are exposing governments that govern with violence. In every corner we see a system that continues to define it’s own shortcomings and movements with the potential to transform them. For immigrant rights organizations, our struggles are connected but distinct. We know of unjust policing and federal deportation programs that have created chaos in all our neighborhoods. But we are not Mike Brown. Instead of reaching for unity by erasing difference, let us build it by bridging the divide between who is deserving and who is undeserving. Just days ago, President Obama announced relief for families, but not felons. But what are those terms in the context of Ferguson? When our communities are already deemed criminal? When the murdered are put on trial? And police forces like Ferguson’s are the arbiters of this ‘nation of laws?’ We refuse these dividing lines because, as Ferguson shows us, what is defined as criminal, who is guilty and innocent, often falls far short of what is just. To the movement with Ferguson at its epicenter, we stand with you. We know what it is to have your tactics condemned, to be told to be patient, to be corralled into ‘official channels’ and we have learned that it is in breaking the rules that we change the rules. By so boldly stating that Black lives matter in the face of their negation you have already broken so many unspoken rules.  We will echo your words. We will make your struggle our struggle but we will not make your struggle about us.  We will…
For immediate releaseContact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Grassroots Groups React to President’s Executive Action on Immigration In reaction to the President’s executive action on immigration, immigrant rights leaders issued the following statements: Maris Franco, Lead Organizer of the #Not1More Campaign for NDLON, “If today is defining, it’s is in the breakthrough of directly impacted communities and grassroots organizations to change the conversation, propose new strategies, and show we can win. We took risks, confronted fear and demanded that our leaders do the same. By following suit, President Obama’s decision brings the possibility of shifting course on immigration, and correcting injustices that have held our country back. With this executive action, we must seek to defend it, implement it with expedience and fairness and most importantly seek to expand it more people, and continue to build immigration policy that is inclusive and just.” Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, "The President's speech tonight is a testament to the power and determination of migrants who have refused to remain silent in the face of unprecedented hostility, bigotry, and injustice.   We will evaluate the new policy on the merits as details are made available, and we will judge its success or failure in the days ahead based on whether it helps or harms those who we know and love." (Read Alvarado's full statement here) Carlos Garcia, Director of Puente Arizona, Phoenix “The President’s decision signals a changing course from the politics of Arizona. Many of our community members who have fought for this change now wonder if they will be excluded and persecuted. Many could now be fast-tracked for deportation, because they have been branded as criminals. We don’t support the arbitrary line between criminalized felons and spared families.  Therefore we will work to ensure the President’s order is implemented, as well as continue the fight to expand inclusion to all of our communities.” Yesenia Valdez, National Organizer for FAMILIA TQLM “As a community, we know that we do not fit the normal definition of families that continue to dominate public discourse. Many LGBTQ undocumented immigrants do not have families that are US citizens or permanent residents that could allow them to qualify for the program. Additionally, we know that our community, especially trans women of color, is unfairly targeted by law enforcement through racial discrimination or for engaging in survival sex work. These daily realities mean that many…
for immediate releaseContact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n  NDLON Reaction to Executive Action: The only secure community is an organized one.    In reaction to the President's executive action on immigration, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, issued the following statement: "The President's speech tonight is a testament to the power and determination of migrants who have refused to remain silent in the face of unprecedented hostility, bigotry, and injustice.   We will evaluate the new policy on the merits as details are made available, and we will judge its success or failure in the days ahead based on whether it helps or harms those who we know and love.   And we will take steps to defend any new protections, maximizing the number of people who will qualify, while we collectively pledge to defend those left behind. Today is a day to take stock and give thanks for the labor, the courage, and the sacrifice of so many immigrants who have brought us to this moment despite enormous odds.   Migrant labor is often invisibilized and taken for granted in this country.  Particularly in recent years, there has been a profound violation of the social contract.  Migrants' labor is accepted, but our humanity is denied, and there has been a war of attrition that seeks to make migrants sufficiently  miserable so they are forced to leave.   This is true not just in the workplace, or in schools, or in jails, but in the halls of Washington DC, where immigrants' role in defending and advancing the labor movement, the civil rights movement, and cherished constitutional values has been drowned out by politicians and lobbyists with partisan agendas.   The country has gone through unprecedented challenges as immigration reform legislation has languished in Congress.  There has been xenophobic paranoia following September 11th,  a repulsive current of resurgent racism follow the election of our nation's first black President, and we have seen a wholesale domestic human rights crisis unfold in Arizona and elsewhere that shocked the conscious of the world.   And despite all of this, millions of people stand on the verge of breathing easier tonight.   While still millions more stand to be left out.   We expect xenophobes to unite in opposition to the positive portions of the President's policy, and in support of the dangerous new initiatives that will further criminalize those who are left out.   As…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     National Religious & Immigrant Leaders to President: 5 Million Is Not Enough Christian, Jewish and immigrant leaders stress urgency for President to use his full legal authority for broad, inclusive action on immigration   Click here to listen to PRESS TELECONFERENCE AUDIO   WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama prepares to make his historic announcement on immigration, national faith and immigrant leaders urge the President not to limit what is in his full legal authority to enact. The President must make his executive order inclusive and provide opportunity and justice for all our undocumented community members. Deferred action from deportation should not be limited to individuals who have been in the United States for a long time, or those who have family members here. In addition, those with immigration charges or other infractions should have the full ability to apply for temporary relief.   Remarks from speakers on this morning's national press teleconference:   Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service "Administrative relief is a welcome, past-due step to stop separating moms and dads from their kids, and we will not be done fighting until all 11 million undocumented members of our communities are protected. There will be a backlash whether he grants temporary relief to 1 million people or 11 million. So we urge the President: Give everyone the chance to apply. There is a very strong grassroots movement across the United States and this commitment has been without pause. Should the President not extend the full authority he has and include everyone, we are going to continue and our efforts are going to intensify as an unrelenting force for justice."   Pablo Alvarado, Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON):“We are grateful for the labor, the courage, the risk and the sacrifice of so many undocumented migrants who have gotten us to this moment, and we will judge the President's policy on the merits, by measuring whether it helps or hurts those who we know and love. We have endured a war of attrition against immigrants for more than a decade and now the President can turn the tide.  He must mirror the courage of the people whose efforts have brought us to this point. Today can be the day to end the triangulations and wedge issues and recognize that our entire community is 100% deserving of relief.” Bishop Minerva Carcaño, United Methodist…
For immediate release Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   NDLON reaction to mixed messages as anticipation builds.   As leaks trickle out about the President's plans to announce a change in deportation policy, reports have surfaced that the White House is turning to familiar allies to defend the policy shift regardless of its substance.    The Hill reported that the WH is "tempering expectations."   Meanwhile, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz told Politico, that the President will be "going to go as far as he can under the law.”   In reaction, Pablo Alvarado issued this statement:   " We agree with Muñoz that the President must do everything under the law to protect immigrants, and we will join in supporting him if and when he does. The question is whether he has the moral courage to do the right thing.    The President must look to administrative relief as a question of correcting injustice and ensuring good governance and end the pattern of using immigrants’ lives for partisan games.   He quite clearly has the legal authority to grant work authorization at the very least to those who would qualify for the bipartisan Senate bill's legalization framework. If his advisors see this as setting up another push in Congress, the best way to do that is through reaffirming what both Democrats and Republicans have already agreed to not undermining it.   What we will not support is more political football or being treated as a wedge issue, nor will we accept arbitrary lines that divide us.   100% of immigrants deserve equality, and regardless of what the President says or when he says it, we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to defend and advance our rights."   ###
Jueves, 13 Noviembre 2014 10:29

Less Leaks, More Action from White House

For immediate release // excuse cross-postingContact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n   NDLON: Less Leaks, More Action from White House Support for Senate Bill Can Start with Including its Beneficiaries in Executive Action In reaction to rumors reported by Fox News and the New York Times and comments during the White House Press Briefing, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued statement from Washington DC: "We need less leaks and more action from within the White House. As far as we're concerned, the rumors reported in the Times and by Fox change nothing. They are rumors. For well over a decade, immigrants have been harmed by trial balloons, false promises, and a poisonous political environment in Washington DC that reduces migrant lives to pawns in partisan games. We call upon the President to provide work authorization minimally to those who would qualify for the Senate bill. Today, Josh Earnest said President Obama would sign it were the House to pass it. The same standard that the President is using to judge the House is the standard that immigrants will use to judge executive action. Will the President build upon, or undermine, the bipartisan Senate bill framework? We call upon President Obama to fully end the Secure Communities program which has been a catastrophic failure that caused the Arizonification of the country. And we call upon the President to meet immediately with undocumented immigrants and those who are most impacted by, and therefore most expert on, the status quo. Immigrant rights have been held hostage by failed political maneuvers for too long. Those who have forced this debate to the forefront of the national agenda have done so through struggle and sacrifice, through courageous civil disobedience, protest, and lawsuits that seek refuge in federal courts. In addition to doing necessary work for the US economy, immigrants have taken on the work of defending cherished national values. And we will keep fighting until immigrants achieve full equality. The President can see to it that we wait not one more day. Until then, we keep fighting." MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Pablo Alvarado is available in Washington, DC. Additionally today, NDLON filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security to halt deportations and expand relief to the fullest extent under the law.More Details on the suit can be found at ###
  President's Comments Must Be Followed by Immediate Action     This weekend on Face the Nation, President Obama told his interviewer, "We're deporting people who shouldn't be deported." In response to the comments, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following: "The President's statements show a new recognition of the moral and legal truth about his unjust and unnecessary deportation policy. President Obama has now admitted mistake. The next step obviously is to fix it by ending programs like "Secure Communities" that criminalize immigrants and by expanding relief to the fullest extent possible under current law. It's been widely known that his administration's enforcement-first gamble was a disaster both for the nation's politics and for immigrant families. Now he is in a position to fix it. Executive action should not wait for uncertain outcomes in Congress. Instead it should at the very least uphold the bipartisan agreement that was reached by extending relief to all those who would have qualified for the Senate bill. It is the President's responsibility to make his policy 'more humane' as he said in the Spring. By acting now, the President can jumpstart the path to inclusion and empower the best advocates on immigration, undocumented people themselves, to fully participate in the process."   ###
Miércoles, 05 Noviembre 2014 10:45

Time for President to Fight with Immigrants

for immediate release // excuse cross-postingContact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668 President Must Decide to Act Immigrants Continue to Demand Equal Rights, End to Deportations In response to the 2014 midterm election results, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   President Obama must decide whether to continue to appease the xenophobes in Congress or fight back in defense of the promise of his Presidency.  Those who deny his legal authority to protect immigrants are the same people who have asked for his birth certificate.  He must stand up to them now, and he must stand with immigrants who are fighting for equality.    It is no longer a question of if President Obama will act or even when.  The question is this:  What will the President do?   Will he build upon, or undermine, the bipartisan legalization framework forged in the Senate?  Will he finally listen to the chorus of cities and states that have revolted against his failed Secure Communities deportation program?  Will he meet with directly impacted immigrant rights leaders from around the country, or will he continue to listen to the same Beltway insiders who have given him terrible political advice on immigration?     Regardless of what the President or the new Republican majority decide, one thing is clear.   Immigrants will continue to organize and rely upon one another in defense of equal rights. 
Martes, 04 Noviembre 2014 11:48

Executive Action Not Electoral Spin

for immediate release // excuse cross-posting Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668   Fact: President Has Authority and Responsibility to Act on ImmigrationInhumane Immigration Policy Requires Executive Reforms  Not Electoral Triangulation   In anticipation of political analysis of the impact of today's elections on immigration policy, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   Many people will try to spin today's election results to have meaning either for or against executive action on immigration. The truth is that the two are unrelated no matter how hard lobbyists and partisans will try to connect them.    The fact is that the President has the moral responsibility and the full authority under existing law to expand relief and end the policies he himself has described as inhumane.  Good policy should not be subject to bad politics.    The Obama administration's pattern of subordinating immigration policy to either legislative or electoral considerations has had catastrophic results. But when he declared a review of deportation practices to make them 'more humane,' he signaled the opportunity to finally free the issue of immigration from the poisonous politics of Washington and focus on what's right.    President Obama was elected on a promise to change the way politics work in Washington. Fulfilling that pledge can start with doing what is right on immigration: immediately expanding the relief he already provided immigrant youth and ending the programs that criminalize the very immigrants he's said should be granted inclusion in this country.   ###
Yesterday, for the first time, Janet Napolitano revealed her perspective on how the decision to do DACA was made in 2012.   Today, Buzzfeed is reporting that the President is set to receive final recommendations from his current Secretary of Homeland Security about expected changes in deportation policies.   In reaction, Pablo Alvarado the Executive Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   "While there is clearly a battle under way to manage expectations for the scope of the forthcoming administrative action, we will continue to push for the maximum exercise of legal discretion under the law.  That includes a bare minimum, an extension of work authorization to everyone who would qualify under the Senate bill and end to the Secure Communities program and policies that criminalize immigrants.   The President has the legal authority, the moral obligation, and the political capital required to take these important steps.    "If the President provides relief for less people than would have qualified for a path to citizenship under the Senate bill, he will divide the immigrant rights community and undermine the rarest of things in Washington DC nowadays:  a bipartisan consensus.  Janet Napolitano's speech yesterday revealed that the extension of relief to 'Dreamers' in 2012 was a wholly artificial division between so called 'deserving and undeserving' immigrants.   According to her speech, the political cover for the action came from the DREAM Act (which failed to pass out of the Senate) and the scope of coverage was limited by bureaucratic constraints. Napolitano's speech confirmed what we have known for some time.  The President can and should do more.  Much more.   “Despite what might be the latest rumor of the day within the Washington Beltway, a reasonable expectation for the President is that he uses a similar calculation as he did in 2012.  Only this time, instead of using the DREAM Act as a template, he should use the Senate Bill, which received 68 votes in the US Senate.   Anything less will be unacceptable and met with further protest.” ###
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting Contact B. Loewe, NDLON, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 773.791.4668 Concerts Highlighting Urgency for Deportation Relief Continue Outside LA Detention Center with a Son Jarocho Performance Los Angeles, CA - After a successful opening concert with Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) will continue the Chant Down the Walls Concert series for migrants in detention by hosting Son del Centro for an evening of Son Jarocho outside the walls of the Metropolitan Detention Center in LA. The concert, held Mondays at 5:00 PM on the corner of Aliso and Alameda bring attention to the many LA residents held in detention as the President prolongs delay of relief and reform.  "We want the people inside to know they're not forgotten," says Claudia Bautista, organizer of the ICE Out of LA Campaign for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. "ICE tries to disappear our families and hide our loved ones in plain sight. We're here to say that these walls cannot divide us and we will keep fighting until ICE stops seeing us as quota fillers and until the President grants us relief." What: Part two of Chant Down the Walls Concert Series When: Monday October 20, at 5:00 PM Where: Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center (180 N Los Angeles St Los Angeles, California 90012) ####  
Go to page:
Página 3 de 12