Las tácticas sin escrúpulos de ICE violan nuestros derechos

Las tácticas sin escrúpulos de ICE violan nuestros derechos

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En los últimos seis meses, desde la aprobación de la orden ejecutiva histórica de Filadelfia que termino con el uso de los ICE Holds, más de 200 locales en todo el país han adoptado políticas similares que limitan las interacciones entre ICE y los departamentos locales de policía y cárceles. Desafortunadamente, en los últimos seis meses, los miembros de la comunidad y líderes pro inmigrante en Filadelfia, así como en todo el país han visto que las tácticas de ICE han cambiado para ellos poder seguir cumpliendo con su cuota de deportaciones draconiana.

Juntos trabajo con la Red Nacional de Jornaleros en un informe publicado recientemente titulado, “Delay Destructivo”, que demuestra el verdadero costo humano de los retrasos en Washington. A medida que el Presidente continúa posponer acciones sobre inmigración, agentes de ICE se están convirtiendo cada vez más agresivos para ampliar su alcance. El costo incluye otras violaciones de los derechos civiles y humanos a manos de funcionarios de ICE en su intento de llegar a su cuota de deportaciones a cualquier costo.

“Le han pedido a nuestra comunidad que espere hasta que sea el momento correcto políticamente para que el Presidente Obama actue y de un alivio sobre las deportaciones. Nos han pedido que esperemos hasta poder cambiar polizas de inmigración que el mismo ha llamado “inhumanas” y mientras esperamos agentes de ICE están destruyendo de nuevo la confianza entre las comunidades y el gobierno local con nuevas tácticas que violan nuestros derechos civiles y humanos. “, Dijo Erika Almiron, Directora Ejecutiva de Juntos.

Familias de Pennsylvania, que tienen familiares en proceso de deportación, compartieron sus historias, cómo estas nuevas tácticas han impactado sus vidas y compartieron sus reacciones a las conclusiones del informe. Thomas Decker, director de la oficina local de ICE, fue invitado a responder a las preocupaciones de las comunidades y responder a el comportamiento pícaro ilustrado en el informe, pero no pudo asistir. Juntos ha recibido dos cartas anónimas en las últimas cinco semanas que parecen ser enviadas por alguien que trabaja dentro de Aduanas y Control de Inmigración (ICE). Las cartas confirman lo que la comunidad, los organizadores y los abogados en el área metropolitana de Filadelfia sospechaban, que sigue existiendo la colaboración con el ICE y el sistema de justicia penal en ciertos lugares en Pennsylvania.

Una carta reporta que un supervisor de ICE llevó a cabo una operación conjunta con la policía “para limpiar a la poblción ilegal mexicana” en Norristown, una localidad 20 millas al noroeste de Filadelfia. Otra carta denuncia la colaboración entre ICE y cárceles en los condados Montgomery, Chester y Bucks. Esta argumenta que cada vez que una persona con un nombre extranjero, particularmente latino, es liberada de cárceles en dichos condados inmigración recibe una llamada— con dos horas de anticipación. “Conforme van saliendo, inmigración los arresta. Todo mundo en las cárceles lo sabe y por eso no quieren ni pagar su fianza, porque tienen miedo”, lee la carta. “Hay personas cuyos casos fueron desestimados y aun así le llaman a inmigración y son arrestados camino a casa”.

Pilar Molina, líder de Juntos, dijo, “Estamos enviando un mensaje a la oficina local de ICE en Filadelfia. Sus tácticas sin escrúpulos no se tolerarán en nuestras comunidades. Las prácticas que se basan en gran medida en el perfil racial destruyen a nuestras familias y deben terminar. No vamos a parar hasta que ICE esté fuera de nuestras comunidades y nuestras familias están a salvo”.

El Informe puede ser encontrado en: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Destructive-Delay-final1.pdf

Has ICE gone rogue? Report and anonymous letters seem to agree

Has ICE gone rogue? Report and anonymous letters seem to agree

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In the six months, since the passing of Philadelphia’s historic ICE Holds executive order, over 200 locals across the country have adopted similar policies limiting the interactions between ICE and local police departments and jails. Also, in the last six months, community members and immigration reform leaders in Philadelphia as well as across the country have seen shifts in ICE’s tactics to continue to meet their draconian deportation quota.

Juntos worked with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network on a recently released report, “Destructive Delay”, which shows the real human cost of delays in Washington. As the President continues to postpone actions ICE agents are increasingly becoming more aggressive to expand their reach. The cost includes further civil rights violations at the hands of ICE officials as they attempt to continue to reach their quota at any cost.

“Our community has been asked to wait for President Obama to act on relief from deportations until the time is politically right. We are asked to wait to reform immigration policies that he himself has called “inhumane” and meanwhile, ICE agents are again eroding trust between communities and local government with new tactics that violate our civil and human rights.” said Erika Almiron, Executive Director of Juntos.

Pennsylvania families, who have family members in deportation proceedings, shared their stories, how these new tactics have impacted their lives and shared their reactions to the report’s findings.  Thomas Decker, ICE’s local Field Office Director, was invited to respond to the communities concerns and correct the rogue behavior illustrated in the report but was unable to attend. Juntos has received two anonymous letters within the last five weeks from what appears to be someone in working within Immigration Customs and Enforcement. The letters confirm what community, organizers and lawyers in the greater Philadelphia area suspected, that there continues to be collaboration with ICE and the criminal justice system in certain locales in Pennsylvania.

One letter states that an ICE supervisor performed a joint operation with the police “to clean up the illegal Mexican population” in Norristown, a municipality 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Another letter denounces collaboration between ICE and jails in Montgomery, Chester and Bucks Counties. It claims that every time a person with a foreign name, mainly Latino, is released immigration is called and given a two-hour notice. “As they walk out, immigration arrests them. Everyone at the jails knows this and do not want to post bail (for those arrested) because they are scared,” reads the letter. “There are people whose cases were dismissed and immigration was still called and arrested them as they were going home.”

Pilar Molina, Juntos leader, said, “We are sending a message to the local Philadelphia ICE office. Your rogue tactics will not be tolerated in our communities. Practices that rely heavily on racial profiling harm our families and must be ended. We will not stop until you are out of our communities and our families are safe.”

The full report can be found at: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Destructive-Delay-final1.pdf

 

Juntos Youth Leaders meet with SMARTDC Youth Leaders in Nation’s Capital

Juntos Youth Leaders meet with SMARTDC Youth Leaders in Nation’s Capital

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On October 24th Juntos Youth leaders from our leadership group, Fuerza, made their way down to Washington D.C with the mission to meet and learn from other young leaders doing similar work for their education and their rights as immigrants. Their search lead them to meet with SMART DC, a youth group of Many Languages One Voice. During this 2 day exchange we learned of all the amazing work youth leaders in D.C are doing around language access and education equity in their city and learned that the fight for public education is a shared struggled that our cities have. We also met with Son Cosita Seria, a local Son Jarocho group that focuses on bridging the gap between traditional folk music from Mexico and social justice work. After 2 days of laughing, sharing and learning, Juntos youth leaders are excited to put the new skills they learned into their local work here in Philadelphia.

Juntos is the first stop for Caravan heading to US/Mexico Border

Juntos is the first stop for Caravan heading to US/Mexico Border

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On October 11th, Juntos members opened the office doors to host members of la Caravana de Apoyo Hacia La Frontera, a caravan of New York immigrants and activists that traveled to Texas to bring attention to the border crisis. Juntos members, the Philadelphia International Action Center and members of the Philadelphia community welcomed the caravanistas and presented the work being done in the PA region, as well as materials for other cities to get more involved. Members of the caravan then shared their personal stories and their goal to raise funds for water stations for immigrants making the dangerous trek across the border.The interchanged ended with a screening of Immigrant for Sale and the PFUN Ice Holds PSA.
Many thanks to the International Action Center, NY May First Coalition & IFCO/Pastors for Peace for organizing the caravan and raising awareness to the human rights violations at the border.