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At 6am this morning Pablo Fabian Cardenas was put on a plane to Ecuador by ICE and deported, leaving behind his wife and two sons, Ismael and Erick.
Maria Elena, Pablo’s wife, wanted to share this message to all of you:
“I want to thank each and every one of you for all the support you gave me and my family during this difficult time, for all the calls and signatures that were made. I know that my husband thanks you all as well. God bless you for all your efforts. We must keep fighting.”
At Juntos, we agree with Maria Elena. She’s a clear example of the strength and dedication our families have to stay together and fight back against the deportation machine.
By following through with this deportation, ICE has made it abundantly clear that their priorities are not about justice but are and have always been about tearing apart families. We can’t let that happen. We must fight for our loved ones. As the Executive Order is held up in court, essentially stalling relief for millions of people, enforcement has increased.
Pablo was not just victim to an unjust immigration system but also of an unjust criminal system, one that has historically abused people of color and was built for many like him to enter but for very few to ever get out.
Please don’t let this be the last case you support. We didn’t stop Pablo’s removal, but there’s still a chance for Pedro in Connecticut. Please click here and sign for him. Maria Elena, Pablo and their family would want that.
En la lucha,
Erika, Miguel, Jasmine and the rest of the Juntos family
For the past eight years, day laborers have sought work from the Home Depot parking lot on Roosevelt Blvd. in Northeast Philadelphia. Anywhere from 30 to 100 workers wait everyday looking for work from local contractors and individuals who need them. These workers have not only supported the growth and expansion of our city but have also contributed significant revenue to Home Depot. Yet, this past year, Home Depot’s new management, instead of working with the day laborers to establish trust, rather than support the workers and their safety, began to call the local police. This has resulted in workers being chased off the parking lot into dangerous traffic onto Roosevelt Boulevard, know for being one of the most dangerous intersections in the country. It has also resulted in some being ticketed, sometime for more than some of them earn in days of hard labor, or have had their cars impounded. This is income that should be used to support their families and feed their children.
Day Laborers seeking work by home improvement centers is not unique to Philadelphia, it is national phenomenon that has a long history in our country. What is clear is, police enforcement does not stop day laborers from looking for work, it just drives members of our community into deeper depths of poverty. That is why we are demanding that Home Depot support day labors by allowing them to find work, safely.
Home Depot has created recognized sites for day laborers in other cities, why not in Philadelphia? Tell Home Depot to stop wasting our tax money and officer’s time by creating and supporter a worker site today!