After 11 Months In Sanctuary, Javier Flores Is Free To Be Home With His Family!

Photo by Karen Rodewald

 

After 11 Months In Sanctuary, Javier Flores Is Free To Be Home With His Family!

On Wednesday, October 11th, Juntos along with members of Philadelphia’s immigrant community and allies, stood with Javier Flores Garcia at Arch St. United Methodist Church as he took his first steps outside of the church he had been living in since November 2016 after having won his deportation case.

Javier,  a 40 year old Mexican father living in Philadelphia since 1997 went into Sanctuary shortly after the November elections of last year in an act of resistance and bravery. In 2004 Javier was stabbed multiple times and left for dead and worked through that harrowing experience with local law enforcement to capture his assailants, making him eligible for a U-Visa. Yet he was deemed deportable because of previous deportations which were the result of him trying to always reunite with his family, which has always been Javier’s number one priority. Javier then spent 16 agonizing months in detention at both York and Pike County Detention Center while his children, who witnessed ICE take their father away from them with guns in front of his house, had to go into therapy after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of what they had witnessed. He was released from Pike County only to be given three months to get his papers in order, which was not enough time, and therefore was forced to make the brave decision to enter Sanctuary, once again in an effort to keep his family together. Now, after eleven months in Sanctuary and after 2.5 years of agonizing torture, he and his family are finally free from the confines of the threat of deportation and are going home to Northeast Philadelphia.

Javier was granted a waiver for his re-entries which allow his U-Visa case to move forward and grants him a deferred action while he waits for his case is determined by USCIS, which could take a year or two. In the meantime he will be granted working papers and be free from the fear of deportation. Javier’s wife, Alma, and her children started to fight Javier’s case while he was still detained the weekend that Pope Francis visited Philadelphia in September of 2015. Adamaris, Javier’s daughter, made a sign for the Pope pleading for help with her father’s case and when he passed by her blessed her, since then the family has been fighting for their freedom. The family has led marches including at the Democratic National Convention, spearheaded a Caravan for Freedom collecting thousands of petitions urging for Javier’s release and in their bravest display of resistance, entered Javier into Sanctuary just days after Trump was elected into office.

And now, on the eve of the Trump administration’s one year anniversary and just days after “Operation Safe City” led to the disappearance of 107 people at the hands of ICE in Philadelphia, the victory of Javier and his family serves to remind us that in the face of white supremacy and massive criminalization of people of color in this country, the only way to ensure our freedom and to be with our families is with acts of resistance and bravery.

Erika Almiron, Executive Director of Juntos, had this to say, “This administration works everyday to criminalize our very existence as people of color and wants nothing more than to spark fear in our community. But Javier has shown us how bravery and resistance is crucial to fighting back against the erosion of our rights. His family, like any other, has the right to be together and to live with dignity. We must continue to build the resistance against the Trump administration, which is headed by white supremacists, and build the kind of country and world we can be proud of; one that is guided by Love, not hate.”

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¡Unete A La Resistencia!

La supremacía blanca es una enfermedad en este país que ha existido desde el año 1492 y desde la elección de Trump nos recuerda cada día que si usted es una persona de color en los Estados Unidos, usted no está a salvo. Desde prohibiciones de viajes a redadas masivas de inmigración como la Operación “Ciudad Segura”, donde 107 personas fueron desaparecidas en Filadelfia en cuatro días a manos de La Migra, estos ataques está devastando a nuestras familias. No podemos permitir que este gobierno defina lo que es “seguridad”. ¡Sólo podemos estar a salvo en estos tiempos creando seguridad para nosotros mismos y necesitamos su ayuda para que esto suceda!

Los días 11 y 12 de noviembre lanzaremos nuestras Zonas de Resistencia Comunitaria, una campaña dirigida a proteger a nuestros seres queridos mediante la creación de zonas seguras en nuestra ciudad donde cada persona, bloque por bloque, está capacitada sobre sus derechos y sobre cómo apoyar a cualquier vecino que está sujeto a discriminación racial, a manos de la policia o de la migra, crímenes de odio y cualquier otra forma de criminalización en esta nación.

Lanzaremos nuestra Zona de Resistencia Comunitaria en el Sur de Filadeflia durante el aniversario de la elección de Trump. ¿Qué vas a hacer ese fin de semana para resistir? Únete a nosotros para construir la resistencia, inscríbase ahora usando el formulario abajo

 

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Join The Resistance!

White Supremacy is a disease in this country that has existed since 1492 and since Trump’s election we are reminded every day that if you are a person of color in the U.S., you are not safe. From travel bans to massive immigration raids like Operation “Safe City,” where 107 people were disappeared in Philadelphia in four days, the attacks are devastating our families. We cannot let this government define what “safety” is. We can only be safe in these times by building safety for ourselves and we need your help to make it happen!

On November 11th and 12th we will be launching our Community Resistance Zones, a campaign aimed at protecting our loved ones by creating safe zones in our city where every person, block by block, is both trained on their rights and on how to support any neighbor who is subject to racial profiling, police or ICE raids, hate crimes and any other forms of criminalization in this nation.

We will pilot our Community Resistance Zone in South Philadelphia one year after Trump was elected. What will you be doing that weekend to resist? Join us to build the resistance and sign up using the form below!