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Petición para parar la poli-migra en la Florida

5 Dec Collier County demonstrates to end 287g

Por Grey Torrico, Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project

He vivido en el Condado de Collier (costa suroeste de Florida) durante 18 años, y me crié con miedo hacia nuestro propio departamento de policía. Pero ahora las cosas están mucho peor que antes por el efecto poli-migra.

¿Qué es el efecto poli-migra?  Desde el 2007 nuestra policía local firmó un convenio de colaboración con ICE llamado 287 (g).  Este acuerdo básicamente les da el poder de actuar como agentes de inmigración para hacer retenes en barrios latinos como Immokalee, acosar a miembros de la comunidad que no tienen documentos, y detener a los inmigrantes en nuestra cárcel local, a veces por varios meses, sólo por no tener papeles incluso aunque son de baja prioridad. En mi comunidad estamos tan cansados de ser aterrorizados por la poli-migra, que en los últimos 6 meses nos hemos levantado para pedir el fin de esta y todas las colaboraciones del ICE con la policía.

El momento finalmente ha llegado para acabar con la polimigra de una vez por todas, y necesitamos tu ayuda!  Lee y firma la petición ahora. Collier County demonstrates to end 287g

El programa 287 (g) expira en enero de 2013, y nuestros amigos de la ACLU de la Florida crearon una petición pidiendo a los senadores Bill Nelson y Marco Rubio que intervengan y pidan su terminación.

Mi condado no es el único en la Florida con poli-migra, hay 3 en total. Si dejamos que estos acuerdos se renueven, o incluso que se expandan a otros condados, la Florida se convertirá en otra Arizona, condado por condado.  Necesitamos que nuestros policías locales se dediquen realmente a nuestra seguridad pública, y no a acosar a nuestras comunidades o a separar nuestras familias.

Esta es nuestra oportunidad de detener el programa 287 (g), y tu puedes ayudarnos a hacer la diferencia.  Dile NO a la Poli-Migra en Florida!  Firma la petición antes de este viernes, 7 de diciembre.

Todas las firmas serán enviadas a los senadores Nelson y Rubio con una carta firmada por varias organizaciones en Florida. Si eres parte de una organización que desea unirse, haz clic aquí para descargar la carta y envíame tu nombre, organización y ubicación en la Florida a grey@floridaimmigrant.org a más tardar este viernes a las 9 AM.

Puede aprender más sobre el trabajo local que estamos haciendo sobre el efecto poli-migra visitando www.collierstoriesmatter.org

Petition to stop poli-migra in Florida

5 Dec Collier County demonstrates to end 287g

Guest post by Grey Torrico, Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project

I have lived in Collier County (southwest coast of Florida) for 18 years, and I grew up living with fear of our own police department.   But things are much worse now than they have ever been because of the poli-migra effect.

What is the poli-migra effect?  In 2007, our local law enforcement signed a collaboration agreement with ICE, called 287(g).  It gives police the power to act as immigration officers, which has led to putting up checkpoints in Latino areas like Immokalee; harassing community members who don’t have documents; and detaining immigrants at our local jail for months at a time, only for being undocumented, even though they should be low-priority.

My community is so tired of being terrorized by the poli-migra, that in the last 6 months we have stepped up to call for an end to police-ICE collaborations.

The moment has finally come to end this once and for all, and we need your help!  The 287(g) agreements expire in January 2013, and our friends at the ACLU of Florida created a petition asking Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to allow them to expire and not expand any further.

Read and sign the petition now.

FLIC demonstrators with banner My county is not the only one in Florida with poli-migra; there are three total.  If we let these agreements be renewed, or even expand to other counties, they will turn Florida into a copy of Arizona, county by county.  We need our local police to really concentrate on our public safety, not harassing our communities or separating families.

This is our chance to stop the 287(g) agrements, and YOU can help us make a difference.  Say NO to poli-migra in Florida!  Sign the petition before this Friday, December 7th: https://www.aclu.org/secure/FL-End-287g-anti-immigrant-agreements-petition

All our signatures will be sent to Senators Nelson and Rubio with a letter signed by several organizations in Florida.  If you are part of an organization that would like to sign-on, click here to download the letter to print and send me your name, organization and location to grey@floridaimmigrant.org no later than this Friday, December 7th at 9 a.m.

You can learn more about the local work that is being done around the poli-migra effect by visiting the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project at www.collierstoriesmatter.org

Marvin está libre y celebrará el día del padre con su familia!

13 Jun

Muchos padres indocumentados pasarán el Día del Padre detenidos, debido a las promesas incumplidas por la Administración de Obama

Hoy Marvin Corado, un inmigrante indocumentado proveniente de Guatemala, fue finalmente puesto en libertad tras ser detenido por más de seis meses en una prisión privada para inmigrantes sólo por conducir sin licencia. Marvin podrá celebrar el Día del Padre con su esposa y su hija de 5 años quien es ciudadano de EE.UU., mientras que centenares siguen innecesariamente separados de sus familias debido a la incapacidad de la Administración de Obama de parar la detención y deportación de los inmigrantes.

Un informe nacional “Restablecer la Promesa de la Discreción del Proceso” (archivo adjunto) publicado a principios de esta semana, muestra varias estadísticas alarmantes sobre el grado de incumplimiento por parte del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) de implementar la Discreción del Proceso (PD-Prosecutorial Discretion, por su nombre en inglés) un año después de que se anunciara. En junio de 2011, el DHS anunció una nueva política que se suponía iba a centrar el control de inmigración en “lo peor de lo peor” y dejar libres a individuos que han estado en los EE.UU. desde hace años, criando a sus familias. Sin embargo, sólo el 1,5% de los 300.000 casos revisados fueron cerrados y el PD se ha utilizado muy escasamente para liberar a padres, madres y jóvenes estudiantes elegibles para el DREAM Act.

Según el informe, “el DHS está amenazando con socavar la credibilidad en las políticas del Presidente Obama y su imagen en las comunidades latinas e inmigrantes en todo el país“.

El caso de Marvin se presentó en el informe como un claro ejemplo de las promesas incumplidas. Marvin llegó a este país hace 12 años, es padre de una ciudadana de los EE.UU., no tiene antecedentes penales y fue detenido sólo por no tener una identificación. Todas estas características lo hacían elegible para el PD. Sin embargo, los oficiales de deportación intentaron varias veces expulsarlo del país, incluso el día antes de ser liberado.

Como un inmigrante de ‘baja prioridad’, Marvin no debería haber sido detenido en primer lugar. Este es un ejemplo claro de por qué los cambios cosméticos del ICE a la política de inmigración han fracasado y seguirán fracasando en nuestras comunidades “, dice Juan Escalante de Dream Activist Florida, quien apoyó a la familia de Marvin y creó una petición en línea para detener su deportación. “Casos como el de Marvin siguen sucediendo por culpa del programa Comunidades In-Seguras. Seguiremos luchando en nombre de personas como él, hasta que el presidente Obama y su gobierno hagan cambios considerables a las políticas actuales de inmigración“.

Leslie Corado, la esposa de Marvin quien también es indocumentada, hizo su miedo a un lado y trabajó sin descanso para tener a su esposo de vuelta en casa. Mientras espera a Marvin salir del centro de detención, dice: “Siento que una parte de mi corazón volvió a mi vida. Tengo 8 meses de no verlo, es lo mejor que me pudo pasar en este día. Mi hija no lo puede creer, está muy emocionada. Gracias a todos por su ayuda, luchen familias, ¡si se puede!”.

Marvin is free and will spend Father’s Day with his family!

13 Jun

Many undocumented parents will still spend Father’s Day in detention due to the Administration’s Broken Promises

Marvin with his daughter minutes after his releaseToday Marvin Corado, an undocumented immigrant originally from Guatemala, was finally released after being detained for more than six months at a private immigrant detention center for only driving without a driver’s license. Marvin will be able to spend Father’s Day with his wife and his 5 year old daughter who is a U.S. citizen, while hundreds continue unnecessarily separated from their families due to the Administration’s failure to stop the detention and deportation of immigrants.

A national report “Restore the Promise of Prosecutorial Discretion” (Exec Summary attached) released earlier this week, outlines several shocking statistics about the scale of the failure of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) implementation of Prosecutorial Discretion (PD) one year after it was announced. In June 2011, DHS announced a new policy that was supposed to focus immigration enforcement on the “worst of the worst” and spare individuals who have been in the U.S. for years, raising families. However, only 1.5% of the 300,000 cases reviewed were closed and Prosecutorial Discretion has been poorly utilized to release fathers, mothers and DREAM Act-eligible students.

According to the report, “DHS is threatening to undermine the credibility of President Obama’s policies and standing with Latino and immigrant communities nationwide”.

Marvin’s case was featured in the report as a clear example of broken promises. Marvin came to the United States 12 years ago, is a father of a U.S. citizen, has no criminal record and was detained only for not having an ID. All these characteristics made him eligible for Prosecutorial Discretion. However, deportation officers tried several times to deport him, including the day before he was released.

As a ‘low priority’ immigrant, Marvin should not have even been detained in the first place. This is a clear cut example as to why ICE’s cosmetic changes to immigration policy have failed, and continue to fail our communities,” says Juan Escalante from Dream Activist Florida, who supported Marvin’s family and created an online petition to stop his deportation. “Cases like Marvin continue to be taken on by In-Secure Communities. We’ll continue to fight on behalf of people like him until President Obama and his administration makes considerable changes to the current immigration policies.”

Leslie Corado, Marvin’s wife, an undocumented immigrant herself, put away her fear and worked relentlessly to have her husband back home.  As she waits for Marvin to get out of the detention center, she says:  “I feel like a part of my heart came back to my life. It’s been 8 months without seeing him, this is the best thing that could happen today. My daughter cannot believe it, she is very excited. Thank you all for your help and I invite all families to fight. Yes, we can!

Miami-Dade Police Racially Profiles Latino Drivers in Homestead

13 Dec

 

We Count! denounces racial profiling by Miami-Dade Police towards latino drivers in Homestead, South Florida. Many Latinos are being stopped by police officers for no reason other than the color of their skin. Some of them are citizens or legal permanent residents. Others are undocumented who end up being deported and separated from their families only for not having a drivers license, all due to ICE’s Secure Communities program.

Documenting these abuses is the first step to stop them!

A petition will be delivered on to the Miami-Dade Police Department asking them to stop racial profiling against Latinos.

Set Balal Free!

6 Nov

Balal Parveez is 22 years old and has been in the USA since he was five years old. After a faulty asylum petition by a lawyer, Balal was the only one of his 9 siblings that wasn’t able to obtain legal residence in the U.S. He is currently detained at Broward Transitional Center in Florida, suffering from physical and emotional hardship.
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By: Juan Rodriguez

I visited Balal this weekend. I was worried, hearing that his depression had worsened again this week and he was losing his appetite completely. It alarmed me because I knew he was being given pain relief injections for his health condition. I awaited the weekend visitation period unsure if I might hear first from a local hospital.

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Changes in Deportations? Understanding the DHS Announcement

27 Sep
Janet Napolitano, DHS

Janet Napolitano, DHS

On August 18th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced significant changes on our country’s deportation priorities. Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, sent a letter to Sen. Dick Durbin, stating that DHS and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would concentrate their resources towards “high priority” deportation cases and that “it makes no sense to expend our enforcement resources on low-priority cases.”

What does this mean? According to Napolitano, deportation efforts should focus only on “those who pose a threat to public safety and national security, repeat immigration law violators and other individuals prioritized for removal.”

So far, this announcement didn’t sound like anything new. Until Napolitano further explained how this change was going to be achieved:

  • Review case-by-case all individuals currently facing deportation proceedings, approximately 300,000
  • Immigration officers should exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to identify low-priority and high-priority cases, according to a memorandum from ICE Director John Morton (read below)
  • Those cases deemed “Low Priority” will get a letter form DHS stating their case has been administratively “closed”
  • Those whose cases are closed, can probably apply for a work permit

This does sound like great news for thousands of families! 

However, there is still confusion and misinformation on how and when those currently in deportation proceedings can benefit from this.We need to understand fully what this announcement really means, in order to inform correctly our communities and to demand that it is implemented appropriately.

To understand what this announcement IS and what it ISN’T, read this Consumer Advisory by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

To understand the differences between “Low-priority” and “High-priority” cases, refer to the Morton Memorandum