Updates

Formerly Detained Moms Call for End to Immigrant Detention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2015

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B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro
Anna Duncan, anna@webelongtogether.org

With multiple Congressional leaders decrying the Obama Administration’s policy of jailing families and the New York Times calling into question the practice of immigration detention altogether, formerly detained moms are pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the hundreds of families detained in facilities in Karnes CIty, TX; Berks, PA; and Dilley, TX and end the inhumane practice of jailing immigrants awaiting their court dates, starting with the mothers and children in family detention.

#Fight4DAPA with us on social media today!

The new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) should have gone into effect today, May 19, granting temporary work permits to millions of immigrant parents and protecting them from deportation. Mothers like Maria Esther Diaz should have been applying for relief today and preparing to live with their families without fear.

But a politically motivated lawsuit brought by conservative governors has Maria Esther and millions of other parents in limbo and still fighting to stay with their families.

Immigrant Women Join #Fight4DAPA, Demand End to Anti-Immigrant Lawsuit on Day Millions of Parents Hoped Would Finally Bring Relief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2015

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Contact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

Washington, DC – We Belong Together and immigrant women join together with faith, labor, and immigrant rights groups for a National Day of Action on May 19th, the day the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program (DAPA) was originally scheduled to go into effect.

This Mothers’ Day, Let’s Reconsider Family Detention

As we honor our mothers across the United States, I want to recognize the hundreds of mothers who won’t be receiving flowers or cards, despite tremendous personal sacrifices to provide the best possible life for their children. I’m speaking of the mothers who are ensnared in our broken immigration system, being held in family detention centers that are nothing less than prisons for themselves and their children.

We Belong Together: Our Hearts Are With the People of Baltimore

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2015

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B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

Washington, DC – As the residents of Baltimore face another night of curfew, protect their children from armed mobilization by the National Guard and continue to mourn the senseless death of Freddie Gray We Belong Together stands in solidarity and love with those in Baltimore and beyond searching for justice against racial profiling, excessive use of force, mass incarceration and state-sanctioned violence against Black communities.

Immigrant Rights Organizations Condemn Killing of Terrence Kellom Sr. and Express Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2015

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B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

A coalition of national immigrant rights organizations stands in solidarity with the people of Baltimore and Detroit by honoring the life of 20-year-old Terrence Kellom Sr. who was shot and killed on April 27th, 2015 in his family home by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent.

Women, Black Groups Mark 5 Years of Arizona Immigration Law

By Griselda Nevarez

For organizers like Celeste Faison, the fight for civil rights isn't limited to the U.S.-born black community. It also extends to immigrants who experience hardships caused by what she sees as the nation's broken immigration system.

"Our struggles are not necessarily the same in every aspect, but our experiences are similar," said Faison, who is the black organizing coordinator for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

5 Years after SB 1070 Women are Still on the Front Lines of the Struggle to End Harsh Enforcement Policies

Five years ago today Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law. This notorious anti-immigrant law violated so many constitutional principles that many of its provisions were struck down by the United States Supreme Court. Unfortunately, Section 2B of SB 1070 remains in effect today, mandating police to determine an individual’s immigration status during the course of a lawful stop if there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is undocumented. This is not only license to engage in racial profiling, it creates an obligation of local and state police to do so and carries a fine or jail time when police do not profile.

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