#Not1More Deportation

1. Introduction

This guide is based on the idea that community advocacy and support for an individual can stop a deportation, even when the person does not qualify for established forms of relief. There are many factors that determine whether someone will be removed from the country or not, but based on the work of community advocates around the country, we know that public support and a strategic campaigns can be the difference between a family staying together, and a family being broken up.

The following pages are meant to provide people in deportation proceedings, community advocates and organizers with tools, resources, and templates to organize public campaigns to stop individual deportations. Our goal is to concretely reduce the number of people in removal and detention, and to build the capacity of local organizations and regions to take on or strengthen their work against deportations.

We hope that this guide will serve as a tool to help stop the deportations of individuals in our communities while also advancing broader systemic changes. Each time we stop the deportation of an individual, it makes a larger statement that we cannot let one more person be taken from us, or separated from their loved ones.  Each of these cases is also an example of who enforcement and deportation hurt, and an opportunity for those who are directly affected to be at the forefront of advocacy and organizing.

*Note: The latest version of the #Not1More: Stop Deportations Guide was published on April 4th, 2013. We’ve attempted to make sure all the information is up to date, but keep in mind that immigration laws and policies are constantly changing.  It should also be clear that this took-kit is not a substitute for individualized legal advice. If you are dealing with a deportation case, you should consider contacting a qualified attorney for more information and help on your case.

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