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Rallies at DNC HQ in North Carolina and Georgia Ask the Candidate to Put Her Commitment into Action for Students Detained by Immigration Authorities

“I do not have the same policy as the current administration does. I think it’s important that we move towards comprehensive immigration reform, but at the same time stop the raids, stop the round ups, stop the deporting of people who are living here, doing their lives, doing their jobs. I will not deport children. I would not deport children.”

– Hillary Clinton, Mar 09, 2016

April 07, 2016 – Raleigh, NC & Atlanta, GA

Students, teachers, and community members rallied outside the Democratic Party Offices in Atlanta, GA & Raleigh, NC on Thursday calling on candidate Clinton to “do everything in her power” to put her words into action and stop the removal and see to the release of 10 young teens raided by ICE in their homes and in some cases on their way to school.

Holly Hardin of the Durham Association of Educators explained, “My job is to teach kids. If our kids are in jail or a war zone we can’t teach them. We can’t do our job. Many of these youth have already been detained ALL of third quarter. Worse, ICE’s detention of these youth has caused a far-reaching trauma that dissaudes students from attending school and distracts them with the worry of removal. This has to end.”

The raids have had a chilling effect on local communities, with many hesitant to go to school as a result.  While the raids in general have become a focus for candidates when questions on immigration arise, concerned communities say that the specific cases of those caught in the raids whose fate currently hang in the balance are a test of the candidates’ commitments and are asking Clinton to address these 10 students directly and act on their behalf.

“We know that we are safer, we are stronger, and we are more whole when we know each other, when we stand up for each other, and when we take collective responsibility when our neighbors and our strangers ask us for help,” added China Medel of NC Southerners on New Ground Latinx Caucus. “Demanding the release of Wildin Acosta to his home, his school and his community is part of our effort to take responsibility for each other. We offer our love and courage to Wildin. We offer Durham as his sanctuary.”


In the past three months, the regional ICE office located in Georgia has proven to be the most aggressive in the country, responsible for one third of the total 336 people caught in nation-wide raids.

Caught in the raids are young people like Wildin Guillen Acosta, a high school senior from Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina who was detained by immigration agents as he was leaving his parent’s home for school in January. Despite a pending appeal, ICE refuses to release him from Stewart Detention Center where he faces regular harassment from guards. Similarly, Jose Ismael Alfaro Lainez, an 18 year old Salvadoran teenager came to Georgia to be with his parents whom he hadn’t seen since age 5 only to be taken by ICE agents who hid behind a stairwell and grabbed him on his way to school.

A mother of Kimberly, one of the raided students, Lourdes Piñeda, spoke out at the Atlanta rally, “Our children should be in school and not in detention centers. We are here to demand that Hillary act on her campaign promises. The time to act on behalf of our youth is now.” “We are here to call on Candidate Clinton to do everything in her power and commit her words through actions and seek the release of our youth and community members. Detention centers are not for students, youth nor for our communities. The Atlanta ICE Field Office is responsible for 1/3 of the 336 people who have been victims of these raids, making it the most aggressive in the country. So, we are here to ask Candidate Hillary to show us through actions if she is for Education or Deportation,” concluded Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director at Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights.

The entire list of young people in detention caught during raids whose cases their teachers and community members have been able to document are:

Wildin David Guillen Acosta

Bilmer Araeli Pujoy-Juarez

Josue Alexander Soriano-Cortez

Pedro Arturo Salmeron-Salmeron

Santos Geovany Padilla-Guzman

Yefri Sorto

Pascual Andres-Felipe

Jaime Fernando Arceno Hernandez

Kimberly Lizeth Pineda Chavez

Jose Ismael Alfaro Lainez

An online petition on behalf of the students is available at: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/iceraidsyouth/


March 29, 2016 – This morning two dozen people, including former immigrant detainees from DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving and their supporters, arrived outside Clinton Campaign Headquarters to demand that presidential candidate Clinton and others running for office speak out publicly to halt the imminent deportations of 159 Bangladeshi migrants who launched the #FreedomGiving hunger strike last year. Read more

“Immigrant integration doesn’t start with campaign promises. It starts with releasing the people who are starving for their freedom
in detention centers today.”

– Fahd Ahmed, Director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving

December 15, 2015 – New York City, NY
In the middle of her speech at the National Immigrant Integration Conference, Hillary Clinton was interrupted by several supporters of detainees who launched a hunger strike on Thanksgiving day with signs asking, “Do You Stand With Us?” and “People Are Starving for their Freedom.”  In recent weeks, the candidate has come under fire for not speaking directly to the question of the strikers’ indefinite detention.  A protest outside her office spurred both Sanders and O’Malley to cast their support to the strikers but Clinton’s campaign, despite representative Lorella Praelli listening to former strikers’ testimony during their protest outside.

Fahd Ahmed, director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving, says, “Future promises don’t speak to current crises.  Allies respond to cries for help and denounce abuse when its exposed and so far Clinton has done neither. We want her and every official to do their part to see to the end of torture in detention, the freedom of the hunger strikers, and the halt of their deportations.”

Started by 110 detainees and expanded to 150, 20 are continuing the strike at Krome, South Texas, and Aurora facilities at last count. Last week, supporters rallied at ICE as court documents exposed authorized force feeding of strikers and detainees reported ICE using torture tactics of sleep deprivation to try to break their whistleblowing.

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On Monday morning, 6 inmates at the Yuba County Jail also launched a hunger strike in solidarity with and joining the #freedomgiving strikes. While one of the strikers is a well-known immigrant detainee, Rajeshree Roy, the remaining 5 women are in general county custody, indicating the commonality of crisis in prisons and immigrant detention centers.

The women launching the hunger strike issued the following statement, “We are locked up together and refuse to be divided into immigrants and citizens. None of us belong in this cage separated from our families. We join the brave immigrant hunger strikers across the country in fasting to force recognition of our humanity.”

More details and background on the #Freedomgiving hunger strike available here:


The blog post below is by Jorge Gutierrez, National Coordinator of FAMILIA TQLM.

Yesterday Hillary Clinton spoke about immigration during a roundtable with young people in Nevada. It is no coincidence or surprise that the topic of immigration is at the forefront of her presidential campaign given the organizing power many grassroots immigrant rights organizations have been building for the last several years. We know that while the courts deal with the injunction of DAPA and extended DACA, our undocumented immigrant communities continue to be detained and deported. Private corporations continue to build detention centers, fill 34,000 beds with our people every year, and profit at the cost of the suffering of our undocumented community. We also know that LGBTQ undocumented immigrants, especially transgender women, continue to be detained, tortured and deported by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Take the case of Nicoll Hernandez-Polanco, a 24 year old transgender undocumented woman, from Guatemala that spent 6 months in a detention center in Florence, Arizona. Nicoll was placed in all male facility; her gender identity was not respected and she experienced sexual and physical abuse. She was recently released after months of a public campaign. And her case is only one of many transgender undocumented women in detention centers who continue to experience abuse and torture.

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