#Not1More Deportation

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As the White House brings labor leaders together and honors various worker rights defenders, two people who won’t be in attendance are Gustavo Barahona-Sanchez and Jose Adan Fugon-Cano.

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Instead, they’re in detention in Louisiana. 

In late May Gustavo and Jose Adan were standing on the sidewalk waiting for work in the town of Leesville, Louisiana when police questioned them about their immigration status. Profiled while waiting for work, Leesville police took them to jail without filing charges and called Border Patrol. Read more

Read about Jennicet Gutierrez and the interruption of the White House Pride event and see the video here.

The day after Jennicet Gutierrez of FAMILIA TQLM interrupted the President at the White House Pride Celebration, Press Secretary Josh Earnest is asked if the President would respond the same way were it to happen again.  After a non-answer, he’s asked if the President is even aware of the issues being raised by Jennicet.

Watch the video below.

There is no Pride as long as LGBTQ Immigrants are being imprisoned, she says.
WASHINGTON, DC — Just moments ago, Jennicet Gutiérrez  interrupted the President during the White House pride celebration shouting “President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations.” As a transgender woman who is undocumented,  Gutiérrez said she could not celebrate while some 75 transgender detainees were still being exposed to assault and abuse in ICE custody at this very moment.

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WH Action to Stop Deportations

WH Action to Stop DeportationsSince April 5th, immigrant families at the center of the immigration debate have created an indefinite presence on the President’s front lawn asking that he meet with them directly, and stop detaining and deporting their family members.

With record-breaking deportations, and a burgeoning immigration detention complex, our immigrant communities are starving for relief, and have brought that starvation, front and center, to the President’s doorsteps. On April 8th, immigrant families from Arizona started a hunger strike at the White House. This week, we have a family from Texas continuing the hunger strike, and soon, others will arrive from Georgia and Louisiana to escalate.

We need all the support we can get. Here are some things that community members and supporters can do to help the hunger-striking families and keep pressure on the White House to stop the deportations:

1. Volunteer shifts: We are asking volunteers to support the hunger strikers by joining them at the White House (at Lafayette Park) in three hour shifts. Volunteers will keep the hunger strikers company, help ensure their needs are met, demonstrate solidarity, deal with passers-by when necessary, and help out with set up and clean up of the site. If you or your organization can take a shift or an entire day(s), that would be incredibly helpful.

Besides your time, we also need space near the White House, food, meal donations, and materials to continue the hunger-strike so please check out the link here and let us know if you can help us with anything.

2. E-action: The hunger strikers have family members who are detained and facing deportation. Sign the petition to ask the White House to meet with the hunger strikers and stop the deportations of their loved ones here.

3. Join in the events at the White House: If you are in the area, join us for a prayer vigil, happy hour, taller de son jarocho Cosita Seria, or congressional briefings. Check out our calendar of events to get involved.

4. Donations: You can contribute by hitting the donation button above or on this online donation page to help support the hunger strikers and cover logistical costs associated with the action.

5. Read and share the Not One More Blue Ribbon Commission report: Last week, a Blue Ribbon Commission of current and formerly undocumented leaders formed as an independent and parallel body to make recommendations for immediate implementation by the President as he instructs DHS to perform its own review of deportation policy.  The report outlines 14 steps available under the legal authority of the President to reduce the harm caused by the status quo and expand affirmative relief to the undocumented.


Sign the petition for the hunger strikers here

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WASHINGTON, DC – Beginning on the April 5th “Two Million Too Many” national day of events against deportations, families and undocumented immigrants will begin an indefinite presence at the White House until President Obama stops deportations and reunites them with their loved ones currently held in detention.  Cynthia Diaz, an 18 year old U.S. Citizen, is fighting to keep her mother from being deported and asking for the Department of Homeland Security to release her from detention in Arizona. Naira Zapata, partner of Ardany Rosales, and Jose Valdez, father of Jaime Valdez, are fighting to bring home their loved ones, both of whom were deported in retaliation for civil rights organizing and recently presented themselves at the border to appeal their cases.

They say their families can’t wait for relief and that the President doesn’t have to wait for Congress to use his executive authority to stop the suffering. He could expand the deferred action program he created for immigrant youth and suspend deportations immediately. The families will remain on President Obama’s front lawn until their loved ones are released and until their demands for relief are met. Read more