While the President sits with his hands tied behind his back even as he deports people in record numbers, and Congress remains as ineffective as ever, here are some cases of deportations that need your immediate attention:
- Ana Cañenguez & her four sons face deportation to El Salvador, where they fear for their lives.
- Alfredo Reyes, an Undocuqueer activist from Los Angeles, CA and a member of the Immigrant Youth Coalition is facing deportation after police officers in his county handed him to ICE in violation of the state TRUST Act.
- In New Jersey, the Anandarajah family needs our help.
- Not One More Deportation Campaign: Edgar, Jose Luis and Israel
- And then there are dozens of petitions to sign from the Bring Them Home campaign of asylum and humanitarian parole seekers who are detained.
- Ricardo Lugardo, a community member in Maryland, who was serving out his probation for a first-time DUI offense when ICE agents arrested and detained him. Due to ineffective assistance of counsel, Ricardo took voluntary departure. He has no prior orders or criminal history, and deserves a second chance. I’ll put a link up to his petition shortly.
These are just less than 1 percent of the numbers of people deported daily from the U.S. Now I don’t believe that deportation is the worst thing that can happen to a person. The invisible detention regime that keeps the undocumented imprisoned inside the cages of America and separated from their loved ones at home is far more insidious, sinister and life-threatening than deportation in many scenarios. Our advocates do not talk about it because it means answering critical questions about America’s role in creating and sustaining conditions that lead us to leave our homes, and serve as a reserve army of the marginalized and exploited here in the U.S.
But at the same time, our communities need relief now, and they are not likely to get it through Congress. In the meanwhile, keep signing these petitions and keep organizing.