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Marco is free

Marco Reyes spent 106 days in the sanctuary of First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven to avoid a deportation order that would separate him from his wife and three children. After he had complied with Immigration & Customs Enforcement for years, the Trump administration ordered him to leave the country in August. Instead of leaving, he took refuge in a church, and he was supported by hundreds of volunteers as well as religious congregations and local elected officials.

On November 22, one day before Thanksgiving, Marco received a stay of removal and went home to his family in Meriden.

Even though ICE has given Marco temporary permission to stay in the United States, they are still paying a private company to surveil Marco with a GPS ankle bracelet.

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If I were to lose my dad to deportation

Sign the petition to keep Nelson home with his daughters!

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During his October 4th ICE check-in and without previous warning, Nelson was ordered to buy a ticket to exit the country. Now he has a scheduled flight for November 30, 2017. Nelson is a father of three and the head of his household.

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“Family, activists hope to stop deportation of New Haven man”

By Mary O’Leary, New Haven Register, November 7, 2017

NEW HAVEN — Kelly Pinos, 15, cried when she started to talk about her father.

The Wilbur Cross High School sophomore is worried what will happen to her family if Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials deport Nelson Pinos Gonzalez to Ecuador by the end of month.

Nelson Pinos is the sole support of his partner for the past 17 years and their three U.S. citizen children, all of whom live in New Haven, according to his attorney Yazmin Rodriguez. She said the children’s mother provides full-time child care and does not work outside the home.

“If my father leaves, everything will be so different. My mom does not work. How is she going to take care of three kids by hersef?,” Kelly asked, as she stood outside Immigration Court in Hartford Monday morning with a group of activists who came to show their support.

“We also need a father’s view on life. It can’t just be a mother. I love my father with all my heart. I have a 5-year-old brother who has no idea what is going on. My brother still has so many years to grow up with my dad. … I beg immigration to let him stay … He has never done anything wrong,” Kelly said. “His home is here with us”…

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Activists #shutdownICE at Boston Detention Center

Activists Shut Down ICE at Boston Detention Center
Activists at the April 17, 2014 action

UPDATE: 19 arrested.  Boston Globe coverage.

Protestors Shut Down Entrance to Suffolk Detention Center, Call on President Obama to Stop Deportations

This action includes activists from Unidad Latina en Accion, Amistad Catholic Worker, Migrant Justice, and other protestors from around New England. Click here for the Live Feed, or scroll down below.

More media coverage: CBS Boston, Free Speech Radio News, Northeast Public RadioWatch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Boston, MA – Immigrant activists and religious leaders from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont have formed a human chain at the entrance of the Suffolk Detention Center in Boston to demand action from President Obama to end the suffering caused by deportation. The prison at 20 Bradston Street has been the site of an immigrant prisoner hunger strike in October 2013 and is currently embroiled in lawsuits protesting indefinite detention.

Those risking arrest include many directly impacted by deportation, including Alejandro Gonzalez, an undocumented man from Connecticut. “I participate in this civil disobedience during Holy Week to let those in high positions in the government know that we reject the laws that criminalize our people, only for not having a piece of paper,” says Gonzalez. “Although I know I face being deported too, eleven million people need us to act.  For that reason, the word ‘fear’ is not in my vocabulary. On this holy day, we remember that we must make sacrifices to help our community.”  Read More…

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Student newspaper urges Yale to evict Gourmet Heaven

Yale Daily News has published a strongly worded editorial urging the university to evict Gourmet Heaven if the deli does not respond to new allegations of retaliatory firings and continuing wage theft. Here’s an excerpt:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The law, in this case, seems feebly equipped to protect the people that are most vulnerable. The only remaining path to justice is through direct action on the part of our University, which serves as both Gourmet Heaven’s landlord and clientele.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

First, University Properties should pressure Cho to ameliorate employee conditions with the threat of eviction. University Properties is complicit in mistreatment at Gourmet Heaven. It has only been willing thus far to issue a vague statement, promising that it “will not renew the lease of any tenant not in complete compliance with the labor laws.” But we cannot wait until July 2016, when Gourmet Heaven’s lease expires, to address these violations.

Administrators must ensure that the many allegations against Gourmet Heaven — including workplace intimidation, cash payments and deplorable housing conditions  — are fully investigated. And should any allegations be substantiated, University Properties has the legal basis, and the moral obligation, to terminate the lease immediately.

Second, we call for a continued protest and boycott of Gourmet Heaven, both to pressure Cho as well as University Properties. For students to boycott a business on Yale’s property sends a clear message to administrators that we believe something is wrong. And as Gourmet Heaven is our only late-night food option, the boycott sends a message directly to Cho: It’s not that we prefer a different sandwich, but that we will not stomach his unjust labor practices.

The approach we take toward Gourmet Heaven matters beyond this specific case. We have little power to change wage theft on a national level, but we can set the precedent that our community will not tolerate open allegations of worker abuse going unchecked. We do not know the scope of labor injustice in New Haven, or even within University-owned properties. But acting on this one case, we can establish how the University should act when allegations of worker mistreatment arise in the future.

Read the whole editorial on Yale Daily News

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Jose Luis Piscil petitions DHS to expand DACA and suspend deportations

Luis at Yes You Can press conferenceToday ULA member Jose Luis Piscil joined a group of undocumented individuals to file a rule-making petition to the Department of Homeland Security. The “Si Se Puede (Yes You Can)” rule-making petition argues that DHS can and should alter its rules to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to the fullest extent possible and suspend deportations for undocumented workers, just as DHS did for undocumented childhood arrivals. The petition was drafted by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo School of Law on behalf of Jose Luis and other undocumented immigrants in deportation proceedings.

Under the Administrative Procedures Act, members of the public are allowed to petition agencies for changes to existing rules. DHS must provide a response and explain its decision to grant or deny petitioners’ request.

During a press conference this morning at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington DC, Thomas Chew of Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic stated, “The Constitution gives the President unilateral power to determine when it is, and when it is not, in the national interest to initiate deportation proceedings. The only question that remains is whether this President will exercise his power to protect our nation’s immigrants and our nation’s economy from the devastation his immigration policies have wrought.”

LuisFamilyFor Jose Luis, a factory worker who has lived in New Haven for seven years, the petition is part of his urgent attempt to remain with his family, including his two US citizen children. He was apprehended by ICE in 2012 when police arrested him for a minor charge that was later dismissed.trailer movie Logan

“ICE put me in jail, not because of any criminal conviction, but because I had entered the country without papers,” says Jose Luis. “In jail, I thought about my wife, who was five months pregnant. I thought, ‘What if I never meet my son? What if my children grow up without their father?’” For about 80% of people in deportation proceedings from 2008 to the present, DHS initiated proceedings based on immigration violations, not criminal convictions, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

NDLON Staff Attorney Jessica Karp says, “This petition gives DHS the opportunity to correct years of reckless enforcement and also grant relief to immigrant workers and families who the President and leaders on both sides of the aisle all agree belong here.”Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Click here to stop Jose Luis’s deportation!

Click here to read the rule-making petition

and learn more about why Obama can and should use Executive authority to suspend deportations