For Immediate Release
July 17, 2015
Caroline Picker, Puente, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-501-7276
Tania Unzueta, Not1More, email@example.com, 773-387-3186
Arizona Immigrants To Host Roundtable with Democratic Presidential Candidate O’Malley
What: Immigration Roundtable with Undocumented Arizonans and Governor O’Malley
When: Saturday, July 18 at 2pm
Where: Puente Human Rights Movement, 1937 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ
Who: Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley; Puente Movement Executive Director Carlos Garcia; Dream Action Coalition Co-Director Erika Andiola; Noemi Romero, arrested by Arpaio in a worksite raid and now ineligible for DACA and Fernando Abundes, a gay man arrested by Arpaio who now advocates for other LGBT people in detention; Cesar Calderon, a disabled DACA recipient.
Phoenix, AZ—Arizona immigrants will host Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley to discuss immigration Saturday at 2 PM at The Puente Human Rights Movement. People directly impacted by our unjust and inhumane immigration system will discuss O’Malley’s plans regarding immigration if elected.
Carlos Garcia, Director of the Puente Movement, the organization that led 1,000 people in a march to see federal ICE agents removed from Sheriff Arpaio’s Jail, said, “We laud Governor O’Malley’s decision to meet with directly impacted people on the campaign trail, and expect him to make good on his promises to our community if elected. It’s time for the leadership shown by undocumented people, those facing deportation and detention, to be matched by leadership in Washington. We urge Governor O’Malley to take his promises to President Obama directly, who has the power to immediately take action to alleviate our ongoing suffering.”
Erika Andiola, Co-Director of the Dream Action Coalition, says, “I’m excited and grateful to see that one of the Presidential candidates is taking the time to talk one to one with our Arizona undocumented community. It is important that they understand the diverse struggle that we face and that it is not always spoken by any of the candidates. I hope other candidates also take the time to understand us, and not only use us to score political points.”
Governor O’Malley has a long record of standing up on immigration. From signing the DREAM Act and drivers licenses for New Americans into law, standing up for children fleeing violence in Central America, to ending automatic compliance with unnecessary ICE detainers, Governor O’Malley fought and delivered on critical initiatives to make Maryland more inclusive.