For Immediate Release
One Year after Immigration Action, No Relief & Deportations Continue
Immigrants to March Against Racism and Enforcement
What: March Against Deportations
When: Friday November 20th, Rally at 3:00pm, March begins at 4:30pm
Where: AZ State Capitol (rally at end of park where Washington splits into Jefferson and Adams), marching to the 4th Avenue Jail (201 S 4th Ave) and the Phoenix Police Department (620 W Washington)
Who: People directly impacted by deferred action, coalition of local immigrant rights and workers rights organization including Puente, Mi Familia Vota, LUCHA, CASE, Neighborhood Ministries, Promise Arizona, Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC), No Dream Deferred, One Arizona, and Center for Neighborhood Leadership
Phoenix, AZ— One year ago, President Obama announced an expansion of deferred action (DAPA and DACA) that would provide temporary relief for millions of undocumented people. With the recent 5th Circuit decision upholding the injunction against implementation of this program, the crisis of deportations continues, fueled by the rampant criminalization of immigrants at the hands of local law enforcement such as the Maricopa County Sheriffs Department and the Phoenix Police.
Many of the same governors who filed the lawsuit against deferred action, including Doug Ducey of Arizona, have recently made racist proclamations attempting to ban refugees from their states. In light of this state-sanctioned racism and the ongoing threat to immigrants of arrest and family separation, a coalition of immigrant and workers rights organization will march to demand relief and an immediate halt to all deportations.
Adriana Bonilla, whose husband is facing deportation after his immigration case was re-opened following the President’s announcement last year, says, “This time of year is supposed to be about family, but my daughters, who are both citizens, can’t imagine celebrating without their father home. The President said he was providing relief for our community, but I know there are many families like mine who have only seen more suffering.”
Carlos Garcia, Director of Puente, says, “Ever since the President announced an expansion of deferred action, instead of promised relief, all we have gotten is more deportations. The Obama administration always has had and still has the power to act to stop the daily terrorizing of our communities, to release our loved ones from detention, and to stop separating our families. We will continue to fight for our entire community to be free from criminalization and deportation.”
The march will convene at the State Capitol at 3pm and then proceed to the 4th Avenue Jail and the Phoenix Police Department, calling attention to the continued abuse and terror of SB1070, Arpaio, and the Phoenix Police department against immigrants.
This event will occur one year to the day that the President announced DAPA and expanded DACA programs, and is part of a national week of action with over 20 similar events planned across the country.