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Haitian Children Face Deportation – November 25, 2020 Rally

23 Black and Brown Families Face Illegal Deportation During The Holidays

A total of twenty eight Black and Brown children and their families, who have been detained in immigrant family prisons for the entirety of the pandemic, are being fast tracked by ICE for deportation. These deportations are illegal as well as immoral. 
 

Emergency Rallies to Stop the Deportations
Wednesday, Nov 25th at 12 p.m.

Philadelphia ICE office – 114 N 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Berks – 1040 Berks Rd, Leesport, PA 19533

 

Two of these families are held here in Pennsylvania. Deporting families who are seeking refuge right before Thanksgiving, is the definition of un-American. These families, who have exercised their right to migrate and seek asylum, are now facing rushed and illegal deportations to their deaths.

One mother now incarcerated at the Berks family prison fled Haiti because of political and sexual violence, including a brutal rap while pregnant, which caused the miscarriage of her unborn child. Another person’s entire family was gunned down by the Haitian government and was only able to escape because they were believed to have died in the attack.

The US immigration system has been targeting and abusing immigrants for decades, disproportionately targeting Black immigrants. The actions by ICE are not new to this country, however the escalation is particularly inhumane under the current lame duck presidency. Today, just two days before the holidays, ICE hastily deported an unknown number of Haitian families, and in October alone ICE deported 1,300 families to Haiti in what advocates are now calling Death Flights.


Before you join the rally, call the ICE at 214-918-4822 and email Simona.L.Flores@ice.dhs.gov and tell her not to deport the 23 families.


We can not let ICE continue to attack and terrorize our communities. We will hold them accountable and demand that the incoming Biden administration go farther than undoing Trump’s policies, it must dismantle the deportation machine, by ending family separation, family and immigrant detention and stopping all deportations.


#ShutDownBerks #SaveThe28 #Not1MoreDeportation #BlackLivesMatter
 


In Solidarity, 
The Shut Down Berks Coalition 

Responding to the Trump Administration’s Attack on NJ Immigrant Trust Directive

In response to the U.S. Justice Department joining the lawsuits brought on by two New Jersey counties against the State Attorney General’s Immigrant Trust Directive, grassroots and civil rights groups made the following statements:

“Another day, another effort by the Trump administration to demonize immigrants. But their desperate efforts only demonstrate that they are losing their war on immigrants when we champion our civil and human rights. We will not be silent while these anti-immigrant sheriffs side with hate, against our neighbors and loved ones.” – Jairo Palomo, Community Organizer, Unidad Latina en Acción NJ

“The Trump administration has persistently worked to undermine what the people and elected officials have chosen in New Jersey. The top law-enforcement official of our state has worked with immigrant communities and immigrant advocates to design policies that keep our communities the safest. We know that the attacks from Cape May, Ocean County, and the Justice Department are fueled by xenophobia and white supremacy, and we will continue to support initiatives that allow our communities to live with dignity.” – Kevin Escobar, Organizer and Advocacy Assistant, Wind of the Spirit

“Casa Freehold is in total agreement with AG Grewal’s Immigrant Trust Directive. He is the highest legal authority in our state, and the directive was put in place to protect all New Jerseyans. Our current federal administration has no respect for the law.” – Rita Dentino, Executive Director, Casa Freehold

“This is an anti-immigrant action and we cannot tolerate these attacks on our communities. With working people across the country, the Laundry Workers Center denounces this oppression in New Jersey. The Trump administration will continue to seek to divide and distract the public, but these efforts will only galvanize us to stand together for truth.” – Mahoma Lopez, Co-Director, Laundry Workers Center

“The Immigrant Trust Directive of New Jersey is a progressive response to the welfare of working men and women living in the Garden State. Our state government has responded to the need to create a relationship of trust and cooperation between the community and the police in our state. We consider this lawsuit a clear threat to New Jersey’s constitutional rights.” – Teresa Vivar, Executive Director of Lazos America Unida and President of The Latin American Outreach Committee of Fuerza Migrante.

“People shouldn’t have to go around in fear of deportation if they want to report a crime, including those committed by unscrupulous employers against their workers. Removing the Immigrant Trust Directive creates a lack of trust for people to report, and ultimately eliminate, that kind of crime.” – Louis Kimmel, Executive Director New Labor

“Today is a stark reminder that we must continue the work of empowering our immigrant brothers and sisters of New Jersey, especially from Cape May County and Ocean County, in order to rise up against racist elected officials who continue to advocate for increased collaboration with ICE and disastrous programs like 287(g).” – Cristian Moreno-Rodriguez of El Pueblo Unido of Atlantic City.

Upcoming Event: Pick Blueberries For a Cause

Casa Freehold invites community members to pick blueberries on Sunday, July 28th, between 8am and 6pm, at Earth Friendly Organic Farm located at 17 Olde Noah Hunt Road, Clarksburg, NJ 08510. Half of all blueberry sales made on July 28th will be donated to Casa Freehold to provide critical services to immigrant and asylum-seeking families and individuals in Central New Jersey. U-pick blueberries are $12 per pail.

Message from NJ State Police about Immigrant Rights

The New Jersey State Police and NJ Attorney’s General offices have issued new guidelines for state and local police in terms of cooperation with Federal immigration officers. The new policy should go into effect in March. For further information, see the following links:

The New Jersey government link is in multiple languages.

Casa Freehold Celebration and Fundraiser

A celebration and fundraiser for Casa Freehold was held on July 6, 2018 at the UUCMC (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County) in Lincroft, New Jersey. Besides delicious food, the event featured inspiring speakers who shared their insights on how we can all support our immigrant community. Check out the photo gallery below.

The fundraiser brought in much needed funds to sustain Casa Freehold’s ongoing programs and services. Never have Casa Freehold’s resources been stretched so thin. If you were not able to attend, click here to donate.