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    Default Take action to stop the ICE raids! // Toma acción - paremos las redadas de ICE!

    Take action to stop the ICE raids! // Toma acción - paremos las redadas de ICE!


    We Belong Together


    Dear Chris,

    This week, Trump’s ICE agents launched a series of devastating home raids on immigrant communities across the country. With no warning, ICE stormed into the homes of hundreds of people, in many cases detaining everyone inside.

    Stand up with us to keep families together. Click here to find an action near you right now or sign up to plan your own.

    This week’s home raids are part of the racist, anti-immigrant Trump administration’s campaign to spread fear and anxiety. Early Thursday morning, ICE agents deported Guadalupe, a long-time Arizona resident and mother, in front of her children, after a routine check in with immigration officials.

    We will not back down because the Trump regime wants to hurt our families and communities. We will not stay quiet while they steal into our homes and workplaces. For Maru in Los Angeles, Leah and her mother Bertha in Miami, Marilu in Austin, Gale in New York, Jeannette in Colorado — we must stop the next raids before they happen.

    It is up to us to demonstrate our outrage and defend our families, neighbors and friends. It is up to us to stop these deportations. It is up to us to show up.

    Stand with Guadalupe, Maru, Leah, Bertha, Marilu, Gale and Jeannette. Click here to join or plan an action at a local Click here to join or plan an action at a local ICE or government office in your community. or government office in your community.

    Thank you for standing strong with us!

    — Andrea

    Estimada Chris,

    Esta semana los agentes de inmigración de Trump lanzaron redadas devastadoras en comunidades inmigrantes alrededor del país. Sin aviso, ICE irrumpió en los hogares de cientos de personas, en muchos casos deteniendo a todas las personas adentro.

    Únete con nosotras para mantener a las familias unidas. Haz clic aquí para encontrar una acción cerca de donde vives ahora mismo, o para planear tu propio evento.

    Las redadas esta semana son parte de la campaña racista y anti-migrante de la administración de Trump para crear miedo y ansiedad. El jueves en la mañana agentes de ICE deportaron a Guadalupe, una madre que había vivido en Arizona por muchos años, en frente de sus hijos, después de su check-in rutinario con ICE.

    No nos rendiremos porque el régimen de Trump quiere lastimar a nuestras familias y comunidades. No nos quedaremos calladas mientras irrumpen nuestros hogares y lugares de trabajo. Para Maru en Los Angeles, Leah y su madre Bertha en Miami, Marilu en Austin, Gale en Nueva York, Jeanette en Colorado – debemos parar las siguientes redadas antes de que sucedan.

    Tenemos que demostrar nuestra indignación y defender nuestras familias, vecin@s y amig@s. Tenemos que parar estas deportaciones. Depende de todas nosotras tomar acción ahora.

    Alza tu voz para Guadalupe, Maru, Leah, Bertha, Marilu, Gale y Jeannette. Haz clic aquí para unirte a una acción en las oficinas locales de ICE o del gobierno en tu comunidad.

    Gracias por tomar acción con nosotras!

    — Andrea

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    Default Organize to defeat Trump’s Muslim ban

    Organize to defeat Trump’s Muslim ban



    By Danya Zituni

    Tampa, FL - On Jan. 27, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” which bars entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries regardless of whether they have valid visas, green cards or refugee status.

    This is a racist attack that specifically targets the people of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. These same countries in the Middle East and Africa have been subjected to the terror of U.S. wars, bombings and economic sanctions for decades. With military bases in foreign lands, armed personnel in 130 countries, and a military budget larger than the next ten governments combined, the U.S. ruling class maintain a worldwide empire of oppression that is constantly at war.

    Sovereign governments that dare not bow to U.S. political and economic domination are punished with crippling sanctions as a form of collective punishment against civilians, and are targeted for brutal overthrow through direct invasion or proxy groups. Sanctions on Iran alone have resulted in massive inflation and 40% of the entire population in poverty, while the total death toll from ten years of the U.S.-led ‘War on Terror is estimated at 2 million lives, according to a study from Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Trump’s executive order calls for a review of the visa and refugee programs arguing “numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since Sept. 11, 2001.” But why should people perceive ‘foreign-born terrorists’ as grave domestic threats when the FBI continually manufactures its own plots? In 2012, Petra Bartosiewicz in The Nation reviewed the post-9/11 body of terrorism cases and concluded that nearly every major post-9/11 terrorism-related prosecution has involved a sting operation, at the center of which is a government informant. Many informants are incentivized by money, and can be paid as much as $100,000 per assignment. The U.S. government provides the weapons, suggests the targets, and entraps Muslims to justify their ‘War on Terror.’

    The billions invested yearly by the U.S. government into racist state repression and genocidal wars for corporate profit could instead be used to finance and improve education, health care, people's rights and welfare. However, it is not in the interests of bank-bailing and investor-driven politicians to make such radical changes a reality. Only through organizing independent of the political establishment controlled by and built for the rich can oppressed people harness and exercise our collective power as a conscious and united force to demand change. Through coordinated action we are saying that there can be no ‘business as usual’ until our demands are met, and that the ruling class who own everything in society can’t actually produce anything or make schools run without subservient students or workers.

    A federal judge issued a temporary halt on Feb. 4 against the Muslim ban after tens of thousands of people protested in airports, communities and campuses across the country. Around 1000 Yemini owned stores closed for eight hours on Feb. 2 in the city of New York. Grassroots, mass-based organizations such as Arab American Action Network (AAAN) and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) have continued to organize and raise demands for sanctuary campuses and cities. The Council on American and Islamic Relations (CAIR) has engaged in a legal battle with the Trump administration over the ban.

    Additionally, one of the biggest victories for Muslim communities recently was the dismantling of a long existent bi-partisan Muslim registry called the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). NSEERS devastated our communities, alongside aggressive FBI surveillance and vicious entrapment. Thousands of families were torn apart, jobs were lost; some communities never fully recovered. Only after 14 years of almost constant organizing by groups such as Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) was it successfully dismantled.

    The lesson of our recent victories, and nearly every historic struggle that won people's basic rights under this system, is that we need to build organizational power opposed to both parties of the capitalist 1% and their oppressive policies. Organizing paves the way for people to learn through struggle the necessity of organization as a means to protect their rights and welfare, a lesson we must consistently summate when educating our communities about their rights.

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    Default Community Advisory: Global Entry Revocation

    Community Advisory: Global Entry Revocation


    American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee



    Community Advisory: Global Entry Revocation



    The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has received reports that immediately following the presidential election in November, persons who were granted access to the Global Entry program had the privilege revoked by Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection.

    If you have had your Global Entry privilege revoked, please contact ADC immediately by emailing the ADC Legal Department to legal@adc.org. In the email please include the date your Global Entry privilege was denied. Also, please include your contact information.

    Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.

    You can also call our office at 202-244-2990. You can also email ADC Legal Department at legal@adc.org for additional information.



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    Default Breaking: ADC Reaffirms Position on CVE/CIV; Prepares for Legal Fight

    Breaking: ADC Reaffirms Position on CVE/CIV; Prepares for Legal Fight


    American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee


    ADC Reaffirms Position on CVE/CIV; Prepares for Legal Fight

    Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | February 13, 2017 - ADC reaffirms our steadfast opposition to the government program known as Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Since the inception of the program ADC has never wavered on our opposition to the program in its entirety. As the Trump administration works to make troubling changes to the program, ADC is preparing for a legal fight. We will not stand by as our government continues to criminalize the Arab and Muslim American communities. Unfortunately, CVE is made possible because of the assistance from Arab and Muslim community organizations. It is time for these organizations to stand on principle and disconnect themselves form CVE related programs.

    In January a number of community organizations were awarded grants to conduct CVE and surveillance programs across the country. This past summer ADC came out unequivocally against the grant program, and urged community organizations against applying. Notwithstanding our warnings and concerns a number of organizations did apply for the funding. Despite coming at the 11th hour, some organizations are heeding to public pressure and rejecting the grant money. Some have yet to reject the money, clearly putting financial interests over the interest of the community.

    Those who have rejected the money must work to regain the trust of the community. Organizations must be transparent with the community and provide a detailed explanation as to their involvement in CVE programs. Additionally, they should release a copy of the grant application submitted to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These organizations must immediately suspend any and all activity pertaining to government led CVE programs.

    Finally, there have been reports that the Trump administration will change the name of the program to Countering Islamic Violence (CIV). This signals an outward and public acknowledgment that the program targets Arab and Muslim Americans. The focus on the community goes beyond a name change. Continued implementation of the program will contribute to the ongoing chilling effect on the Arab and Muslim communities. ADC has begun reviewing all legal options aimed at challenging continued implementation of the CVE/CIV program.

    Attorneys who are interested in assisting in the pending legal action can fill out this form to learn about next steps and how you can be involved.

    You can read more about ADC's work on CVE by clicking here.



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    Default WATCH LIVE: Kids demand LOVE not hate this Valentine’s Day!//Unete ahora: L@s niñ@s

    WATCH LIVE: Kids demand LOVE not hate this Valentine’s Day!//Unete ahora: L@s niñ@s exigen AMOR no odio este Día de San Valentin

    We Belong Together

    Dear Chris,

    Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, so why is Miami Mayor Carlos Giménez spreading hate?

    In January, right after Trump signed his racist, anti-immigrant executive order cutting funding for sanctuary cities, Miami Mayor Carlos Giménez announced that he would end Miami’s sanctuary city status, putting thousands of Miami residents in danger.

    Kids in Miami are not letting him get away with it. "We collected letters for the Mayor with one simple wish that families could stay together for the holidays and for ever. Giménez is denying us our wish," explains Elena.

    Elena is 17 years old. Her dad was deported six years ago. She and her sister Angelica live in constant fear that Trump’s immigration agents will steal their mother from them at any moment.

    That’s why she’s joining together with other children to deliver hundreds of broken hearts to Mayor Giménez today to demand that he protect local families and stand up to Trump’s hate. You can watch Angelica and the other kids deliver their wishes to Mayor Giménez live on Facebook. Click here to tune in now!



    Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant administration is ratcheting up enforcement and attempting to spread terror throughout our communities through raids in our homes and workplaces. But we are fighting back and standing up to Trump and his fearmongering. While Elena and her friends deliver their petitions to Mayor Giménez, mothers in Miami are fasting to demand that he stand up to Trump’s hate.

    Tune in to Facebook right now to watch Elena and her friends stand up to Trump’s hate. And stay tuned for more ways that you can fight back with us this week.

    With love,

    Andrea, on behalf of the entire We Belong Together Team


    Estimada Chris,
    El Día de San Valentín es una celebración del amor, entonces ¿por qué el alcalde de Miami, Carlos Giménez, promueve tanto odio?

    En enero, justo después de que Trump firmó su orden ejecutiva racista y anti-migrante para recortar fondos para ciudades santuarios, el alcalde de Miami, Carlos Gimenez, anunció que eliminaría el estatus de santuario de la ciudad, poniendo en peligro a miles de familias en Miami.

    L@s niñ@s de Miami no permitirán este odio. "Recogimos cartas para el Alcalde con un simple deseo que las familias puedan permanecer unidas para siempre. Giménez quiere negar nuestro deseo", explica Elena.

    Elena tiene 17 años. Su padre fue deportado hace seis años. Ella y su hermana Angélica viven con el constante temor de que los agentes de inmigración de Trump lleven a su madre en cualquier momento.

    Es por eso que se está uniendo con otr@s niñ@s para entregar cientos de corazones rotos al Alcalde Giménez hoy para exigir que proteja a las familias y resista el odio de Trump. Usted puede ver a Elena y l@s otr@s niñ@s entregar sus deseos al alcalde Giménez en vivo en Facebook. Haga clic aquí para verl@s ahora!



    La administración racista y anti-migrante de Trump está tratando de difundir el terror en nuestras comunidades a través de incursiones en nuestros hogares y lugares de trabajo. Pero estamos luchando contra Trump y su miedo. Mientras Elena y sus amig@s entregan sus peticiones al alcalde Giménez, las madres de Miami están ayunando para exigir que el alcalde resista el odio de Trump.

    Únete a la acción por Facebook ahora mismo para ver a Elena y a sus amig@s decir NO MÁS al odio de Trump. Y permanezca atenta para más maneras de luchar con nosotras esta semana.

    Con amor,

    Andrea, de parte de todo el equipo de Nos Mantenemos Unidas


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    Default Jeanette Vizguerra Resists ICE and Enters Sanctuary // Jeanette Vizguerra Resiste ICE

    Jeanette Vizguerra Resists ICE and Enters Sanctuary // Jeanette Vizguerra Resiste ICE y entra en Santuario


    We Belong Together


    *** Abajo en Español ***

    Dear Chris,

    Earlier this morning, Jeanette and her children were granted refuge by a church in Denver to escape Trump’s ICE agents.

    “Seeing what happened to Guadalupe made me concerned for my own children,” explains Jeanette. ICE deported Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a mother of two, from Phoenix, Arizona after a routine check-in last week. Faced with her own routine ICE check-in this morning, Jeanette made the difficult decision to go into sanctuary rather than expose her family to the dangers of Trump’s agents. Now it’s time for us to stand with Jeanette and demand that ICE stop her deportation so that she and her children can return home in peace. Click here to tell ICE to keep Jeanette’s family together.



    Jeanette will not let Trump’s anti-immigrant hate tear her family apart. She will not let his fear-mongering win. For two decades, she has made her home in Colorado, raising her children, Luna, Roberto, and Zury while working as a house cleaner and janitor, caring for her husband as he battled cancer, and standing up for the rights of workers and immigrant families in her community. She’s not letting Trump’s ICE agents steal all of that away.

    Guadalupe’s deportation and the home and workplace raids that have torn our communities apart are part of Trump’s effort to spread fear across immigrant communities nationwide. Jeanette’s stand is part of our movement’s growing national opposition and commitment to protect our families and neighbors. Stand with her right to freedom. Click here to demand that ICE stop Jeanette’s deportation immediately.

    With courageous women like Jeanette in the lead, we will take on Trump’s anti-immigrant hate.

    Thank you for taking a stand with Jeanette today.

    – Anna, on behalf of the entire We Belong Together team

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    Estimada Chris,

    Esta mañana, Jeanette y sus hij@s recibieron refugio en una iglesia en Denver para escapar los agentes de ICE del Presidente Trump.

    “Viendo lo que paso con Guadalupe me hizo preocupar por mis propios hijos,” explico Jeanette.

    ICE deportó a Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, una madre de dos hijos de Phoenix, Arizona, en su check in rutinario con ICE la semana pasada. Enfrentando su propio check in con ICE, Jeanette tomó la decisión difícil de refugiarse en una iglesia en Denver en vez de arriesgar a su familia con los agentes migratorios del régimen de Trump.

    Ahora nos toca a nosotras luchar con Jeanette y exigir que ICE pare su deportación para que ella y sus hij@s puedan regresar a su casa y vivir en paz. Haz clic aquí para decir a ICE que mantengan a Jeanette con su familia.

    Jeanette no permitirá que el odio anti-migrante de Trump separe a su familia. No permitirá que gane el miedo. Durante dos décadas Jeanette ha vivido en Colorado, criando a sus hij@s Luna, Roberto, y Zury, mientras trabajaba como trabajadora del hogar y janitor, cuidaba a su esposo que tiene cáncer, y luchaba para los derechos de l@s trabajador@s y familias inmigrantes en su comunidad. Ella no permitirá que los agentes de ICE le roben todo eso como parte de su campaña de terror y odio.



    La deportación de Guadalupe y las recientes redadas de ICE en hogares y lugares de trabajo que están atacando nuestras comunidades son parte de la campaña de Trump de difundir el miedo en comunidades inmigrantes alrededor del país. Esta acción de Jeanette es parte de un movimiento creciente de resistencia nacional y un compromiso a proteger a nuestras familias y vecin@s. Haz clic aquí para exigir que ICE pare la deportación de Jeanette inmediatamente.

    Con mujeres valientes como Jeanette guiándonos, resistiremos el odio anti-migrante de Trump.

    Gracias por tomar acción con Jeanette el dia de hoy.

    – Anna, de parte de todo el equipo de Nos Mantenemos Unidas

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    Default Release Daniel from detention!

    Release Daniel from detention!


    Chris--

    In Seattle, a father named Daniel Ramirez Medina has been detained by ICE agents for days. Daniel has DACA and is authorized to work in the US.

    If Daniel, a father to a three-year-old son and who has been here since he was seven, isn't safe we are all at risk for deportation.

    We're delivering a petition to Secretary Kelly, the head of DHS this week. Sign the petition to #FreeDaniel and protect the DACA program so we have as many signatures as possible when we deliver.

    Daniel must be given his freedom, now. Donald Trump's executive orders have made everyone a priority for deportation. In Trump's America, no one is safe. Donald Trump, Secretary Kelly, and Republicans must say in no uncertain terms that DACA recipients are safe. DACA is a program that provides young undocumented immigrants a work permit and protects them from deportation. Daniel and other DACA recipients should not be at risk for deportation.

    Daniel is only one of hundreds of immigrants who have been invaded by ICE at their homes and workplaces and could be deported, regardless of their status. ICE has deported mothers who have lived here for over 20 years. ICE has demanded papers from U.S. citizens.

    Secretary Kelly needs to release Daniel NOW and declare DACA recipients safe.

    Sign the petition now:

    https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/...now-freedaniel

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    Default She needed help, she got arrested

    She needed help, she got arrested


    Dear Chris,

    Last week, Ervin Gonzalez, an undocumented El Paso woman and domestic abuse survivor, was ambushed and arrested inside a courthouse just as the judge was granting her a protective order from her abuser.1

    It gets worse: her attorneys believe that it was her abuser who tipped federal immigration agents about her undocumented status. This likely violates provisions in the Violence Against Women Act.2

    This is horrifying and should not have happened. Undocumented survivors already avoid reporting their abusers for fear of deportation or being separated from their children.

    Chris, this is not who we are. It's up to us to stand together to protect each other.

    The good news is that this story has gotten widespread attention overnight. Immigration officials have discretionary authority--that means they can choose to release Gonzalez and stop targeting immigrant survivors. If thousands of us generate enough outrage while this story is still in the headlines, immigration officials will be pressured to release Gonzalez and stop targeting survivors of violence for deportation.

    Tell U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan: Release Ervin Gonzalez. Stop targeting survivors of domestic abuse!


    Sign the petition


    Donald Trump is making good on his promise to deport immigrants and tear up families. Just last week, hundreds of immigrants across six states were ambushed in their homes and at work to be deported.3

    Even El Paso officials were alarmed that immigration agents picked up Gonzalez--El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar said the "fact that this occurred in a protective-order court is shocking."4

    But Gonzalez and immigrant survivors are supposed to be protected by the federal Violence Against Women Act, which protects immigrant survivors from detention and deportation. Certain provisions protect immigrant survivors from being reported by their abuser and from being detained in a courthouse when reporting their abuse. And as a transgender woman, Gonzalez faces an especially horrific time into detention--transgender women are either kept in solitary confinement or are forced in detention with men, making them a target for sexual assault.5

    Yesterday, the public successfully took out one of Trump's cabinet picks for domestic abuse charges.6 Right now, the administration doesn't want to be seen as a predator to women and survivors. If enough of us speak out against Trump's deportation machine for targeting abused women, we can force Gonzalez's release and stop immigration officials from targeting survivors.

    Will you sign the petition to the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement now?

    --Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet team



    Sources:

    1. ICE detains alleged domestic violence victim, El Paso Times, February 15, 2017

    2. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Confidentiality Provisions at DHS, Department of Homeland Security, accessed February 16, 2017

    3. Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states, Washington Post, February 11, 2017

    4. Report: ICE detains domestic violence victim in court, The Hill, February 15, 2016

    5. Transgender Women Fear Abuse in Immigration Detention, New York Times, January 10, 2017

    6. Andrew Puzder withdraws as a labor secretary nominee, CNN, February 15, 2017


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    Default Free Innocent Father and “Dreamer” Daniel Ramirez Medina

    Free Innocent Father and “Dreamer” Daniel Ramirez Medina


    Chris, please excuse the email you received earlier today — due to an error, we sent a message that wasn't intended for you. I hope you will forgive us and take a moment to sign the action below.



    Free Innocent "Dreamer" Daniel Ramirez Medina!

    Sign Now


    Chris,

    Daniel Ramirez Medina is 23 years old, has a legitimate work permit under DACA, is a father and has no criminal record. Yet he was arrested earlier this month because he came here as a young child and did not have documentation.

    This arrest sets a dangerous precedent for other "dreamers" and we cannot stand by and let it happen!

    Over 750,000 people received work permits under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, started in 2012. This group of people are also known as "dreamers". When one gets arrested, it opens up the potential for nearly a million other illegitimate arrests. These people are law-abiding, hard-working residents of the United States. Deportation is not the answer - no human is illegal.

    Daniel Ramirez Medina has no criminal record. He did nothing to deserve an arrest, and under President Trump, this could be setting a dangerous precedent of millions more devastating deportations. Sign now to tell Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly: free Daniel Ramirez Medina! End the unjust arrests!

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    Default Oppose the use of National Guard for deportation of undocumented immigrants

    Oppose the use of National Guard for deportation of undocumented immigrants

    By Fight Back! Editors

    The Trump administration has been discussing a proposal to mobilize up to 100,000 National Guard troops in the four states bordering Mexico (California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas) as well as seven more bordering these states (Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana). The National Guard would be used for a massive round-up and deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, which Trump has pledged to do. The round-up would be based on Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order, which expands to the target of deportations to virtually at least eight of the 11 million undocumented.

    In addition, this executive order called for the expansion of the 287(g) program, the so-called “Secure Communities” which would be used to authorize the National Guard to round up immigrants for deportation. The executive order also called for a crack-down on local institutions that are considered sanctuary cities or on colleges that state that they will not act on the behalf of ICE.

    The use of the National Guard, a domestic military force, would be a form of military occupation of the historic territory of the Chicano nation. In the Southwest, the descendants of Mexican settlers and immigrants have evolved into a nation that shares a common culture, economy and land in southern and central California, southern Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Colorado, and southern and western Texas - the areas targeted by the proposed mobilization of the National Guard.

    For more than a century immigrants from Mexico, driven by poverty resulting from the U.S. domination of Mexico, and drawn by American farms and businesses seeking cheap labor, have been coming to the American Southwest, strengthening the Chicano population and nation. More recently, growing numbers of immigrants from Central American have joined in the migration to the U.S.

    The liberal wing of the ruling rich wants to both divide (through deportations) and incorporate (through legalization) Mexican and Central American immigrants and guarantee a continued supply of cheap temporary workers through Comprehensive Immigration Reform. However the right wing, represented by President Trump, is growing more fearful of the ‘Browning of America’ and wants to both deport the undocumented immigrants as well as cut back on legal immigration. A military deportation force of National Guard would do both by deporting millions of undocumented while terrorizing the legal immigrants and citizens who are the family, friends, neighbors and co-workers with the undocumented.

    The editors of Fight Back! urge all our readers to oppose any Trump plans for mass deportations. We see the struggle of Chicanos, Mexicanos and Central Americans - as well as other oppressed nationalities such as African Americans, and indigenous people - for full equality as revolutionary movements, and we support the right to self-determination, up to and including independence from the U.S. for the Chicano and other oppressed nations in the U.S.

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    On January 25th, five days after he became Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly had his name on a draft memo addressed to the acting heads of federal agencies handling immigration. Some unnamed DHS officials have claimed the draft was never seriously considered, while others have said it was still being considered as recently as February 10th.

    The memo sketched out plans for many more immigrants to be kept in prison; for 5,000 more border patrol agents to be hired; for any aid to the government of Mexico to be identified (presumably in order to end it); for construction to begin on a wall along the border; for immigrants to be deported without hearings or reviews; and for negotiations to be opened with the governors of 11 states to turn State Guard troops into immigration law enforcers -- investigating, apprehending and imprisoning immigrants.

    The militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border -- and the consideration of using major military force against peaceful men, women, and children -- must be overwhelmingly rejected as absolutely intolerable. To imagine that violations of justice and humanity will not expand if tolerated would be dangerously naive.

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    Default Iranian student hit by Muslim ban, Tampa Bay students rally to bring him home

    Iranian student hit by Muslim ban, Tampa Bay students rally to bring him home



    By Elizabeth Kramer

    Tampa, FL - On Tuesday, Feb 14, more than 20 students at the University of South Florida (USF) gathered to demand that the administration bring Iranian student Mehdi Zeyghami home. The rally, which began at 12 noon, marked the beginning of Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society’s (SDS) new campaign: “Sanctuary for All.”

    Due to the Trump administration’s recent Muslim ban, which bars entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, USF student Mehdi Zeyghami was denied re-entry into the country. Additionally, USF administration put a punitive freeze on all of Zeyghami’s accounts on university servers after his participation in an interview for an article published by the Tampa Bay Times. This freeze has isolated Zeyghami from his peers and has ensured that he cannot finish his education at USF.

    Though USF administration claims to care about their students and hopes to encourage an environment of diversity, Zeyghami’s case is not an oddity. USF administration has a long history of repressing students and teachers, especially if they’re Muslim or Arab. One such case was that of Sami Al-Arian, a renowned and outspoken Palestinian-American civil rights activist and professor at the university from 1986 to 2003. In a now nationally recognized case of violation of First Amendment rights and academic freedom, Al-Arian was fired from USF and was later deported from the U.S. for supposed ties to a ‘terrorist’ group.

    The Trump administration’s policies of hate, such as the Muslim ban, present further opportunities for USF and other universities to exercise racist policies that restrict who is allowed access to higher education and who might teach it.

    It was because of the Muslim ban, cases such as Sami Al-Arian’s, and USF administration’s recent handling of the Mehdi Zeyghami case that Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) started their Sanctuary for All campaign, and organized the rally, alongside Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), to bring Mehdi home.

    The rally began with a variety of chants including, “USF shame on you! Mehdi is a student too!” There were also several speeches featured, from members of SDS and SJP.

    “Our new long term campaign is working towards USF becoming a sanctuary campus. This entails USF taking an active stance against racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic policies to protect everyone involved with USF: Students, faculty, staff, etc. Mehdi is one of us and deserves to finish his education at USF, a university that claims to have its students’ best interests at heart,” said SDS member and emcee of the event, Ennya Blaize (pronouns: they/them).

    Blaize was followed by SJP member, Rahma Elmohd, who in a speech said, “It is our responsibility as students at this university to demand that USF publicly support Mehdi’s return to the U.S. It is our responsibility to demand Mehdi is provided a full-time lawyer for his case and cases like his. It is our responsibility to demand that USF become a sanctuary campus for all students, so that no student is robbed of their education.”

    After several more chants and another speaker, the final speech was given by SDS member, Chrisley Carpio, who said, “The ruling class won't tell the story of Tampa students who said ‘no’ to keeping Mehdi out of the U.S., ‘no’ to the ban on Arab and Muslim immigration, ‘no’ to a registry for Muslims in the U.S. It'll be up to us to spread the word about this demand, get more students on our side, and break the myth that we are doomed to suffering, because we have no power. We do have power. It lies in our history, in our education and in our ability to resist by any means necessary. We're just getting started!”

    SDS ended the event with the chant, “What do we want? Bring Mehdi home! When do we want it? Now!”

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    Default Families and asylum seekers don't belong in jail

    Families and asylum seekers don't belong in jail


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    Dear Chris,

    Families and asylum seekers are being locked up in immigration detention centers at unprecedented rates—and the Trump Administration only plans to increase it. These policies not only harm the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and asylum seekers, they also undermine due process and cost millions in taxpayer dollars.

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    One year ago Pennsylvania declined to renew a childcare license to the Berks family detention center—but children and their parents are still being held there. And over the last fiscal year, the U.S. government has likely detained at least 100,000 asylum seekers.

    These policies are both cruel and ineffective. The U.S. government needs to end mass detention and implement rights-respecting policies immediately. Sign our letter to send a clear message that America welcomes refugees.

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    Default We can protect each other from Trump’s hate! // ¡Protejámonos del odio de Trump!

    We can protect each other from Trump’s hate! // ¡Protejámonos del odio de Trump!


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    Dear Chris,

    We are organized. We are powerful. We are not afraid.

    Earlier this month, ICE agents detained Ms. Gonzalez, an undocumented transgender woman and domestic violence survivor in El Paso, TX, in the courthouse where she was seeking an order of protection from her abuser. We will not allow Trump’s ICE agents to turn courthouses and places of refuge like churches and schools into danger zones.

    Click here to tell ICE Director Homan to release Ms. Gonzalez immediately.

    We know that everyone should have the freedom to keep themselves and their families safe and to provide for their loved ones, yet memos from Trump’s Department of Homeland Security make it clear that he is making good on his promise to build an even more massive deportation and detention machine to terrorize immigrant women and families.

    Across the country, Trump’s ICE agents are already carrying out his agenda. In addition to taking Ms. Gonzalez from the courthouse where she sought safety, ICE agents deported Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos at her routine check-in, and Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant rights leader and undocumented mother of four, chose to enter into sanctuary in Denver when faced with the threat of deportation before a routine check-in with ICE.

    From El Paso to Denver, we are fighting back against ICE. Click here to join the fight to stand up for the freedom and safety of Ms. Gonzalez — and all undocumented women and families.

    Thank you for standing strong with us today.

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    Estimada Chris,

    Estamos bien organizadas. Somos poderosas. No tenemos miedo.

    A principios de este mes, agentes de ICE detuvieron a la Sra. González, una mujer transgénero indocumentada y sobreviviente de violencia doméstica en El Paso, TX, en el tribunal donde solicitaba una orden de protección contra su agresor. No permitiremos que los agentes de ICE bajo el Presidente Trump conviertan tribunales y lugares de refugio como iglesias y escuelas en zonas peligrosas.

    Haga clic aquí para decirle al Director de ICE, Thomas Homan, que libere a la Sra. González inmediatamente.

    Sabemos que tod@s merecemos la libertad de vivir a salvo y cuidar a nuestras familias y seres queridos, sin embargo, los recientes órdenes publicados por el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Trump demuestran claramente que él está cumpliendo con su promesa de construir una máquina masiva de deportación y detención para aterrorizar a las mujeres y familias inmigrantes.

    En todo el país, los agentes de ICE de Trump ya están implementando su agenda. Además de arrestar a la Sra. González en el tribunal donde buscaba protección, agentes de ICE deportaron a Guadalupe García de Rayos en una cita rutinaria, y Jeanette Vizguerra, una líder comunitaria y madre indocumentada de cuatro hij@s, eligió entrar en santuario en Denver porque amenazaban con deportarla en su propia cita rutinaria con ICE.

    Desde El Paso hasta Denver, estamos luchando contra ICE. Haga clic aquí para unirse a la lucha para defender la libertad y la seguridad de la Sra. González — y de todas las mujeres y familias indocumentadas.

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    Default Free Sara, A Young Mother Jailed by Immigration Officials

    Free Sara, A Young Mother Jailed by Immigration Officials


    Dear Chris,

    You’ve been hearing about President Trump’s new immigration policies in the U.S. – and today I’m writing to ask for your urgent help on behalf of Sara Beltran Hernandez, a 26-year-old mother of two from El Salvador who is fighting for her freedom.

    Back in El Salvador, Sara suffered serious physical and psychological domestic violence, including sexual abuse. Sara also received death threats from a gang leader and gang members who are believed to have killed people in the past.

    “I knew [the gang leader] would not stop until she killed me.” —Sara Beltran Hernandez
    Sara fled this violence and abuse and sought asylum in the U.S. Instead of treating her with compassion and considering her claim, U.S. immigration authorities imprisoned Sara in a detention facility in Texas, where she’s been held for 15 months.

    URGENT: Call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement now to demand that Sara be released.



    Sara has been in a U.S. jail since she arrived 475 days ago. After she collapsed in jail earlier this month, Sara was transferred to a hospital, where she says a doctor told her she had a brain tumor. For several days, Sara’s lawyer and family were denied access to Sara or information about her condition, including medical records. Sara has now been transferred back to a detention center.

    As President Trump’s aggressive immigration orders begin to be implemented, we must do everything we can to ensure protection for people fleeing violence, like Sara. We are working to ensure that people with asylum claims are given a fair hearing and are not treated like criminals while their cases are processed.

    Help Sara now: she must be released and given the treatment she needs.

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    Default VICTORY: Immigrant Youth Help Defeat an Anti-Immigrant Program in Houston

    VICTORY: Immigrant Youth Help Defeat an Anti-Immigrant Program in Houston


    Chris--

    My name is Oscar Hernandez, an immigrant youth leader here in Houston, TX. I am writing with some incredible news of a major victory for the immigrant community. Thanks to the tireless organizing led by immigrant youth and our allies, Harris County Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, announced earlier this week that our county will finally be breaking ties with heavily-criticized and anti-immigrant, program known as 287(g) — a program that promotes racial profiling and deputizes local law-enforcement as immigration agents.

    Check us out on The Rachel Maddow Show as she breaks down 287(g):



    The immediate tangible impact of this victory is overwhelming. The 287(g) program has resulted in thousands of deportations as well as racially motivated questioning of individuals, traffic stops, and unconstitutional searches and seizures in communities of color. Now, communities of color in Harris County can rest a bit easier knowing that their local sheriff’s department will no longer be participating in this program.

    This is not only a win for Harris County but a clear model of what is possible in counties across the country.

    So how did we do it? How did immigrants along with Black and LGBTQ allies in the county responsible for more deportations than any other come together to rightfully claiming that they are Here To Stay and get us one big step closer to winning the dignity and justice our community deserves?

    Check out the interactive timeline on our medium blog that will take you through the journey and the story of how our movement transformed a city and will continue to transform an entire state and the nation as a whole.

    The termination of the 287(g) contract is a huge victory for all communities in Houston. We do know, however, that to ensure that ALL Houstonians live without fear of racial profiling, mass-incarceration, and deportation we need a city that will take the bold stand of providing sanctuary — a place where everyone under attack by the Trump regime can be safe and thrive. And this is the same case across the country.

    If you’re organizing to end collaboration between local law enforcement and ICE, reply back and let us know! We would love to work together!

    Together Black, LGBTQ, Muslim, Immigrant and Latinx people will advance this vision and will send a clear message to our public officials, if you make threats or promises to our community, we will hold you accountable.

    In Solidarity,

    Oscar and the rest of the team at United We Dream

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