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Undocubus Set to Travel to Democratic National Convention (Phoenix New Times)

Undocubus Set to Travel to Democratic National Convention

While most pro-immigrant activists are focusing on educating people about President Obama’s new immigration policy regarding DREAM Act students, which promises to stop the deportations of some undocumented youth, the local human-rights group Puente is advocating a halt to all immigration deportations.

And to convey that defiant message, Puente is planning to gather about 40 undocumented immigrants and travel via bus across the country, visiting cities in the Southwest along the way. 

The trip will begin July 29 in Phoenix and end at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, which is scheduled to begin September 4.

“[We’re] challenging either places that have passed similar legislation [as Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070] or [have anti-immigrant] sheriffs, or places that there is current [immigrant-community] struggle,” says Puente organizer Carlos Garcia.

The “undocubus,” as Garcia calls it, will include undocumented aliens who live in Arizona, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. 

The irony of a bus trip for aliens already at risk for being bussed to the the border if deported is intentional, according to Garcia.

The point? To show the Democratic Party that President Obama is as bad as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio when it comes to immigration enforcement.

After all, the activists correctly observe, the Obama administration has deported more than 1 million immigrants since 2009. 

And if Obama wins a second term in November, another million could be shipped home.

One day before the “undocubus” departs, Puente will sponsor a “March for Dignity,” beginning 9 a.m. at  Phoenix’s Indian Steele Park and ending at the local offices for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The demonstration will highlight the collaboration between local law enforcement and immigration officials in deporting undocumented immigrants, Garcia says.

Another twist could come if Sheriff Arpaio testifies in the federal racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio. The trial in Melendres is scheduled to start July 19 before Judge G. Murray Snow at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix.

Should Arpaio testify before the undocubus heads for North Carolina, its passengers will publicly out themselves as illegal in a demonstration to take place in front of the federal courthouse, as Arpaio is testifying.  

They may be here illegally, but as the U.S. Supreme court recently noted, this is not a crime in and of itself. 

However, in racial-profiling, Arpaio has violated the highest law in the land — the U.S. Constitution. As Puente constantly reminds the public, Arpaio is the real criminal, not those in this country struggling to survive.

Growing Number of Cities Are Fighting Back Against Anti-Immigrant Policies (Think Progress)

Growing Number Of Cities Are Fighting Back Against Anti-Immigrant Policies

Alex Brown

On Tuesday, the District of Columbia City Council unanimously approved a bill that will limit the circumstances under which local law enforcement is required to hold individuals at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The effort undermines the federal Secure Communities program, which requires local law enforcement to share fingerprints with federal immigration officials. If an individual’s fingerprints show up in a Department of Homeland Security Database, ICE can ask local law enforcement to detain the individual for 48 hours so it can take the person into custody.

The D.C. decision comes at a time when cities around the country are taking a stand against harsh immigration laws like those seen in Arizona. Since cities cannot opt out of participating in Secure Communities, they are using a strategy of restricting detainment circumstances to fight against it:

We want to be the anti-Arizona,” Sarahi Uribe, a D.C.-based organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, told The Huffington Post. “Our entire campaign to get cities to break ties with federal immigration enforcement is an effort to be the opposite of Arizona.”

Opponents of Secure Communities, which is under ICE, say the program has the same effects as SB 1070′s most damaging provisions, by potentially scaring undocumented immigrants away from working with police.[…]

The newly-approved law restricts the period in which immigrants will be held from 48 to 24 hours, requires that ICE pay the local costs of incarceration and specifies that those held on detainers must have been convicted of serious crimes.

The city of Chicago is on its way towards joining D.C. and easing federal immigration enforcement within city limits. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) announced on Tuesday that he will also propose an ordinance that would restrict the circumstances in which local law enforcement can turn undocumented immigrants over to federal immigration authorities, noting that they would only be able to do so cases where the immigrants have serious criminal convictions or outstanding criminal warrants.

If you have no criminal record, being part of a community is not a problem for you,” Mr. Emanuel said, speaking at a high school library in Little Village, a Latino neighborhood. “We want to welcome you to the city of Chicago.”

The mayor said the proposal was part of his goal to make Chicago the “most immigrant-friendly city in the country.”

D.C. and Chicago are not the only places where officials are fighting back against harsh immigration laws. Last week, California state senators approved the Trust Act, which is designed protect undocumented immigrants and push back against Secure Communities. The bill, awaiting action in the Assembly, would prevent local law enforcement officials from referring a detainee to ICE unless the person detained has been convicted of a violent or serious felony.

Restoring Trust Campaign (Turning the Tide)

The Restoring Trust campaign urges local officials to not be accomplices to detention and deportation. Specifically we ask them to not comply with voluntary requests from ICE to hold and turn over people for deportation. A growing number of cities have enacted these progressive policies,including Washington DC, Santa Clara, CA, and Cook County, Illinois and more.

Together we’re forging an alternative to the Arizonification of our country.

For critical resources (factsheets, ennacted policies, toolkits) click here:

To connect with our partners at the Interfaith Immigration Coalition click here:

Take Action!

The week of July 9th, 2012 communities across the country will be taking action to restore trust by raising awareness of how local jail policies force people into the deportation system and telling local law enforcement, “Restore Trust! Break ICE’s hold on our community.”

Ways your community can participate in the week of action:

  • Host a community educational event.
  • Deliver letter to local decision makers as part of public action and/or press event Download
  • Hold a press conference to launch new local campaign
  • Direct action (vigil, rally, march)
  • Call a public meeting or forum with local law enforcement or elected officials

For suggestions, feedback, or advice on your campaign or your activities for the week of action, contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

Trust National Week of Action: List of Local Events July 9th-13th:


Contact: Claudia Jimenez
Email: [email protected]
Press Contact:  Dustin Craun  +1-303-667-4027
Date/Time of Event:  Monday July 9th at 2:00pm pt
Location:  651 Pine Street – Martinez
Description: Vigil in front of Sheriff’s office to urge him to stop honor ICE holds and separating families and opposition to jail expansion in the county.

Contact: Veronica Ferderosky
Email: [email protected]
Date/Time of Event: Thursday July 12, 2012 at 9:30 am
Location: Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail 441 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Description: Press conference and rally outside detention center.

Contact: Jazmin Segura
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 408-453-3003 ext. 102
Date/Time of Event:  Monday July 9th – Friday July  13th
Description: Community based surveys happening throughout the week as part of the Trust Index Survey designed to measure how the community’s trust in law enforcement changes when local law enforcement agencies cooperate with Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE)

Contact: Charisse Domingo
Email: [email protected]
Date/Time of Event: Wednesday July 11th at 5:30pm pt – 8:00pm pt
Location: St Francis of Assisi Church 1425 Bay Road East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Description: Community forum impact of ICE holds on Juveniles. East Palo Alto and Redwood City are the highest cities to refer youth to ICE. Youth standing up to the immigration and detention will share powerful testimonies. Also 10min consultations with immigration lawyers.

Contact: Jesus Guzman
Email:  [email protected]
Date/ Time of Event: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 3046 Stevenson Hall, on the campus of Sonoma State University
Description: Forum on deportations in our local jails. Speakers include law professors, elected officials, and law enforcement.

Contact: Stephen Smith
Email: [email protected]
Date/Time of Event: July14th at 11:00am
Location: Benito Juarez High School 1510 W Cermak, Chicago, IL
Description: Democracy day includes workshops and a rally to continue to protect the ground breaking Cook County Ordinances on ICE holds and advance administrative relief for DREAMers


Contact: Jonathan Fried
Email: [email protected]
Date/Time of Event:  Monday July 9th – Friday July 13th
Location:  Miami, FL
Description: Community based surveys happening throughout the week as part of the Trust Index Survey designed to measure how the community’s trust in law enforcement changes when local law enforcement agencies cooperate with Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE)


Contact: Patricia Montes
Email: [email protected]
Date/ Time of Event: Thursday July 12th at 11 am est
Location: Massachusetts State House (inside staircase) Beacon Street Boston, MA 02133
Description:  Press conference and announcement of commission to monitor S-Comm


Contact: Elsa Lopez
Email: [email protected]
Date/Time of Event: July 11, 2012 at 2:00pm
Location:  San Juan County Jail, Farmington, New Mexico
Description: Press Conference


contact: Romeo Sosa
email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-381-0848
Date/time: Wednesday July 11th at 11:00 am
Location: Voz Workers Rights Education Project 1131 SE Oak, Portland, Oregon 97214
Description:  Visit offices of County Commissioners to provide information on voluntary ICE holds requests.


Contact: Ester Reyes
Email: [email protected]
Date/Time of Event: Wednesday July 11 at 12noon pm
Location: Travis County Sheriff’s Office at 5555 Airport Boulevard Austin, TX 78751
Description: Restoring Trust in Travis County” and will be a press conference and media event


Contact: Brendan O’Neill
Email: [email protected]
Date/Time of Event: Wednesday July 11, 2012 at 6:00pm
Location: UU Church Burlington 152 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Description: Migrant Justice, the UU Church, and NY Rural Migrant Ministry Will team up to share how the faith community can work in solidarity to stop anti-immigrant policies such as Secure Communities, and ‘ICE-Holds’ in defense of Human Rights.

Contact: Sarahi Uribe
Email: [email protected]
Date/Time of Event: Tuesday July 10th at 9:30am
Location: Steps of the Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC
Description: Press conference on the eve of passage of local bill to counteract impact of S-Comm and other harmful federal deportation programs

No S-Comm in New York! Come Protest Next Monday, May 14, 2012!

Keep New York Safe from ICE’s Deportation Machine! No S-Comm in New York! Join Us to Protest ICE’s May 15 Activation of its Mass Deportation Program in NY

WHEN: Monday May 14, 2012, 12pm-2pm

WHERE: 26 Federal Plaza New York, NY

Under S-Comm, local law enforcement send fingerprints of arrestees to the Department of Homeland Security database. This program will push even more immigrants into the unjust detention and deportation system, On June 1, 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo suspended S-Comm in New York. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) just announced that it would be activating its fundamentally flawed S-Comm program throughout the state on May 15. Join us in our call for an end to S-Comm!

Initial Sponsors: Immigrant Defense Project, Make the Road New York, New Sanctuary Coalition, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York State Working Group Against Deportation, New York Immigration Coalition

For more information, contact Michelle Fei at 484-466-6334 or [email protected]

Download flyer: English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)

ALTO a Las Comunidades Seguras Ahora!

No más deportaciones. La policia no debe cooperar con los agentes de inmigración

Protesta en contra de la implementación del “Comunidades Seguras” en Nueva York

Cuando:  Lunes, 14 Mayo 2012 12pm-2pm

Donde:  26 Federal Plaza New York, NY

Bajo el programa de “Comunidades Seguras,” la policía local envía las huellas digitales a bancos de información de las personas arrestadas. Este programa empujará a más inmigrantes dentro del sistema injusto de detención y deportación. En el 1 junio del 2011, el Gobernador Cuomo suspendió el programa de “Comunidades Seguras.” Pero la Migra anunció que el fallido programa se implementará a través del estado el 15 de mayo. Los invitamos a que se unan a parar este programa.

Auspiciado por (lista en formación): El Proyecto de Defensa al Inmigrante, Se Hace Camino NY, Grupo de Trabajo del Estado en Contra de las Deportaciones, Coalición de Inmigración en Nueva York, La Unión De Libertades Civiles de Nueva York.

Para más información: llame Michelle Fei al 484-466-6334 o [email protected]

Petition: "End S-Comm! Don't Mend It"

End S-Comm, Don’t Mend it!

The Pledge:

I pledge to break ICE’s hold on my community and my country. I will continue to demand that the federal government end the in-Secure Communities program that has deported over 169,000 mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, and threatened the public safety of us all. I will demand that my local and state governments refuse to be deportation pipelines. I will urge my local and state officials to adopt policies to deny ICE access to individuals and deny voluntary ICE holds requests. I will ask them to rebuild trust. I will not stop.

Sign the petition here:

Share flyer with your network and post as your profile picture on Facebook: Download


White House at 202-456-1111

Sample Script:

“My name is [insert name]. I am calling from [insert city, state]. I know that the Administration is announcing changes to the “Secure Communities” deportation program any day now. I want to ask the Administration to “end, not mend” this controversial program. S-Comm has damaged public safety, created fear in our communities, and deported thousands of our family members and friends. We urge the President to abandon his legacy of deportation and end the program immediately.”