FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2016
English: Abraham Paulos (773) 425-6944
Spanish: Aldo U. Reséndiz (917) 912-9242
ICE-FREE NYC ANNOUNCES
RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF ICE-FREE ZONES IN NYC
New York City – On Friday, January 8, 2016 in response to the ongoing raids of noncitizens with criminal convictions and the recent announcement of raids against Central American refugee women and children immigrant rights advocates, labor unions, faith-based groups, and community members will gather to say NO to raids, demand and end to deportations of our brothers and sisters, and announce the creation of ICE-FREE Zones throughout New York City.
Friday, January 8, 2016
12pm. 201 Varick Street, New York NY
“New Yorkers have been under siege of ICE home raids for more than a year now. We will not stand for any members of our communities, whether they are refugees from Central America or New Yorkers with a criminal conviction, to be invaded and terrorized by Immigration Customs Enforcement,” said Abraham Paulos, Executive Director of Families for Freedom, New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation
WHY ICE-FREE ZONES?
On November 14, 2014 President Obama announced new deportation priority program called Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which include noncitizen with criminal convictions and recent arrivals. Shortly after the announcement of PEP, home raids in NYC have increased at an alarming rate. NYC immigrant communities have been feeling the brunt of these raids for more than a year now.
On December 26, 2015, the Homeland Security Department announced impending nationwide raids aimed at deporting women and children who have received deportation orders. Many of those affected are refugees who fled some of the most violent regions in the world, in particular Central America. We stand in solidarity and will put our bodies on the line to protect these families and create ICE-FREE Zones within the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island.
Our Demands Are:
- Department of Corrections and New York Police Department must end all collaboration with ICE. Explicitly prohibit the sharing of information about New Yorkers between ICE and all City agencies, via use of such probation databases and any other way that may reveal and individuals’ immigration status
- New Yorkers should feel safe in going to any city agency and going about their daily lives without the threat of deportation. Explicitly prohibit ICE near sensitive locations including homes, hospitals, courts, homeless shelters, public demonstrations, community centers, places of worship and schools
- NYC must use resources to strengthen New York families, not tear them apart.
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