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Dear Attorney General Lynch, Acting U.S. Attorney Williams, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nyhus,

 

We undersigned labor, faith, immigrant rights, and civil rights organizations write to ask that you dismiss the reentry charges currently against Portland labor leader Francisco Aguirre (docket case: #3:14-cr-00400-JO-1). We are deeply troubled by the highly unusual prosecution coming years after Mr. Aguirre’s alleged deportation and re-entry into the United States. Of particular concern is the appearance that the prosecution comes in retaliation because Mr. Aguirre publicly sought sanctuary in the Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland after ICE attempted to raid his home and separate him from his three children, two of whom are U.S. citizens.

 

Mr. Aguirre is an influential leader of the immigrant rights and labor movements, and he is a pillar within the community. He was the worker center coordinator for the VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project in Portland, which is a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, organizing, and community education. Through his work as an organizer, he has helped workers collect $500,000 in stolen wages, has helped improve health and safety labor standards, and organized neighborhood clean-ups. He is a passionate advocate for people’s rights and is a musician who sings for social justice causes. Francisco is also a trailblazer of the national movement advocating for the rights of day laborers and has worked closely with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).

 

The prosecution of Mr. Aguirre would constitute a grave injustice for him and his family.  Moreover, we are concerned that prosecuting Mr. Aguirre for reentry so many years after the alleged reentry as a result of his public activism would create a chilling effect on other immigrants who would otherwise publicly assert their rights and report labor and civil rights violations. We request that you dismiss the charges immediately.

 

Thank you,

 

 

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

American Friends Service Committee-Portland

Arcoíris Liberation Team

Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind

Asian Women’s Shelter

Auburn Seminary

Augustana Lutheran Church

Beacon Presbyterian Fellowship

Border Action Network

Brazilian Women’s Group

Brazilian Worker Center

California Immigrant Policy Center

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

CARECEN

Casa Latina

CAUSA Oregon

Center for Intercultural Organizing

Centro Laboral de Graton

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Refugee and Immigration Ministries

Church World Service

Cleveland Jobs with Justice

Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador

Community to Community

Community United Against Violence

Conversations With Friends (MN)

Day Labor Center – Hayward/Oakland

Day Worker Center of Mountain View

Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County

Detention Watch Network

Dolores Street Community Services

Don Bosco Workers Inc.

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

El Centro del Inmigrante

El/La Para TransLatinas

Enlace

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Families for Freedom

Fe y Justicia Workers center

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Tucson AZ

First Unitarian Church of Portland

Franciscan Action Network

Freeport Community Worklink Center

Friends of Broward Detainees

Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice

Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

GetEQUAL

Grassroots Leadership

Hispanic Resource Center

IDEPSCA

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Immigrant Defense Project

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Immigrant Youth Coalition

Impact NW

Inter-faith Coalition on Immigration, MN

Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice-Oregon

Jewish Community Action in MN

Jobs With Justice

Jobs with Justice of East Tennessee

Jobs with Justice SF

Journey Koinania Catholic Community

Justice and Witness Ministry, United Church of Christ

La Colectiva de Migrantes

Latino Advocacy

Latino Network

Latino Union of Chicago

Legal Aid Justice Center

Living Stages

Lowcountry Immigration Coalition

Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ Immigration Team

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates

Monument Impact

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

National Employment Law Project

National Immigration Law Center

National Immigration Project of the NLG

National Lawyers Guild

National Network for Women in Prison

National Policy Partnership for Children and Families of the Incarcerated

Neighbors Link Stamford

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

New Sanctuary Movement

New York City Anti-Violence Project

Northwest Detention Center Resistance

#Not1More

NQAPIA: National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

Oregon AFL-CIO

Oregon Immigrant Activists

Pangea Legal Services

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center

Portland Central America Solidarity Network

Portland Jobs with Justice

Pueblo Sin Fronteras

Puentes: Advocacy, Counseling & Education

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ

Right 2 Dream Too

Right 2 Survive

Rising Tide VT

San Diego Day Laborers

San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition

Social Justice Collaborative

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Southside Presbyterian Church

TODEC Legal Center

Unidad Latina en Accion NJ

University Church

Voces de la Frontera

VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project

We Belong Together

WeCount!

Wilco Justice Alliance

Wind of the Spirit

Workers Justice Project

Workplace Project

YWCA of Greater Portland

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