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“This morning, 12 immigrant rights activists locked themselves to the wheels of two deportation buses headed to Operation Streamline at a federal court where 6 additional people had chained themselves to the entrance to protest the proceeding they say is criminalizing immigrants and destroying core principles of the justice system.
According to multiple sources, as a result of the three and a half hour long and continuing peaceful blockade, the court, for one of the only times in it’s history, cancelled the proceedings where detainees are presented in shackles in front of a judge and sentenced as a group
The protest is part of the #Not1More Deportation campaign calling on the President to use his authority to keep families together and provide immediate relief from deportations for those who could benefit from a permanent solution.
Hundreds will be gathering in Phoenix this weekend for a conference culminating in a rally and march on Monday October 14th beginning at noon from Margaret T Hance park (Moreland and 3rd St) that will conclude at ICE Headquarters at 2035 N Central Ave, Phoenix.”
“Under the President’s administration, nearly two million families have been torn apart through detention and deportation,” explains Marisa Franco of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “Our communities can no longer wait for the President to rediscover his moral compass or for Congress to actually do its job. We will do what any mother or father would do and keep our families together by preventing ICE from being able to tear them apart.”
“Anyone who witnesses Operation Streamline will come away convinced that it is both unconstitutional and immoral,” explains writer and author, Roberto Cintli Rodriguez. “There is no justice in that courtroom. It violates every principle the US claims to ascribe to. When humanity is confronted with unjust laws, it is our responsibility to challenge them.”
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“Just now, protestors chained themselves in front of the Eloy Detention Center. Their action calls on the President to stop deportations and the criminalization of immigrants. Through civil disobedience they say they’re exposing the inhumane imprisonment at the center of current immigration policy and the needless warehousing of the undocumented who could benefit from reform.
Many of those inside Eloy have committed no major offense and instead are victims of Congress’ 34,000 minimum detention bed mandate and the profiling of Sheriffs like Arpaio and Border Patrol required to fulfill the arbitrary quota.
One of the protestors, 16 year old Sandy Estrada of Phoenix, AZ, whose brother has been detained in Eloy for nearly a year after being arrested on work-related charges, says, ‘I’m doing this to show my brother and all the other people inside that we support them and we will do what it takes to get them out. I want the President to know that everyone deserves to be with their families and that he can stop our pain’.”