ADVISORY: Immigrants March on ICE to Stop Deportations of Civil Rights Leaders – 10/16/15

CONTACT: Jolene Elberth, NOWCRJ’s Congress of Day Laborers, jelberth@nowcrj.org504.881.6647

Immigrants March on ICE to Stop Deportations of Civil Rights Leaders

ICE races to deport civil rights leaders in spite of recommendation by DHS’s own Civil Rights staff to release them

What: March on ICE headquarters to stop deportations of civil rights leaders who exposed racial profiling

When: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Where: In front of ICE New Orleans HQ, 1250 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70113

Who: Immigrant civil and labor right leaders from the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice’s (NOWCRJ’s) Congress of Day Laborers, local labor and civil rights leaders

At 10 a.m. Friday, October 16, immigrant workers, family members, and allies will march on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters, demanding a halt to the deportations of two civil rights leaders from NOWCRJ’s Congress of Day Laborers who were arrested based solely on racial profiling.

ICE is racing to deport Louisiana civil rights defenders Jose Adan Fugon and Gustavo Barahona in spite of an internal DHS civil rights review finding that the workers were arrested based solely on racial profiling, and recommending their release.

“This is the second time that my brother has been racially profiled by the police and turned over to immigration,” said Heidy Barahona, sister of Gustavo Barahona. “The first time he was deported and separated from his children, who were just 5 and 1 at the time. Now ICE says that because he returned to be with his children, he is a priority. Deporting Gustavo and Jose would show that ICE can continue to violate people’s rights without any repercussions.”

Jolene Elberth, Congress of Day Laborers immigration organizer, said: “As victims of racially biased policing, Gustavo and Jose should be released immediately with protections from future deportation. ICE continues to rely on bad police arrests, and to push for deportation even when workers raise serious constitutional concerns, as these workers did.”

CONTACT: Jolene Elberth, NOWCRJ’s Congress of Day Laborers, jelberth@nowcrj.org504.881.6647