Children to Rally at ICE to Demand Meeting with ICE Director, Release of Their Parents for Mother’s Day

WHAT: Children’s Rally at New Orleans Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office
WHY: To demand a meeting with New Orleans ICE Director, David Rivera, and to demand their parents’ release
WHEN: Friday, May 12, 2017, 4 PM
WHO: Children of New Orleans immigrants, members of NOWCRJ’s Congress of Day Laborers, faith, labor and community Allies
WHERE: 1250 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA

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NEW ORLEANS—On Friday, May 12, two days before Mother’s Day, children whose immigrant parents are in detention and facing deportation will hold a rally at the New Orleans ICE office after having been denied a meeting with New Orleans ICE Director David Rivera. 

The children wrote in a May 8 meeting request letter to Rivera: “We don’t want you to lock our moms and dads inside your detention center. We don’t want to be scared every time our parents drop us off at school that that’s the last time we’ll see them ever again.”

“In school, we learn that it’s important to stand up to bullying. We’re asking you to stand up for what’s right too. Some things have changed since the election, but we know that you still have the power to free our moms and dads.”

In spite of a wave of terrifying workplace and community raids by the Trump administration, immigrant leaders with NOWCRJ’s Congress of Day Laborers and their families are not giving in to fear. They are fighting to win and protect policies that make sure New Orleans is a safe place that respects the dignity and freedom of all of its residents.

This action comes at a time when two anti-immigrant bills in the Louisiana state legislature, HB 676 and HB 525, seek to further criminalize immigrant reconstruction workers and jeopardize their family members for political gain.

CONTACT: Chloe Sigal – 504-655-6610, csigal@nowcrj.org