National People’s Action And Their Affiliates Join National Civil Disobedience in Phoenix to Shut Down ICE


For Immediate Release: Monday, October 14, 2013
Contact: Doug Gordon (202) 494-5141

Today, National People’s Action (NPA), and their affiliates Sunflower Community Action, POWER LA, and Voces de La Frontera will join with other undocumented people, families facing deportation proceedings, day laborers, and immigrant rights organizers in a civil disobedience that will shut down the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and stop deportations from Phoenix for a day.

Xaime Casillas, from NPA Affliate POWER LA, is likely to be arrested at today’s action.

“The President has the legal authority and moral responsibility to stop deportations,” explains Veronica Castro of National People’s Action. “But until he uses it, NPA, and our partners will use every tool at our disposal to stop them ourselves. We can not and will not sit by and watch the destruction of families all in the name of politics.”

The historic convening comes one month after seven undocumented migrants handcuffed themselves to the White House fence to demand the President expand the deferred action program he has already allotted to certain undocumented youth.  More than 540 organizations have called on the President to suspend deportations as Congress debates reform in order to provide immediate relief to the unnecessary suffering caused by his deportation quota programs and to help propel legislative efforts past any obstruction

While in Phoenix NPA members participated in two days of strategy and training in how to do individual casework that prevents deportations, explore models of local legislation that limits collaboration between police and ICE, and non-violent civil disobedience in the tradition of the great social movements throughout history. On Monday the 14th the convergence will culminate with a march and civil disobedience at the district ICE office organizers say is responsible for the record deportations and human rights crisis in Arizona.

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