ICE · Immigrants · Immigration · Latinas · Politics

“Please don’t take my mom from me too” pleads daughter of Michigan woman

You can’t help but feel helpless for the family of Lourdes Salazar Bautista. Her time is running out after twenty years of living in the United States. A video of Lourdes’ children crying and pleading with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) not to deport their mother opens your eyes to life in the Donald Trump world. The president is willing to tear families apart and deport immigrants who are hard working people and good parents.

A rally is planned for tonight (July 18) to keep Lourdes from being deported to Mexico.

#LuchaporLourdes: Lourdes’ Call to Action from Aresha Martinez-Cardoso on Vimeo.

Lourdes in tears tell us in the video that she has a job and works to keep a home and food on the table for her children. What do her American children do if she is deported?

LOURDES STAY OF REMOVAL DENIED

Lourdes first came in contact with ICE in 2010, and after being detained for almost a month ICE “traded” Lourdes for her husband. Lourdes’ husband was deported and she was allowed to stay in the United States. 
Every year Lourdes has to check in with immigration and every year she is granted a stay of removal.

In March Lourdes’s stay of removal was denied and she has been ordered to buy her plane ticket and leave the country by August 2nd. She will leave behind three children all born in the U.S. (Source: Lucha Por Lourdes Facebook)

ICE acknowledges she has no criminal record, maintains it has been lenient already.  (Source: MLive Michigan)

THE FIGHT TO KEEP LOURDES HERE, LA LUCHA POR LOURDES

MLive Michigan reports The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously on Monday (July 17) to approve a resolution to ask the federal government for a stay of deportation for Lourdes.

Mayor Christopher Taylor said her deportation will not make the U.S. safer or protect American jobs.”All it will achieve is to devastate a family and impoverish a community that values her,” he said. “It’s not a wise use of government resources. We should be doing better.” (Full story>> MLive Michigan)

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JULY 18 VIGIL AND RALLY

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: St. Mary Student Parish, University of Michigan
331 Thompson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
If you live in the area please show up to support Lourdes and her family. More info about event>> Facebook Rally page

CONTACT ICE IN DETROIT 
Detroit ICE Director Rebecca Adducci
Phone: 313-568-6036
Email: rebecca.j.adducci@ice.dhs.gov

CONTACT U.S. SENATORS FROM MICHIGAN 

If these Senators believe in keeping families together, then lets see them prove it. Reach out, call and email them to help look into Lourdes’ case.

Senator Gary Peters (D)
202-224-6221

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenGaryPeters/

Contact: www.peters.senate.gov/contact/email-gary

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)
202-224-4822
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stabenow/
Contact: www.stabenow.senate.gov/contact

SIGN THE PETITION

A petition has been started to stop the deportation of Lourdes Salazar Bautista. Please sign it. >>Petition

CONTACT DETROIT MEDIA

The media is always looking for stories. If they don’t know about this issue they can’t report it. Contact the reporters at the following places:

Detroit Free Press  : City/Metro desk: city@freepress.com; 313-222-6600

The Detroit NewsLocal News (Metro Detroit and business):
Phone: (313) 222-2323
Email: metro@detroitnews.comnewstips@detroitnews.com

Fox 2 Detroit: Call the newsdesk: (248) 552-5103 and send an email:fox2newsdesk@foxtv.com

Local 4 News : You may call the WDIV newsroom at 313-222-0500, you can also ask for our web staff or assignment editor.

WXYZ-TV Channel 7: Breaking News Hotline 248-827-9407 ,  Breaking News Email: news@wxyz.com

We all have a voice. Use it! Mucha suerte Lourdes.

ICE · Immigrants · Immigration

San Antonio’s RAICES needs help for immigrant mothers and children

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Photo Courtesy: RAICES

RAICES a nonprofit in San Antonio is dealing with 500 immigrant families that were left Sunday night by ICE at the center’s door. These are families who were released from private Texas prisons where they were being held.

RAICES is a refugee and immigrant center for education and legal services. Sunday night volunteers and workers had to hurry and find supplies, donations and even room for the mothers and their children. It appears ICE did not have a plan for this release. Here is what RAICES posted on Facebook Sunday night:

We need your help more than ever! Over 500 families were dropped off in San Antonio after being held in private prisons. Their disorganization led to the mothers to be released well past midnight of this past Sunday!

PLEASE HELP, GIVE WHAT YOU CAN

RAICES shared its immediate needs on Facebook. Please check out the list and do what you can to help these families.

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Photo courtesy: RAICES

1. Money! We spent over $1,700 on mattresses and bedding last night alone to accommodate everyone. You can donate here: www.raicestexas.org/pages/casa

2. In-kind donations of bottled water, medicine (most kids leaving detention are sick!), pens, diapers, and baby wipes. We also need extra cell phones for families to call their families in the United States. We have hundreds sharing 2 cell phones. In-kind donations can be dropped off at 1443 S. St. Mary’s St. in San Antonio. To have supplies be shipped order from: http://a.co/eg9Rndj

3. Spanish speaking volunteers are still needed. RAICES staff have been up past 3am the last two nights helping families. We need your support. People interested in volunteering should email volunteer@raicestexas.org

Please spread the word. And #EndFamilyDetention 

Contact information for RAICES: Call (210) 226-7722

BACKGROUND ON RAICES

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Photo Courtesy: RAICES

RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) was founded and incorporated in 1986 under the name of the Refugee Aid Project. During this time, Central Americans flooded into Texas after fleeing the civil wars and social upheavals of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Several churches and religious orders answered the needs of the new arrivals by providing food, clothing, language classes, housing, medical and legal referrals. The agency provided a forum for San Antonians to meet the new arrivals and learn first hand about the situation in Central America.

Rebecca Aguilar is the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a social media networking group on Facebook and LinkedIn for Latinas with more than 8,000 members.