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NC DPS: Study Regarding Immigration Measures

“Several industries in North Carolina reported a dependence on immigrant labor..” 

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Contact: Viridiana Martinez

Cell: (919) 704-0599

 

Father of Eastway and Northern students scheduled for deportation on Tuesday night

Supporters will meet at 7pm at El Centro Hispano in Durham, NC

Durham, NC – On January 27th, 2014, supporters and community members will gather to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the deportation of Hugo Leonel Perez Ramirez (A# 077-665-965) who is set to be deported this Tuesday night, January 28th. If deported, Hugo Leonel will be separated from his wife, who is recovering from arm surgery and has diabetes, and youngest son, Rhodinson, who is a U.S. citizen.

On December 23, 2013 in the morning, ICE raided the home of Hugo Leonel and his family at 5am while they were sleeping. Without a knock at the door, ICE entered Hugo Leonel’s home, walked up the stairs, handcuffed and dragged him out. Hugo’s older sons cried and pleaded for ICE agents to take them instead of their father, but their cries were ignored. Their father was ripped away from them and their family was torn apart that morning. Hugo Leonel is, currently, being held in Stewart Detention Center and faces imminent deportation.

Hugo Leonel came to North Carolina from Guatemala in 2006 in search of a better life. His first attempt to reunite with his family was in 2000 but he was caught at the border and deported. According to the 2011 Morton Memo, he is a low-priority case and based on Acting ICE Director John Sandweg’s recent memo, Hugo Leonel’s deportation should be stopped immediately as he is the only breadwinner for his children and wife, Edilma.

WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2014

TIME: 7pm

WHERE: El Centro Hispano, 600 E Main St, Durham, NC

WHO: NC Dream Team and El Centro Hispano

For more information, visit the online petition at: http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/hugo

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The North Carolina Dream Team is the first independent undocumented youth-led organization in the Carolinas.

 

On September 10th, 2013, Charlotte community members will gather to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the deportation of Holman Acosta (A# 098-894-580), who is being held in an immigrant detention center in Georgia. Holman’s absence has placed an extreme financial strain on his family and the stress has triggered complications of his US citizen wife’s diabetes. 

In the early afternoon of June 30th, 2013, Holman was stopped at a check point while driving his stepson home from a soccer game. He was arrested when he was found driving without a license. Holman was turned over to ICE officials on August 2, 2013 and transferred to North Georgia Detention Center where he faces imminent deportation.

Leisha Acosta, Holman’s US citizen wife, suffers from diabetes and depression.  Due to the stress of Holman’s unnecessary detention, she has been losing sight in one of her eyes and is struggling to pay for her doctor bills.  In order to make ends meet, Leisha rarely takes sick days and works through lunch to provide for her family. Without Holman’s income, Leisha is barely keeping her head above water.

Additionally, Holman is the father to Leisha’s 3 US citizen children and grandfather to 1 US citizen grandchild, named Raheim.  He supports them financially and emotionally and provides stability in the home.  In Holman’s absence, one of Leisha’s sons has had to delay joining the Army to help care for the family.

“I need Holman home.  My health needs him home, my kids need him home.  His grandson thinks he’s away working.  Raheim needs his Papi home now,” Leisha said.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

TIME: 6:30 PM

WHERE: 4938 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205

WHO: Organized by Holman’s family, with support from the Latin American Coalition, Familias Unidas and the NC DREAM Team

Petition: http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/holman

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Contact: Monserrat Mata

C: (919) 492-1334

E: monserrat@thencdreamteam.org

Local businessman is being deported!

Supporters will meet at 2pm at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville, SC

Greenville, SC – On September 6th, 2013, immigrant youth and community members will gather to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the deportation of Carlos Angel Garcia (A# 205-205-247), who is set to be deported on October 7th. If deported, Carlos will be separated from his family and youngest son Omar, who suffers from a chronic lung condition called Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and developmental delay.

Carlos came to South Carolina from Mexico in 1999 and has lived here ever since. One night on his way back home from work, he drove into a driver license checkpoint and was arrested when he was asked for a license and he could not provide it. Carlos cannot get a driver’s license because South Carolina does not issue them to undocumented immigrants. According to the 2011 Morton Memo, he is a low-priority case and based on Acting ICE Director John Sandweg’s recent memo, Carlos’ deportation should be stopped immediately as he is the primary breadwinner for his 3 U.S. citizen children and his wife, Elizabeth.

WHEN: Friday, September 6th, 2013

TIME: 2PM

WHERE: 2252 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville, NC 29681

WHO: Organized by The North Carolina Dream Team as part of the Secure Your Own Community project, where immigrant families fight to stop deportations.

Petition: http://action.dreamactivist.org/southcarolina/carlos

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The North Carolina Dream Team is the first undocumented youth – led organization in the Carolinas.

 SIGN THE PETITION BELOW:

http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/fidela/

Call Charlotte ICE @ (704) 248-9605

Call DC ICE @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask ICE to stop Fidela Medel Lopez’ (A 200-970-777) deportation. She is the mother of 5 children, two of which are US citizens and one of those, Erick, is a special needs child who suffers from severe autism. Fidela is low priority for deportation and Erick needs a stable home alongside his mother. Deporting Fidela threatens Erick’s health and puts him directly in harm’s way. Stop Fidela’s deportation now!”

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For Immediate Release

June 11, 2013
Santiago Garcia- Leco
828.559.7993 | santiago@theniya.org
 
DREAMer Francisco Hernandez Set for Deportation; Community Urges USCIS to Grant DACA
 
Supporters of Francisco Hernandez (A# 205-210-075) gather to urge United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
 
Charlotte. NC— Francisco “Paco” Hernandez, now 23, came to North Carolina from Mexico at the age of 14. He graduated from McDowell High School in 2009 and was attending McDowell Technical Community College when he was taken into immigration custody. Paco filed for Deferred Action, yet he is still being forced to see an immigration judge and could be deported any day.
 
When: After 1pm Immigration Court Hearing, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Where: 5701 Executive Center Drive, Suite 400
             Charlotte, NC 28212
Who: Francisco, family, friends, and community supporters.
 
On May 13, 2011, Paco was wrongfully arrested. Paco and two friends were coming home from a party where Paco had been drinking. Being responsible, Paco let one of his sober friends, Luis –on leave from the military- drive. On their way home Paco’s car broke down; so all three friends got out to push it and Luis handed Paco the keys. While pushing the car, the police showed up to help the boys but instead (despite the care being completely off and immobile) arrested Paco and charged him with a DUI.
 
Despite his innocence, Paco was charged and sentenced to 30-months of probation. He didn’t miss a single check-in with his officer. However, at his November 28, 2012 check-in, ICE was waiting for him. Paco was detained and forced to spend nearly 2-months in immigration detention in Georgia  Paco was finally released on a $15,000 bond, allowing him to fight his case from the outside.  In June of 2013, he applied for DACA, and now we as a community supporting Paco, are asking USCIS to grant his application and help keep his family together. 

 
 
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The NC DREAM Team is an organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and allies who are dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement in North Carolina. We aim to help undocumented youth recognize their individual and collective power to activate their communities. We will escalate in our efforts to achieve a just reform that is acceptable to–and guided by–the voices of those directly affected by our broken immigration system.

 

 

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by Cinthia Marroquin

Last year in June I traveled to Washington DC for the annual DREAM graduation. The National Immigrant Youth Alliance organized the DREAM Graduation as a way to reflect on the accomplishments of undocumented youth leaders within the last year, and to welcome yet another class of DREAM activists into the movement; and welcome I felt. As each person on stage told his or her story, parts of my story and parts of the stories of other undocumented youth were reflected in their words. Because of their encouragement, I can finally say that I am undocumented. I am unafraid to say so and I am compelled to take action.

I’m writing this post in anticipation of the 2013 Dream Graduation, and the first anniversary of my coming out of the shadows. This movement has become an inspiration to me. It has taught me that in order to generate change at a mass scale, you have to be willing to put yourself out there. My coming out publically with my story has allowed me to be part of this movement which has most importantly redefined the immigrant community itself. Being Undocumented is no longer something that I am ashamed or afraid of.

The Graduation and convening of hundreds of other undocumented people from around the country really opened my eyes and made me realize how privileged I am; so I decided to join this amazing group. In the past 10 months I’ve learned so much from stopping deportations to infiltrations, and it all started at the graduation. You can read about my experience at last year’s graduation here!

This year’s celebration will be on July 9th in Washington, DC.

LOCATION: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St., NE, Washington, DC 20002

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BkIsPu9lQ_D7Qu2_anlvDEn9W3TaldhJt7wRhvdjGo8/viewform

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

 

Contact:

Viridiana Martinez

viridiana@thencdreamteam.org

919-704-0599

 

Father of 3 US Citizen Children Faces Deportation

The children will hold a vigil to ask for their father’s release 

 

Sanford, NC– Juan Joya Mejia (A#097-951-344)  lives in Sanford, North Carolina with his family but was in Pennsylvania looking for work to provide for his family. He was arrested after a neighbor called the police accusing Juan of looking suspicious when he was only playing with a bee bee gun. The police did not arrest him at first, but they came back after and asked him for his immigration status and turned him in to ICE. Juan is now at risk of deportation even though he did nothing wrong. He is currently detained at York County Prison in Pennsylvania and faces imminent deportation.

Juan has severe liver complications and onset heart problems. He needs medication that he cannot access in detention. He is the father of 3 U.S. citizen children who need him home. His wife, Maria, is at high risk for ovarian cancer, and she needs help sustaining their children.

Juan’s friends, wife and three US citizen children will be holding a vigil to ask immigration authorities for his immediate release.

WHEN:          Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

TIME:            7PM

WHERE:       St. Stephen Catholic Church - 901 N Franklin Dr.,  Sanford, NC 27330

WHO:             Organized by The NC Dream Team as part of the Secure Your Own Community (SYOC) project, where immigrant youth fight to stop the deportation of our peers and community.

Juan was born in El Salvador but came to the United States to escape violent gangs that were trying to recruit him and threatened him when he refused to join them. Juan has been living in the United States since 2003 and has no criminal record. He is a caring and hard-working father.

Juan needs to be released so he can join his family in North Carolina, receive proper medical care and provide for them. He is a low priority for deportation and meets the requirements for favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion under the 2011 Morton Memo. 

 

For more information about Juan, you can visit the online petition: http://action.dreamactivist.org/pennsylvania/juan

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The NC DREAM Team is an organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and allies who are dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement in North Carolina. We aim to help undocumented youth recognize their individual and collective power to activate their communities. We will escalate in our efforts to achieve a just reform that is acceptable to–and guided by–the voices of those directly affected by our broken immigration system.

SIGN THE PETITION!

Location: St. Stephen Catholic Church - 901 N Franklin Dr  Sanford, NC 27330

Time: 6 to 8 pm

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On Tuesday, May 28th at 6 pm, we will be holding a vigil in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Sanford, NC calling on Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) to release Juan Joya, a day laborer from the area.

RSVP to the facebook event here! 

Juan was on a trip to work in Pennsylvania. He was sitting on the steps of a building playing with a bee bee gun when a neighbor called the police. When they arrived, they asked Juan for ID and when he showed the only one he has from his country of El Salvador, he was detained and placed under the custody of ICE. Despite having no criminal record, living in the US for 10 years, and having 3 US citizen children, Juan is facing imminent deportation. 

Also, Juan has serious liver and heart problems which he has not been able to receive treatment for. On Tuesday, Juan’s wife and 3 US citizen children – Kegri (6), Madeline (4), Elwin (1) – will be joined by supporters, family members, and clergy to ask for the immediate release of Juan.

WILL YOU BE THERE?

Location: St. Stephen Catholic Church - 901 N Franklin Dr  Sanford, NC 27330

Time: 6 to 8 pm

Last Thursday, 6 – year old Luis missed school to make a personal visit to his representative’s office. Luis and his family were on a mission to get support from Congressman George Holding to stop the deportation of his father, Jose Ortiz. 

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Filled with hope that his representative would hear his plea for help, Luis walked into the office of Congressman Holding. Yet, he received everything but help. Instead of intervening in the case of his daddy, Congressman Holding’s staff ignored Luis. What is captured in the picture above is the representative’s staff talking down to Luis – a US citizen, telling him they will not help his father and he must leave before they call the cops.

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Luis and his family left soon after, but Luis’s aunt Mayra (who is a DACA holder) decided to stay to wait for a response from the representative. Refusing to leave, she was arrested. Mayra believes in the power of community and she and Luis and Jose and the rest of the family are going to continue to stand up until Jose’s deportation is stopped. 

What you can do to help:

SIGN and share the petition – http://bit.ly/noljosenc

CALL Congressman Holding’s office - 

Washington D.C. Office: 202-225-3032
Raleigh Office: 919-782-4400

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask that Congressman Holding support Jose Guillermo Ortiz (A# 205-213-818) and stop his deportation set for today. Jose is the sole bread winner for his family that includes three US Citizen children. GOP leaders are working towards comprehensive immigration reform in Washington DC. Rep. Holding has a responsibility to keep this family together. Will he intervene to stop Jose’s deportation today?”

 

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