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Despite living in the United States for 14 years and a clean record, soccer Coach Eduardo Salazar (A# 200-717-517) is facing deportation in just FOUR days!
Sample Script: “Hi, I was calling to ask that ICE stop the deportation of Coach Eduardo Salazar (A# 200-717-517). Coach Salazar has been living in the U.S. for over 14 years, coaching soccer and supporting his family. He is a low-priority for deportation. Please don’t deport Coach Salazar!”
April 11, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jose Torres-Don
NC DREAM Team Supports RECLAIM NC Act:
Coming Out of the Shadows
RALEIGH, NC—The North Carolina DREAM Team (NCDT) supports Republican led initiatives for continued dialogue on immigration matters in North Carolina. On Wednesday, Republican Representatives Warren, Jordan, Brown and Collins filed House Bill 786-the RECLAIM NC Act that includes a process for bringing undocumented immigrants in NC out of the shadows through a driving permit. As undocumented people we are living through the consequences of the failed promises in the past decade from the national Democratic Party on immigration reform. We welcome this initiative from NC Republicans as a signal of their better understanding of the value in this opportunity to move North Carolina forward in a way that is inclusive of the Hispanic Community. We call on the leadership of this state, both Republicans and Democrats, to resist the bullying tactics of extreme anti-immigrant factions and arrive at reasonable policies in the best interest of the state’s economy and public safety.
In the summer of 2006 NC changed its laws that made it impossible for our undocumented families to obtain or renew driver’s licenses. This change was made under the leadership by then Democratic Governor, Mike Easley, who signed the Technical Corrections Act on August 27th, 2006. In the years that have followed, undocumented community members have been and continue to be deported as a result of not being able to produce a driver’s license. We intend to fully engage in conversation on initiatives from both, Republicans and Democrats, for the possibility of a driving permit. All legislators must propose and pass meaningful legislation that elevates outcomes over false rhetoric of hope. We welcome all initiatives independent of party affiliation.
To address the concerns that this proposal sounds like a round ‘em up and deport ‘em type of policy, our everyday lives remind us that this is vigorously happening already to our community under the leadership of the national Democratic Party. NCDT member, Viridiana Martinez, 26, previously detained in an immigrant detention center in Florida experienced first-hand such destructive policies of the Obama administration. Martinez states, “there is a cruel deceptiveness in the “low priority for deportation” directive from Obama that is nothing more than a talking point… we seek an alternative to the status quo”. Currently NCDT is rallying to stop the Deportation of dedicated grandfather and Boy Scouts soccer coach, Eduardo Mireles Salazar (Alien Number: 200-717-517), who has been ordered deported from North Carolina as a result of merely driving without a license. For Coach Salazar and the many others that go unnoticed, we support Representatives Warren, Jordan, Brown and Collins in their initiative to seek better solutions.
We are aware there are problematic provisions within the proposed bill and we intend to provide our voice to that discussion so that there is understanding of the community directly affected. The NC DREAM Team looks forward to having a bigger conversation about the enlightened self-interest for Republicans in NC to align with the national leadership of the GOP that has signaled a more reasonable approach in dealing with immigration and with that fostering a better relationship with a growing Hispanic political base.
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.
escrito por Viridiana B. Martinez
El tema de las licencias de manejo en Carolina del Norte sigue dando de que hablar. Y no solo entre circulos de personas indocumentadas. Tambien en la asamblea general, lugar donde se llevan acabo las discusiones que se convierten en propuestas de ley. Ayer, el Senador Republicano Stan Bingham removio su nombre de la propuesta de ley SB 622 que otorgaria nuevamente licencias de manejo a los portadores del ITIN.
El Senador Bingham se dejo influenciar por sus colegas republicanos que no estan dispuestos a apoyarnos a nosotros los indocumentados. Esto significa que su influencia fue mas que la nuestra. Mi gente, tenemos trabajo que hacer. Y este trabajo empieza con dejar el miedo atras, salir de las sombras – sin estatus legal.. y que?, y hacer presencia en la asamblea general.
El momento es ahora de establecer dialogo con nuestros representantes estatales. Al fin y al cabo, pagamos impuestos, no? Si estas palabras no te presionan a tomar accion, quizas el caso del Coach Salazar si lo hara.
El fue detenido por inmigracion en la ciudad de Charlotte cuando un policia lo paro y lo encontro manejando sin licencia. El Coach Salazar a vivido en los Estados Unidos por casi 14 anos, es coach de futbol soccer para una liga juvenil, y es voluntario de los Boy Scouts. Aun y con este perfil excepcional, inmigracion tiene programada su deportacion el 19 de Abril.. en solo 15 dias!
No es la primera vez que luchamos por detener la deportacion de alguien cuyo unico crimen es mantener a su familia. Pero esto tiene que cambiar. Por eso, te animo ha tomar accion para ti, para tu familia, para nuestra comunidad entera. Estas proximas semanas estaremos presentes en la legislatura estatal todos los dias. Comunicate conmigo si quieres saber mas detalles. Mi email es firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lo mas urgente por ahora es firmar la peticion para detener la deportacion del Coach Salazar y compartirla en nuestras redes sociales. Tenemos 15 dias para dejarle saber a inmigracion que el Coach no esta solo. Si vienen por uno, se meten con todos. Luchemos juntos y pongamos en practica aquel dicho que tanto usamos.. el que dice que el pueblo unido jamas sera vencido. Facil se empieza firmando la peticion para que el Coach Salazar no sea deportado!
The topic of driver’s licenses in North Carolina if giving something to talk about. Not only because its circulating among undocumented people. Its also being discussed in the general assembly, the place where proposals become law. Yesterday, Republican Senator Stan Bingham removed his name from SB 622 which would allow those who have ITIN’s to receive a driver’s license.
Senator Bingham allowed himself to be influenced by his republican colleagues who are not willing to support us, the undocumented. This means that their influence was stronger than ours. My people, we have work to do. This work starts by leaving the fear behind, coming out of the shadows – without legal status…and what?, and making our presence be known in the general assembly.
The moment is now to establish dialogue with our state representatives. After all, we pay taxes, don’t we? If these words don’t make you want to take action, maybe Coach Salazar’s case will.
He was detained by immigration in the city of Charlotte when a police officer stopped him and found that he was driving without a license. Coach Salazar has been living in the United States for almost 14 years, is a little league soccer coach, and a volunteer with the Boy Scouts. Even with this exceptional background, immigration has his deportation set for the 19th of April… In just 15 days.
This is not the first time that we have fought to stop the deportation of someone whose only crime is providing for their families. But this has to change. This is why I encourage you to take action for you, for your family, for our entire community. These next few weeks, we will be present at the state legislature every day. Contact me if you would like to know more details. My email is email@example.com
The most urgent thing for the moment is to sign the petition to stop the deportation of Coach Salazar and share it on your social network. We have 15 days to let immigration know that Coach Salazar is not alone. If they come for one, they come for us all. Lets fight together and put in practice the saying that is so often used… The one that says, the people united will never be defeated. Its easy to start by signing the petition!
I’m undocumented: my parents brought me, my brother, and my sister to the United States when I was only 7 years old. We were looking for a better life. I remember when we first got here I was very excited about learning a new language but more than anything to see my father again.
The excitement only lasted a couple of years though because around when I turned 10, we stopped going out. You know, the things all families do: dine out or go to the mall or take trips to the beach. It was all because my father’s driver’s license had expired and we couldn’t risk driving around because he could get pulled over at any time. My mother lost her job and wasn’t able to get a new one because she doesn’t have a social security number – she’s also undocumented. Soon my brother and sister graduated from high school, but they couldn’t keep on with their education because they were undocumented as well.
Little by little, I realized what having “no lawful status” means. My plans, my dreams of joining the army or becoming a psychologist were fading away because I knew there was no way of moving forward with my life and going to college is going to be almost impossible. It seemed as if, as soon as I got out of high school, I would be stuck flipping burgers for the rest of my illegal life. I used this as an excuse for not doing well in school. In fact, going to school became pointless for me and I’m pretty sure for many others like me too. We don’t drop out because we don’t want to be in school. We give up because we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
This is my last year of high school and I thank God for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Now after high school, just like my other friends with papers, I will have the luxury of several job options. I look forward to attending college or joining the Navy and obtaining a driver’s license. My senior year has been totally different from what I expected it to be: I have joined the JROTC program at Enloe High! I have better grades in my classes because I now look forward to a better future.
There is, however, one part of the licenses we’re going to be issued that I don’t really like. The North Carolina DMV has decided to mark the licenses of DACA beneficiaries with a pink stripe on top and other unnecessary labels that make our licenses look different from the rest. I think this difference will only create situations that will often lead to ethnic prejudice every time we need to show our licenses. It’s possible that the authorities will use our distinctive license against us.
Although my license will be looking different from those of my friends, I am still very thankful that I’ll be able to drive legally in North Carolina, and not only me but my siblings too. This license will make the state of North Carolina safer by letting us drive legally and authorized. To me the color and “No Lawful Status” label added to the license won’t stop me from getting one; they could even make our licenses triangle shaped, rainbow colored or any other thing to mark a difference between us and those with papers. As long as I can drive, work, go to college and accomplish my goals legally in this state, that is what matters.
Ungrateful? No. I’d say I’m realistic. I have decided I will not be getting a pink license. This decision has not only surprised my friends but also my family. I understand that by not getting one not only will it affect me but also them. The truth is I have been discriminated against for the past thirteen years that I’ve lived in this country. I’m sick and tired of it. On March 25th, I plan to come out publicly about my immigration status because I refuse to be further discriminated, but more importantly because I refuse to continue to live in the shadows and afraid. I will continue to drive without a license and I will do so without fear.
I thank my friends, family, teammates and all of those who supported us the dreamers back in January when we were fighting to get our license. I was one of those who were at the rallies, demanding equal rights. I never thought that we would be issued licences that brand us and single us out in red letters: “No Lawful Status”. Why not “Legal Presence” instead? After all, we do hold legal presence.
I’ve been in this country for thirteen years. I’ve missed my grandparents’ birthdays and their funerals. I’ve missed Mexico too. I’ve been asked before why I don’t just go back. I don’t go back because I’m not giving up. I have dreams and goals I want to achieve. Also, my family is here. But living in the US has not been easy. Fourth grade was hard – I got bullied because I speak English with an accent. In middle school, the problem was my skin color. And in high school.. well that’s when I realized what it means to be illegal. It was during junior and senior year that I understood everything perfectly. Not only was my skin color the problem, but also my immigration status. Senior year, while everyone was filling out their college applications, a classmate who was also illegal and I were the only ones not doing it. Not because we didn’t want to but because we couldn’t. I will never forget what I felt during that time.
We all have decisions to make and I know that at the end of the day a license is a license, and boy do I need it. But.. no, thank you. I have decided not to get a pink license because I refuse to allow anyone else to single me out, bully me, or make me feel less human and less of a person because of my immigration status. This will not keep me from driving, however. I will be driving without fear!
As part of the NC Dream Team, I believe in the power of organizing. I believe in the power of my community to stand up and fight back. Whether you have to get a pink license or you choose not to, I encourage you to DROP THE FEAR. What matters is that we drop the fear of ICE or the police and acknowledge the power we have as a community to fight back. On March 25th, I am driving without fear. Will you be there? Will you drop the fear?
Where: DMV on 2431 Spring Forest Road, North Raleigh, NC, 27615
Time: 3 pm
ICE detainee passes away at Conroe Regional Medical Center in HoustonHOUSTON — A Honduran national, who has been in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since Nov. 5, 2012, passed away Friday at Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) due to lymphoma and related complications.Pablo Ortiz-Matamoros, 25, was transferred to ICE custody from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Nov. 5. On Jan. 29, Ortiz-Matamoros was admitted to CRMC for jaundice, lethargy and weight loss. He passed away Feb. 8 at about 1p.m. (CST).Ortiz-Matamoros’ next of kin was by his side at the time of his passing.Consistent with ICE protocol, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have also been informed, along with consular officials from Honduras.Ortiz-Matamoros is the second detainee to pass away in ICE custody in fiscal year 2013.# ICE #
Meet 9 year old Nayeli (R) and 7 year old Blanca (L). They’re fighting for their family to stay together this holiday season. Their mother, Maria Juana, is set to be deported to Mexico on December 27th. This could be their last Christmas together. All they want for Christmas is for their family to stay together. Will you help them?
Their mother, Maria Juana, came to the US in 2000. She was caught at the border when she initially tried to cross and was deported. She crossed again days later and has lived in NC ever since. Because of her initial contact with immigration, ICE is refusing to stop her deportation.
On December 22, 2010, Maria Juana was stopped by Alamance County law enforcement and charged and arrested for not having a driver’s license. This is also the county that is under investigation by the Department of Justice for the racial profiling of Latinos.
Maria Juana’s request for prosecutorial discretion has been denied by ICE and they insist on breaking up this family just because of the previous deportation .
The reality is that many in our undocumented community find themselves in this same situation. In our determination to get to the US, if we don’t make it across the border on our first attempt, we will try again and again and again. It’s not about comitting a crime over and over and becoming a repeat offender. It’s about literal survival. There is no apologizing for that. As a single mother of three US Citizen children, the only bread winner in the household and no criminal record, Maria Juana needs to stay in this country.
Blanca and Nayeli are standing up for their mother and they have a Christmas wish that Senator Hagan can make come true. Senator Hagan has the power to put an end to their nightmare and stop their mother’s deportation.
In 2010 Senator Hagan voted NO on the DREAM Act stating that she was in support of a more comprehensive approach to immigration reform. Now is the time for the Senator to leave the talking points behind and actually support this family. With the recently released numbers of nearly 205 thousand deportations of parents of US Citizens, Senator Hagan must be accountable to Nayeli and Blanca who are only asking for help so that their mom can stay home with them. Senator Hagan needs to immediately call for an end to Maria Juana’s deportation and not let her fall through the cracks of this broken immigration system.
Please join Nayeli and Blanca in making 100 calls to Senator Hagan and ICE so that they end their mom’s deportation. Sign the petition and call Senator Hagan and ICE now. We will stand with Blanca and Nayeli, will you?
Sign the petition at http://bit.ly/ncjuana!
Let us know in the comments how the calls turn out.
Washington DC: 202-224-6342
Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask that Senator Hagan support Maria Juana Perez Santiago (A 200-576-618) and stop her deportation set for December 27, 2012. Maria Juana is the sole bread winner for her family that includes three US Citizen children. In 2010, Senator Hagan killed the DREAM Act because she wanted Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We are holding the Senator accountable to that. The Senator has a responsibility to keep this family together. Maria Juana is a low-priority case and her deportation should be stopped immediately.
Call ICE – John Morton @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100
Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask that ICE stop Maria Juana Perez Santiago’s (A 200-576-618) deportation. She is the mother of three US citizen children and a previous deportation order should not split this family apart. She is a low priority for deportation. Her children need her to stay here to be able to provide for them. Deporting Maria Juana threatens the future of her US born children.
Thanks for your support!
For media inquiries on the case of Lorena Yanez-Mata, contact Jose Rico at (919) 802-0508.
As of 4:30 pm this afternooon, an immigration judge in Charlotte signed an order to administratively close Lorena Yanez-Mata’s case. This would not have been possible without your petition signatures, emails, and calls. Thank you all for your support!
Time Warner Cable never put out a statement in support of Lorena despite the fact that they were the reason she and her daughter went through this nightmare. So before you switch to Time Warner Cable, think again! Send them one last email telling them to put out a statement in support of their illegal immigrant customers. Jack Stanley is the TWC Triad Region President: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also email Susan Leepson, their communications representative: email@example.com.
If you’re illegal, you could be the next Lorena. It’s up to all of us to hold companies, like politicians, accountable. We are the reason they have their millions and they need to treat us with the respect we deserve as consumers and human beings. Let this be an example for us all that just because we’re illegal and cannot vote, does not mean we are voiceless and powerless. We are our own voice. We are our own power. Never forget that.
Below is a letter from Jeff to Time Warner Cable in support of Lorena Yanez-Mata, immigrant mother now facing deportation after a company representative turned her in to the police after setting up and paying for cable service. If you think this is wrong, you too can pledge to unsubscribe from TWC. Send us your letters to TWC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your support!
Dear Mr. Stanley and Ms. Leepson,
My name is Jeff Shaw, and earlier this week I found myself in one of those situations where the timing makes you wonder if something was meant to happen.
Currently, I have Frontier Internet. Their service is awful. On a good day I get 3mbps download speed, and those good days are few. Since Frontier took over from Verizon in Durham, I’ve been really displeased.
On Monday, my girlfriend and I finally decided we’d had it and were going to make the switch to Time Warner. I made the call. I gleefully anticipated download speeds approaching 30 mbps, not 3. Given that your two companies are my only two options, I felt it was a no-brainer — especially because the prices are comparable.
Then, I read this: http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/lorena/
Is it really Time Warner Cable’s policy to turn in undocumented people so they can be arrested and deported?
I think this incident is outrageous, especially since the outcome involves the likely deportation of a young mother who hasn’t committed any crime. This will split up her family and leave a seven-year-old motherless. I could get into the broader immigration policy ramifications, but the main thing is this: it seems that your company took the initiative in destroying this family’s life.
If this is not your policy — if it were the actions of a rogue employee — I would suggest TWC immediately move to condemn this deportation and discipline the employee. If TWC doesn’t send a clear statement in this regard, it will be difficult to prevent another such tragedy.
If this *is* your policy, please let me assure you that I’m not the only one who finds it reprehensible.
In conclusion, let me be clear: Your company has a better product at comparable prices. I am addicted to the Internet and slow download speeds are really frustrating for me. I was ready to make the switch.
But I’d rather put up with bad service and a poor product than support a company that wants to deport my friends and neighbors. Until Time Warner Cable takes steps to make this right, I can’t in good conscience use your service.
ATENCION ILEGALES: No Contraten Servicio de Cable con Time Warner – Los Van a Deportar!
Single mother Lorena Yanez-Mata (A# 205-214-279) could be separated from her 7 year old US citizen daughter tomorrow when she goes before an immigration judge in Charlotte. Yesterday, Time Warner Cable announced the company “has no interest in charges being brought against Ms. Yanez-Mata”. TWC remains responsible, however, for the deportation proceedings of Ms. Yanez-Mata. Lorena told Time Warner staff when signing up for cable over the phone that she did not have a legitimate Social Security number but the representative told her to use the false one she uses for work purposes and to come into the store to finalize the application. Sounds like a set up to us.
Time Warner Cable issued a statement saying it does not routinely turn over customer’s information to law enforcement. So, why is Lorena in deportation proceedings again?
Email Time Warner Cable at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and urge them to do the following:
- TWC should tell ICE to immediately close Lorena’s case because she should not be in deportation proceedings in the first place. TWC should release a statement of support for Lorena before her upcoming immigration court date on December 13th (TOMORROW at 8:30 am @ Immigration Court: 5701 Executive Center Drive, Suite 400. Charlotte, North Carolina 28212)
- TWC should also tell Senator Kay Hagan to intervene in the case of Lorena. Senator Hagan has the power to write a letter of support for Lorena addressed to ICE telling them to exercise favorable prosecutorial discretion.
Thanks for your support!