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Poetry From A Youth Touched By ICE Raid In Glenwood Springs = Master Performance



Youth Touched By ICE Actions

 

Children Lost Father at Strawberry Days Festival

 

Father’s Day Weekend, 2011

 

 

The date is Father’s Day weekend, 2011.  Children are having a blast at the Strawberry Day’s Festival in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, near Aspen.   Mother’s are cherishing the time dad has to spend with the family.  It is a celebration that will leave lasting memories of joy, and sadness, in the hearts of multiple families.

 

 

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While the children of two families are jumping up and down in the bouncy castle, they do not spot strangers approaching their dads.  Soon, though, terror runs through the family.  The fathers are lured away.  The children are left on the ride to fend for themselves.

 

 

The mothers become frantic.  The dads were gone and so were the kids!  Where did everyone go?  Then the festive mood of the fair was broken as police chased a man through the crowd.  He was finally tackled, in front of astonished little ones and mothers and fathers.  What was going on in the sleepy town of Glenwood Springs near Aspen, Colorado?

 

 



Although the term ICE raid may be a slightly over-stated, and it may not, it turns out families were not the only ones who came to the 113 year old Strawberry Day’s festival to meet people in the community and have a good time.   Unbeknown to those at the event, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had set up a command post.  Using local sheriff’s officers to lure unsuspecting “prospects” ICE began checking ID’s.  It didn’t take much to identify the Hispanics in the crowd

 

 

ICE says it was the other way around.  The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office invited ICE to the carnival to have fun on the rides and as part of an area-wide gang sweep.  However, neither agency has been able to explain why the “area-wide” gang sweep netted so few “gang members”, a total of three arrests, when prior gang sweeps netted multiple arrests.  Nor was either law enforcement agency able to explain why Colorado gang members are so well behaved.  The people ICE arrested had almost no criminal histories.

 

 

Maybe the truth lies between the two stories.  Maybe ICE drove their RV-Bus style command post to the fair to have a good time.  Imagine over-sized ICE officers who are used to lots of excitement getting bored spinning on the merry-go-round.  Or maybe officer’s from the sheriff’s department got dizzy while twirling on the Ferris wheel.  ICE took both fathers who had been watching their children shriek with joy and laughter while on the bouncy castle ride.  We only hope they could not hear the shrieks of their children as they sat in ICE custody.  One father was released, but the family of the second person would lose dad on father’s day weekend.

 

 

The fair quickly emptied out and few of the Anglo or Hispanic families returned.  No one wants to take their children to places where grown men carrying guns act like clowns.  It must have been a big financial bust to the community which supported the event.  But why should ICE care?  The tax payers footed the bill for the RV-Bus-like ICE command post.  The reputation of the festival and the community was tainted.  Neither law enforcement agency took responsibility for conducting an immigration enforcement action at an event frequented by US citizen toddlers and pregnant moms.  While citizens can take action against the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, they can choose to not re-elect the Sheriff who places families at risk, ICE remains out of touch with the people they are sworn to protect.

 

 

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A member of the Latino community who heard about this raid sent us this poem.  He was moved by the prospect of losing a dad on Father’s Day weekend after we reported this weeks ago.  He was intrigued with whether the mother must go into action or remain frozen in fear.  Hang on to your seats!  I would rather listen to this caliber of performance any day than watch law enforcement chase poor people through carnival crowds.

 

 


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Until we tell our stories, until we speak out about injustice, there will be no solution.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) answers to no citizen and no community.  ICE loses nothing by aggressive enforcement actions.

 

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Poetry In Front of GEO ICE Detention Facility Bobby Lefebre Is Great!


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At GEO GROUP

ICE Detention Center

August 01, 2011

 

Activists meet, meditate, chant, sing and recite poetry


 


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Immigrants, many who have never committed any crime, are treated like common criminals and held in private facilities.  The owners of these private prisons make $130 A DAY paid by

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ICE uses the system to hide the true cost of arresting and deporting 450,000 undocumented workers each year.  Few people know about the abuses to the civil trust foisted upon the immigrant community.

 

 

 

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The American Friends Service Committee, Rights For All People, Metropolitan Organizations For People, Poitically Active Z-Students, Un Dia Sin Fronteras, Centro Humanitario, Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition, Jobs With Justice,  Comunidad Liberacion, Liberation Community, Something Grown Together and many other organizations work to keep Colorado a free place and to make safe space for all people who live in Colorado.  This is a peaceful movement advocating the passage of the Dream Act, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and peaceful tactics to help educate America about the abuses of a broken immigration system.

 

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Where an injustice occurs to one in society, that injustice is the property, and the responsibility, of all people in the society.  But then, many citizens in Nazi Germany still think they we right to remain silent and ignorant of the abuses to German Jews, homosexuals and the mentally ill.

We are all responsible for our government.  We must stand up, be heard, be counted, tell others!  To remain silent is the true crime!

 

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The process takes years to complete.  It could put billions of dollars in the US treasury, helping tax payers foot the bill for government services and schools.

 

 

 

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AFSC Protest AT GEO ICE Detention Facility



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A variety of organizations stood up against ICE abuse with it’s system of private prisons.  The AFSC helped organize the event in which a large group of people met at the GEO facility in Aurora Colorado.

The group made up of multiple races, citizens and permanent residents, and families grieving the incarceration of their loved ones in prisons for profit.

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Approximately 100 people gathered at the GEO center in North Aurora, Colorado.  They say they are shocked at the new walls and the increase in the size of the facility.  ICE is clearly planning on taking care of many new invitees.  At $130 per day, GEO group is making a pretty penny keeping people locked up for a buck.  The use of the private prisons allows ICE to hide the true cost of imprisoning 450,000 immigrants last year, a large percentage of whom have never committed a crime.

The AFSC and friends hold the vigil on the first Monday of every month.  If you are in the Metro area, please come by and meet the people who say no to private prisons, GEO group and prisons for profit, ICE raids and imprisoning children and housewives who would otherwise make productive, tax paying, American citizens.

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) will strengthen the border, add legions of border patrol agents, and fund security for our nation’s sea ports.  At the same time, it would bring 12 million undocumented immigrants out into the sunshine.  The law would give them a long journey to become permanent residents of the US, so long as they pass a background check, pay fines which when totaled would add billions to the federal treasury, and pay back taxes.

The Dream Act will allow the youth of undocumented students a chance to go to college or serve in the military.  After background checks and fines which will add additional billions to help tax payer causes, Dream Students could become permanent residents.   They, too, will have a 7 to 10 year path, and have to tow the line pending completion of their end of the bargain.

Neither option is amnesty because both bills require substantial sacrifices on the part of the immigrants in order to take advantage of the benefits of the law.  A conservative legislature has blocked both the Dream Act and CIR, while asking citizens to endure continuing reductions in Medicare, social security, schools and police protection.

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Sigifredo Pizaña, Dreamer Under Attack, Please Help Or Repost


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Monday, August 1st, 2011

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 All little kids worry about losing a parent one time or another.  For Sigifredo Pizaña, the idle worry of a child has turned into the reality of a young teen.  Sigifredo’s father was stopped by Michigan law enforcement.   A simple ticket turned out to be a date with ICE.  The process has moved very quickly for Sigifredo.

 

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The family, exhausted by the constant anti-Latino sentiment, tired of trying to do things the legal way in a country that does not give you the option, tired of looking for jobs that pay little, often with employers who have no problem taking advantage of undocumented immigrants, well let’s just say the family has made a crucial decision.  They are not going to wait in line.  They are just giving up on the American dream.

 

That is very sad considering had ICE picked Sigi’s dad up 8 months later, things might be different.  That is how close Sigifredo’s dad is to being in the United States for 10 years.   With 10 years under his belt the Mexican immigrant stood a chance, according to attorneys.  But being 8 months short of the 10 year period leaves everyone out in the cold.  Especially Sigifredo.

 

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Young Sigi is a musician.  He wants to go to school.  He would like to break the chain of poverty which has strapped him and his family for generations.  He even wants to study something most people don’t know a lot about, actuarial science.  That is how they figure out what to charge for life insurance, in case you need to ask.  I had to ask.

 

 

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Sigifredo is an honors student who was taking AP classes in high school.  He will make a great citizen if he only gets a chance. 

 

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The 19 year old youth will qualify under the Dream Act if he stays.  If Sigifredo goes back to Mexico with the family, there won’t be any Dream Act for him.  He won’t qualify.  Under most drafts of the Act, a student needs to have arrived by their 16th birthday.  Sigifredo meets that requirement so long as he does not leave the country.  Once he steps foot outside of the US, all bets are  0ff.

 

We have a Dreamer whose life and dreams are under attack.  The youth needs to make some fast decisions and none of them are nice.   Staying in the United States means parting with his family, likely for many years.  Going to Mexico means giving it all up.  Sigifredo needs our help.  Please, please…this one time, please give a hand up to a young person who does not want a handout.

 

 

Sigifredo will be forced to leave the family home.  Sunday is the last day in the US for his father.  The rest of the family will follow in a few days.  Sigi has no one.  There is a community willing to help Sigifredo out, but he has to get there on his own.  Even then, he will mostly be on his own.  At the least, he needs to travel to friendly hands.  He needs to find a place where a mere traffic stop does not mean deportation.

 

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Marlon Arboleada Asked To Surrender To ICE, Stop Deportation Of Dreamer

Colombian Nationals, Brothers

 

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 Mauro Arboleda granted deferred action; Marlon Arboleda  waits his fate.

The Arboleda brothers, Mauro and Marlon, came to the US from Colombia to escape violence in the huge country poised at the tip of South America.  The year 2004 was a bad one for those who lived in a country stricken by a civil war for years.   In fear for their lives, the brothers fled Colombia for the United States.  In 2007, the brothers filed for asylum, claiming their lives would be at risk if they were returned to Colombia.

A few weeks ago, Mauro, who tutors students, was stopped by ICE while on the way to give a lesson.  ICE had been setting up roadblocks near the house and stopped the Colombian immigrant.  Despite having a license, he was detained.  After hearing news of the event, brother Marlon refused to leave the house.  Living in fear is something nearly all immigrants share in common.  However, Marlon was especially fearful.

 

 

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Recently, ICE granted Mauro deferred status, meaning he can stay in the country for a longer time.  Why not?  This is a brilliant honors student who graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in finance and a minor in global energy management.  The eager student wants to continue his studies and plans to take the GRE exam, a requirement for students who seek advanced degrees.  Mauro wants to study mechanical engineering at the University of Houston.

Now it is Marlon’s turn.  ICE has asked him to turn himself in assuring the youth he will be granted deferred status, as well.  Why the youth must subject himself to ICE detention if the agency plans to grant him deferred status remains to be seen.   The community is concerned for both brothers and has come to support them.  Please sign their petition and help these brothers remain in the US.


The US cannot continue to deport it’s brightest people and continue to compete in a world economy.   Worse, it cannot continue to educate youths, then attempt to compete against them after deporting them, and not fall behind in world affairs.  The practice of deporting capable young people to satisfy quotas must come to a stop.  That is why Rep. Luis Gutierrez has proposed Pres. Barak Obama issue an executive order haling deportation of Dream eligible students pending a willing congress who addresses our broken immigration system.

Please support these two brothers and sign their petition.  Let’s make this a better America for everyone who wants to live the American Dream!

 

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Listen to director Jesse Salmeron of Dreamer, a True American Story and Actress Vannessa Vasquez on Un Dia Sin Fronteras, Monday, July 25th, 2011 at Noon Mountain Standard Time on 1150 am radio with talk show host Tim Paynter!  For those living out of the Denver area, a live internet feed is available!  You can call in for live conversation at 303.337.1150.

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Arizona News From Leah Jo Carnine


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Vigil At Pinal County Detention Center

Florence is a prison town located between Tucson and Phoenix near the drying Salt River. The industry and economy of this small Arizona town centers around the incarceration of humans in nine state and federal prisons, two private prisons, and an increasing number of Immigration detention centers. Immigrants waiting for deportation or immigration court dates are held at five separate long-term detention facilities in Florence and Eloy- for weeks to months to years- often held on minor infractions while their families wait outside.

 

 

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On July 7, a group of community members, formerly detained migrants, faith leaders and migrant rights activists held the first protest vigil in recorded history against detention and criminalization in the town of Florence. Circled up on the hot concrete of the Pinal County Jail parking lot as the sun began to set, the group sang songs and shared stories to build solidarity and support over the walls of private prisons and county immigration centers to the migrants locked inside.

 

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The vigil was held at Pinal County Jail (PCJ) to bring attention to the particularly atrocious conditions inside. Although all of the detention centers are unjust, none are worse than PCJ, which is notorious for the ongoing mistreatment and abuse of detainees. In PCJ, migrants are not allowed to go out outside or see their families in visitation, and ICE agents regularly lock inmates down for minor infractions like detainees not making their beds. For more information on PCJ, check out this Phoenix New Times article.

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The activists and formerly detained migrants are well aware of the larger legacy and impacts of criminalization of communities of color, of which PCJ and immigration detention is one result. In Arizona, and increasingly throughout the country, we are seeing the spread and increase in private prisons, and the selling of immigrants to fill them. “Through contracts with private corporations and local county jails, ICE detains 3,000 immigrants on any given day in Arizona” states Victoria Lopez in the newly released ACLU report “In Their Own Words: Enduring abuse in Arizona Detention centers”.

 

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We are also seeing the spread of creative resistance, from the mass marches and “buy spots” in Georgia in response to SB1070 copycat laws, to the Neighborhood defense committees of migrant communities organizing in self defense spreading across the country, to actually bringing presence and resistance to the detention centers themselves- for the first time in history.

 

Carpools from Phoenix and Tucson joined in Florence at 6:30 in the evening, greeted by a blockade of cops to intimidate. As activists and community members trickled in, post-cards were handed out to encourage ICE to end county contracts with PCJ. An artist in Phoenix had made posters saying ‘Dignity not detention“,

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‘stop the sale of migrants’, and ‘end county contracts with ICE’. The vigil was held in hopes of pushing ICE to end its’ immigrant detention contract with the county. And they will be held ongoingly to increase pressure towards this end.

 

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Raul Al-qaraz- Ochoa started off the program with a poem in Spanish, “Nuestra vida es una revelación, una lucha, una rebeldía (Our life is a revelation, a struggle, a rebellion)” he continued, “Decimos No a las fronteras! Y decimos ¡Un alto a los centros de detencion!! (We say no to borders and an end to all detention centers!)”.

Shortly after, Fernando Lopez, an activist with the Puente movement in Phoenix entered the middle of the circle to speak. He had been released from PCJ just that afternoon, after countless friends and fellow activists raised the funds to bail bond him out from immigration detention. He thanked the crowd, told stories from being inside, about friends he’d made who’d been held in PCJ for 13 months, unable to see their children and partners, or feel the sun.

The proximity to the detention center heightened the intensity of the stories, bringing them home to the hearts of the protesters. After Fernando spoke, Hector, who had been released from CCA private prison after 5 months of detention shared stories, and messages of hope for our organizing and support. With songs led by UU faith leaders, with stories and visioning for next steps, the group committed to meet monthly in Florence, to continue to raise awareness of the injustices of immigration detention, and put pressure on ICE to end county contracts with PCJ.

 

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