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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.

 

Secure Communities in Colorado has pitted law enforcement against ordinary citizens.  No one is safe when clowns go searching.  You can make a difference.  Please become a member of Un Dia Sin Fronteras.  Our message is privately funded, and it is costing a mint.  We are working on passing comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) and the Dream Act.  Please donate $15 or whatever you can to help us speak out about the abuses of power, the broken families, the lost workers, the crying children.

 

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Un Dia Sin Fronteras is a radio program and media source determined to fight for those suffering injustice in America.  We support the passage of the Dream Act so the children of undocumented immigrants, who had nothing to do with how they came to America can have the chance to go to school, serve in the military and work their way out of abject poverty.  We stand behind the Campaign For An American Dream, a “hike” from San Francisco to Washington DC to bring enlightenment to our country.

 

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Obama Brings Nation Closer To Immigration Reform





 

 

The President Grants

 

Temporary Relief To

 

Dream Act Students

 

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Students of undocumented immigrants have a new lease on life after the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, issued a letter indicating the Obama Administration has used it’s executive authority to change the way some classes of deportation cases will be handled, including those who qualify for the proposed Dream Act currently in front of Congress.

Currently, immigrants can ask federal prosecutors in charge of deportation cases to use their discretion in the prosecution of the case.   Where the prosecutor uses his discretion, the immigrant is not deported.  In order to qualify, an immigrant in removal proceedings must show he is not a risk to the security interests of the US and where hardships exist.  The term discretion is appropriate because only some prosecutors have elected to refrain from insisting upon the removal of the individual.  Each case is carefully reviewed and no exact standard exists for granting of relief.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it will develop new criteria to identify deportation cases that likely qualify for prosecutorial discretion.  The Department will use “positive factors” in determining who will qualify for prosecutorial discretion and who will not.  Those factors will include how long the person has been present in the US,  whether the immigrant is a child, an elderly person, a veteran and those with serious health problems or disabilities.

While the Napolitano letter will help students who were brought here as children, hence should not suffer the consequence of deportation, it does not necessarily provide legal status for the individual who is granted relief from deportation.  Work documents and driver’s licenses will may still be difficult to obtain.

Anti-immigration opponents insist the Obama Administration has granted “amnesty” to the undocumented youth and other low-priority deportation cases.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) remains a priority for the nation if it is to resolve the matter of 12 million undocumented immigrants.  Behind each immigrant is another four to five US citizen family members.  Behind the approximate 60 million undocumented immigrants and US citizen family members is the faith and credibility of a nation which claims to be based upon notions of equality and justice for all, a nation made by and maintained by immigrants.

 

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