Photos from Wednesday’s Rally Against SB 185

The Texas Senate, through the initiative SB 185 wants to authorize the local police, hospital’s police and school police act as agents of IMMIGRATION (ICE). Because of all this, the immigrant community says NO to anti-immigrant laws and YES, to respect and dignity of our community.

Thank you for the photos Cristina Parker!

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Help free Maria Estela & her daughters from detention – Call TODAY!

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Maria Estela Marquez Marquez and her three daughters — Melissa (15 years old), Carmen (13 years old), and Jackeline (11 years old) — are refugees from El Salvador who have been detained by ICE at the Karnes Detention Center for more than 7 months. The lengthy detention is causing the girls grave harm, as documented by their doctor in January. Since we began calling for Maria Estela’s release, her attorney received notice that ICE will let the girls go free – except that they can’t be released without their mom, who is still not permitted to leave.

Please CALL TODAY and demand that Maria Estela be released so that her and her girls can access the services they need to recover from the trauma they have experienced.

1) Call DHS Headquarters (ask to leave a message for Sarah Saldaña’s assistant): 202 732-3000

2) Assistant Director of the ERO, Phillip T. Miller: 202-732-3941

Call script:
“I’m calling in support of Maria Estela Marquez Marquez (A# 087 591 777), and her three daughters—Melissa (A# 202 072 753), Carmen (A# 202 072 754), and Jackeline (A# 202 072 756) held at Karnes Family Detention Center. We urge you to release them all from Karnes, Maria Estela on an Order of Supervision and her daughters on their own recognizance. They have been held for over seven months, and the long detention is causing them great harm. We also urge you to release all the families who have been detained for a prolonged period of time, including those with prior orders of deportation.”

Maria Estela was held at gunpoint by three gang members and her life and the lives of her three daughters were threatened. The same gang members assaulted one of her daughters on her way home from school. The family fled to the US, only to be detained for over seven months.

PLEASE CALL TODAY! Let’s stand up for this mother and her 3 girls!

We know that ICE responds to community pressure, so let’s make this happen!

Call to Release Sonia & her children from Karnes family detention camp!

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Sonia Amaya Hernandez and her three young children — Josselyn (age 10), Valentin (age 9) and Moises (age 3) — are refugees from El Salvador who have been detained by ICE at the Karnes Detention Center since early August, 2014. ICE has already agreed to release the children (if they can pay a bond), but how can they leave without their mother?

PLEASE CALL TODAY and demand that Sonia be released from Karnes with her three children, along with the other families in detention at Karnes!

1) Please Call DHS Headquarters (ask to leave a message for Sarah Saldaña’s assistant): 202 732-3000

and

2) Assistant Director of the ERO, Phillip T. Miller: 202 732-3941

Call script:
“I’m calling in support of Sonia Elizabeth Hernandez Amaya (A# 094923605) and her three children (Josselyn (A# 202072947), Valentin (A# 202072945), and Moises (A# 202072946) held at Karnes Family Detention Center. We urge you to release them from Karnes, Sonia under her own recognizance and the three children under the $1,500 bond they have already been granted. They have been held for over seven months, and the long detention is causing them great harm. We also urge you to release all the families who have been detained for a prolonged period of time, including those with prior orders of deportation.”

Their lengthy detention – 7 months, 18 days, and counting – is causing the children grave harm. Josselyn cries all the time and although her mother has repeatedly asked for help, the child psychologist at Karnes has yet to see her. Valentin often refuses to eat and has lost a lot of weight: the pants that he was given in August upon his arrival at Karnes, which were too tight then, are now so loose that they fall off unless he uses a belt. And little Moises, who celebrated his third birthday behind bars, suffers from chronic headaches and eye infections and has begun to act out after so many months of confinement.

Sonia and her children came to the US fleeing horrific violence in their home country of El Salvador. Josselyn was being regularly harassed by a gang member who would meet her on her way home from school and tell her that he was going to have sex with her. These were not just empty threats: earlier that year, a 13-year-old girl had been gang raped and brutally murdered in their village. Sonia served as a community leader in her village, working with police to combat increasing gang violence and drug and arms trafficking. As a result, she was targeted by gang members who attacked her in February 2014 and then broke into her home one night in July. She was able to lock the children in another room before one of the gang members raped her. Instead of finding safety and care after escaping such violence, the family has been locked up for over seven months. Sonia’s courage to cross multiple borders to protect her children should be respected, not punished.

Please help RELEASE Sonia and her children so that they can move on with their lives and access the services they need to recover from the trauma they have experienced.

We know that ICE responds to community pressure, so let’s make this happen!

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SAY NO TO SB 185!

 

The Texas Senate, through the initiative SB 185 wants to authorize the local police, hospital’s police and school police act as agents of IMMIGRATION (ICE).

Because of all this, the immigrant community says NO to anti-immigrant laws and YES, to respect and dignity of our community.

We will have a demonstration, this Wednesday 25 at 5pm. Outside the Capitol, at the southern entrance.

It’s very important that we are informed-participate-a pass the word.

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC)

For any questions, call 512-476-2472.

El Senado de Tejas, a través de la iniciativa SB 185 autorizara a la policia local, policias de hospitales y policias de escuelas a ejecutar accciones como agentes de MIGRACION (ICE).

Por todo esto, la comunidad immigrante dice NO a las leyes anti-immigrantes y SI, al respeto y dignidad de nuestra comunidad.

Haremos una manifestación, este Miercoles 25 a las 5pm. En las afueras del capitolio, en la entrada sur.

Es muy importante que te informes-partcipes-pases la voz.

Coalicion por los derechos de los inmigrantes-AIRC.

512-476-2472.

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