Urgent Action! Take action today!
Less than one month ago, we gathered outside of Eloy Detention Center during the Border Encuentro for a vigil led by Phoenix-based immigrant and human rights organization Puente Arizona to call for the release of the incarcerated migrants, for an end to profiteering of human suffering, and for the abolishment of ICE. We addressed the connection between US militarization in Latin America and forced migration to the United States, and through personal testimonies we learned the horrors of living and surviving inside for-profit detention centers. Alejandra Pablos, immigrant rights and reproductive justice activist, community leader and two-time detainee at Eloy Detention Center, was one of the speakers and she, alongside other immigrant rights activists throughout the US, is being targeted for her activism and for denouncing systems of injustice. Alejandra has been added to a growing list of names of immigrant and human rights defenders in the US who are being targeted by ICE for deportation.
On December 11, 2018, after years of fighting her deportation, an immigration judge in Tucson denied her Asylum and ordered her deportation. Right now, we must step up, join leading community voices in the fight against deportations, and use our people power to demand Arizona Governer Ducey issue a pardon for Alejandra’s 8 year-old criminal record.
Recently, she, alongside other social justice activists in the US testified in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC about the pattern of criminalization of human rights defenders in the US. We must continue to stand in solidarity now by taking concrete actions all corners of the US, and not lose sight of the connections between the policies of displacement in countries of origin and the policies of criminalization, detention and deportation here in the US.
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