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PCASC Stands with Francisco Aguirre

PCASC Stands with Francisco Aguirre
  September 29, 2014   Francisco Aguirre is a valued member of our community who has worked for many years in support of immigrants' rights and worker empowerment. Sadly, he is now being targeted by the unjust US immigration system. The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee is steadfast in standing with Francisco and fighting immigration policies that divide communities.   Days ago, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) showed up at Francisco's home without a warrant. When Francisco refused to answer their questions, the agents left and Francisco took sanctuary at Augustana Lutheran Church. He remains in sanctuary with…

La Comunidad Responde al Anuncio del Jefe de Policía De Limitar La Colaboración Entre La Policía y Los Agentes de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE).

La Comunidad Responde al Anuncio del Jefe de Policía De Limitar La Colaboración Entre La Policía y Los Agentes de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE).
Después de años de lucha y organización en comunidades de Oregón y en la nación para frenar la colaboración entre la policía y agentes de inmigración, ha dado resultados. La Oficina Del Jefe de Policía de Multnomah, Clackamas y Washington finalmente anunciaron que a partir del 16 de mayo de 2014, van a poner fin a las peticiones de detención de inmigrantes indocumentados por parte del Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés). El jefe de policía declaró su decisión de no colaborar con agentes de inmigración después de una orden ejecutiva por un juez federal, el…

Bring Maria Home

Bring Maria Home
Over the course of the last week, over 150 mothers, fathers, children and students have attempted to cross into the US at the border port of entry in California as part of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance's #BringThemHome project. They have presented themselves at the border and asked to be reunited with their families and their communities. Among them, are several people from the pacific northwest. Most of these courageous people are now detained, being held in immigration detention centers and fighting to be released. This historical border crossing is happening during an unprecedented moment when undocumented people across the country are taking their lives into their own…

Immigrants Enduring Brutal Path to Citizenship; Determined to Prevail by Pete Shaw

Immigrants Enduring Brutal Path to Citizenship; Determined to Prevail by Pete Shaw
The Obama Administration is barreling toward a milestone, one it probably would like kept in the shadows. Sometime in the next few weeks, the number of people without documentation deported since President Obama took office in 2009 will exceed 2 million. It’s an astounding number–far more than the Bush Administration deported–and it is puzzling considering the amount of support Obama received in 2012 from voters of Mexican, Central American, and South American descent, as well as other immigrant groups. Of far greater magnitude, it’s also a devastating number. Many of the people deported are parents of children born in the…

Portland Tax Dollars Supporting Private Prisons; Group Demands Divestment by Pete Shaw

Portland Tax Dollars Supporting Private Prisons; Group Demands Divestment by Pete Shaw
On Tuesday October 15th about 40 people gathered outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building on NW Broadway demanding that the City of Portland divest from the for-profit prison industry, and as well that Sheriff Staton drop the ICE Hold on Oregon Dream Activist Manny Perez. The rally, organized by the Portland Private Prison Divestment Campaign (PPPDC), was one of many over the past couple of weeks that have centered upon calling for new immigration legislation that leads to citizenship instead of the current law which is tearing apart families and endangering communities by making people without documentation less…

Guatemala: The Deported Return

Guatemala: The Deported Return
Guatemalan nationals exit a plane and head for the Migration Office in Guatemala City’s La Aurora Airport after having been deported from the United States. Each week, fourteen flights arrive at La Aurora Airport from the U.S. carrying approximately 135 deportees per airplane

Dream 30 and Others Cross the Border

Dream 30 and Others Cross the Border
As they prepared to enter into Texas, the group of about 35 crossers, surrounded by friends, family and supporters began shouting louder and louder chants in English and Spanish, including, “Undocumented! Unafraid!”