September 06, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Ten undocumented immigrants who were arrested in a Charlotte protest Tuesday have been released from jail, and none have been referred for deportation, federal authorities say.
“ICE has taken no enforcement action against the Ride for Justice activists arrested Tuesday in Charlotte,” said Vincent Picard, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the United States.”
September 05, 2012
Despite the threat of deportation, Julio Sánchez protested in Charlotte on Tuesday.
After police arrested ten undocumented activists protesting outside the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, those arrested were turned over to federal immigration authorities.
Hours later, however, the activists were released from custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“ICE has taken no enforcement action against the Ride for Justice activists arrested Tuesday in Charlotte,” an ICE spokesperson told USA Today in a statement. “ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the United States.”
August 19, 2012
As we began the early morning drive to Alabama from Tennessee, we all felt nervous. This was our first action in Alabama, the only state to have harsher laws than Arizona. Knowing that people with power were inside, we thought that maybe we had a big chance to get arrested. When we do actions in Arizona, we have a lot of community behind us. Here, we thought it would not be the same.
As we crossed the state border into Alabama we saw the photo of Gerardo from the morning action, where he and three other of our fellow riders interrupted Kris Kobach's testimony, and it gave us energy to follow through with our plans. We got off the bus – la luna, which we had converted in to a Department of Homeland Security vehicle and began our skit:
August 07, 2012
No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice had the opportunity to convivir with the Workers' Defense Project while in Austin.
La jornada por la justicia sin papeles y sin miedo tenía la oportunidad convivir con el proyecto de defensa laboral en Austin.
July 19, 2012
Julio Cesar Sanchez lives in Chicago, IL and has been living in the U.S. for nine years. He came to the U.S. at the age of 15 with his mother after his parents’ divorce, despite a difficult border crossing. His mother sought to reunite with her family here and get away from a domestic violence situation. He faced discrimination and bullying when he first arrived in Texas at school, and, while living in Florida, was put in jail for driving without a license. These experiences made him decide to take action for his community. He now organizes with the immigrant community in Chicago teaching people their rights. He says, “I’m riding the Undocubus to show myself, my family, and everyone else that is dealing with the same struggle I am that we can make a change. I believe it is time to end our fear.”