Yes We Can Raid: Latinos, Immigrant Advocates Denounce Obama Administration’s 1rst Raid

February 26, 2009

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While Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Janet Napolitano testified before a Congressional subcommittee about changes to Bush Administration immigration and security policies, DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Washington state were signaling no change: they launched the Obama Administration’s first major immigration raid. This story in the Seattle Times describes the raid on the Yamato Engine Specialists in Bellingham.

Shortly after announcement of the raid, immigrant rights and Latino organizations across the country condemned the actions of the Obama Administration.“President Obama told us to believe in change as he prepared to work on behalf of all Americans. “Workplace raids are remnants of failed immigration policies that have done nothing to solve the undocumented immigration problems we face,” said Jorge-Mario Cabrera of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). “We need immediate actions that support our President’s personal commitment to the American electorate, including the more than 10.5 million Latino voters, that a just and humane immigration solution is a priority,” added Cabrera. Even groups that have called for “tough and smart” enforcement as part of an immigration reform “tradeoff” for the legalization of 12 million undocumented workers denounced the raid., groups like America’s Voice and the National Council of La Raza, whose Executive Director, Janet Murguia, declared in response to the raid, “At a time when messages of change and hope abound, we are left to wonder how change will come to these failed policies.

That Obama and Napolitano’s loud roar of “Si se Puede Redar” (Yes We Can Raid) was received with such uniform and vociferous condemnation bodes well for the immigrant rights movement, which has too often, been divided between those emphasizing legalization and those concerned about detention, raids and other enforcement issues. At the same time, the universal condemnation also serves as a measure of the depths of the immigrant detention abyss the country is mired in; It may indicate that stories of a “softening” on immigration by Obama hard-liners like Rahm Emanuel may not be sufficient for many in the immigrant rights movement to drop their guard. We’ll see.

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On the action front, should these policies continue, my own preferred response would be to create a petition asking the President to cease and desist from using the “Si Se Puede” slogan and its English language variant, “Yes We Can” and to instead adopt the increasingly popular “Si Se Pedo” slogan, which Of América can give him exclusive rights to.

Those of you wanting to denounce these actions by the Obama Administration can join the National Network for Immigrant and Refugees Rights call for letters, phone calls and other actions (see below.)
Call President Obama and Congress

Demand an End to ICE Raids & Abuses

Dear NNIRR members, partners, allies & friends,

Please call President Obama and your Representative and two Senators to denounce the brutal ICE raid against immigrant workers that took place yesterday in Bellingham, Washington (see background information below).

Call (202) 456-1414 and tell President Obama:

Ø The ICE raid yesterday in Washington state violates the rights of immigrant workers, harms the economy and makes our communities vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

Ø You must end all raids and suspend all detentions and deportations.

Ø Restore and protect our Constitutional rights

Ø Please investigate ICE abuses and end the inhumane treatment immigrants are suffering in detention and deportation.

You can also send fax President Obama at: (202) 456-2461

Call (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative’s and Senators’ offices, tell them:

Ø The ICE raid yesterday in Washington state violates the rights of immigrant workers, harms the economy and makes our communities vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

Ø End all raids and suspend all detentions and deportations.

Ø Restore and protect our Constitutional rights

Ø You must hold hearings to investigate ICE abuses and end the inhumane treatment immigrants are suffering in detention and deportation.

You can also get full contact information for your Congressional delegation at:

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Please take action today!

For more talking points and messages to our elected officials, see NNIRR’s letter with signatures

to President Barack Obama at

www.nnirr.org

2 Responses to “Yes We Can Raid: Latinos, Immigrant Advocates Denounce Obama Administration’s 1rst Raid”

  1. J.Smith Says:

    This is all good, but Government only responds when the media Like CNN gets involved. Put rick sanchez on this case, have LARRY KING LIVE” Invite President Obama or Janet his Homeland security Director to Larry’s show to question her on why are these raids taking place ?

    Invite Pres. Obama to answer why is he telling the latinos THANK YOU FOR VOTING ME INTO OFFICE ‘ WE WANT YOU OUT OF AMERICA” now that I have used the latino vote to get to the top!

    OBAMA NEED TO BE REMINDED OF WHO VOTED HIM INTO OFFICE, AND HE MUST DELIVER ASAP ON HIS PROMISE. WAITING FOR YEARS IS TOO DANGEROUS, THE LEASET HE CAN DO RIGHT NOW IS STOP THE RAIDS, STOP THE DEPORTATIONS ALLOW IMMIGRANTS TO WORK LEGALLY SO THAY CAN START PAYING TAXES GET HEALTH INSURANCE AND CARRY THEIR LOAD IN SOCIETY TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

    OBAMA MUST BE CALLED IN RIGHT NOW, DONOT DELAY.

    THIS IS GETTING OUT OF HAND. DID YOU SEE CHANNEL 7 NEWS WHERE A CHILEAN LADY IS BEING DEPORTED, SHE WAS HERE FROM A CHILD 1 THAT’S RIDICULOUS.

    ACTION MUST BE TAKEN NOW BY PRESIDENT OBAMA, AND WITHOUT DELAY!


  2. HAITIAN ADVOCACY CENTER
    Ice visited Apopka Florida these passed weeks arrested so many undocuments immigrants. We ask for mercy on those who are not criminals. Some of them used to get work permits to work to care for love one. We are aware there a lot that need to be accomplished and not everything can changed in this first moment. Please all we are asking is for the non-criminal to be granted chances to stay and work without hostality


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