PRESS RELEASE: ICE Raid Confirmed at Vassar Arms Apartments /Redada de Inmigración Confirmada en Los Apartamentos Vassar Arms

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Ana Rodriguez, 720-255-3921, ana@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Jennifer Piper, 720-301-1858, jpiper@afsc.org

 

ICE Raid Confirmed at Vassar Arms Apartments

 

The 24 hour Colorado Rapid Response Network denounces ICE’s actions; calls on the community to know and use their rights, contact CoRRN to be connected to support

 

Wednesday, May 16th – (Denver, CO) The Colorado Rapid Response Network has confirmed ICE enforcement activity at the Vassar Arms Apartments on South Federal Road in Southwest Denver starting at approximately 6AM this morning. A dispatcher of the Colorado Rapid Response Network spoke to a witness that reported that at least 3 white vans but maybe as many as 6 vans were outside the apartments with at least 8 people lined up outside the vans. Police presence was reported at the scene but has not yet been confirmed. Members of the Rapid Response Network are still working to connect with witnesses of the raid and directly impacted individuals and to determine how many individuals were detained.

 

The network is grateful to concerned residents who called our hotline and is working to connect impacted individuals and their families with support. Anyone who witnessed or was impacted by this enforcement activity is advised to call the Colorado Rapid Response Network immediately at 1-844-864-8342 and press 1 to speak with a live volunteer of the 24 hotline to be connected to a community of support.

 

Ana Rodriguez of Colorado People’s Alliance and the Rapid Response Network said, “We are disgusted by this attack on families in South Denver and recognize that this is part of a larger effort to terrify our immigrant communities. We stand with the families who were targeted today and urge any impacted person to call us so we can immediately connect them to support and resources.”

 

Know Your Rights materials below.

 

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The Colorado Rapid Response Network is an effort led by the Rapid Response Team of the Immigration Resistance Table, a group of organizations that includes American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), Mi Familia Vota (MFV), Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU), and United for a New Economy Action  (UNEA).

 

 

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CONTACTOS:

Ana Rodriguez, 720-255-3921, ana@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Jennifer Piper, 720-301-1858, jpiper@afsc.org

 

Redada de Inmigración Confirmada en Los Apartamentos Vassar Arms

 

La Red de Respuesta Rápida en Colorado denuncia las acciones de ICE; hace un llamado a la comunidad para concientizarse acerca de sus derechos y comunicarse con la Red para ser conectados con apoyo

 

Miércoles, 16 de mayo – (Denver, CO) La Red de Respuesta Rápida de Colorado ha confirmado la actividad de Agencias de Inmigración en los Apartamentos Vassar Arms en South Federal Road en el suroeste de Denver a partir de aproximadamente las 6 a.m. de la mañana. Un despachador de la Red de Respuesta Rápida de Colorado habló con un testigo que reportó que al menos 3 camionetas blancas, pero tal vez hasta 6 camionetas estaban afuera de los apartamentos con al menos 8 personas alineadas afuera de las camionetas. Se informa que policía también estaba presente pero aun no esta confirmado. Los miembros de la Red de Respuesta Rápida aún están trabajando para conectarse con testigos de la redada y las personas directamente afectadas para determinar cuántas personas fueron detenidas.

 

La red agradece a los que llamaron a nuestra línea directa y están trabajando para conectar a las personas afectadas y sus familias con apoyo. Se aconseja a cualquier persona que haya presenciado o se haya visto afectada por esta Redada de Inmigración que llame a la Red de Respuesta Rápida de Colorado inmediatamente al 1-844-864-8342 y marque 1 para hablar con un voluntario en vivo de la línea de 24 para conectarse a una comunidad de apoyo.

 

Ana Rodriguez, de la Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado y la Red de Respuesta Rápida, dijo, “Nos repugna este ataque a las familias en el sur de Denver y reconocemos que esto es parte de un esfuerzo mayor para aterrorizar a nuestras comunidades de inmigrantes. Apoyamos a las familias que fueron atacadas hoy e instamos a cualquier persona afectada a que nos llame para que podamos conectarlas de inmediato con apoyo y recursos.”

 

Materiales de Conozca Sus Derechos adjuntos.

 

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La Red de Respuesta Rápida de Colorado es un esfuerzo liderado por el Equipo de Respuesta Rápida de la Mesa de Resistencia de Inmigrantes, un grupo de organizaciones que incluye el Comité de Servicio de Amigos Americanos (AFSC), la Coalición de Derechos de Inmigrantes de Colorado (CIRC), Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado (COPA). Mi Familia Vota (MFV), Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) y United for a New Economy Action (UNEA).

Local Wage Option Killed in Committee – Our Fight Continues

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During this year’s legislative session, COPA led the Work Here, Thrive Here Coalition and worked to pass legislation to allow local cities and counties the ability to raise their minimum wage at a higher level than the state’s to reflect the needs and cost of living of their community.  

Colorado’s economy is booming, but the economy is not working for our community. Between 2012 and 2016, average rent in Colorado increased six times faster than wages. This means that every year, family budgets become increasingly tighter. Our communities are facing tough decisions like choosing between rent or buying groceries to put food on the table. Simply put, the current Colorado economy is not working for our communities and its becoming harder and harder to make ends meet.

Throughout the campaign, we found that local legislators also want control over their communities’ wages. COPA member, and Aurora City Council Member for Ward II,  Nicole Johnston shared, “Although Colorado is experiencing an economic boom, throughout our cities, our cost of living has increased. Working families struggle to afford living and working in our cities.  Each municipality is different which is why I support local jurisdictions controlling minimum wage standards.”

Our bill passed the House, which is a huge victory! Unfortunately, our bill did not make it through the Senate’s State, Veteran, & Military Affairs Committee. We are committed to building an economy that works for all, not just the wealthy few. We will continue this work to ensure cities and counties have the ability to raise their wages in order to act based on the needs in their community.

Special thanks to our allies at the Work Here, Thrive Here coalition and a shout out to SEIU Local 105, the Colorado AFL-CIO, and Good Business Colorado for throwing down with us in moving the Local Wage Option forward this year!

Check out our videos in support of this legislation here & here. Also, look at our accountability video here and take action to ensure we gain support for the next time we bring up this important piece of legislation.

Contact Robel at robel@coloradopeoplesalliance.org or 720-837-3683 for more information or to get involved with our campaign!


La Opción de Salario Local no fue aprobada en el comité – Nuestra Lucha Sigue

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Durante la sesión legislativa de este año, COPA dirigió la coalición Trabaja Aquí, Prospera Aquí  y trabajó para aprobar legislación que permita a los gobiernos locales aumentar sus propios salarios mínimos a un nivel aún más alto del estado para reflejar las necesidades y el costo de vida de sus comunidades.

La economía de Colorado está creciendo rápidamente, pero la economía no funciona para todos en nuestra comunidad. Entre 2012 y 2016, la renta promedia en Colorado aumentó seis veces más rápida que los salarios. Esto significa que cada año, los presupuestos familiares se vuelven cada vez más estrictos. Nuestras comunidades están enfrentando la decisión difícil de pagar renta o comprar comida para poner en la mesa. Simplemente dicho, la economía actual de Colorado no funciona para nuestras comunidades y es más y más difícil llegar al fin del mes.

A lo largo de la campaña, encontramos que los legisladores locales también quieren control sobre los salarios de sus comunidades. La miembro de COPA y concejal del distrito 2 de Aurora Nicole Johnston compartió que, “Aunque Colorado está experimentando un boom económico, en todas nuestras ciudades, nuestro costo de vida ha aumentado. Las familias trabajadoras luchan por permitirse vivir y trabajar en nuestras ciudades. Cada municipio es diferente y por eso apoyo las jurisdicciones locales que controlan las normas de salario mínimo.”

Nuestra propuesta de ley fue aprobada por la Cámara, ¡que es una gran victoria! Desafortunadamente, nuestra propuesta de ley no fue aprobada por el Comité de Asuntos Estatales, de Veteranos y Asuntos Militares del Senado, pero la coalición Trabaje Aquí, Estamos comprometidos a seguir en este trabajo para asegurar que ciudades y condados tienen la habilidad de aumentar sus salarios para responder a las necesidades de sus comunidades.

¡Un agradecimiento especial a nuestros aliados el SEIU Local 105, el AFL-CIO de Colorado y Good Business Colorado por su trabajo al avanzar la Opción de Salario Local este año!

Mira nuestros videos que apoyan la legislación aquí y aquí. También, mira a nuestro video de rendición de cuentas aquí y tome acción para asegurar que ganamos el apoyo la próxima vez que introducimos esta legislación importante.

 

¡Comuníquese con Robel a robel@coloradopeoplesalliance.org o al 720-837-3683 para obtener más información o para participar en nuestra campaña!

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E-Verify Must be Eradicated

One of the most heartless and cruel anti-immigrant reform proposals currently under consideration in the House, the Securing America’s Future (SAF) Act, would cut legal migration by more than 40%, it would slash family reunification, it would fund the border wall and border militarization, and would universally require e-verify in exchange for a temporary work permit for those with DACA with no pathway to legalization.

This proposal is even more extreme than the Trump Administration’s immigration platform. Efforts like this seek to normalize extreme ideas and are a way of moving forward with slightly less extreme anti-immigrant policies that seem like a rational compromise in comparison. One of the dangerous pieces of this legislation that continues to be pushed as a compromise point is mandatory and universal E-Verify.

E-Verify is an internet based system run by USCIS that is supposed to prevent employers from hiring undocumented citizens by comparing prospective employees work authorization paperwork to government databases and flagging any workers whose information doesn’t match. Currently the system is only required for federal contractors and some states have also chosen to require e-verify statewide, however hundreds of thousand employers have chosen to utilize the system as well.

While most anti-immigrants who push for e-verify say it is an effective tool to halt pull factors for undocumented workers, and that it helps US born workers access jobs and improves wages, the reality is that e-verify hurts all workers and many employers of chronically understaffed industries.

E-verify simply drives undocumented workers into a second tier status that allows employers who hire workers under the table to exploit these vulnerable employees with no oversight. Often these undocumented workers are paid miserable wages if they’re even paid at all, while unscrupulous employers profit even more from their labor. This then depresses wages in industries where this is common practice hurting all workers alike.

Additionally, there has been some research showing that e-verify promotes racial profiling where employers interview and hire fewer Latino workers regardless of their status because of an assumption that they may fail e-verify inspections.

Additionally, mandatory e-verify would decimate industries that are already understaffed and in critical need of additional labor force including construction, agriculture, dairy industries. These are industries that rely on immigrant labor including undocumented workers.

E-verify is at best an ineffective, costly, front meant simply to give an illusion of “tough on immigration” and “pro-US worker” values, and at worst it is a systematic attack on workers that tacitly approves of worker exploitation and depressed wages in exchange for profits for certain corporations.


E-Verify Tiene Que Ser Eliminado

Una de las propuestas más decorazonadas y crueles de reforma antiinmigrante actualmente bajo consideración en la Cámara, la Ley Securing America’s Future (SAF), reduciría la migración legal por más del 40%, reduciría radicalmente la reunificación familiar, financiaría el muro fronterizo y la militarización de la frontera, y universalmente requeriría e-verify a cambio de un permiso de trabajo temporal para aquellos con DACA sin un camino hacia la legalización.

Esta propuesta es incluso más extrema que la plataforma de inmigración de la Administración Trump. Esfuerzos como este buscan normalizar las ideas extremas y son una forma de avanzar con políticas antiinmigrantes ligeramente menos extremas que parecen un compromiso racional en comparación. Una de las partes más peligrosas de esta legislación que continúa siendo presionada como un punto de compromiso es y E-Verify universal y obligatorio.

E-Verify es un sistema basado en el Internet administrado por El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) que se supone evita que los empleadores contraten a ciudadanos indocumentados al comparar los documentos de autorización de trabajo de posibles empleados con las bases de datos gubernamentales y marcar a los trabajadores cuya información no coincide. Actualmente, el sistema solo se requiere para contratistas federales y algunos estados también han optado por exigir la verificación electrónica en todo el estado; sin embargo, cientos de miles de empleadores también han optado por  su cuenta utilizar el sistema.

Aunque la mayoría de los antiinmigrantes que luchan por e-verify dicen que es una herramienta efectiva para detener la inmigracion de los trabajadores indocumentados, y que ayuda a los trabajadores nacidos en Estados Unidos a acceder a empleos y mejorar los salarios, la realidad es que e-verify perjudica a todos los trabajadores y muchos empleadores de industrias con escasez crónica de personal.

E-verify simplemente expulsa a los trabajadores indocumentados a un segundo nivel que les permite a los empleadores que contratan trabajadores debajo de la mesa explotar a estos empleados vulnerables sin ningún tipo de supervisión. A menudo, estos trabajadores indocumentados reciben salarios miserables si es que se les paga, mientras que los empleadores inescrupulosos se benefician aún más de su trabajo. Esto deprime los salarios en las industrias donde esta es una práctica común, lo cual perjudica a todos los trabajadores por igual.

Además, ha habido algunas investigaciones que demuestran que e-verify promueve el prejucio racial donde los empleadores entrevistan y contratan menos trabajadores latinos, independientemente de su estatus legal, debido a la suposición de que pueden fallar las inspecciones electrónicas.

Además, el e-verify obligatorio lastima critcamente a las industrias que ya cuentan con personal insuficiente y con una necesidad crítica de mano de obra adicional, incluendo la industria de construcción, la agricultura y las industrias lácteas. Estas son industrias que dependen de la mano de obra inmigrante, incluyendo a los trabajadores indocumentados.

E-verify es, en el mejor de los casos, una frente ineficaz y costosa que simplemente significa una ilusión a favor de valores fuertes en contra de la inmigración y a favor de trabajadores estadounidenses, y en el peor de los casos es un ataque sistemático contra los trabajadores que tácitamente aprueba la explotación y salarios deprimidos a cambio de ganancias para ciertas corporaciones.

Sanctuary Leader holds Press Event for Husband Detained by Immigration Today

A Press Advisory from our partners, AFSC:

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Jennifer Piper, jpiper@afsc.org720-301-1858

 

SANCTUARY LEADER HOLDS PRESS EVENT FOR HUSBAND DETAINED BY IMMIGRATION TODAY

 

Ingrid Encalada Latorre of Denver, in Sanctuary

 

[Boulder, CO]  Ingrid Encalada Latorre’s partner, Eliseo, was detained, out of the blue, by six immigration and customs enforcement agents this afternoon.  Ingrid, her family, and her community will hold a press event at 6:00 pm this evening at Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave.

 

Ingrid is a leader with the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition and is part of  national movement for immigrant rights. She claimed Sanctuary at UUCB last month.

 

Who: Ingrid Encalada Latorre, her family, and her community

What: Hold a press event regarding her husband’s detention

WhenThursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, CO

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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social systems.

FIRM Statement on the Sunset of TPS for Salvadorans

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2018

Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org202-339-9330

New Year, Same Trump: Sunsets Temporary Protected Status for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Trump administration announced the decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran people:

“This administration has started the new year pushing the same anti-immigrant, ethnic cleansing agenda. In a heartless and cruel attack on our community, DHS has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 195,000 Salvadoran people—the largest population to have their TPS ended. This is the fourth termination of TPS in a span of three months, and yet another attack to add to the list of executive actions and policies that target people of color.

People with TPS have fled devastating conditions in their native countries and have built their lives here. They work, pay taxes and give back to their communities. They have more than 270,000 U.S.-born citizen children who would be separated from their parents, or be forced to relocate to a country foreign to them by a group of racists who do not understand their sacrifices.

This is ethnic cleansing; it is a systematic forced removal of an ethnic group of people. Congress needs to step up and do what’s right: create a permanent solution immediately and give these families security.”

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

Colorado People’s Alliance is a part of the FIRM national network.

 

We Fight to WIN! #DREAMActNow

Our members are committed to pushing Congress to pass a clean #DREAM Act now because undocumented families can’t wait another day! COPA leaders have taken action since the end of October to push for a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year.

We continue to urge our members of Congress to demand Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote and to commit to withholding their vote for the must-pass spending bill that keeps the government open unless a clean DREAM Act has passed.

Through our communities’ continued pressure we have succeeded in pressuring Congressman Coffman to sign the DREAM Act discharge petition, be a leader in pushing his party to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year and standing up to Speaker Paul Ryan, in getting Congresswoman DeGette to commit to withholding her vote for the budget and using her leadership as minority whip to urge her colleagues to do the same, in getting Congressman Polis’ commitment to withhold his vote, and continuing to make the DREAM Act a priority for Colorado members of Congress. We will continue to fight until we pass a clean DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform!

October 31st – We Want a DREAM, Not a Nightmare!

Our youngest members Karol and Humberto trick or treated at Congressman Coffman’s office and delivered notes asking him to push his colleagues to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year. One of our COPA families also delivered notes and letters to Congresswoman DeGette urging her to use her leadership as minority whip to ask her colleagues to withhold their vote on the budget until a DREAM Act is passed.

November 14th – Calls for a DREAM Phone Bank

Almost 20 of our members made over 80 calls to their members of congress continuing to push them to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year, to withhold their votes on the budget, and to be leaders in passing a clean DREAM Act.

November 21st – DREAMers Give Back Thanksgiving Action

Our members Amado and Monserrat joined our allies at 9to5, SEIU Local 105, and Indivisible CD6 to deliver a gift basked to Congressman Coffman thanking him for his support but urging him to stand up to Speaker Paul Ryan to push for a vote on the DREAM Act before the end of the year. The basket included notes and pictures of expired work permits, Driver’s Licenses and job applications to drive the point home that while our dreams don’t expire, our permits do. Watch the whole action here.

December 1st – The Clock if Ticking for a Clean DREAM Act

COPA leaders sent 50 letters, notes, drawings, and notes, to Congressman Coffman and Congresswoman DeGette, and gathered hundreds of signatures on a DREAM Act petition. Other leaders made calls, sent emails, faxes and tweets. At the end of the day, a week before the supposed budget deadline, we hand delivered the petition, drawings and letters to remind Congressman Coffman that the clock is ticking on the DREAM act. Watch the action here.

December 6th – Rally and Mass Demonstration at Washington DC

One of our DACAmented organizers and one of our members traveled to Washington DC for visits with members of congress and a mass demonstration for a clean DREAM Act. They witnessed a historic moment in the immigrant justice history as nearly two hundred Dreamers, faith leaders, teachers, and other allies participated in a mass civil disobedience and risked arrest on the steps of the capitol.

December 8th – DREAM Act Speak Out at the Auraria Campus

 

We spoke to students and staff at the Auraria campus about what’s happening with the DREAM Act and helped them send a message to their members of congress. Watch the videos here.

December 14th – Congress: Time’s Up #DREAMActNow

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Undocumented youth lead a press conference and rally at the Auraria campus to ask if Senator Bennet and Congressman Perlmutter are all in for the DREAM Act and hold them accountable for failing to withhold their vote for the budget unless a DREAM Act has passed. COPA leader Monserrat powerfully shared her story to demand a clean DREAM Act and our members showed up and showed out in full force. Watch the video here.