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Rally for Immigrant Rights Outside SA ICE Office



SAN ANTONIO, TX. —  On Wednesday, the day after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, members of the Austin and San Antonio communities will join a national day of action to tell the incoming administration that we are still hoping for real change we can believe in with a rally at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Antonio. 


The Rally for Immigrant Rights will occur Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 12-1:30 p.m. at the San Antonio ICE Building at 8940 Fourwinds Drive in San Antonio. 


“During the last eight years, the Bush Administration has attacked and undermined the rights of immigrant and refugees. Families, workers, and communities experienced intense policing; hundreds of thousands were detained for immigration status alone with due process rights blatantly violated and ignored, resulting in deportations,” said Caroline Keating-Guerra of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition.  “Today we are hopeful for a new direction that recognizes the human dignity of all people.” 


Rally participants recognize this as a historic moment of change and are asking President Obama for support and action during his first 100 days of his presidency to:


1. End the family detention policy made notorious at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas;

2. End immigration raids, which have surged since 2006, causing immigrants and their families to be fearful that ICE will come to their homes, neighborhoods and workplaces to arrest and detain them;

3. End Operation Streamline which criminally prosecutes non-violent border-crossers overwhelming the federal justice system;

4. End construction of the border wall,; and 

5. End ICE-local law enforcement collaboration, which undermines trust between law enforcement and the immigrant community, divides families, opens the door to racial profiling, and increases fiscal costs to tax-payers.


The rally is sponsored by La Nueva Raza, Texas Indigenous Council, Southwest Workers Union, People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources, American Friends Service Committee, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, Grassroots Leadership, Fuerza Unida, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, M.E.Ch.A, Inmigrantes Latinos en Accion, International Socialist Organization, and Texans United for Families.