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April 4/5 — National Call-In to White House


Let’s let Bush know what we think about his “principles” for immigration.


April 4 and 5- National Call In Day to the White House


Click HERE for more information and messaging

New Bedford, MA – One Month Later


PRESS RELEASE April 3, 2007                                            

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:  Ali Noorani, 617-835-1402
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
 For Affected Families Contact: Michele Rudy, 857-919-3574 Carlos Saavedra, 617-459-1935 

One Month Later: Families Divided Urge for the Release of Their Loved Ones

Boston, MA – Four weeks after Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials raided the Michael Bianco, Inc Factory in New Bedford, at least 232 immigrants remain detained including171 in Harlingen and
El Paso, TX.  Community leaders continue to learn of detainees without adequate access to food, and pregnant women and parents of small and sick children who are still in detention.

Maria Briselda Amaya, detained in
Bristol, is one such detainee.  She is the mother of a 2 year old and 4 year old who are struggling as a result of her detention, according to medical providers at the
 New Bedford Community Health Center.   “I need my wife to be with me. My children are suffering. It...

Deportation rips local family a part — children left in limbo

Deported Immigrants’ Kids Face Dilemma

The Associated Press
Wednesday, April 4, 2007; 7:07 AM

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Twelve-year-old Adrian Ramirez huddled with his two sisters on a bench and tried to find the words to describe his feelings about their mother’s pending deportation to Mexico.

“I want my family to be together,” he said, wiping away tears as Yadira, 10, and Adriana, 6, stared at their shoes. “I want them to stop these laws. I don’t know what life would be like in Mexico. My home is in Palo Alto.”

Adrian’s lament is becoming increasingly familiar as immigration officials step up efforts to seize illegal immigrants. Many of the 18,000 men and women deported under Operation Return to Sender since June were raising families _ including children born in the United States.

Adrian’s father, Pedro Ramirez, who had worked at an Albertson’s supermarket, was deported in February. His mother, Isabel Aguirre, was arrested and ordered deported at the same time but given a monitoring ankle bracelet and some time to make arrangements for the children and to purchase a ticket home.

In cases like this, the U.S.-born children can stay with friends or relatives, or they leave with...

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