Today: Calling out Obama and ICE
Late notice, y'all, but today there is a telephonic press conference calling President Obama out for the inconsistencies in his message about supporting immigration reform and recent news that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is increasing quotas to arrest and deport undocumented immigrants.
Check it out and join if you can:
WHAT: Telephonic press conference to demand President Obama take control of rogue agency
WHO: Organized by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) Speakers include Deepak Bhargava, executive director, Center for Community Change Maria Rodriguez, executive director, Florida Immigrant Coalition Ramon Ramirez, executive director, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Oregon) Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director, Voces de la Frontera (Wisconsin) Brent A. Wilkes, national executive director, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Angela Sanbrano, board president, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)
WHEN: TODAY 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2010
CALL-IN NUMBER: (866) 861-4868, Conference ID 1446669
WHY: Nearly 15 months into President Obama's administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) remains an agency without a clear direction. The latest evidence of ICE's missing leadership was revealed last week in the form of an email written by a senior official setting out specific quotas for deportations, which deviated from publicly made statements by other senior officials and also veers drastically away from ICE's stated commitment to focus on dangerous and violent criminals.
On the heels of organizing the largest protest of the Obama presidency, a march that brought more than 200,000 people to the National Mall on March 21 to call for comprehensive immigration reform, grassroots leaders intend to demand President Obama take responsibility and control of this agency run amok. Leaders from some of the country's most prominent immigrant rights organizations will call for drastic changes at ICE, and insist the agency stop targeting hard working immigrants and stop separating families.