Immigrants Recently Released from Detention and Communities of Faith Unite to Call for a Suspension to Deportations, Separation of Families during first event of March, National Coming Out of the Shadows month.
Undocumented immigrants Recently Released from Detention, Families Facing Separation, Undocumented Activists, and Communities of Faith to Hold ‘Coming Out of the Shadows’ Rally at Broadview Detention Center, calling for a stop to deportations. Advocates and organizations around the country will be holding other events in the month of March, known since 2010 as ‘National Coming Out of the Shadows’ month.
There will be an interfaith vigil and sharing of testimonies about the experience of undocumented immigrants in detention. The stories will include those of Genoveva Ramirez, 63, and Juan Carlos Vera-Najera, 26, two undocumented Chicagoans released from McHenry County Adult Detention Facility this week. The two were involved in public campaigns with local community organizations urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exercise prosecutorial discretion and release them.
Other testimonies shared will include those from people of faith who witness deportations at Broadview Detention Center and visit immigrants about to be deported regularly. Joined by community advocates, the group will highlight the record-breaking number of deportations in the last year, and call for a stop to deportations and separation of families.
In 2012 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced record-breaking deportations of over 409,000 people in the last year. This month, there was confirmation that DHS has focused on enforcement to meet an annual 400,000 person quota, and that a majority of the 1 million people deported in the last four years had no criminal record. The people speaking at this event at Broadview Detention Center have witnessed the effects of these enforcement policies on their families, and on their communities, and are calling for a suspension of deportation.
National Coming Out of the Shadows at Broadview Detention Center
Friday March 01, 2013, 7:15 AM-8:00 AM
Broadview Detention Facility, 1930 Beach Street, Broadview, Illinois
Supporting organizations include the Immigrant Youth Justice League, the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants and the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition, a project of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network.
The Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) began the National Coming Out of the Shadows Month on March 10th, 2010 in Chicago, IL. Since then thousands of undocumented immigrants around the country have used this strategy to talk about their stories and the need for a change in immigration policies. This March 10th, IYJL and allied organizations will be holding the fourth National Coming Out day at Federal Plaza. More information at www.iyjl.org.