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Keep Telling Democrats that it’s time to FIGHT for Dreamers!!

In December, Senate Democrats passed up TWO big chances to use their leverage to pass a clean DREAM Act by withholding their votes on a pair of spending bills. Sen. Gillibrand stood strong and withheld her vote, but Sen. Schumer did not. (More details here.) In 2018, there are no more excuses. The next spending bill vote is January 19. Please call Sen. Schumer today and urge him to withhold his vote for the spending bill unless it includes a clean DREAM Act. Sen. Schumer is at 202-224-6542 or 315-423-5471.

Update on Detained WCCNY Member, Hector & How You Can Support!

Today, a longtime Syracuse community member, husband, father,  worker, and Workers’ Center of CNY, member Hector Navarro was detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) outside of his home after taking his wife Arely, to work. He was taken to and detained at the immigration office at 401 S. Salina Street (which is right behind Katko’s downtown office) this morning. The Syracuse Rapid Response Team and the Workers’ Center of CNY held a protest outside demanding Hector be freed and to speak out against this grave injustice. It is completely and utterly unconscionable that this barbaric and unjust immigration system will be keeping Hector away from his wife, Arely, and their three kids on Christmas. This is a double blow as their family has already been rocked by Arely’s fight against deportation as well. Below are a few immediate concrete steps you can take to be in solidarity with Hector and Arely at this time:

  • Donate to their YouCaring Fundraiser Page

Arely is still accepting donations through her YouCaring fundraising page for her legal fees and now for basic necessities for her family as her husband, Hector was the primary wage earner for their family. Please donate

  • Tell Katko Hector’s Story and Why We Need a CLEAN Dream Act

Hector was detained at the immigration office at 401 S. Salina Street (which is right behind Katko’s downtown Syracuse office) this morning.This horrific incident, tearing away fathers from their families just a few days before Christmas demonstrates why we are calling on Katko to push for a CLEAN Dream Act. More immigration agents and more border enforcement mean that more parents, like Hector will be ruthlessly torn away from their families and communities. When you call Katko, please tell him about Hector’s story and tell him we need a clean DREAM Act now!  Call details are here!

***Katko Action Rescheduled to Jan. 3rd***
Also please join us on January 3rd canvass John Katko’s neighborhood and tell him we need a clean DREAM Act.

  • Donate Money & Gift Cards for Hector and Arely’s Kids

Lastly, we will be taking donations for Christmas gifts for Hector and Arely’s 3 amazing kids. They have a young son who’s six years old and two daughters who are nine and eleven years old. This is certainly going to be a difficult Christmas for the kids, so we want to gather donations as a small show of solidarity with them for the holidays. Please drop off your donation at the Workers’ Center sometime this evening or tomorrow. If you’d like to donate email Nikeeta at nslade@workerscentercny.org.

We will continue fighting this cruel and inhumane immigration system. No more deportations.

Solidarity,

WCCNY

UPDATE 1/02/18

We have been in contact with lawyers to find out when Hector will have his court date (no word yet), we are currently working with United We Dream to create and circulate a petition to get Hector out of detention, and continuing to support Arely and the kids. We will have more details about all of this and more at the meeting so please let write me back and let me know if you can make this urgent and important meeting.
We are also encouraging people to write and send letters to Hector. Support is so important in times like these to remind Hector that he is not alone and there are lots of people in the community that are in solidarity with him. Please send letters to:
Hector Navarro Miranda
A205-021-464
Also Alrey and the kids are urgent need of some winter boots. Sizes are below.
Boots:
Lisania – size 6
Karen – size 6
Jesus – size 3
Arely – size 7
Please let us know if you are able to help help with the boots.
Some of you have asked about the letters of support.
UPDATE 1/10/18
We know many of you have have had few interactions with Hector, but you can talk on your letter about Arely and your support for her family which includes Hector. Hector has been a source of strength and support for Arely on her own immigration case. Both of them have complied with everything ICE has asked of them. Hector case was administratively closed on January 2017, so his detention was totally unexpected and devastating for their three US children who live in Syracuse and their two children who are in Guatemala. Hector has volunteer his time at the Workers Center in events like our yearly soccer tournament and workers rights trainings. He likes to play with his children and spend time with his family as much as possible.
Attached are two letters that Hector and Arely’s children wrote recently about how they feel after he was detained. You can see on the drawing how this is affecting the children. If you can write on your letter something about this, on how this separation is affecting their children that will help a lot. You can also say your are willing to continue to help once he is released, with rides, food, etc. We want to show the judge that Hector and his family have support and are part of the community.
 FYI, Hector does not have any criminal record and the only thing he is accused of is of working without documents to support his family.
He has lived in Syracuse since 2008.
here are the guidelines for the letter:
1. Introduce yourself to the judge and explain the relationship to Hector
2. Explain Hector’s good qualities and stress his dedication to his family and community, the fact that he is trustworthy, etc.
3. If you are willing, write if you could help with room and board in case it was necessary after Hector is out on bond.
 
The WCCNY is collecting the letters, please sign it and also make a copy of any ID you feel comfortable sharing with the judge.
Sign your letter and bring it tomorrow, along with a copy (or we can make the copy at the center) of your ID.  We need as many letters as possible.
Please also continue writing letters of solidarity and support to Hector personally. He got a letter recently from Ann and Ed and he really appreciated!
This is his mailing address in Batavia:
Hector Navarro Miranda
A205-021-464
Update 2/20/18
HECTOR IS FREE!
Thanks to his lawyer and the community support and organizing, HECTOR IS FREE and back with his family in Syracuse. We had a strong presence in front of the Federal Detention Center and at his bond hearing. Please continue to support the family’s you caring fundraising campaign here

Tell Katko Hector’s Story & Tell Him We Need a CLEAN Dream Act!!!!!

Hector was detained at the immigration office at 401 S. Salina Street (which is right behind Katko’s downtown Syracuse office) this morning.This horrific incident, tearing away fathers from their families just a few days before Christmas demonstrates why we are calling on Katko to push for a CLEAN Dream Act. More immigration agents and more border enforcement mean that more parents, like Hector will be ruthlessly torn away from their families and communities. When you call Katko, please tell him about Hector’s story and tell him we need a clean DREAM Act now!  Call details are here!

Call and Tell Katko: Keep Your Promise! Tell Congress to Pass CLEAN Dream Act by end of the Year!

Join the New York Immigration Coalition, the Workers’ Center of CNY, and all other people of conscience who are demanding that our elected officials include the Clean Dream Act in the spending budget before going home for the holidays this Friday, December 22nd. Just two weeks ago, on December 5th, Congressman John Katko (R) signed a letter with 33 other Republican legislators addressed to Senator Paul Ryan calling for a permanent legislative solution for DACA by the end of this year. In these last few days before the session ends, we want to drive calls to Katko to remind him to keep this critical promise to pass a CLEAN Dream Act before the holidays. The same way that legislators like Katko will surely look forward to being with their loved ones, it’s time they ensure that young undocumented immigrants can also be reassured that they will spend this holiday and many future holidays with their families.

Letter Congressman John Katko signed to Support DACA: https://rodneydavis.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20171205110110668.pdf

Call-In Information:
Congressman John Katko’s Offices. Please be sure to call your regional office and the D.C. office to make sure that Katko clearly receives the message! We are asking that you all make calls on Wednesday, Dec. 20th and Thursday, December 21st anytime during open business hours (9am-4:45pm).

Washington D.C. Office
(202) 225-3701

Regional District Offices:
Syracuse & Oswego, NY District Office
(315) 423-5657

Auburn & Lyons, NY Regional Office
Phone: (315) 253-4068

Oswego, NY Regional Office
315-423-5657

Script:
“Hi, my name is XXX and I live in CITY/ZIP. I am calling to thank Congressman Katko for supporting signing Taylor letter to protect DACA recipients, and to make sure they know it is absolutely critical Republicans take the lead in ensuring Congress passes legislation to protect our immigrant brothers and sisters before the end of the year. Now that DACA has ended, we need a solution urgently, and we are counting on Republicans to show leadership in working across the aisle to reach a deal before going home for the holidays. Without legislation like a CLEAN Dream Act passed with NO concessions, dollars in the federal budget will be used to deport DACA recipients. Will MEMBER/SENATOR keep their promise to do everything they can to ensure a solution for Dreamers by the end of the year, and communicating this priority to Leadership?”

No Dream, No deal! Last push for a Clean Dream Act!

Friday December 22 from 12-1pm meet at the Worker’s center

Let’s canvass Katko’s neighborhood!

Now that DACA has ended, we need a solution urgently, and we are demanding that our elected officials include the Clean Dream Act in the spending budget before going home for the holidays.
It is absolutely critical that Congress passes a Clean Dream Act! Let’s ask Katko to keep his promise to ensure a solution for our undocumented brothers and sisters by the end of the year.

We will meet at the WCCNY office and drive to Camilus together to drop off some lawn signs!!

Also be sure to call Katko’s D.C. and regional offices Wednesday, Dec. 20th, and Thursday, Dec. 21st to tell him to keep his promise to ensure that a CLEAN Dream Act is passed by the end of the year. Sign up for a time to call here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_lzCNKdOWe_Pbd2wSCSxWK4-srhMHo6hHoMlPWOBijcJbkw/viewform

Call Katko to Demand CLEAN Dream Act by End of the Year

Wed. Dec 20th & Thurs. Dec. 21st 9am-5pm To
The Workers’ Center of CNY, the New York Immigration Coalition, and other people of conscience are calling elected officials like Congressman John Katko to remind him to keep his critical promise to pass a CLEAN Dream Act before the holidays. The same way that legislators like Katko will surely look forward to being with their loved ones, it’s time to make it so that young undocumented immigrants can also be reassured that they will spend the upcoming holidays and future holidays with their families.

Please take a few minutes to sign up for a time to call John Katko and fill out this quick form once you make the call!  We need to drive as many calls to Katko as possible this week before he goes on break. CLEAN Dream Act Now!

No Dream, No deal! Last push for a Clean Dream Act! 12/22

Let’s canvass Katko’s neighborhood!

Now that DACA has ended, we need a solution urgently, and we are demanding that our elected officials include the Clean Dream Act in the spending budget before going home for the holidays.
It is absolutely critical that Congress passes a Clean Dream Act! Let’s ask Katko to keep his promise to ensure a solution for our undocumented brothers and sisters by the end of the year.

We will meet at the WCCNY office and drive to Camilus together to drop off some lawn signs!!

Link to the Facebook Event Here

Vigil outside Katko’s office in Lyons, NY 12/3

If you are close to Lyons NY make sure to join this vigil outside of congressman’s John Katko on Monday at 4pm. Tell your representatives that we want a clean Dream Act for the protection of thousands of immigrants from deportation.
Fabiola Ortiz from New York Immigration Coalition and members of the Workers’ Center will be going from Syracus, let us know if you want to carpool with us on Monday. Send us a message for more information.
Si vives cerca de Lyons, NY asegurate de unirte a la vigilia fuera del congresista John Katko el lunes a las 4pm. Vamos a decirles a nuestros representativos que queremos un Dream Act limpio para la protección contra deportaciones de miles de inmigrantes. Fabila Ortiz de la Coalición de Inmigración de NY y miembros del Centro de Trabajadores va a ir desde Syracuse, NY. Dejanos saber si te gustaria ir con nosotros y compartir transportación. Envianos un mensaje para mas ifnormación.

Link to FaceBook Event Here

Dream Act Now: Action Report Back

Strong action yesterday in Syracuse! Members of the Workers’ Center of CNY, United We Dream, CNY Solidarity Coalition, community members, and allies delivered 500+ signatures to Congressman John Katko’s office in support of a Clean Dream Act, DACA, and Undocumented People everywhere. We ran into some opposition from security in the lobby of the Mackenzie Hughes Tower, where we were yelled at from the moment we walked through the door, threatened with police, reminded “the federal government is heavily armed,” and one of our group members was assaulted by building staff. In the end, the general manager escorted three members of our group, including a mother and child, to deliver our petition to Katko’s office.