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9/12: Washington DC: Protest abusive and racist Homeland Security 287g Program
Released 06 September 2009  By SiuHin

Protest against the abusive and racist Homeland Security 287g Program: Concert and Rally to the White House this Saturday September 12
The 287g Program run by the Department of Homeland Security is wrong and it must be stopped. This federal funded legislation allows local and state police forces to enforce federal immigration legislation, including random raids, background checks and incarcerations of undocumented immigrants, which actually lead to human rights abuses.

Although the intentions might seem right -protecting the country against criminals- but when looked closely we can realize that the 287g Program has been misused and it has justified many civil rights abuses. The lack of proper training, the ambiguous nature of these provisions and the racist prejudices of police officers and ICE agents are the most important reasons for the failure of this program.

Please watch these videos of two U.S. citizens who were racially discriminated by local police officers while driving, because of 287g Program. They were harassed because of their Native American heritage, which made them suspects of being undocumented. They have never committed any crimes and both are productive members of their communities.

Julio Cesar Mora
Maricopa County, Arizona

Watch VIDEOS: http://carlosqc.blogspot.com/2009/09/protest-against-abusive-and-racist.html

Antonio Ramirez
Frederick County, Maryland

The 287g Program is not about protecting U.S. citizens nor to apply the law. This is a true business with a lot of money involved, which allows federal funds to go directly to state and local governments -based on a quota of detentions no matter if they are justified or not- and those funds end up going to detention center facilities, which are mostly run by private corporations.

Napolitano and Obama support 287g Program

The 287g Program was actually passed by the Clinton administration -as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of September 30, 1996- but it was used widely by the Bush administration, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created and the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) became part of it.

After several protests, the White House called for a meeting with over 100 immigration reform advocates, but instead of addressing the current humanitarian crisis, DHS secretary Janet Napolitano announced that she will extend the 287g program to more jurisdictions, with the open support of president Barack Obama. Not surprising, considering Napolitano's terrible record on immigration.

Protests in Washington DC

A rally, vigil and a music concert will be held next weekend in Washington, DC. in order to protest the 287g Program and demand president Barack Obama to show some sense and stop it right away, as he has the executive power to end it.

Organized by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), with the support of United Tenants and Workers, CASA de Maryland, Legal AID Justice Center, SHARE Foundation, CARECEN, DC Jobs With Justice, Comunidad Unida de Uluazapa (El Salvador), and CPR Radio 97.5 FM, and of course the fully support of this blog. Please join us.

CONCERT & RALLY AGAINST 287g PROGRAM
Saturday September 12, 2009

Concert:
Local DC music and dance groups will gather to promote justice

3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
15th Street NW & Constitution Avenue NW
Next to the Smithsonian Metro Station

Rally to the White House:
Led by day laborers, community advocates and religious leaders

7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Lafayette Square in front of White House

The 287g Program is not making this country any safer neither is reducing undocumented immigration -since 2006 it has deported about 70,000 out of 12 million undocumented immigrants in about 64 jurisdictions around the country- but is violating human rights and destroying the lives of thousands of decent families.

This program promotes racial discrimination and unjustified detentions, physical and mental abuse due to police brutality, with U.S. citizens being incarcerated and deported, mothers and children detained, some kids are left alone parent less, and families being divided. Meanwhile, millions of tax-payers money are ending in private corporations.

Most detained people are not criminals; most of them are poor undocumented workers of Native American heritage who had to migrate to the U.S. in order to survive hunger, unemployment, political and social violence in their homelands. Very few undocumented migrants are harming anyone in this country, they are not a threat to the national security but they are building a new life contributing in many ways to better this nation.

President Obama must reconsider his support for this failed program, which is racist, unfair, obsolete, unreal, expensive, non practical and meant to cause social tensions and distrust from civilians toward the police forces. These provisions are for profit, for business and they are not promoting true justice for all. They are actually making more police officers to act stupidly, if you know what I mean.


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