• ‘Undocubus’ immigrants released from jail; feds take no steps to deport them

    ‘Undocubus’ immigrants released from jail; feds take no steps to deport them

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. Ten undocumented immigrants who were arrested in a Charlotte protest Tuesday have been released from jail, and none have been referred for deportation, federal authorities say.

    “ICE has taken no enforcement action against the Ride for Justice activists arrested Tuesday in Charlotte,” said Vincent Picard, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    “ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the United States.”

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  • No Papers, No Fear: Undocumented Immigrant Activists Arrested Outside DNC

    No Papers, No Fear: Undocumented Immigrant Activists Arrested Outside DNC

    An immigrants rights campaign is traveling the U.S. by bus to bring awareness to the terror undocumented people live with daily.

    Ten undocumented immigrants were arrested on Tuesday afternoon outside the Democratic National Convention, amid chants of “Undocumented, unafraid!” and “No papers, no fear!”

    Around 3:30pm, several dozen activists marched to the corner of East 5th and College Street in Charlotte, North Carolina, just blocks from where the DNC was being held, and blocked the intersection to protest President Obama's deportation policy. They unfurled a banner that read “Sin Papeles, Sin Miedo” ("no papers, no fear") laid it on the street, and began chanting, singing and telling their stories. Within the hour, 10 undocumented people were taken into police custody. They were released Wednesday morning with a charge of impeding traffic, a misdemeanor. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official was contacted about the case, but decided not to pursue steps toward deportation.

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  • Undocumented DNC Protestors Run the Risk of Deportation

    Two questions determine the destiny of Mecklenburg County jail inmates.

    Sheriff Chipp Bailey explained to WBTV Friday, "There are two (questions) that ask if they are born in the United States, or if they are citizens of the United States?"

    Bailey says an answer of "no" means the federal government will then step in.

    "If they are found to be in the country undocumented - we're gonna contact Immigration Customs Enforcement."

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  • Undocumented youth and allies take a freedom bus ride

    The Undocubus. Credit: Ruckus Society

    (LOS ANGELES, CA.) In a previous blog posting, I reported on the growing movement of undocumented youth seeking to assert their rightful place in U.S. society. I was reporting on the advent of an entirely new political subject involving the expression of “undocumented fearlessness” among youth without papers who deliberately had themselves arrested protesting SB1070 against the backdrop of the struggle to end the reign of Sheriff Arpaio and his constant dragnets in the Latina/o community, which are designed to fill the shoddy tents in his desert gulag with the fresh money-making bodies of detainees who are eventually swallowed up by the hidden holds of the private corporate prison and detention industry; these are the same forces that, with the Koch Brothers, are funding the attack on American democracy. This amazing and energetic movement includes many youth who were first brought to the United States as infants and older minors; they are the constituency targeted by President  Obama’s  recent Executive Order temporarily suspending deportation proceedings against these innocent undocumented children and younger adults.

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