The immigration system in the United States is broken. Across the nation, over 2 million immigrants have been deported just during the Obama administration alone. This means that thousands of hard working immigrant families in New Mexico have experienced the devastation of being torn apart from their families. These are our family members, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, small business owners, tax-payers, and those we pray with at church.
Now more than ever, EL CENTRO finds the inherent value of our communities becoming a collective, conscious, free and powerful force dedicated to the promotion of human rights. We seek to empower communities through interactive know-your-rights workshops. The objective is to provide essential tools for different communities to defend their civil rights, hold law enforcement/ICE accountable and fight against the criminalization of our communities. Some of the tools involve but are not restricted to:
*information about your rights with law enforcement and federal immigration agents
*dialogue about how we are fighting back and organizing against deportation/enforcement programs;
*emergency family plans
Know Your Rights To Protect Your Family
Trump has said he will deport millions, and anti-immigrant harassment is already out of control. Now more than ever it is important for our families and communities to come together and fight for each other. El CENTRO has developed the following toolkit in collaboration with other organizations across the state and nationwide:
CLICK HERE to download our “Know Your Right Toolkit.” This toolkit package includes know-your-rights information, family emergency plan form, power of attorney, and “rights cards.”
CLICK HERE to download NMILC’s Advisory on DACA
Remember you can always reach El CENTRO by calling us at (505) 246-1627, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know APS has policies and procedural directives to protect APS students and their families?
El CENTRO put a detailed summary of APS official policies and procedures with links to the official documents on the APS website.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Since our inception, El CENTRO has taken the lead in Albuquerque to organize immigrant communities, faith leaders, small businesses, elected officials, and voters to advocate for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform by Congress that: keeps families together, includes a path to citizenship for our families, protects and restores key civil rights protections, maintains workers’ protections, reunites families and reduces immigration backlogs, provides opportunities for safe future migration, and does not criminalize immigrants through flawed enforcement programs.
DACA and DAPA
In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, the immigrants’ rights movement, including El CENTRO’s members, won an historic victory on November 2014, when President Obama announced the DAPA program and the DACA-extension (DACA+) as major parts of his executive actions on immigration. One of these reforms, DACA+ expands the existing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, first established on June 15, 2012 to provide deferred action and work permits to people who arrived in the U.S. as children and meet certain other requirements.
You currently CANNOT apply for DACA+ or DAPA!
As part of anti-immigrant attack, on February 16, 2015, just days before millions of people would have been eligible to apply for DACA+ and DAPA – a federal district court judge out of Texas – granted in favor of a lawsuit filed by Texas and twenty-five other states (all of the governors and attorneys general, with the exception of one, are part of the Republican Party) and issued a preliminary injunction in the case. This “preliminary injunction” functions to temporarily halt the implementation of the DACA+ program. The lawsuit is now currently stuck in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and it is very likely that the case will be eventually taken to the Supreme Court for review. Click here to go to our collaborative campaign ListoNM for more information about DACA+ requirements, what you can be doing to prepare, how to protect yourself against fraud, and where you and obtain further information and legal services.
To learn more about DACA, who is eligible, and legal resources in your community, go to ListoNM.org.
It makes me angry that because of extremists with an anti-immigrant agenda, thousands of New Mexicans haven’t been able to apply for DACA+ and DAPA yet. Our communities already contribute so much to New Mexico and we fight until these programs are implemented so that we can contribute even more.
– Ingrid Ordoñez
In recent years, there has been a drastic rise in immigration enforcement that tears families apart and a marked shift in its implementation. In the past, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) utilized tools such as workplace raids to detain and eventually deport thousands of noncitizens. Today, ICE identifies non-citizens mainly by relying upon local and state law enforcement and the criminal justice system and creating an airtight pipeline to deportation. Programs such as Secure Communities (S-Comm), and the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) resulted an all-time high of deportation (409,849 in 2012). These programs also fomented racial profiling, pre-textual arrests, had a chilling impact on community policing efforts, and used limited local public safety resources to identify and detain immigrants who pose no public safety risk.
As immigration enforcement ratcheted up, so has advocacy across the nation and locally. El CENTRO has been at the the forefront of campaigns in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to fight back against immigration enforcement programs and protect our communities.