If you’re following us on Facebook then you’ve probably already heard about Emilio and Erick, if not here’s the scoop. Both Emilio and Erick are teens from Georgia, both are DREAM Act eligible, and both are currently sitting in a jail cell awaiting transfer to ICE custody.

Each of them were pulled over by the sheriff’s office and that’s what landed them in custody.  Emilio’s case seems like profiling to us; he was pulled over for an expired tag which turned out to be valid for another month! Attorneys working on their cases will figure out the details but right now we need your help to make sure ICE drops its immigration hold on both of these teens. It should be easy if ICE is honest in telling us they do not want to detain DREAMers, right?

Will you join us in making 100 calls to get Erick and Emilio out of jail and back with their families?

Call-in number: 1-800-394-5855 or 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

Sample Script: “Hi, I am calling to ask that ICE lift its hold on Erick Lara (inmate #914358) and Emilio Castro (inmate #914405). Both of them are DREAM Act eligible and are being held by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia. Please lift your ICE hold so these DREAMers can go home to their families.”

**The person who answers may try to get rid of you by sending you to a different number. If so, be persistent, tell them you simply wish to leave the message with them and give them Erick’s and Emilio’s inmate numbers.

In the last month we were able to get David, Cesar, and Gustavo out of detention. Now let’s make sure Emilio and Erick do not even get inside a center, no one should go through the trauma of that. Our goal for today is 100 calls for Emilio and Erick and we know we can count on you to help us reach that goal.

Thank you for your help.

Maria Marroquin

P.S.   On twitter? Send this simple message: #DREAMAct youth spent Xmas in jail. Tell @wwwicegov to lift #ICEhold on Erick & Emilio to get them out. bit.ly/iceholdga @dreamact


URGENT: In August 14, 2010, Eduardo was arrested for driving without a license. He was then taken to Mecklenburg County jail and transferred to Georgia Detention Center. From there, he was released on a $5000 bond. On December 19, 2012 he was set for voluntary departure for April 19, 2013.  If deported, Eduardo will not only be separated from his family, but from a community that loves him!    

Help us stop Eduardo’s deportation by making a phone call and signing the petition!   


Call ICE – John Morton @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100   

Sample Script: “Hi, I was calling to ask that ICE remove Eduardo Mireles Salazar (A# 200-717-517) order for Voluntary Departure. Eduardo has been living in the U.S. for over 14 years and is a low-priority case according to the Morton Memo. He has a family and community who needs him home. Please don’t separate this family.“


Thanks all who reblogged and took action on behalf of Alfredo Carrillo and his family. Unfortunately, Alfredo was deported today after having been in deportation proceedings since November (on the day the president was re-elected, to be exact) of last year.

If anything, the Obama administration can start with their “immigration reform” by stopping all deportations NOW. Stop tearing families apart! 

my heart is with Alfredo’s family and his son whose birthday is tomorrow that he’ll be missing. my heart is with the folks and families who continue to be abused by these injustices.

Please call and sign to get Francisco, father of Freedom U student, released from Irwin Detention Center!

Francisco was on his way to work when he got into a minor traffic accident. Instead of being released to the care of his family, he was detained and taken to Irwin County Detention Center. 

Francisco has lived in the US for 15 years now, he has 4 children who need him, and has no criminal history. Why is he imprisoned?  


Petition: http://action.dreamactivist.org/georgia/francisco/

Atlanta ICE Office: 404-893-1210

Sample Script: “Hi, I am calling to urge ICE to release Francisco Martínez (A# 074.209.738) from Irwin Detention Center. Francisco is the father of 4 children who fully depend on him for financial and emotional support. Release Francisco now!“

[photo: a family portrait of Isaias with his wife and two children.]

Arrested in County Found to Discriminate Against Latinos: Stop the Deportation of Isaias!

Isaias was stopped by an Alamance County police officer who arrested him for driving without a license. Alamance County is the same county where a Department of Justice investigation found law enforcement targets and discriminates the immigrant community. So, why is Isaias facing deportation next Friday? 

Help us stop his deportation by making a phone call and signing the petition!


Call ICE – John Morton @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

Sample Script: “Hi, I was calling to ask that ICE remove Isaias Valles Castejon (A# 205-213-704) order for Voluntary Departure.  Isaias has been living in the U.S. for 7 years and has two U.S. citizen children who need him home. Please don’t separate this family.”

The point to me is that we are including THEM. WE laid the ground work for this moment in time with our bodies, communities, love and strength. WE created the critical analysis for this moment, WE created the models of resistance and transformative change, WE have been organizing for the past 500 years, and WE have been the ones organizing especially hard in the post-911 world—THEY are joining the rest of us. THAT is the point to me—to make sure the question does not get rewritten to “where are all the people of color” when we all know the real question is “where have the white folks been?

via Sonia Guinansaca, Sasha Neha Ahuja

Well shit!