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.“


RT @DefineAmerican Great push by the folks at DreamACTivist.org - They are sitting in the DC Mayor's office urging him to introduce a bill for unmarked drivers licenses for undocumented people; rather than licenses marked with the i-word (illegal) that will clearly make way for racial profiling.


Today undocumented immigrants are risking arrest in Mayor Gray’s office urging him to introduce an all-inclusive driver’s license bill. 

We demand that Mayor Gray put the brakes on his “Illegal Immigrant” marked licenses which would legitimize racial profiling.

Our families are already profiled by police, ICE, and even our employers; a marked license would only make it easier for us to be taken advantage of.

Take Action: Make a Call - “Mayor Gray: No to Illegal Licenses!”

Mayor Vincent Gray’s office @ 202-724-5556 or 202-375-1991

“Hi, I was calling to ask that Mayor Gray to stop the illegal license bill.Undocumented immigrants living in the District will be profiled with his marked license plan. Why is the Mayor setting a bad example for the rest of the nation? I urge Mayor Gray to reconsider his proposal on the illegal licenses.”


From marches to humor

Photo courtesy of Luis Serrano
By Luis Carlos López, AL DÍA
If you can’t get them with marches, you can get them with laughter.

DREAM Act students have marched, staged protests outside of the offices of politicians and demanded that Capitol Hill pass the DREAM Act.

Now, Luis Serrano, the 24 year old “Dreamer,” is using his picture and creativity to deliver the message of DreamActivist.org with a twist of humor.

Out of sheer boredom, Serrano, who emigrated from Sonora, Mexico, when he was 7 year old, took a preexisting picture where President Barack Obama appears laughing and added the headline:

“Then I said… I’m not separating families.”

Serrano explained to AL DIA that the reason for his headline was to call the game fairly and hold politicians accountable citing that Republicans get flack for backing laws such as Arizona’s SB1070 while other ignore that the Obama Administration has a record number of deportations.

“People think Obama is this great president and he’s doing a lot of stuff for our community but in reality he is doing a bunch of stuff to harm us,“ Serrano said.  

“I’m trying to make people aware… I like humor and I’m very good about pushing buttons with people.”

Since Serrano made the picture, UndocuMemes, a forum created by members of DreamActivist.org, has made it part of its message.

The forum provides the perspective of young immigrants engaged in the immigration reform movement.

The photo has more than 700 “Likes” on Facebook and has gotten some media coverage.

In response to the publicity, Serrano emphasized that the goal of his creation was to shed light on the issue with humor adding that the message represented by students such as himself is much bigger than a legislation that would legalize some 2 million students and undocumented youth.  

“The issue is bigger than the DREAM Act, you know. It’s about our parents. It’s about the exploitation of migrant workers. It’s a bigger thing,” Serrano said.

When asked if he thinks President Obama has seen the picture, Serrano shied away from the question, guessing that if Obama had seen it, he probably laughed and set it aside.

“He’ll probably open up his eyes, I hope. He’ll probably laugh it up but at the same time… he’ll see some truth to it,” Serrano said.    

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!