CHICAGO, IL – In response to the news that the 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans upheld the injunction to delay DAPA and the expansion of DACA, OCAD issued the following statement.
“Our communities waited for nearly a year to receive the news that once again relief is delayed. While Obama’s executive actions are on their way to the Supreme Court, one thing is clear for the undocumented community: deportations continue and so does our organizing.”
“We have never won anything by waiting, and in Chicago we will not wait as our families continue to be separated, our homes raided, and as the collaboration between police and ICE continues.”
“Cases like that of Manuel Roman, who is scheduled to be deported this week, are the reality many undocumented people are living post November 20, 2014. While there is still no relief from deportation for the undocumented community across the nation, we have seen how ICE manipulates DHS’s guidelines to further criminalize, and lock-up members of our community to eventually deport them.”
“The President doesn’t need the courts to give relief from deportations to the 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S.. Obama can start by ending immigrant detention and programs like P.E.P., C.A.R.I., and any other program that ultimately ends in the criminalization, detention and deportation of our communities.”
“The crisis our community faces continues, we will not celebrate symbolic actions, we will organize and we will fight the criminalization of our communities.”
“On November 21, 2015 we will meet at Harrison Park in Pilsen at 10 am to march to the local ICE offices demanding an end to deportations.”
Interviews available upon request, including with community members who would and wouldn’t qualify for deferred action.
Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a Chicago-based, undocumented led, community group organizing against immigration detention and deportation.