Streamline bus stoppers speak out at sentencing

This article by Dorothy Chao appears in our fall newsletter. Chao attended the July 20, 2015 sentencing of 12 local people (some of them No More Deaths volunteers) who chained themselves to the wheels of two buses carrying undocumented migrants to federal court in Tucson on October 11, 2013. The protesters stopped federal marshals from taking the group to Operation Streamline, a fast-track proceeding that sentences migrants to prison for illegal entry. In March, Pima County Justice Court Judge Susan Bacal found the defendants guilty of obstructing a highway and creating a public nuisance.

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After Raymondville: A call to support incarcerated immigrants in resistance

On February 20, 2015, the men imprisoned in the Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, Texas, took it over en masse and destroyed it. This was the most recent in a string of uprisings that have taken place since the government began incarcerating immigrants on a mass scale for “improper entry” and other minor offenses: Continue reading After Raymondville: A call to support incarcerated immigrants in resistance

Al Jazeera: “For migrants in Arizona who call 911, it’s Border Patrol on the line”

For migrants in Arizona who call 911, it’s Border Patrol on the line

Puck Lo, Al Jazeera, March 25, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. — Ely Ortiz, 42, spends many of his weekends combing Arizona’s sprawling deserts on foot, searching for people whom 911 rescue workers didn’t, or won’t, look for: lost and distressed undocumented migrants making the perilous journey from Mexico into the United States. Continue reading Al Jazeera: “For migrants in Arizona who call 911, it’s Border Patrol on the line”