Item: Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican national holiday. However, it is observed in the Mexican city of Puebla, which is where the Mexican Army defeated French soldiers in a battle toward freedom in 1862. Commercial liquor and food interests have created the U.S. semi-holiday.
By William Street
May fifth binds Mexicans and Americans as we celebrate and are reminded of the wealth of contributions made to our lives by Mexican and Hispanic culture (hot sauce, tequila, a passion for living, a lyrical language, a pace of living counter to our industrial get-it-done-yesterday approach, appreciation of family, and a deep spirituality, to name a few).
Yet on May fifth, as every other work day of the year, Hispanics residing in Clackamas County and throughout Oregon, both documented and unauthorized, are routinely subjected to harassment, detention, and deportation without access to the fundamental freedom of our legal system and culture: due process. Continue reading
Join the Struggle this Saturday from noon to 2pm at the Correctional Facility in The Dalles.
Message from the hunger strikers (names removed for their safety): “[We] are still on hunger strike as of this morning but it is getting very difficult. We both feel very nauseous, weak and tired, and I’m starting to worry about long term effects on my health. [One of the hunger strikers] was transferred somewhere this morning, we don’t know where but probably to Tacoma or Portland. He said before he left that he was going to continue the strike. *We ask the local communities to stand with us in our demand to get ICE out of Oregon. We are hunger striking for our basic needs at this jail facility but, really, we should not be detained here. This is a jail.*”
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By William Street
Rights of individual states vs. federal authority have been contentious since the founding of this country. “Don’t tread on me,” New Hampshire’s motto aimed at the British, can now be applied to many cities, states and counties opposing Trump’s egregious deportation policies.
Today we see more states, including Oregon, and more counties, hopefully including soon our own Clackamas, and more cities, including several in Oregon, declaring that the Feds cannot come into our turf and apply their policy at the expense of our neighbors. Continue reading
Young adults who moved to this country and Oregon with their parents when they were very young, are being deported to a country where they’ve never lived, have no roots, and in some cases don’t even speak the language. The latest such misadventure in this area attracted a great deal of attention.
In violation of its own policies and procedures, ICE agents improperly seized Reynolds High School and Mt Hood Community College graduate, Rodriguez Dominguez, 25, from his Southeast Portland home in the early morning, Sunday March 26. Continue reading
By Peter Nordbye
They Will Never Come for Me
We know it is happening even here. The federal government is using its entire repressive apparatus to detain U.S. and Clackamas County residents without due process and without just cause. The level of fear in many of our agricultural communities across the county is palpable.
Children are being withheld from school.
Crimes are not being reported. Continue reading
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts
Clackamas County is an unwilling “sanctuary county.” The Sheriff’s Office will not honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests without additional probable cause, because it is under a court order not to.
Here’s the story: “A federal magistrate judge in Oregon concluded that county officials violated a woman’s Fourth Amendment rights when they kept her in custody solely on the basis of an immigration detainer.” Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County, No. 3:12-cv-02317-ST, slip op. (D. Or. April 11, 2014) (Stewart, Magistrate Judge) Continue reading