With one memorable exception, virtually all major policies imposed by the Trump administration have caused division among party lines. That exception, of course, was the immigration strategy enforced in early May that separated children from their parents after they crossed the Southern U.S. border. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned at the time, “If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. … If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”
As a result, nearly 3,000 children, including scores under the age of five, were removed from their parents and placed first in Customs and Border Protection facilities, then in shelters provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Continue reading
Stop Separating Families!
Father’s Day Rally at ICE
Hosted by Direct Action Alliance and Portland Democratic Socialists of America
Sunday, June 17th, at 3 PM
4310 SW Macadam Ave, Portland
At the moment, county elected officials can be divided into two camps: those who think cooperating with ICE is illegal, and those who think cooperating with ICE is the best way to enforce the law.
Those who see partnership and cooperation as the best way to enforce the law face a dilemma. Under Oregon law and the most recent executive order on the subject by the governor, using any public resources to cooperate with ICE is illegal. Continue reading
Show up to promote justice for ALL Clackamas residents
On Thursday, June 8, at 10:30 am, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is voting to adopt an “Inclusivity” resolution which reinforces and clarifies the county’s position regarding cooperation with ICE when ICE is engaged in illegal actions within the county. The resolution also recognizes the importance of “due process” as a basic constitutional right for all residents.
View the resolution here.
The resolution is in part a response by the board to our resolution on Noncooperation with ICE which we passed at our monthly Central Committee meeting two months ago.
Since our passage of the Noncooperation resolution, we have learned that there has been a massive increase of deportations of migrants and refugees with NO criminal records. We have also learned that the threats to defund counties that are classified as “sanctuary” counties is unconstitutional based on a federal court ruling out of Northern California.
ICE has consistently been instructed by the courts to get detainer warrants issued by the courts based on critical due process Constitutional requirements. ICE has consistently ignored this process for the vast majority of their detainer warrants. They continue to have detainer warrants issued by ICE employees not part of the federal or state judiciary.
Please plan to attend and be a witness to history.
County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, June 8th, 10:30 am
150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City
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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