Thursday, July 5, 2007


In Hartford, CT last week three people were taken in another illegal ICE Raid. In a show of solidarity, the families of those taken along with the supportive community took to the streets, holding a rally on the steps of City Hall. Here is the press release for the event with a little more information on it as well as some press coverage of the event.
(Scroll down the list of video clips to 'Immigration Raids' on 6/29.)


Come and show support at the press conference in front of City Hall
Friday, June 29, 11 a.m.
550 Main Street, Hartford

Deacon Arthur Miller, Office of Black Catholic Ministries
Margaret Steinegger-Keisser, Director, Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for
Equity and Justice
Ibrahim Jibrell, Stop the Raids! Students of Trinity College
Eldr Diaz, relative of the detainees
Representative, Hartford Areas Rally Together
Fatima Rojas, Unidad Latina en Accion of New Haven

On Wednesday, June 20, at 6 a.m., more than a dozen federal agents from
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the apartment of Enendi Diaz,
Antonio Diaz, and Norma Velazquez at 55 Standish Street in Hartford.

ICE came looking for Norma on a deportation order. They snatched her boyfriend,
Enendi, and his cousin, Antonio, as "collateral damage." They jailed them in
Hartford for two days, then transferred them to Rhode Island. None of the family
recalled Norma ever receiving a deportation order.

A press event has been scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall to protest
this raid.

Enendi, Antonio, and Norma are not criminals. And ICE's paramilitary-style
assault on their home was not law enforcement, but enforcement of a second-class
status for immigrants. With one hand, ICE withholds them legal status, with the
other it seizes them on suspicion of being here illegally. How long can we allow
ICE to punish the victims and perpetuate the crime?

This event is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and Stop the
Raids! Students of Trinity College. Speakers list in formation.

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