Community Groups Demand Accountability from Obama Administration For Massive ICE Raid that Destabilized Arizona Border Communities

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What: National telephonic media conference on ICE raid that terrorized Arizona border communities.

When: Friday, April 16, 2010
10:00am PST / 11:00am Mountain / 12:00pm Central / 1:00pm Eastern (for a duration of 45 minutes)

Call-in: (719) 325-4903
Access Code: 8540341

Title: National Network Press Conference on Arizona ICE Raid

Who:
· Arnoldo Garcia, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), Oakland, CA
· Isabel Garcia, Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, Tucson, AZ
· Monami Maulik, DRUM: Desis Rising Up and Moving, New York
· Christian Ramirez, National Coordinator, Project Voice, American Friends Service Committee, San Diego, CA
· Catherine Tactaquin, NNIRR (Moderator)

Why: Community groups across the country will call again on the Obama Administration to suspend immigration enforcement and investigate the abuses, after the Administration’s latest immigration policing action coincided with the passage in Arizona of one of the worst anti-immigrant state laws in the country. Under the guise of going after smugglers, the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out a massive multi-agency police raid on Thursday, April 15 in Phoenix, Tucson and other border towns. ICE’s police action severely destabilized border communities, striking deep fear. ICE’s actions caused many community members to keep their children home from school, not shop or go to work.

For More Information:
Arnoldo Garcia, NNIRR, (510) 465-1984 ext. 305. agarcia@nnirr.org

Media conference announcement is also available at NNIRR's Blog: http://nnirr.blogspot.com