Rally against ICE’s Secure Communities and Press Conference, Sept 21

On Wednesday civil rights and community organizations will join to demand justice for Roxana Orellana Santos, Maria Bolaños, Florinda Lorenzo-Desimilian, Ruth Díaz – four mothers with pending deportations despite administrative promises of relief.

The four women that are the subject of Wednesday’s protest are:

  • Roxana Orellana Santos – mother of Cesar Jr., has sued the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department for race discrimination after officers took her into custody while she sat peacefully outside her job eating her lunch. Frederick County turned her over to ICE under its notorious 287(g) agreement. Roxana’s lawsuit is pending yet she’ll never challenge race discrimination if ICE proceeds forward with her removal. ICE denied a deferral of her removal on September 14, weeks after the Obama announcement. Deportation Date: September 30, 2011 (report date September 22, 2011).
  • Ruth Diaz – when Ruth’s roommate physically attacked her, Ruth called the Prince George’s County police for protection. Instead, they arrested Ruth and her attacker. Although the judge threw out the charges against her, under Prince George’s County’s notorious Secure Communities program, she was transferred to ICE custody, leaving her 2-year old son behind. Deportation Date: September 30, 2011

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  • Maria Bolaños – Maria, mother of Melisa, called the police after being threatened by Melisa’s father the day before Christmas 2010. The responding Prince George’s County police refused to arrest her partner but instead charged Maria with selling telephone cards, trumped up charges that were later dropped by the court. Maria has fought tirelessly to expose the impact of Secure Communities on domestic violence victims. Deportation Date: to be determined October 28, 2011.
  • Florinda Faviola Lorenzo Desemilian – Florinda, mother of three, was arrested by Prince George’s County police for selling telephone cards, purportedly a crime of “operating a business without a license.” The judge declined to proceed with the charges, however that did not stop the Prince George’s County Correctional Center from transferring her into ICE custody. Released three days later to her breastfeeding infant, she has participated in a civil rights investigation of the misuse of the Secure Communities program by Prince George’s County. Deportation Date: Temporary one-year relief granted, new deportation date August 4, 2012.

Roxana, Florinda, Maria and Ruth will be available for interviews in the press conference on Wednesday.

For more information contact: Susana Flores, CASA de Maryland, 240.706.2624, and check out the facebook event.

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011. 12:30 PM

Where: National office of the DHS, 500 12th St., SW, Washington DC

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