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Against Violence in Mexico and in Favor of Immigration Relief in the US, They March in Los Angeles

Against the violence in Mexico and demanding that President Obama grant immigration relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, were two demands expressed today in the streets of Los Angeles through two separate marches organized by members of the community migrant.

Bertha Rodriguez-Santos

Around one hundred demonstrators called by the Resistance Front, which brings together several migrant organizations, marched before noon from Placita Olvera to the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles as part of the international mobilization days to request the presentation with life of the 43 students disappeared at the hands of the police in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.

Violence in Mexico in recent decades has increased forced migration to the United States. Above all, in the last 8 years in which more than 80 thousand people have died in the country as a result of the so-called war on drugs.

“Wherever you scratch in Mexico there are clandestine graves. How long is this going to stop?”, asked Antonia, one of the protesters in front of the Mexican consulate.

The violent events that occurred in Iguala, Guerrero on September 26 and the climate of anxiety that has spread throughout Mexico as a result of the disappearance of students, have a direct impact on migrant families.

“Many people emigrate due to violence and once here they find that the United States immigration policy does not protect them, but that millions have been deported and returned to violence in Mexico,” said Angela Sanbrano, executive director of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), participant in the march for legalization.

solidarity march

One of the people who has lived closely the pain caused by the violence in Mexico is Alma de Jesús Ramírez, a young Dreamer who was brought by her parents to the United States when she was little.

What happens in Guerrero affects her personally, shares Alma, because she is originally from Chilpancingo, in that entity in southern Mexico. Eight years ago, immigration agents deported his brother Angel and four years ago, the young man was kidnapped and tortured without his family being able to support him due to his immigration status.
“I am undocumented but I feel that I am lucky to be here because I have the right to demand for my family, to continue fighting but without the fear of being killed, without my life being in danger,” he told those present.

“It is very sad to see that my classmates, the students in other countries, are tortured for wanting the same thing that I want,” Alma commented, unable to contain her tears: “Seeing the faces of these young people gives me a lot of feeling because I am also a student and I have fought so much but I have never been afraid that someone will kill me and what they did is very brave. I want to be like them, I want to continue fighting on their behalf and I will be present when possible here with you”.

Present at this march were members of Unión del Barrio, Alerta Cali, the Committee for Democracy in Mexico, the Immigration Coalition of Southern California, the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB) and the Resistance Front, as well as members of the Latino community, including US-born youth of Hispanic origin.

The participants in the march maintained that they will continue pressure actions that are added to the mobilizations carried out in Mexico in solidarity with the relatives of the normalist students.

Estela Jiménez, who traveled from San Diego to participate in the march, said that in the next few days the organizations will define the strategies to follow to coordinate the struggle of a movement that seeks to achieve profound changes in Mexico, since it is urgent to stop atrocities such as the one registered in Guerrero at the same time that a total cleaning of government institutions is achieved.

March for the papers

After noon, a hundred people led by members of the Transnational Mexican Brotherhood left the corner of Olympic and Broadway boulevards, towards the United States federal building, which houses the offices of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE).

The march was held to protest anti-immigrant policies on the 20th anniversary of Proposition 187, approved by voters in 1994 and sponsored by then-California Governor Pete Wilson. It was the first law that made it a crime to live without documents in the United States.

Additionally, this law set the precedent for similar laws to be enacted in Congress and other states. One of those laws was HR 4437 or the Sensenbrenner initiative (proposed in the House of Representatives in 2005), which is a border protection, anti-terrorism and illegal migration control law.

The laws against migrants provoked massive mobilizations at the national level like the one carried out on March 25, 2006, when around a million people took to the streets of Los Angeles and many other cities in the country, to demand a stop to the anti-immigrant wave.

One of the organizers of this march was Gloria Saucedo, leader of the Transnational Mexican Brotherhood, who marched with dozens of activists and members of the migrant community; Also present was the girl Jersey Vargas, known among the migrant community for having become a defender of the rights of the undocumented by asking Pope Francis to intercede with Obama on behalf of migrant families.

This demonstration emphasized asking President Barack Obama to stop deportations and to execute an administrative order that grants immigration relief to the more than 11 million unauthorized residents.

This October 25, the streets of Los Angeles became a space where the globalization of the struggles for civil and human rights is more than evident.

#Nomorewaiting: Message From Migrants to Obama on Social Networks

With the message of “No More Waiting” and “Executive Relief Now”, various pro-immigrant organizations will flood public and virtual spaces, as a way of sending messages to President Barack Obama and members of the United States Congress, to achieve executive action that grant legal status to millions of migrant families and benefit as many people as possible.

The activities will take place throughout the country this Friday, October 31, a few days before the midterm elections on November 4.

Members of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red MX) in Los Angeles and Chicago, join organizations such as the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), as well as allied organizations in churches and unions, among other entities and progressive individuals in the country.

Actions include vigils, community forums, marches, and religious events in Houston, Texas; Greenville, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, as well as Chicago, Illinois and Florida.

NALACC and Red Mx will also participate in virtual actions that consist of publishing photos or videos with posters or events that display messages such as #NoMoreWaiting or that use the slogan “Executive Relief Now!”

Photos or videos with these messages will be posted on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook accounts. In all these options you must tag the person who posts as well as @NALACC_ORG, in addition to putting it on the event page

The message

The messages addressed to the president and members of Congress include the following remarks:

1. We have already waited a long time for legalization. You ask us for a vote, we ask you to act in relation to an administrative relief. Stop delaying a measure on immigration reform and stop blaming each other.

2. We will not allow the welfare of the community to be put up for negotiation; We have already waited too long.

3. Children and families come first. Our commitment is with our families.

4. Stop deporting innocent families. No more separated families.

5. Do not assume that we will give you our vote. We have the ability to change our vote when it comes to going to the polls. We are going to vote based on your response to these issues. We are not married to either party. We want to see results and a more humane response to immigration policy.

6. You have played with our confidence but we are not going to wait any longer. Actions must be taken now because the lives and well-being of migrant families are in your hands.

7. We are tired of being hostage to political and partisan interests.

Immigration Policy Questioned

The strategy of the United States government has been to subordinate the migratory approach to the massive displacement of people.
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For this reason, the pressure from pro-immigrant organizations has intensified. On October 28, during a speech by President Obama in Milwaukee, several activists interrupted the president by shouting slogans related to stopping deportations. The president replied that they should protest against the Republicans because they are the ones who have blocked immigration reform and not him.

For its part, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) made a statement on October 27, recommending that the United States government close detention centers for migrant children and families. since the arrests are being questioned for violating the human rights of those arrested and this will not stop migration from the countries of the South as long as there is no comprehensive migration policy that takes into account the factors that generate the massive displacement of people.

During a hearing during the 153rd period of sessions of the IACHR, Mary McCarthy, from the Center for Justice and International Law (Cejil), asked the commission to publish a report to determine whether the United States complies with its international obligations to guarantee access to legal protection for children and families fleeing violence.

McCarthy requested that the IACHR urge the United States to establish an independent entity to oversee the process by which authorities determine who can submit asylum or refugee applications. They also suggest improving the process for accepting refugee and asylum requests due to the massive displacement of people.
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It transpired that the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of the United States will send their own recommendations to President Obama in a couple of weeks.

Based on this, President Obama is expected to announce a series of executive actions similar to the one he adopted in 2012 to stop the deportation of some Dreamers or young people without documents who were brought by their parents when they were little.

According to the DHS, the number of deportations by the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased by 5 percent during fiscal year 2013. About 450 thousand immigrants were deported last year.

In the southwest area of ​​the border alone, around 68,541 unaccompanied minors as well as 68,445 families were detained between October 2013 and August 2014, according to the IACHR report, and it is estimated that President Obama has already deported two million immigrants during his two consecutive administrations.

The vast majority of those arrested were fleeing violence, domestic abuse and gangs. The response by the US government has been plagued by human rights violations.

The implementation of the so-called “rocket docket” or expedited processes in the courts to deport thousands of adult migrants and minors, has taken precedence over the possibility of granting asylum to minors and families fleeing violence.

As if that were not enough, there has been an increase in the use of GPS-enabled electronic shackles that are placed on the ankles of unauthorized immigrants facing civil violations. These location aids are quite invasive and have a huge impact on the mental health of migrants and their loved ones.

Migrant organizations question the immorality of immigration policies that turn innocent creatures into criminals and cause pain in thousands of separated families.

Support to the Social Movement for Justice in the Ayotzinapa Case: Red Mexicana

The position of the Attorney General of the Mexican Republic, Jesús Murillo Karam, of not presenting definitive evidence based on scientific evidence that leads to the whereabouts of the 43 disappeared students in Iguala, Guerrero and instead, has presented hypotheses based on the declaration of three of the suspects, is unfortunate because it lengthens the waiting period for the conclusions and gives rise to greater social discontent in Mexico.

The Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx) regrets the lack of efficient and expeditious government intervention as the circumstances in the Ayotzinapa case warrant. In addition, we condemn the position of the Mexican federal government to evade the responsibility of the Mexican State in the disappearance of the students.

We believe that there is federal responsibility for omission from the moment the Mexican Army was aware of the events on the day of the attack on the students. Given the history of former municipal president José Luis Abarca and his wife of having ties to organized crime, these elements were sufficient for the prompt intervention of the federal government.

We understand the prosecutor’s fatigue in the face of unfortunate events, but the seriousness of the situation in Mexico only gives room to show efficiency and willingness to solve problems.

We do not want the disappearance of 43 students and the murder of six people on September 26 to be “carpetazo” and be forgotten like the massacres of Aguas Blancas (June 1995, 17 dead and 21 wounded); Acteal (December 1997, 45 dead); El Bosque (June 1998, 9 deaths); the repression in San Salvador Atenco (2006); the death of 49 children in the ABC Nursery (2009); the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas (2011); the hundreds of women murdered in Ciudad Juárez since 1993 and the more than 60,000 deaths that fell during Felipe Calderón’s so-called drug war.

Now more than ever it is necessary to show political will to face the social crisis facing the country. We Mexicans deserve a Mexico where honesty and justice prevail. Otherwise, the Mexican government is responsible for the course current events take.

We know that the problem in Mexico is not a problem for one person, but this is not the time for fatigue. The crisis of violence and serious human rights violations in Mexico affect all Mexicans, whether or not we are in Mexico.

To the relatives of the disappeared youth, we express support and strength to continue the fight for truth and justice in the Ayotzinapa case. We want truth and justice for all of Mexico.
The Mexican Network was founded in 2007 to coordinate and promote public policies in favor of Mexican migrant communities in the United States and in their places of origin. It is made up of 40 migrant organizations, as well as individuals with leadership in the migrant community in the states of Texas, California, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, New York, New Mexico and Indiana, in the United States. In the Mexican Republic, it has representatives in Zacatecas, Michoacán, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Puebla Federal District, Guanajuato, Durango, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Veracruz, Tlaxcala and Yucatán.

Message to President Enrique Peña Nieto

President Enrique Pena Nieto:

As an organization of Mexicans residing in the United States, we strongly condemn the death and disappearance of students on September 26 in Ayotzinapa. We express our disagreement with the tiredness that the Mexican government has shown in making the truth known, clarifying the events, imparting justice and guaranteeing the non-repetition of the events.

The response has been late, frivolous and ineffective, which has caused an increase in the people’s mistrust of their authority.

The humanitarian crisis and serious human rights violations in Mexico affect all Mexicans, even beyond borders.

Given the proven lack of capacity of the Mexican State to respond to the circumstances, we demand his resignation from his position as leader of the nation. We urgently need a leadership that without running over, is accountable, fully restores the constitutional order and builds hope.

Divided Families Even With Obama’s Executive Action, the Fight Continues: Red MX

Los Angeles, CA.- Although we recognize that the executive action decreed by President Barack Obama will protect some 5 million people from deportation, around 6 million were left out, so migrant organizations will continue the fight until the full rights of migrants and their families are permanently recognized and families are guaranteed to stay together.

From the perspective of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), the executive action announced by President Obama on November 20 has the following implications:

1) Deferred Action for Parents of Citizens or Legal Residents will only be in effect for three years.

2) Excludes about six million people including: a) parents of dreamers b) rural or urban workers whose families are in Mexico or whose children are not citizens or residents, c) single people or without children citizens or residents ( including members of the gay and lesbian community).

3) President Obama’s measure is provisional and incomplete and gives rise to the systematic violation of the rights of people who are forced to leave their countries of origin, for which permanent solutions are required and comprehensively fix the system United States immigration.

The positive:

· Expands the range of the eligible population for the Deferred Action for Those Brought in as Children (DACA) program, for young people who arrived in this country before turning 16 years of age and who have been physically present in the country since the January 1, 2010 or before; extends the period of DACA and employment authorization from two to three years.

Allows parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents who were physically present in the country on or before January 1, 2010, to apply for deferred action and employment authorization for a period of three years, through a new program for Deferred Action for Parental Responsibility, as long as they pass required criminal background checks and meet other criteria.

• Expands the use of provisional unlawful presence waivers to include
spouses and children of lawful permanent residents and adult sons and daughters of US citizens.

• The waiver (I-601A) is extended to all eligible family members, which now includes adult children and spouses of legal permanent residents (this requires legislation that defines the term “extreme hardship”).

· For family members of citizens or legal residents who are in or seeking to enlist in the military.

· Support for victims of extortion, forced labor, fraud in foreign employment contracts and victims of human trafficking.

·Reforms to the employment-based immigration system such as the extension of OPT (Elective Academic Training) for STEM (Engineering, Science, Technology and Mathematics) graduates; defines “specialized knowledge” for L-1B (professionals with specialties visa) employees transferred from one company to another; more H-1B (temporary workers with high specialization) in the definition of similar jobs and a new program to attract talented entrepreneurs to the country.

The negative:

· Priority Enforcement Program (Replaces Secure Communities), to deport individuals found guilty of criminal offenses. Until now Secure Communities has been used as an excuse to deport immigrants regardless of whether they have committed crimes or not.

* Program 287g continues, which allows the collaboration of local police and immigration or ICE.

· Excludes parents of Dreamers, farm and city workers without close family members who are legal residents or citizens, and from the gay lesbian community.

· Presidential executive action does not benefit those without immediate family ties but who are members of our community.

It is not yet clear whether parents with final orders of removal or who have re-entered after deportation would be eligible for the program. Apparently, they would be eligible since they do not represent a priority under the new president’s memorandum.

· People who qualify under this executive action, although they will pay taxes, will not have any public benefits such as health services, etc.

The worrying:

New law enforcement priorities will remain focused on hitting migrant communities as the criminalization of our communities in the interior and at the border continues, which will continue to separate families.

Priority 1: Noncitizens convicted of aggravated felonies, suspected terrorists, convicted gang members, and people arrested trying to cross the border.

Priority 2: Noncitizens with convictions for three or more offenses; non-citizens with misdemeanor convictions including driving under the influence of alcohol and people arrested who entered after January 1, 2014.

Priority 3: Non-citizens who have received a deportation order after January 1, 2014. People who entered in 2014 will be subject to strict application of the law.

The grave:

· Increased border surveillance. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to assign an additional 20,000 border agents in addition to further militarization of the border.

· More programs against undocumented migration such as the Criminal Alien Removal Program (CARI), which targets Latinos for detention and deportation, as well as ICE raids.

· Continuation of expedited deportations and Operation Streamline.

· Does not include reforms to the migrant detention system. The administration plans to expand the number of private prisons for migrants. The detention of families will continue; DHS will open a new detention center in Dilley, Texas; detention of asylum seekers will continue.

· More people will die trying to cross the border; More civil and human rights violations are expected in border communities.

The presidential decree does not contribute to rooting out the problems generated by undocumented migration, such as the Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Merida Initiative. The latter has played a crucial role in the failed war on drugs. Mexicans will continue to migrate as long as there is poverty and violence generated by anti-democratic policies in Mexico.

The Red Mx considers that if the president finally took this step aimed at protecting less than half of undocumented families, it was because of the strong pressure that organizations that fight for the rights of migrants have been exerting for more than 20 years.

It is also due to the fact that the 2016 presidential elections are approaching. If the president thinks that with this executive action he will make the Latino electorate very happy, we want to remind them that the Latino vote is worth more than half-fulfilled promises.

Immigration laws must be changed as well as free market policies in order to address the causes of migration and to guarantee the labor, civil and human rights of millions of people in accordance with the assumption that the United States is the most great on the planet.

For more details on requirements, we recommend the public consult the official Spanish site of the DHS.

The Mexican Network was founded in 2007 to coordinate and promote public policies in favor of Mexican migrant communities in the United States and in their places of origin. It is made up of 40 migrant organizations, as well as individuals with leadership in the migrant community in the states of Texas, California, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, New York, New Mexico and Indiana, in the United States. In the Mexican Republic, it has representatives in Zacatecas, Michoacán, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Puebla Federal District, Guanajuato, Durango, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Veracruz, Tlaxcala and Yucatán.

RedMX Offers Free Counseling for DAPA and DACA in California and Illinois

Gathering the proper proof and submitting the application correctly, as well as having advice from immigration experts, are key aspects for people who apply for the benefit of the Deferred Action Program for Parents (DAPA).

To do this, immigration lawyers will offer informative and advisory workshops that seek to help people who qualify to carry out a procedure with a high probability of being approved.

Member organizations of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red MX) have opened their doors to provide the community with legal guidance in this regard.

This December 18, International Migrants Day, the offices of Red MX organizations in Los Angeles and Panorama City, California; Chicago, Il-linois and other cities in the states of Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Nebraska will offer free orientation workshops.

The workshops will provide details on 1) Who qualifies for DAPA and DACA extension, 2) What documents are needed to enter the program, 3) What are the step-by-step instructions that must be followed to receive the benefit, 4) Particular cases.

In the month of February 2015, the offices of the Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will begin receiving applications from applicants for the new DACA and in May for the (DAPA).

DAPA (What is DAPA?)
• Protection from deportation for three years
• Work permit for three years.

Who qualifies:

1) Parents of US citizens and legal residents who have been present in the country before or until January 1, 2010. The children must have been born before or until November 20, 2014.

2) Spouses, sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and adult sons and daughters of US citizens.

Applicants must not have a history of one felony or three misdemeanors.


1) Young people who entered the country before their 16th birthday and who have been present until January 1, 2010 or before (DACA extension from two to three years).
It doesn’t matter how old a person is today as long as they entered when they were 16 or younger.

Cost of the procedure: $465.00.

Other cases

a) Family members of citizens or legal residents who are part of or are trying to enlist in the military.

b) Victims of extortion, forced labor, fraud in employment contracts abroad and victims of human trafficking.

c) For work (only if you have special talents). Be a professional, have exceptional training, religious worker or if you are an investor.

In general, it is recommended to have the following documents ready:

▪ Valid ID. Passport, birth certificate, consular registration or any other official document from your country of origin.

▪ Proof of relationship to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (child or spouse).

▪ Proof of continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010. Rent receipts or mortgage payments, work checks, bank statements, tax payment stubs, school documents, etc.

People are advised not to make decisions based on the advice of notary publics or immigration consultants, but to seek information from attorneys or accredited legal representatives.

The official USCIS website offers updates on the subject:


The Angels:

Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations
Location: 2858 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005.

Time: From 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Taught by: Lawyer Robert Foss

Info: María Sánchez at (213) 359 10 67 and Odilia Romero: (213) 359-0264

Panorama City:

Transnational Mexican Brotherhood
Location: 7915 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City, CA 91402
DACA and DAPA: Every Tuesday at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm
Info: Gloria Saucedo: (818) 9893019.

Chicago, Ill:
Federation of Michoacán Clubs in Illinois- FEDECMI
Place: 1638 S. Blue Island Avenue, Chicago, Illionois 60608
Hours to be confirmed.
Info: Zoraida Avila: (773) 577-9566

Preparing for Legalization, Mexican Network Encourages Migrants in Educational Video

To help migrant families prepare to carry out DACA and DAPA immigration procedures, the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red MX), has made available to the public, an informative video that provides the necessary data to carry out these procedures. migratory.

The video includes timely information on what the Deferred Action for Parental Responsibility (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Children Brought in as Childhood (DACA) programs are, who could qualify for these benefits, the requirements that interested persons must gather, as well as the documentation that is recommended to be prepared.

The executive director of Red Mx, Angela Sanbrano and Gloria Saucedo, from Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional, explain the importance that the greatest number of people make use of this temporary benefit announced by President Barack Obama on November 20, 2014.

The video, which circulates through YouTube, also includes Jessica Valenzuela, a young student at Claremont University who participates in the Dreamers movement, as well as Leisy Ábrego, a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), who alerts people to avoid being victims of fraud by immigration consultants, notaries public and tax preparers.

This video is an educational and information tool that will be used by Red MX members in different states of the United States, as well as by all those migrant support organizations that wish to use it. The videos will be shown during the advisory workshops that the member organizations of the network are giving in their respective cities.

The informative video of around eleven minutes, is released a few weeks after the DACA (mid-February) and DAPA (around May 20) procedures begin.

In California, there are around one million people who could make use of this immigration benefit and it is estimated that of this amount, some 400,000 people would benefit in Los Angeles County.

The Mexican Network believes that an immigration reform that benefits all migrant workers still needs to be achieved, but recognizes that people who qualify for Obama’s administrative action should take advantage of it while continuing to press for a fair and comprehensive immigration reform for all. migrant workers in the United States.