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and brutal handling by law enforcement, which triggered her mental disability. In fact, the longest sentence she ever received was for assaulting a correction officer who was holding her down.

Ms. Carlos was admitted to the United States in perfect mental and physical health as a lawful permanent resident 30 years ago. After being admitted to the United States, she acquired a psychotic disorder and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at the age of 15. Her attorney and family persistently called on ICE to release her, yet ICE kept Ms. Carlos in detention, which her attorney described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;horrific, punitive, and inhumane.â&#x20AC;? ICE was well aware of her medical needs as documented in letters of appeal from Ms. Carlos! attorney. ICE had ample authority to exercise discretion to release her but repeatedly chose not to.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, Families for Freedom demands:

The draconian immigration detention system has carried out a gross injustice against Ms. Carlos and her family. Her convictions have always been in response to threats

By several accounts of York County Prison detainees and her family, Ms. Carlos had been repeatedly bullied by detention facility guards. This disturbing development comes on the heels of news that three York County Prison guards are being criminally charged with official oppression and harassment after organizing a wrestling match between inmates in a storage closet and other challenges they called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retard Olympics.â&#x20AC;?

1. An independent investigation by an agency, autonomous of ICE, into Ms. Carlos! apparent suicide and also into conduct of staff at York County Prison in charge of her well being. 2. A report from ICE on York County Prison investigating officer misconduct and treatment of detainees. 3. That Congress repeal mandatory detention. A policy that requires immigrants be detained without any judicial discretion and has led to expansion of immigration detention.

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Families for Freedom, a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation, rejects the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, S.744 introduced by Senator Charles Schumer [D-NY]. Since 2002, Families for Freedom has supported thousands of our loved ones as they confront an increasingly draconian detention and deportation system that has imprisoned and removed close to four million people in two decades; two million in the last five years alone.

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As it stands, this specific â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comprehensive Immigration Reformâ&#x20AC;? bill does nothing meaningful for our families. Politicians dangle the prospect of legalization in front of us, but with the heavy cost of increased ICE and border enforcement, more deportations of those who have had contact with the criminal legal system, and no right of return for those that have been deported under expansive categories of convictions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will not accept the legalization of our daughters and sons in exchange for the banishment of our mothers, fathers and all who deserve to be reunited with their families.â&#x20AC;? CIR: A dangerous euphemism We need to prioritize human life and dignity when considering how we will modernize our immigration system. Reforming a system without addressing its racial bias and links to harmful environmental, foreign and economic policies isn!t going to fix anything in the long term. The misleading term â&#x20AC;&#x153;comprehensive immigration reformâ&#x20AC;? (CIR), once aptly described by Gabriel Arana at

the American Prospect as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the euphemistic plan to trade tougher enforcement for muchneeded improvements to immigration law,â&#x20AC;? has become not just a euphemism, but a dangerous idea that continues to paper over the trampling of human rights and civil liberties through legislation like S. 744. If what we want is Comprehensive immigration reform, to support S. 744 is incomprehensible.

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RPI status and enforcement = Catch-22 for human rights and dignity

S. 744 takes us away from developing policy rooted in family unity and expands the ways in which more and more migrants of color are brought into the criminal legal system, where they are denied legal representation, due process, and suffer human rights violations. The bill also does nothing to integrate accountability measures to address corruption, dehumanizing conditions or loss of life encountered in detention camps, border crossings and interactions with border patrol and ICE. Instead, the bill militarizes the border and expands interior enforcement, all to the tune of more than $40 billion taxpayer dollars.


We Reject S. 744 in Favor of Family Unity

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Earlier  this  year,  Families  for  Freedom  released  a  report   entitled,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncovering  USBP:  Bonus  Programs  for  United   States  Border  Patrol  Agents  and  the  Arrest  of  Lawfully   Present  Individualsâ&#x20AC;?,  which  revealed  nearly  300  wrongful   arrests  by  Border  Patrol  and  almost  $1  million  in  cash   and  other  incentives  for  only  one  border  patrol  station  in   Buffalo,  NY.  We  are  outraged  to  know  that  S.744  proposes   to  provide  USBP  with  increased  funding  for  Border  Patrol   agents  and  weaponry.  This  funding  would  double  USBPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   size  from  20,000  agents  to  40,000,  and  provide  them   war  weaponry  such  as  Blackhawk  attack  helicopters  and   drones.    Our  report  illustrates  that  USBP  is  essentially   a  rogue  agency,  increasing  funds  will  only  lead  to  more   ZURQJIXODUUHVWVDQGUDFLDOSURÂżOLQJSUDFWLFHV S.  744  provides  most  of  us  with  two  options:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Registered   Provisional  Immigrantâ&#x20AC;?  status  or  deportation.  The  Center   for  Human  Rights  and  Constitutional  Law  estimates  that   5  million  people  will  not  qualify  for  temporary  legal  or   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Registered  Provisional  Immigrantâ&#x20AC;?  status  and  will  thus  be   in  danger  of  immediate  deportation.    As  â&#x20AC;&#x153;RPIsâ&#x20AC;?  we  would   not  enter  a  path  to  citizenship,  but  rather  a  probation   period  without  a  full  legal  status  and  no  legal  rights.  Not   only  is  this  status  riddled  with  exclusionary  barriers  that   target  poor  people,  but  it  can  also  be  taken  away  at  any   point.    The  bill  does  not  create  a  pathway  to  citizenship   for  those  who  have  been  here  legally  for  years  as  Green   Card  holders  who  have  had  contact  with  the  criminal  legal   system,  even  when  their  debt  to  society  has  been  paid.

that  no  longer  administers  justice,  but  legal  racially  biased   punishment  instead.  The  list  of  high-­priority  deportable   crimes  continues  to  increase  and  is  tied  to  the  root   issue  of  mass  incarceration  that  plagues  communities  of   color,  with  or  without  papers.    In  this  system,  illegal  entry   and  re-­entry  into  the  United  States  is  already  the  most   prosecuted  charge  in  federal  courts  today.  Migrants  who   HQWHUZLWKRXWSDSHUVIRUWKHÂżUVWWLPHZLOOEHSXQLVKHGZLWK prison  sentences  of  one  year,  three  years  for  re-­entry,   and  migrants  with  prior  convictions  of  more  than  15  days   jail  time  will  be  punished  with  up  to  10  year  sentences.   Millions  of  poor  people  of  color  who  have  contact  with  the   criminal  legal  system  will  be  jailed,  categorized  and  forced   to  leave  the  country  without  guarantee  of  being  able  to   return,  ever. In  this  system,  a  deported  mother  who  re-­enters  to  be  with   her  U.S.-­citizen  children,  or  a  young  person  whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  lived   here  her  whole  life,  and  has  kicked  a  drug  addiction  and   been  rehabilitated,  will  be  banished  instead  of  remaining   XQLÂżHGZLWKKHUIDPLO\

Family  unity  and  dignity  for  all

We  simply  want  a  reform  that  is  rooted  in  family  unity,  due   SURFHVVDQGDGLJQLÂżHGUHODWLRQVKLSZLWKRXUQHLJKERUVLQ Mexico.  In  2006,  when  the  last  major  immigration  push   was  underway,  we  whole-­heartedly  supported  the  Child   Citizen  Protection  Act,  which  would  restore  an  immigration   judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  discretion  to  stop  the  deportation  of  virtually   any  immigrant  if  that  deportation  were  against  the  best   Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  coming  for  all  of  us interests  of  their  U.S.-­citizen  child.  We  will  continue  to   Among  our  biggest  concerns  is  that  S.  744  systematically   support  any  legislation,  small  or  large,  that  respects  the   binds  the  criminal  legal  system  rooted  in  mass   right  of  all  families  to  remain  together. imprisonment  with  an  immigration  system  driven  by   Last  year,  about  400,000  families  were  separated.   enforcement.  With  this  union,  S.  744  will  push  to  expand   Yesterday,  a  thousand  people  were  forced  out  of  the   the  categories  of  who  is  considered  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;criminal  alienâ&#x20AC;?  and   country.  Today,  34,000  of  our  loved  ones  deteriorate   accelerate  the  process  from  detention  to  deportation,   in  prisons  and  detention  centers  across  the  country   leaving  little  to  no  opportunities  for  discretion  and  due   awaiting  real  reform.  Millions  of  people  in  the  United   process.  As  a  result,  Green  Card  holders,  asylum  seekers,   States,  Latin  America,  the  Caribbean  and  other  migrant-­ many  undocumented  people  who  may  not  qualify  for  â&#x20AC;&#x153;R   sending  regions  of  the  global  south  live  with  the  pain   P  Iâ&#x20AC;?  status,  and  other  noncitizens  with  convictions,  will   of  family  separation.  Those  numbers  alone  should  be   continue  to  be  denied  basic  human  rights.  As  people  in   enough  to  teach  us  about  the  perils  of  migration  control   VROLGDULW\ZLWKKXPDQULJKWVDQGUDFLDOMXVWLFHÂżJKWVZH policies  that  place  the  interest  of  military  contractors  and   will  not  on  one  hand  criticize  the  criminal  legal  system  for   discriminatory  party  politics  ahead  of  the  humanity  of   EHLQJĂ&#x20AC;DZHGDQGUDFLVWDQG\HWK\SRFULWLFDOO\MXVWLI\DQG migrant  communities.  Standing  on  the  tears,  hearts,  and   condone  it  when  it  interacts  with  noncitizens. hopes  of  our  families  we  want  reform  with  justice,  not  a   bargain  with  politicians  that  promises  provisional  status  in   The  United  States  has  the  largest  incarcerated  population   exchange  for  a  police  state.     in  the  world,  of  which  60  percent  are  black  and  Latino.   7KHWHUPÂł1HZ-LP&URZ´LVÂżWWLQJWRGHVFULEHDV\VWHP

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The Fight of Our Lives

La Lucha De Nuestras Vidas

this  issue Families   for   Freedom   Rejects   S.   744 Ex-­Braceros   Demand   Justice FFF   Picnics,   Parades   &   Block   Parties Detainee   Suicide   at  York   Detention   Center,   PA

Families for Freedom Demands an Independent Investigation into Detainee Suicide at York Detention We are saddened to report that Families for Freedom (FFF) member, Tiombe Carlos, age 35, has died in Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. Ms. Carlos died of an apparent suicide in York County Prison after being held in detention for nearly three years despite her welldocumented severe mental disability and repeated pleas for her release.

and brutal handling by law enforcement, which triggered her mental disability. In fact, the longest sentence she ever received was for assaulting a correction officer who was holding her down.

Ms. Carlos was admitted to the United States in perfect mental and physical health as a lawful permanent resident 30 years ago. After being admitted to the United States, she acquired a psychotic disorder and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at the age of 15. Her attorney and family persistently called on ICE to release her, yet ICE kept Ms. Carlos in detention, which her attorney described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;horrific, punitive, and inhumane.â&#x20AC;? ICE was well aware of her medical needs as documented in letters of appeal from Ms. Carlosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attorney. ICE had ample authority to exercise discretion to release her but repeatedly chose not to.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, Families for Freedom demands:

The draconian immigration detention system has carried out a gross injustice against Ms. Carlos and her family. Her convictions have always been in response to threats

By several accounts of York County Prison detainees and her family, Ms. Carlos had been repeatedly bullied by detention facility guards. This disturbing development comes on the heels of news that three York County Prison guards are being criminally charged with official oppression and harassment after organizing a wrestling match between inmates in a storage closet and other challenges they called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retard Olympics.â&#x20AC;?

1. An independent investigation by an agency, autonomous of ICE, into Ms. Carlosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; apparent suicide and also into conduct of staff at York County Prison in charge of her well being. 2. A report from ICE on York County Prison investigating officer misconduct and treatment of detainees. 3. That Congress repeal mandatory detention. A policy that requires immigrants be detained without any judicial discretion and has led to expansion of immigration detention.

Founded  in  September  2002,  Families  for  Freedom  is  a  New  York-­based  multi-­ethnic  human  rights  organization   E\DQGIRUIDPLOLHVIDFLQJDQG¿JKWLQJGHSRUWDWLRQ:HDUHLPPLJUDQWSULVRQHUV GHWDLQHHV IRUPHULPPLJUDQW SULVRQHUVWKHLUORYHGRQHVRULQGLYLGXDOVDWULVNRIGHSRUWDWLRQ)))VHHNVWRUHSHDOWKHODZVWKDWDUHWHDULQJ apart  our  homes  and  neighborhoods,  to  build  the  power  of  immigrant  communities  as  communities  of  color,  and   WRSURYLGHDJXLGLQJYRLFHLQWKHJURZLQJPRYHPHQWIRULPPLJUDQWULJKWVDVKXPDQULJKWV )DPLOLHV IRU )UHHGRP KDV HYROYHG LQWR DQ RUJDQL]LQJ FHQWHU DJDLQVW GHSRUWDWLRQ :H DUH D VRXUFH RI VXSSRUW HGXFDWLRQDQGFDPSDLJQVIRUGLUHFWO\DIIHFWHGIDPLOLHVDQGFRPPXQLWLHVORFDOO\DQGQDWLRQDOO\

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Families for Freedom, a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation, rejects the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, S.744 introduced by Senator Charles Schumer [D-NY]. Since 2002, Families for Freedom has supported thousands of our loved ones as they confront an increasingly draconian detention and deportation system that has imprisoned and removed close to four million people in two decades; two million in the last five years alone.

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As it stands, this specific â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comprehensive Immigration Reformâ&#x20AC;? bill does nothing meaningful for our families. Politicians dangle the prospect of legalization in front of us, but with the heavy cost of increased ICE and border enforcement, more deportations of those who have had contact with the criminal legal system, and no right of return for those that have been deported under expansive categories of convictions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will not accept the legalization of our daughters and sons in exchange for the banishment of our mothers, fathers and all who deserve to be reunited with their families.â&#x20AC;? CIR: A dangerous euphemism We need to prioritize human life and dignity when considering how we will modernize our immigration system. Reforming a system without addressing its racial bias and links to harmful environmental, foreign and economic policies isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to fix anything in the long term. The misleading term â&#x20AC;&#x153;comprehensive immigration reformâ&#x20AC;? (CIR), once aptly described by Gabriel Arana at

the American Prospect as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the euphemistic plan to trade tougher enforcement for muchneeded improvements to immigration law,â&#x20AC;? has become not just a euphemism, but a dangerous idea that continues to paper over the trampling of human rights and civil liberties through legislation like S. 744. If what we want is Comprehensive immigration reform, to support S. 744 is incomprehensible.

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RPI status and enforcement = Catch-22 for human rights and dignity

S. 744 takes us away from developing policy rooted in family unity and expands the ways in which more and more migrants of color are brought into the criminal legal system, where they are denied legal representation, due process, and suffer human rights violations. The bill also does nothing to integrate accountability measures to address corruption, dehumanizing conditions or loss of life encountered in detention camps, border crossings and interactions with border patrol and ICE. Instead, the bill militarizes the border and expands interior enforcement, all to the tune of more than $40 billion taxpayer dollars.

The Fight of Our Lives: La Lucha de Nuestras Vidas Fall 2013 Newsletter  

The monthly newsletter of Families for Freedom,a NY based multi-ethnic defense network by and for families facing and fighting deportation....

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