3/8 in #NYC: “Our Deportation Crisis – What’s Next?” Conference via @NewSanctuaryNYC
March 8, 2013, 8:15am – 4:00pm
This working conference, coordinated by New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, along with supporters and national allies, will convene 300 local and regional attorneys, advocates, organizers, unions, and faith leaders for a day of critical dialogue. Together we will examine the key role Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plays in maintaining a system of brutal regulations and procedures that traps individuals and families, incarcerates children, forces police to act as federal agents, and divides communities. This is the first step in a campaign to bring diverse segments of the New York community together to advocate for humane immigration policies.
Over 1 million people were deported since 2008, almost the population of Manhattan and more than all of Westchester County. Despite promises of reform, the Obama administration deported 409,000 people last year, the highest number ever. These deportations are only one aspect of a brutal system that keeps almost 12 million adults, teens, and young children locked in fear, trauma, and poverty. These numbers don’t account for the many caught in the maze of check-ins, ankle monitors, or imprisonment. These numbers don’t tell of the terror and pain of families torn apart, the frustration of police and enforcement officials forced into hunting out “illegals” and profiling innocent people, or the stranglehold on judges who have no judicial discretion. The data does not show the faces of those caught in a system that uses their labor but offers no hope, fairness, or humanity.
Participants will examine the range of ICE programs at the border, across the country, and in New York that make this possible. The panels will bring the voices and experiences of law enforcement, grassroots programs, and legal and policy experts from around the country to help shape a campaign to advocate for humane ICE policies and practice.