via @NDLON: Tucson Community Members and Civil Rights Defenders in Deportation After Routine Traffic Stop
*DWN was fortunate enough to spend a weekend with Rosa in NY in September, please help her and the others get back to their families and communities!
On October 09th three Tucson, Arizona residents were detained and placed in deportation proceedings after a routine traffic stop. Agustin Ramon Reyes Sepulveda and Arturo Robles Urea were in a vehicle that was stopped by the Tucson Police for having a non-working headlight. When they could not show an identification, the police called the Border Patrol to check their immigration papers.
When local community members saw that Arturo and Agustin were being detained by Border Patrol they peacefully assembled to observe the civil conduct of the police officers and prevent Border Patrol from detaining them. In retaliation, the crowd was pepper sprayed and eventually the Border Patrol took Arturo and Agustin, as well as Rosa Maria Leal, one of the peaceful observers.
Rosa Maria is the wife of Eleazar Castellanos, a well known day laborer and organizer who participated in last year’s national ‘No Papers No Fear’ Ride for Justice, or ‘Undocubus.’ All three people detained are also organizers and volunteers with the community organization Corazón de Tucson, and are currently detained at Eloy Detention Center.
Please go HERE to send an e-mail to ICE to urge them to use prosecutorial discretion to release the three, and close their deportation cases.