Another Portland “Dreamer” in ICE Detention

Advocates Say DACA Youth Needs Medication, Wheelchair 

Emmanuel at his high school graduationMarch 29, 2017 - Immigrants’ rights groups said today another Portland “dreamer” is being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Tacoma detention center, 21-year-old Emmanuel Ayala Frutos. He was picked up by ICE from his home in North Portland early Sunday morning without a warrant. The groups said that Ayala Frutos has serious health issues that they worried were being ignored by ICE officials.

Mat dos Santos, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon), said he was concerned that Ayala Frutos was not allowed to bring his medication to control his bipolar disorder or his wheelchair with him to ICE detention.

“This is an awful, inhumane case,” dos Santos said. “Emmanuel should be recovering at home with his family, not locked away without his medication in Tacoma. His family said that ICE agents would only let him bring his leg brace, but they insisted he be allowed to bring his walker.”

In February, Ayala Frutos was discharged from Legacy Emmanuel hospital following a six week stay after being struck by a car while riding his skateboard. Both his legs were were broken and he underwent surgeries. 

“Emmanuel is in pain and at serious risk of injury,” said Ian Philabaum, an immigrant rights advocate at Innovation Law Lab. “ICE showed up early Sunday morning, without a warrant, and tricked a struggling young man from his home by telling him they were going to talk about this DACA status.”

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Portland Dreamer is Reunited with his Family, For Now — But this Won't be the Last Heartbreaking Story Under Trump's ICE

By Sarah Armstrong, Communications and Outreach Director

Francisco reunited with familyMarch 28, 2017 - Last night, Francisco Rodriguez Dominguez, a 25-year-old “dreamer” from Portland, was reunited with his family after being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Their emotional reunion was possible because people came together to resist the risky constitutional actions of President Trump’s immigration agents and to say loudly that they cannot take one of our own without a fight.  

Francisco is an Oregonian. He lives in the neighborhood he grew up in, graduated from Reynolds High School, and attends Mt. Hood Community College. He volunteers at his church, coaches an elementary school soccer team, and works at a food pantry that serves low income families. His family is in Oregon. His friends are in Oregon. Which is why it was shocking to learn that federal immigration agents, without a warrant and without any cause, raided his home on Sunday morning.

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VICTORY! Portland “Dreamer” Released From ICE Detention

Detained DACA recipient quickly reunited with family following public outcry

March 27, 2017 - Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez, the 25-year-old DACA recipient who was picked up by ICE agents at his Portland home Sunday, was released from ICE custody on bond following a public outcry over his detention. Advocacy groups Causa Oregon, the Latino Network, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon) credited the massive public response to his story for the quick turn of events.

“We are thankful to everyone who called to ask ICE to release Francisco,” said Mat dos Santos, legal director at the ACLU of Oregon. “The phone lines were jammed up all day yesterday and today. Yet again, people have shown that they reject the cruel policies of the Trump administration.”

Andrea Williams, executive director of Causa Oregon said today’s news gave her hope.

“Families should not be torn apart. Dreamers and children should be safe in our state. Oregonians have the right to demand that ICE adopt more humane policies and tactics. We saw Oregonians speak out over the last 24 hours, and it resulted in Francisco’s swift release and reunification with his family.”

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Defelonize Drug Possession - HB 2355

The War on Drugs has failed. We have a chance right now to take a smarter approach in Oregon, by passing HB 2355, to defelonize small-scale drug possession. 

TAKE ACTION: Tell Oregon sheriffs THANK YOU for supporting HB 2355 for a smarter approach to drug possession in Oregon!

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Terrorism and the First Amendment

by Mat dos Santos, Legal Director

lone protesters faces line of police in PortlandMarch 7, 2017 - The United States government considered Nelson Mandela a terrorist until 2008. Mandela was a designated terrorist eighteen years after he was released from prison; fifteen years after he won the Nobel peace prize; and, fourteen years after he was elected President of South Africa.

Let that sink in for a moment.

In 1962, the US government considered Mandela to be “the most dangerous communist” outside of the then Soviet Union. It was subsequently revealed that a CIA agent provided the South African government with the information necessary to apprehend him and land him in prison for twenty-seven years.

The indignity suffered by Mandela during every visit to the United States—as a “terrorist” he had to get special clearance to enter the country—was finally wiped clean by an act of Congress just five years before he died. 

Nelson Mandela, and his organizing in South Africa, was not protected by the First Amendment, a freedom afforded by the U.S Constitution only to those in the United States. But we should not forget that Angela Davis, Malcom X, and yes, even the now-beloved Martin Luther King Jr. were at varying times labeled enemies of the state during their struggle against segregation in the United States. The First Amendment protected their organizing. But it did not stop our federal law enforcement agencies from watching, labeling, and arresting them. We are fortunate that these heroes of racial justice did not cower when faced with jail time, but instead spoke louder.

Late last week, we learned that people in Portland organizing against police killings of Black men, white nationalist politicians, and the countless systems of racism throughout our local, state, and federal governments are now considered “domestic terrorists” by Department of Homeland Security. Why? Because the Portland Police Bureau labeled the November 10, 2016 protest a “riot.” 

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Information on ICE Raids in Oregon

Lea en Español: Información sobre las redadas de ICE en Oregon

March 2, 2017 - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, confirmed that they conducted a raid in Woodburn, a predominantly Latino town in Oregon. Of the people detained, at least four had no criminal record. ICE officials claimed they were looking for someone in particular when they stopped two vans of forest workers, but we should be very skeptical. This is a flimsy excuse for violating constitutional rights.

The Constitution guarantees core basic rights to every person in the United States. This applies during ICE enforcement actions. Immigration raids frequently violate the Constitution. For example, ICE agents engage in prohibited behavior when they selectively target predominantly Latino neighborhoods and work sites; enter people’s homes without proper warrants or consent; or coerce frightened individuals to submit to interrogations about their citizenship and immigration status.

The Constitution ensures equal protection and fair treatment under the law to all people, regardless of their skin color or accent. Looking or sounding “foreign” is not enough to justify seizing a person for immigration investigation.

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