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  March 20, 2017

'They are Taking Everyone': Families March Against Deportations in Phoenix


On Saturday, a small group of families marched on Phoenix, Arizona, against the escalating number of families separated by deportations.
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'They are Taking Everyone': Families March Against Deportations in Phoenix"They are taking Everyone"

On Saturday, March 18th 2017, a small group of families marched on Phoenix Arizona, against the escalating number of families separated by deportations. While calling for a boycott to Wells Fargo the activist say that in the community there is real fear to attend any rally and be targeted, captured and deported.

By Oscar León

March 18, 2017

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“Are we natives [of this land]? Yes!

Are we illegals? No!”

Are we criminals? No!

What are we? Workers!

Vo: On Saturday, March 18th 2017, a small group of families marched on Phoenix Arizona, against the escalating number of families separated by deportations.

Sot Osneli about separations

The group of families in the march walked under the sun, at 95 degrees. Between the buildings downtown, sheppeard by police cars and officers in front and behind them.

Until they reached the main office of Wells Fargo, where they called for an hispanic community boycott to the bank that finances prisons and pipelines all the same.

This building not long ago hosted the office of Joe Arpaio, where we interviewed him back in 2010.

The activists then claimed victory for the unseating of Joe Arpaio

Nat Sound singing about wells fargo

“We got Arpaio out of Wells Fargo (repeating)

From Wells Fargo we got the dude out ”

They also called for a boycott to the bank

Raul Cordero says that Wells Fargo even paid for legal costs on behalf of the sheriff.

Raul Cordero

Volunteer, Neighborhood Defense Committee

When we had the problem with SB1070 law (2010), [when the law was challenged in court] that bank directly paid for the legal defense of [SB1070].

We believe they use our own money to promote the harassment and persecution of our people and our families and end up arresting and deporting us.

After Wells Fargo they demonstrated outside the city jail where many of their (or someone else’s) relatives and friends could be detained.

The intense heat made the march that more challenging for the kids and elders.

SOT Enrique Acosta, Activist, Tonatierra Neighborhood Defense Committee

Since long ago Arizona has been at the center of the fight against illegal immigration, against people violating the border, that divides the first world and the third world, many of them if not all escaping poverty and looking to find work, walking across the Sonora Arizona border, on the desert, under often deadly conditions.

Despite the fact that their presence plays an important role in the economy, with 41% of it the city’s population of hispanic roots, intertwined with undocumented immigrants.

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was re-elected for 24 years as a “hard liner”, his cruelty is famous, I myself visited Tent City Jail back in 2010.

There were also chain gangs working around the city under the sun.

[Images Tent City Jail]

And while the city has a new sheriff Paul Penzone who just defeated Arpaio, a big part of the city still lives in fear or indignation, for example according to the words of Yennifer Sanchez, 23 years old “now they are taking everyone”.

SOT

Juan Carlos Fomperosa Garcia, a single dad of 3 US citizen children, holder of a work permit to work in the US, was detained on his son’s birthday and deported, after checking in for an appointment on his asylum case at ICE, he applied for asylum out of fear of being kidnapped in Mexico, because of threats he received after being previously deported, due to the fact that his son’s where US citizens, and could pay ransom, that is why he came across the border 3 times, he said.

Like him many others have been taken when checking with ICE, like Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos who was the first one in February 8.

(Nat Sound from that report)

Back to the march, it was obvious that they had no real numbers, Jaime Dominguez says that in the community there is real fear to attend any rally and be targeted, captured and deported.

Jaime Dominguez

Volunteer, Neighborhood Defense Committee

Many of my friends unfortunately don’t have papers and I invited them, thank God I have my papers and I am here, but when I invited them, a number of them, they went like: -no, what if ICE shows up? or the cops, you know how they roll lately-

I said - we’ll that’s your choice it’s all good-, so that’s why they didn’t show up.

Jaime Dominguez also says that now the community will be less safe because now they don’t trust the police

You see my friend, when have seen that the police is now working as it would be ICE.

When they arrive if they see that the person is undocumented they immediately call ICE.

Because of the fear of deportations, undocumented families are dedicated to work and save as much as they can so they can have money when hard times come around.

SOT Raul Cordero

Volunteer, Neighborhood Defense Committee

People is focusing on work, trying to save up. Saving up in case they face any problem.

Salvador Reza is a longtime community leader, comparing to the massive marches he help organize in 2010 he thinks now there is a fundamental difference, fear.

Sot Salvador Reza

Organizer, Neighborhood Defense Committee

Just blocks away from where the march took place, signs calling for awareness and unity silently speak to people walking by, the sign made by Karen Fiorito was commissioned by the owner Beatrice Moore who said to 12 News that:

“It will remain there as long as Trump is president.”

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