Sign a Petition to President-elect Obama for a Moratorium on ICE Raids

    1. Susy Grenier
    2. Petition by

      Susy Grenier

      Paris, France


From The RISE Movement's website :


Dear supporters,
It has been over 3 months since the completion of the historic Fast for Our Future and the election of Barack Obama. The new political landscape for our struggle for immigrant rights is becoming clear.  There are signs of hope and reasons for renewed concern.

On the plus side, Congresswoman Hilda Solis, a staunch supporter of immigrant rights who attended the Fast in Los Angeles, has been appointed Secretary of Labor. However, Obama's choice to head the Department of Homeland Security, Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona, is an advocate of strict enforcement of our broken immigration laws. Further, ICE raids agents raided a plant in Washington this past Tuesday (the first raid of Obama's presidency) and it appears the administration may postpone just immigration reform to a possible secondterm. It is clear that without sustained pressure from our movement, the promise of change we helped create will not be realized for years to come.

One week from today we will deliver to the White House the thousands of petitions demanding an immediate moratorium on ICE raids until just and humane immigration reform is passed and implemented. We need to get every possible signature before then - if you haven't already, please sign the petition today and forward this email to your friends and family.
Beyond this, our movement will have to continue on the path of militant nonviolent direct action exemplified in the Fast to create a moral and political imperative for urgent immigration reform. But to carry forward with this vision we need your help. We are still raising money to pay off expenses of the Fast and any future work will require major new financial support. Please donate today to support nonviolent action for immigrant rights. 

Thank you so much. La lucha sigue! The fight continues...

The Rise team


"President-elect Obama, we congratulate you on your historic victory, and we celebrate this moment with great hope that under your leadership we will finally be able to achieve a humane, inclusive immigration policy that unites families and offers a path toward citizenship for the undocumented. [...]

The enforcement of the unjust laws of our broken immigration system is tearing our country apart. The workplace and neighborhood raids by squads of ski-masked ICE agents armed with automatic weapons are the most brutal and outrageous part of this enforcement. They tear our families apart. They terrorize our communities. And they routinely violate the civil and constitutional rights that define our nation.

The ICE raids must end now!"


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    • Susy Grenier PARIS, FRANCE
      • over 5 years ago

      From Shannon Tipton (thanks for the news !), member at :

      RE: Update about 'Sign a Petition to President-elect Obama for a Moratorium on ICE Raids' on

      Good News on Racism Front - the City of Orange California has reversed a decision to impose a 'gang injunction' ordinance on youth of color. The injunction means anyone associating w/ a possible gang member, or someone arbitrarily named as such, means an instant citation. ANYWAY IT WAS OVERTURNED!

    • Lee Dorsey CHICO, CA
      • over 5 years ago

      LATEST NEWS: ICE RAIDS ARE WRONG: Per Napolitano.This just on CNN..   BELLINGHAM, Washington (CNN) -- After 11 years of living illegally in the United States, it was not until Gerardo Arreola Gonzalez was nearly deported that he finally received permission to work here.
      ..............   Arreola was one of 28 illegal immigrant workers arrested in February after agents from U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement raided a car engine repair business. According to the immigrants, a small army of federal agents surrounded Yamato Engine Specialists in Bellingham Washington, and began searching for workers who could not show they had authorization to work in the United States.
      ............. "My blood ran cold," Arreola said in Spanish. "We went to the back door, but they were waiting for us. There was a bus already there, and they put us on it." As he was being taken to an immigration detention center, Arreola said he thought of his wife and the five children they have had while living here and who are U.S. citizens by birth. He expected to be deported back to Mexico, Arreola said, and he was doubtful about when he would see his family again. "I would have been there and they would have been here," he said. "I would have had to come back. I couldn't take them there. My children don't know anything about Mexico. They go to school here." ................Typically, cases like Arreola's end in deportation. According to ICE, some 5,173 people were arrested last year in similar worksite raids. However, the Bellingham raid was the first of its kind to take place during the Obama administration. During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Obama's criticism of government immigration policies that split up families had given some people in immigrant communities hope that the raids would end if he were elected...................... "Under the Obama administration, we didn't expect it to happen that people would be dragged out in handcuffs," said Rosalinda Guillen, a Bellingham immigrant rights advocate. Many in the area strongly opposed the raid, Guillen said. "This is a really heavy Obama-supporting county," she said. "So a lot of folks here had been in involved in the election." Immediately after the raid, she said, "the calls, the e-mails started and networks were activated.".................. Guillen said the controversy over the raid was featured heavily on Hispanic radio stations and that a charity called Los Niños Fund was created to help the children of the jailed immigrants. During a hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security the day after the Bellingham raid, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano distanced herself from the action................... Worksite enforcements, she said, should focus "on employers who intentionally and knowingly exploit the illegal labor market." Napolitano promised lawmakers that she would "get to the bottom" of what happened in Bellingham. ................ Amy Kudwa, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, said there was no policy shift and that other worksite immigration inspections had taken place since the Bellingham raid. But Rosalinda Guillen said people in the pro-immigrant rights community were heartened by the fact that shortly after Napolitano ordered a review of the Bellingham case the immigrant workers who were still in immigration detention were released. ................"I was just flabbergasted," Guillen said. And the same immigration agents who had arrested the workers, she said, now promised them visas that would allow them to work temporarily in the U.S. Homeland Security drove them to the place where they had to go to fill out the paperwork for the work permits," she said "That is totally unheard of."................. A spokeswoman for the ICE Seattle office declined to comment on the case because the raid is under review and the investigation into the company where the immigrants worked is still ongoing. Several days after the workers' release, ICE agents again searched Yamato Engine Specialists. The company did not respond to repeated CNN requests for comment, but a statement posted on its Web site reads: "It has been and continues to be Yamato's policy to hire people only if they meet the legal requirements for employment.".................. Several of the workers who were arrested said immigration agents have asked if they suffered any abuse while working for Yamato. Gerardo Arreola Gonzalez said the company did not mistreat him during the months he worked there soldering car engines.     But Yamato did not verify his immigration status when he first arrived at the company, Arreola said. "I filled out my application and did the interview. They asked if my papers were good," Arreola said. "You say 'yes,' otherwise you don't get the job." 

    • Adriana Tapanes CHICAGO, IL
      • over 5 years ago

      Because it is absolutely racist, immoral and ignorant to criminalize undocumented people coming from other countries if they haven't been convicted for any criminal charges or assuming they will do something wrong.  Just imagine if the Native Americans would've done the same when the Europeans arrived.  It is time to stop all this big supremacist lie.  Thanks God, Hitler is already dead.  Learn from past history and remember that good and bad people exist in all the countries, social status and ethnicity.  If we believe immigrants should be unwelcome, monitored (as the 21st century slaves) and deported like returned merchandise (or used as temporary recyclable robots), we may need to revise our own past and expect to promote a future dysfunctional U.S. generation with the current Immigration politics.  Please, consider that all these anti-immigrant groups are full of hate and racism inside their hard, make a lot of noise, but aren't the majority. 

      • over 5 years ago

      MORE ICE.....MORE ICE !!!!

      • over 5 years ago

      Stop deportations please and help keep  my dad in the USA by reinstating the 245i as soon as possible. My family is important to me as well as to many others in this country. Help us all please Mr President.


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