Dear friends and supporters,
Dear Friends of Migrant Justice, "This is more than just fighting my deportation; this is about setting an example that we can come together with the national movement to end deportations and fight for our rights”.-Danilo at ICE Dentetion Center on Thursday
We are rapidly approaching July 5th-- the day that ICE is forcing Danilo to leave the country and we write with hopeful news!
Thanks to all the public pressure, outpouring of community solidarity and influential letters of support a victory is in sight!
Less than 12 hours after we submitted Danilo's high-profile case for Prosecutorial Discretion, ICE legal counsel called Migrant Justice. The bad news is they said they won't grant prosecutorial discretion before July 5th. The good news is that they've indicated that on July 5th Danilo should apply for a 'stay of removal' and that he has, in their words, "a lot of ammo on his side" to be able to stay!!!
Though we've got a long way to go we are very hopeful! To continue to build this campaign please consider donating here and keep recruiting people for more petition signatures here. More action to come soon!
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Senators Leahy, Sanders and Congressman Welch Join Vermonters to Stop VT Farmworker's Deportation
Lopez Submits Case for Prosecutorial Discretion with Strong Support
BURLINGTON, VT, 6/19/13-- Migrant Justice delayed plans to submit official documentation on Monday that calls upon ICE to utilize prosecutorial discretion to stop the deportation of migrant farmworker leader "Danilo" Lopez. Instead they worked to move Senator Leahy's office to join Senator Sanders and Representative Welch in writing a letter of support for Danilo Lopez's case. It was worth the wait.
Today, Senator Leahy's staff sent the letter of support to Migrant Justice. The letter reads, "Legislation pending before the Senate could potentially resolve Mr. Lopez's current immigration case...This legislation is currently being debated in the Senate, and is not expected to be enacted before Mr. Lopez's ordered date of departure, July 5th...I urge you to use prosecutorial discretion." In his letter Congressman Welch says of Danilo, “his strong ties to Vermont …his commitment to improving opportunities for farmworkers…is why I am joining many Vermonters in weighing on his behalf."
Lopez's full prosecutorial discretion case is available here:
Support materials including the full letters from Senators Leahy, Sanders, and Welch are available here:
The national campaign kicked off with an on-line petition just last week and has quickly gathered nearly 2000 signatures (check out NEW campaign video below).
Check out these awesome video testimonies for Danilo Lopez! Stop Danilo's Deportation! No More Deportations! Immigration Reform NOW!
Dear Migrant Justice friends,
Last week represented a bittersweet stage for our movement for human rights. While we celebrated the official signing of S.38 into law, Danilo Lopez, our human rights leader who has been instrumental to Migrant Justice’s successes, got news that he is facing deportation on July 5th.
The Obama Administration is deporting 1,100 people per day, many of whom like Danilo, would qualify for immigration reform should it pass!
Read and share this article about the big drivers license victory and Danilo’s story:
We are launching a public campaign to fight this injustice! We call on ICE Director to use prosecutorial discretion to stop this deportation. Not only has Danilo worked tirelessly to make Vermont a better place for everyone, but he would also likely qualify for immigration reform.
In a Burlington Free Press article on June 5, 2013 by Dave Gram, AP Gram writes:
Vamos Ganando (We are winning): Vermont’s Migrant Workers Start to See Dream for Freedom of Movement Materializing
Driver’s License Bill moves to the House after 27-2 Vote in Senate
Montpelier, VT, April 9, 2013-Vermont migrant workers and supporters celebrate a major step forward in the legislative path for drivers licenses regardless of immigration status.
Bill to Extend Access to Driver's Licenses Regardless of Immigration Status Passes Vermont Senate Transportation Committee w/ 4-1 Vote
Immigrant Workers Welcome Springtime Change With A Big Step on the Road to Rights in Vermont