Unid@s Con Francisco
Portland Labor Rights Leader Takes Refuge In Church To Defend Himself From Deportation
On Friday September 19th immigration agents came to Francisco‘s house looking to take him into custody, but were not able to show a warrant, and eventually left. Anticipating that ICE would be coming back, Francisco decided to organize to stay with his children and his community. Since then, he has been in sanctuary at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland.
Immigration is pursuing Francisco despite his many contributions to Oregon, where he has lived for almost 20 years. He has been a long-time volunteer of the VOZ Worker’s Rights and Education Project, and organizer for immigrant and labor rights.He has helped claim stolen wages for workers, has been involved in improving health and safety labor standards, he is passionate about working for people’s rights and is a musician who signs for social justice-related causes. He is also a responsible father, who is raising 3 children, 2 of whom are US, and one who is a child migrant.
Since his story became public, ICE has declared Francisco a “criminal alien” who is “considered a public safety threat and a priority for removal.” This label is related to two past and isolated convictions.
Those who know Francisco well, know his dedication for social justice and his passion to advocate for the improvement of his community. His community and his family do NOT believe that these convictions mean that Francisco is a “public safety threat.” Please sign to show ICE that Francisco has support!
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Read Articles about Francisco and the campaign!
Oct 8 – “God and Dog,” Albany Democrat-Herald: http://democratherald.com/blogs/any-given-lundy/god-and-dog/article_115c5ba2-4f28-11e4-b357-57d6d0117d5d.html
Sept 30 – KPTV: “Community Rallies Around Portland Man Fighting Deportation” http://www.kptv.com/story/26672301/community-rallies-around-portland-man-fighting-deportation
Sept 30 – KATU: “Sanctuary Support” http://www.katu.com/home/related/Sanctuary-support-277689752.html?embed