NOT ONE MORE DEPORTATION!
Update March 28, 2018: This week, I have a check in with ICE. What is different this time is that (after my check-ins were changed from phone check-ins to in-person check-in) ICE changed my check-in from Syracuse, NY, to Batavia, NY.
The Batavia, NY, detention center expanded to detain women.
Today is a TERRIFYING day for us. We do not know what is going to happen to me...or to my family. My friends, advocates, and activists are extremely worried for me and my family as well. When my husband Hector was detained in December, our ability to support ourselves financially changed drastically because we lost Hectors income. My children are traumatized and are attending therapy regularly.
This month is Women's History Month, and today we advocates and activists are coming together to fight detention and incarceration of women...as well as separation of families.
We have increased the amount of our campaign to $20,000 due to how drastically our situation has changed...financially, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.
We invite you to continue supporting me and my family in any way you can. We are truly doing everything we can, every day, to make our lives easier and fight against injustice...not only for my family, but for the benefit of our community and the benefit of the country.
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Update December 21, 2017: Today on December 21st, Arely's husband Hector--father to their 3 kids, a worker, and longtime community member, was detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) outside of their home after taking Arely, to work. He was taken to and detained at the immigration office at 401 S. Salina Street (which is right behind Katko's downtown office) this morning. The Syracuse Rapid Response Team and the Workers’ Center of CNY held a protest outside demanding Hector be freed and to speak out against this grave injustice. It is completely and utterly unconscionable that this barbaric and unjust immigration system will be keeping Hector away from his wife, Arely, and their three kids on Christmas. This is a double blow as their family has already been rocked by Arely’s fight against deportation as well. We have increased the fundraising goal as Hector and Arely's family will now need funds to help cover rent, utilities, and other necessities for their family. Please show your solidarity with their family in this truly harrowing time.
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The story of Arely and her family: On March 29th our friend Arely Tomas, member of the Workers’ Center of Central New York, mother, advocate for social justice, and friend, had an appointment with ICE for a “check-in.” With increasing (and worrying) frequency, ICE is detaining immigrants at these “check-ins” nationwide. On this day many friends and allies held a rally to be in solidarity with Arely. She was not detained at this check-in, but we are concerned she might face deportation proceedings at her next check-in on Wednesday, April 26th -which happens to be her young seven year old daughters’ birthday. She contacted an immigration lawyer and now she needs support to help cover the expensive legal fees.
Arely’s husband accompanied her to this check-in for moral support, and ICE agents took advantage of this opportunity and asked Arely’s husband intrusive questions. ICE agents went so far as to threaten her husband with a “check-in” in Buffalo, NY.
Arely has a working permit, which means she is authorized to work in the United States. If deported, her 10, 8, and 7 year-old children will be separated from their mother. Moreover, if her husband is also deported, their children will be stripped away from their parents. The Tomas children live with a constant fear of law enforcement.
This is an URGENT call for those who identify with Arely’s cause and an URGENT call for all allies.
Donate as emergency support for Arely and her family. Support their courage and help them in their time of need. Emergency donations will fund legal fees and related expenses resulting from dealing with their case(s) (like gas and childcare).
Let's all chip-in for Arely and her family—a family that has been threatened to be torn apart! Let’s fight to keep Arely’s family and other immigrant families together! We have vowed to be there for all immigrants when Trump’s agents attack. Let’s show our neighbors they have our support. We will not look away this time. We will not let our neighbors suffer alone.
Arely met with ICE on April 26th, and things are not looking good for her yet. She is working fiercely with her lawyer to help prevent her deportation and stay with her family. Thank you for your continued support.