Please support Francisco Aguirre with the fees for applying for a work permit! Francisco is an influential and brilliant leader in the immigrant rights and labor movements, a refugee from El Salvador, a long-time Portland resident, a talented musician, and a devoted partner and father. Just today, his Letter to the Editor about the murder of his son was published in the New York Times
. Additionally, he was recently prominently featured in a human rights report on prosecution of immigrants
. He needs the community's support to pay the $380 work permit application fee as well as continuing to feed his young daughters.
Francisco has survived endless attacks from the government, which you can read about here
. Two years ago, ICE agents came to Francisco's home where they tried to arrest him without a warrant and separate him from his family. Francisco then sought sanctuary in the Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon. In an unusual move, the Department of Justice charged Francisco with re-entry 15 years after a previous deportation to El Salvador, which he had fled due to extreme violence against him and his family by the military.
Two weeks after Francisco and his family left the church, investigators came to their home to question and harass them about food stamps. Moises, Francisco's eldest child, hid under the bed while the investigators questioned his dad and step-mom. Afterward, Francisco tried to reassure Moises that the agents weren't after him, but Moises was left traumatized by the situation. Moises kept begging to go back to El Salvador because he was scared of ending up in immigration custody. Finally, in July 2015, he flew back. On February 2, 2016, Francisco received the worst news any parent could hear: Moises had been murdered in El Salvador. Reports are that two gunmen were ordered to kill him. Moises was just 19 years old.
The DOJ has now dropped the prosecution against Francisco. However, now ICE has served him with a “Final Administrative Removal Order” (FARO), a little-known maneuver in which an ICE agent orders a non-citizen to be deported without even the limited judicial oversight provided by immigration court. While appeals are pending, he is now eligible to apply for a work permit. Unfortunately, he is unable to afford the application fee.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will help ensure that Francisco obtains his work permit so that he can continue to provide for his family. If you are unable to donate, please share with your friends and network. Also, please sign the petition to ICE to leave him alone!