Activists Chain Themselves Together to Challenge Crisis of Immigrant Incarceration, Deportations

Immigration reform activists chained themselves outside a detention facility in Arizona on Monday continuing of a campaign of civil disobedience that calls for an end to inhumane incarceration and deportations that plague the current national immigration system.

The action targeted the Corrections Corporation of American (CCA)-owned Eloy Detention Center and was part of the NotOneMoreDeportation campaign, a collaborative project of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).

The Obama administration has deported a record number of people, and Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the NDLON, says this is a "human rights crisis."

“I know Republicans are blocking immigration reform but it’s President Obama who has the power to stop deportations,” Alvarado told NBC Latino. “If they did it with the students, now they can do it with the parents.”

Colorlinespoints out that

new study by TRAC Immigration. Even people who have never been accused, much less convicted of any crime are detained for deportation in communities across the country.

Campaigners say that the notorious Eloy Detention Center is symptomatic of the detainee quota U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is forced to meet.  The Washington Post reported that

Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. “For Washington, detainees are just a number, but for us the people inside Eloy are our sisters and brothers."

Protesters are keeping the momentum on Monday with another action slated to shut down the ICE office in Phoenix and stop deportations from the city for a day.

“The President has the legal authority and moral responsibility to stop deportations,” stated Veronica Castro of National People’s Action.  “But until he uses it, NPA, and our partners will use every tool at our disposal to stop them ourselves. We can not and will not sit by and watch the destruction of families all in the name of politics.”

Puente Arizona @PuenteAZ

Police refuse to arrest us at Eloy. We'll be back until they stop arresting our families. For now, we'll see you at ICE in Phoenix. 

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