WHAT: Walk to Downtown Federal Building to demand that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano stop the expansion of 287(g) agreements, I-9 audits and the flawed E-Verify program that have resulted in the termination of thousands of workers and done little to fix our broken immigration system.
National Call to Action, Thursday, July 30, 2009
WHEN: Walk: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009, 4:00 p.m. - March begins on 7th Street and Alameda Street
Call to Action: Thursday, July 30, 2009
WHERE: 7th and Alameda Streets, Los Angeles
WHY: Under the leadership of Secretary Janet Napolitano, immigrant communities have seen the embrace and expansion of detrimental and deeply flawed programs such as the 287(g) agreements between DHS and local Sheriff Departments, the E-verify program with more than 10 million errors in its SS-based database, and the increase in I-9 audits that will result in the termination of thousands of workers throughout the United States. Workers from Overhill Farms, American Apparel, Farmer Johns, and others will march Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. from 7th and Alameda to the front of the Downtown Federal Building on Los Angeles and Temple Streets. These policies create an environment of fear and racial profiling of workers with Spanish surnames. These actions are evidence of a broken immigration system that demands attention. The workers demand that the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, stop the expansion of I-9 audits and use of E-Verify.
Los Angeles believes in the word of the Obama Administration that change is on the way. Immigrant communities, however, are facing “more of the same” from Secretary Napolitano and demand an immediate stop until just and humane immigration policies have been set in motion.