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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Tens of thousands rally to halt imminent deportation of NY resident of 30 years Deportation would separate a father of two U.S. citizens from his family

June 10, 2017

Latinx civil rights organization Presente.org called on ICE to halt the imminent deportation of Martin Martinez. The group joined Maria Martinez in advocating for her father, who has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years and would leave behind his wife and two children (both U.S. citizens) if deported.

More than 30,000 members of Presente.org signed a petition to ICE calling on the agency to exercise discretion and stop a deportation that would separate a family with deep roots in the United States. Presente members also made more than 400 phone calls to ICE to express their support for the Martinez family.

"It would be deeply wrong for ICE to separate a family by deporting a longtime U.S. resident with deep ties to his community, and who poses no risk to public safety. We're demanding that ICE halt this deportation." Said Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Presente.org

Maria Martinez successfully stopped her father's deportation in 2013 after rallying support from her community. Martin Martinez was told to bring a one-way ticket to Mexico to his meeting with ICE in May and June and was initially set to leave the country on father's day. In their meeting last week, ICE gave the Martinez family a few more weeks. If the deportation proceeds, Martin Martinez is currently scheduled to leave the country on July 1st. The Martinez family's next meeting with ICE is on Tuesday, June 13, and the family will hold a rally on Monday, June 12, on the corner of Lafayette and Worth Streets in Manhattan.

The petition with more than 30,000 signatures can be found here:

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Presente is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.