Rally & Press Conference: ICE Threatens to Separate Wisconsin Survivor of Domestic Violence from Her Kids
Who: María Portgual, families under threat of separation by ICE, Voces de la Frontera, Dane Sanctuary Coalition, Latino Consortium for Action, supporters
When: Tuesday, July 24th, 5pm
Where: Madison Christian Community, 7118 Old Sauk Rd, Madison, WI 53717
MADISON, WISCONSIN — On Tuesday, Voces de la Frontera will hold a press conference with María Portugal, a Wisconsin mother and survivor of domestic violence who is bravely speaking out against threats by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to separate her from her five children if her estranged husband does not turn himself in to ICE.
On July 9th, María’s lawyer informed her that ICE had called him threatening to detain her for deportation if her estranged husband did not turn himself in to ICE. Maria and her husband have been separated for over a year. ICE threatened María despite the fact that she has a three-year-old open application for a U Visa, which is intended to protect victims of crime from deportation after they come forward to work with law enforcement. She has lived in Wisconsin for over 20 years.
On Tuesday, Voces de la Frontera will hold a press conference in Madison with allied organizations and other Wisconsin families facing separation by ICE to stand in solidarity with María and her children. One of the speakers will be Alysha Ferreyra, a Waukesha mother-of-3 whose ex-husband, Franco Ferreyra, has been detained by ICE since June, despite qualifying for DACA.
The National Park Service has given initial approval to an application from Jason Kessler to hold a “white civil rights rally” on Aug. 11 and 12. Meant as a second “Unite the Right” rally, one year after violent white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Va. The event was a blatant demonstration of absolute racism and white male terrorism, leading to the death of activist Heather Heyer.
We will not stand for this.
Call the National Park Service of DC’s permit office at 202-245-4715, and demand this violent, terrorist rally be shut down!
Hi, my name is_______. I’m calling to ask that the upcoming Unite the Right rally being held on Pennsylvania Ave have its access to the space revoked. Last year’s riot in Charlottesville was an explicit demonstration of racist terror and led to a woman’s violent death, there is no reason to let this event continue. Thank you.
Actual concentration camps are in the process of development at military bases across the Southern United States. This isn’t the first time in US history that facilities are being constructed and used to imprison large numbers of a persecuted minority in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities (the definition of a concentration camp). Previous examples of this are now infamous, such as the so-called Japanese internment camps. We’re now on the brink of adding a new chapter to this dark history.
Potential locations have been identified as:
- Tornillo Port of Entry, Texas – capacity 360 teenagers CURRENTLY ACTIVE
- Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas – capacity 45,000
- Fort Bliss, Texas
- Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
- Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas – capacity 20,000
- Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Air Station, California – capacity 47,000
- Navy Outlying Field Wolf and Silverhill, Alabama – capacity 25,000
- Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, Arizona
Concord Naval Weapons Station, California– capacity 47,000 CANCELLED
Military officials, in response to pressured deadlines from the White House, have stated that these camps can begin to be operational by mid-August. Estimates are that capacity for another 10,000 people can be added each month. The White House’s stated timeline of 45 days out from June 27th has local base commanders scrambling and caught unaware.
In addition to providing the land, military personnel will construct the camps while private agencies will manage the operations. While this simplified explanation of operations seeks to minimize the military’s role, it omits the endless capacities in which the armed forces will surely be facilitating the functioning of these camps such as with water, electricity, sewage, trash, and all of the other services to go allow with sustaining tens of thousands of immigrant detainees.
The military is strictly prohibited from domestic policing as stated in the constitution yet military personnel are being drafted into doing just that with this rising domestic enforcement of immigration policy. Just because Trump/Sessions Co. declares a war on immigrants, doesn’t make it an actual war. Being quite clearly an illegal order, the question is who will refuse to aid and abet?
On #RedforFeds Day, July 25, our union and members across the country are taking the administration to court and will be in the streets to protest his union-busting, democracy-busting executive orders.
We will be hosting a rally in front of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia where our attorneys will be making oral arguments that afternoon. We’re expecting hundreds of public servants at the event wearing red protesting the administration’s attempt to silence workers and remove our rights.
- If you cannot make it to D.C. on July 25, we’re asking you to host an event back home.
- But wherever you are, please wear red or a red item to show solidarity with your union brothers and sisters and take a picture to share on social media with the hashtag #RedForFeds.
- You can RSVP for our Day of Action rally in Washington, D.C. here.
- Share this flyer and encourage your coworkers and friends to join us in Washington, D.C.
For more resources and to see which cities are hosting events and participating in #RedforFeds, visit www.afge.org/redforfeds and follow the #RedforFeds hashtag on Twitter.
Members of Congress are also joining the fight on #RedforFeds Day. In the House and Senate, there will be a special order and morning business session where legislators will be offered the opportunity to speak out against the harmful orders and need for an apolitical civil service system.
On May 25, the administration issued three executive orders that chip away at due process and collective bargaining rights for federal employees and impede employee representation at the job site.
Three days later, AFGE filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. That suit has since been joined with several other unions, an amicus brief from Congressional leaders protesting the president’s decision, as well as support from lawmakers speaking out.
These executive orders are a direct assault on our apolitical civil service system and are nothing but thinly veiled attempts at busting unions and rolling back workplace rights across the country.
Our union is thankful that so many elected officials have seen right through these orders for what they are, and appreciate them standing up to the administration to try and stop them.