11 Arrested at Chicago-Area #Not1More Action

Nyki Salinas-Duda April 8, 2014

Protestors block an intersection outside of Illinois' Broadview Detention Center as part of a nation-wide call to stop deportations. (Alexandra Fryer)

Cry­ing “not one more,” Chica­go-area undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants and their allies insti­gat­ed a human block­ade of the Broad­view Deten­tion Cen­ter in Broad­view Ill., ear­li­er today as part of a nation­al call to action to end depor­ta­tions. Eleven activists were arrest­ed for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the act of civ­il dis­obe­di­ence that halt­ed traf­fic at the inter­sec­tion of Roo­sevelt Road and 25th Avenue out­side of the immi­grant deten­tion cen­ter.  The immi­gra­tion sta­tus­es of the 11 arrestees are still unknown.
Still, the action was a uni­fy­ing vic­to­ry for an immi­gra­tion move­ment that has strug­gled to make head­way with pro­posed reform in Con­gress over the past year. “The ener­gy was incred­i­ble, and came from everyone—students, moth­ers, com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, indi­vid­u­als fac­ing depor­ta­tion,” Alexan­dra Fry­er, a par­tic­i­pant in the larg­er protest, told In These Times via Twit­ter. “It was clear how Obama’s fail­ure to end depor­ta­tions has upset a vast num­ber of peo­ple that will orga­nize and fight back.”  As the Oba­ma administration’s depor­ta­tion tal­ly nears the two-mil­lion mark, undoc­u­ment­ed indi­vid­u­als and their allies have launched a net­work of protests and civ­il dis­obe­di­ence that start­ed on April 5 as part of the #Not1More Depor­ta­tion cam­paign. The nation­al effort hopes to draw the nation’s—and the president’s—attention to the U.S. immi­gra­tion cri­sis’ lat­est gris­ly mile­stone. Activists in 80 cities are demand­ing exec­u­tive action to halt fur­ther depor­ta­tions in advance of pos­si­ble con­gres­sion­al dis­cus­sions of com­pre­hen­sive immi­gra­tion reform.On its web­page, #Not1More wrote of the action:Pres­i­dent Oba­ma doesn’t have to wait for Con­gress to use his exec­u­tive author­i­ty to stop the suf­fer­ing. He could expand the deferred action pro­gram he cre­at­ed for immi­grant youth and sus­pend depor­ta­tions imme­di­ate­ly.  Com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try are orga­niz­ing events under the slo­gan “Two Mil­lion, Too Many” to demand that the Pres­i­dent stop depor­ta­tions.The Chica­go action was coor­di­nat­ed by Undoc­u­ment­ed Illi­nois, Orga­nized Com­mu­ni­ties Against Depor­ta­tions, Illi­nois Coali­tion for Immi­grant and Refugee Rights, the Lati­no Pol­i­cy Forum, the Nation­al Alliance of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Com­mu­ni­ties and the Nation­al Day Labor Orga­niz­ing Net­work.Fol­low #Not1More on Twit­ter for more infor­ma­tion, or vis­it the cam­paign online for more infor­ma­tion on the Broad­view block­ade, as well as oth­er actions across the country.
Nyki Sali­nas-Duda is a for­mer Assis­tant Edi­tor at In These Times. She is a Chica­go-based writer and a con­tribut­ing edi­tor at Gozamos. She holds a BA in Latin Amer­i­can his­to­ry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Francisco.
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