People with Family in Immigration Lockup Go on Hunger Strike Outside Phoenix ICE Office

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Several people whose family members have been in immigrant detention centers for months, or even years, are on a hunger strike outside the Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.

The hunger strike started last night, and they plan to stay there without food for the next two weeks.

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Puente Human Rights Movement organized the event, describing it in an announcement as "an expression of suffering and willingness to do anything to keep a family together."

According to Puente, the family members being held in the immigration detention facility -- which is in Eloy -- also will be going on a hunger strike until early March.

Puente, which has been behind many pro-immigration rallies in Phoenix, has been calling on the Obama administration to stop its record level of deportations.

"The purpose of this hunger strike is to demand the release and halt the unnecessary deportation of our loved ones," Puente's announcement says. "We also wish to expose the most important piece missing from this debate, the human cost caused by the extraction of members from our community."

Read the bios of the hunger-strikers below:
Lourdes Hernandez was on her way home from a evening Christmas party with her husband and three children when they were stopped by the police. Lourdes and her two eldest daughters have done everything they can to defend J Cruz and bring him home: working extra hours to pay hundreds of dollars for lawyers, speaking out against the wrongful arrest, going door-to-door in their neighborhood for petitions to ICE. Seeing her 19 year old daughter working 80-hours a week and fearing that her youngest son will grow up without a father, Lourdes has now decided to fast for 14 days to bring her husband home. Lourdes explains, "My husband has been in detention for over 13 months. My children suffer every day that they are apart from him. My family is not complete without him, I need him home now. I am fasting so that everyone knows that I will put my body on the line to keep my family together."

Hermina Gallego and her family, including her daughter Rosy and her sister Margarita, left Mesa for Mexico when Hermina's father was given one month to live. Hermina couldn't abandon her father on his deathbed. But in Mexico, the family faced violence and persecution, the reason they left in the first place. Returning across the border, Rosy and Margarita were detained. Rosy, a 20-year old DREAMer, is now in Eloy Detention Center, where lawyers say she could be for years. Hermina explains, "I'm fasting for my daughter because she has been in detention for over 5 months. "My daughter is sick and she is not getting the proper treatment she needs. I am fasting because every day that my daughter is in detention is a day that her health is in danger, if I don't do anything she can die."

Anselma Lopez has been living in in the United States for 11 years. She and her husband have three children. Elder Lopez, her oldest son has been in Eloy Detention Center for over two years. For the last 2 years, Anselma has been organizing with Puente and advocating for the release of her son. Anselma has petitioned for the release of her son and fears that her son will die of he is sent back to Guatemala. "My son has been in detention for almost 3 years, I am fasting to bring him home. He should not spend another year in detention, his children and family need him home."

Jovana Renteria is the legal director for the Puente Movement. Jovana has been a staff of Puente for over 5 years and has been committed to helping reunite families. Jovana is going to fast for 14 days because she has witnessed the suffering that families and detainees endure due to the broken immigration system. As an ally, Jovana believes that she must fast with the families to show her support and let the families know that they are not alone and to reaffirm that the community stands with them.

Alejandra Sanchez has been living in Arizona for 13 years. She is a mother of 5 children, 4 of them DREAMERS and one a United States Citizen. Alejandra is a DREAM Mom in Arizona which is a national organization dedicated on organizing undocumented mothers and families. Alejandra has actively been organizing undocumented mothers and supporting the organizing efforts of her children for the last 3 years. Sanchez is a representative of the national DREAMERS Mothers. Alejandra and her husband were stopped and arrested in by Border Patrol last month where they exercised their rights and were released within 8 hours. Alejandra has chosen to participate in the hunger strike because she is representing all the mothers who have children in detention centers and are too afraid to come out and fight for their freedom.

Jose Valdez is fasting for the release of his son Jaime Valdez who has been in detention for over a year. "I am fasting for my son who is in detention. I am also fasting for the other men and women who sit in detention everyday awaiting to return to their families."

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FRONTERA
FRONTERA

  Please, Mr. President  ,no more deportations. Latinos have suffered enough . You have the power through  Executive order to stop this madness. ( And all you Right Wingers" who "Worship the Gun Culture" ,take a little trip to CIUDAD JUAREZ , and see where all the NRA'S pedaled  smut (GUNS) ends  up. All in the name of the USA's FAILED DRUG WAR...

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Whats funny is that theyre not saying why these people are being detained, i highly doubt its solely for being here "illegally". I am sure there are additional charges pending against their family memembers, which means repeat criminal activity...besides that wtf did that one family do that they face violence and persecution in their own country? None of these people sound like upstanding "citizens".

Phillip Toledo
Phillip Toledo

Does anyone else find valley natives comments entertaining?

George Diaz
George Diaz

New Times WOW do you even vet your stories?

Denny McDonald
Denny McDonald

I don't understand are they illegal or not? It doesn't say, if they are illegal then leave them in there if they are legal then it's bullshit that they are locked up either way it's pretty clear cut and dry to me

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

 Let these whining minstrels starve. If their hapless relatives hadn't smugly hopped across the border they wouldn't be in jail.  

robert_graham
robert_graham

Are they still there? If they are, let me head on over there and physically teach them some logic. Are they striking only for illegal alien parents or also for American citizen parents in jail everywhere who have been separated from their children because of arrest?  They should have thought about their situation before they went and had more babies at our expense. It's called Squat and Drop in case you didn't know.

Justin La Clair
Justin La Clair

The people in jail who brought children with them here. Should be charged with human trafficking. Now the American tax payers has to pick up the bill.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

not one more deportation? how about, not one more illegal immigration!

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

When did people starving ever stop our rich government officials from doing anything? Hunger strikes are for idiots.

Toby San
Toby San

I see the bigots are out and about...

Lolita  Caratachea
Lolita Caratachea

No more tacos and burritos. Good idea to lose a few pounds. Stupid people!!!!

DNichols
DNichols

America will  sacrifice Tens  Thousands of our Brave Troops and Hundreds of Billions  to "Liberate" People that Hate America, but we can not treat Human Beings amoung us as Human?!

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Knowing they are deportable why do those people have children ?they are the ones to blame for putting their children threw hell and in the predicament they find themselves in not law enforcement. Illegal immigrants can parade around, march,have sit in's whatever that crap obviously doesn't work their demonizing ,threats and demands are for the most part hilarious.

logicman
logicman

by the pics above it looks like they could benefit from laying off the tacos for a while anyway

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

I have never figured the logic behind "hunger strikes". 

DNichols
DNichols

This is Americas darkest hour.

Good Hard Working Christian Non-Criminal Mothers, and Fathers  have been ripped from thier legal Citizen Children, and Babies, and incarcerated in these Private Profiteering Prisons!

I.C.E. sets bail at what ever they think they can extort from Families of the incarcerated Human Beings!

I helped post a $10,000.00 Bond for a hard working Mother of three that was ripped from her two young sons, and her nine month old Daughter a couple of years ago.

This 30 year old Mother had been here since she was two years old, this is her HOME!

She had expired tags on the car that was confiscated from her!

A $10,000.00 Bond!!! similar to an armed robber?!!!!

This Great Nation of Immigrants was built on far better Principles, and Values than this!

The Politicians that have allowed this Tyranny to occur are Tyrants period!

America needs Immigration Reform by Responsible Law Makers!

To: Good, and Brotherhood, from Sea to shining Sea?!

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@FRONTERA Hey Einstein the presidents people ( D.O.J.) are the ones who authorized the gun transfer into Mexico not the N.R.A

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

See Marco the Hispanics and their illegal brethren want to believe no demand they should be judged by a different set of rules, laws. Its that simple

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@Phillip I would disregard any comments made by DNichols he is a racist

DNichols
DNichols

@Phillip Toledo

Both Valley Native, and Robert Graham are sickening, both are Racist so concerned about every little law being enforced against Brown skinned people, however neither of them care about White Minute Men Child Molesters like Chris Simcox being granted "Amnesty" through a posh plea deal by Arpaio's puppet M.C,A. Montgomery.

Simcox stuck his fingers in his own Daughters vagina, amoung other sick deeds.

White Child Molesters are loved by  these Racist Pin Heads.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

@DNichols  They're human being alright. They also happen to be unlawfully present foreign nationals who have snidely circumvented our immigration laws while millions manage to come here legally. So, yes, they are human - so is O.J. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

@DNichols The law of arrest does not make exceptions for parents with children. Not for whites, blacks, Hispanics or anybody!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

When they break the law, we treat them as criminals.  How shocking!

DNichols
DNichols

@LM

You , and John could lay off the Racism?!

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@logicman The one holding the sign wont be there for to long one whiff of a food vender driving by and she's gone

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@fishingblues  you may not see the logic behind it (and admittedly, sometimes i dont either), but i am glad to see it as a non-violent demonstration, and also find it to be more honorable than making a joke of it (I.E: bringing chickens, coal, etc).

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

@DNichols  DNichols, you certainly have a flair for melodrama! Do you also write headlines for the National Enquirer? 

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols I was under the impression illegal immigrants could not get bail or bond out. how did you get the 30 yr old mother out?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

In the early days of the internet, you could calculate the KOOK rating of a post by the percentage of words written in all caps.  I guess these days, it's just the first word that's being capitalized.

DNichols
DNichols

@ Armandoracist

"Snidely"?  really?

Do you care that Chris Simcox, White Racist Minute Man Leader has been granted "Amnesty" through a sweet plea deal by Bill Montgomery Simcox's Border Patrolling Date?!

If not please shut up about Hispanic Immigrants.

DNichols
DNichols

How Shocking!

Arpaio's Butt Monkey Bill Montgomery granted "Amnesty" to your Hero Minute Man Leader Chris Simcox for sticking his fingers in his own Daughters vagina, so they do make "Exceptions" for White Sick Bastard Border Dating Buddies of Montgomery, and Arpaio.

You love White Racist Criminals like Simcox so you only post your verbal crapola against Hispanic's right Racist Idiot?!

DNichols
DNichols

@Valley

Being un-documented is not a "Crime" being a Racist is.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DNichols  How is equating fat people to food racist?  I bet you throw that word around to anyone and everyone that has the audacity to say or do anything you personally don't like.

I bet you can't see the fact that you are the one closest to being a racist, can you? 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @fishingblues    I agree that anything non-violent is a good alternative and it may even be mildly effective. However, I can't see how it is effective and therefore the difficulty in the logic.  

I'm not a big fan of activism of any kind even if it is peaceful.  It seems like only the extremists are the activists and I don't care for extremism.   

DNichols
DNichols

@Valley

IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AMERICA PEOPLE HAD BETTER IDEALS THAN YOURS?

yOur Very BRave oN The InTernET.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

@DNichols  Chris Simcox is a separate issue from the fact that millions and millions of foreign nationals feel entitled to subvert our immigration laws with impunity. Same goes for the scum-sucking traitors that employ them - these vile entities need to be brought to justice. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

Seriously?  These people who are incarcerated are not simply "undocumented".

I am not racist.

Being racist isn't a crime.

Take your meds.


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@fishingblues not saying i agree with them, but i do respect the fact that they are willing to self-sacrifice for their cause. it gets my attention and respect more than bringing chickens or coal....................i take these people more serious

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

It's sort of nice that you don't mind letting your insanity show so clearly.  It makes it easier for people to realize that you're not to be taken seriously.


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