Press Conference to Demand Investigation for the Garcia Family
WHAT: Press Conference to Demand Investigation for Garcia Family
WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, 10:30 AM.
WHERE: 101 W. Congress
Earlier this year, Chicago Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents deported the Garcia family, an Illinois family of four, using extremely disturbing tactics.In the case of Mr. Reynold Garcia, immigration agents fabricated a false story involving a friend suffering a car accident, used that friend’s cellphone to lure Mr. Garcia out of the Christian Pentecostal Center in Schaumburg, IL, and then impersonated police before taking him into custody. All of this, despite longstanding policy from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which prohibits raids at churches, schools, and other “sensitive” locations. The operation has had a traumatic and devastating effect on the family and members of that church.
Just one day before Mr. Garcia was apprehended, Ms. Karen Margarito-Pineda, Mr. Garcia’s wife, and their two children were also detained as part of a home raid in which immigration agents falsely represented themselves as police to gain access to the family’s apartment. ICE agents searched through Ms. Margarito-Pineda’s apartment and interviewed her underage children without a warrant and without consent, a clear violation of her civil rights.
In Chicago, immigrant groups and advocates have long denounced the pattern of abuse, violations of human and civil rights,and lack of accountability and transparency stemming from the Chicago ICE office, under the direction of Director Ricardo Wong. Earlier this month, immigrant organizations filed a civil rights investigation request against the Chicago ICE office for the use of racial profiling tactics and questionable actions against workers gathered at a popular day laborer’s corner. We cannot allow abuses like those perpetrated against the Garcia family to be swept under the rug. This investigation request will be the second complaint lodged against the Chicago ICE office this month.
More information here.
Please join us to fight for justice for the Garcia family and the immigrant community and to hold the Chicago ICE office responsible to its abuses against the our immigrant community!
Let us know you’re coming. RSVP with Lissette Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.