Press Release

Date: April 20, 2016

Contact: Paromita Shah, 202-271-2286,

Date: Wednesday April 20, 2016
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Place: Cannon Building, Room 5G


Around the country there are community advocacy organizations, labor rights groups, and legal advocates who work closely with local elected officials to monitor the tactics and practices used to enforce immigration law in their local communities. Since the changes to immigration enforcement announced on November 20, 2014 took place, these advocates and members of the public have identified that ICE has become increasingly closed off from intervention, refusing to listen or respond even to inquiries made by members of congress. This is particularly troublesome for communities who are reporting civil rights violations by enforcement officers, in addition to inconsistencies in the application of DHS prosecutorial discretion guidelines. Presenters from North Carolina, Phoenix, Philadelphia as well as those working nationally will address questions of oversight and accountability of ICE officers, specifically when it comes to implementing DHS policies, and what resources communities have when ICE continues to act as a rogue agency.


  • Jovanna Renteria, Puente Human Rights Movement (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Julie Mao, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer's Guild (Washington, D.C.)
  • Neidi Dominguez, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (Washington, D.C.)
  • Erika Almiron, Juntos Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Jacinta Gonzalez, Mijente / Not1More Campaign (National)
  • Family of Yefri Sorto-Hernandez and delegation of Durham, North Carolina school teachers (Durham, North Carolina)
  • Tania Unzueta, Mijente / Not1More Campaign (Moderator)