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Monday, November 10, 2014

Rally for Alexi Cruz, student detained in El Paso Immigration Center

Community Rallies for Alexi Cruz,
 Student Wrongly Detained in El Paso Immigration Center

Alexi, who came to the U.S. at 14, is eligible for DACA

El Paso, TX, November 10, 2014— Human Rights Organizer, student and father, Alexi Cruz was wrongly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after his car broke down on the side of the road in Lordsburg, NM.  Alexi was racially profiled by the Sherriff there and is currently in an  ICE Detention Center in El Paso, Texas, despite being DACA eligible, and having no criminal record.  Immigrant Rights activist, Johana De Leon from Immigrant Youth Movement (SAYM) is puzzled by Alexi’s detention and states, “Alexi is eligible for DACA and as such he is not a priority for deportation. It has been routine for ICE officials to just release DACA eligible students, not detain them and try to deport them!”
Im/migrant & Indigenous Rights supporters in El Paso are calling on the community to stand in prayer and protest against this injustice.

Rally for the Release of Human Rights Activist 
& DACA eligible student, Alexi Cruz.
Prayer by Danza Azteca Omecoatl
Wednesday, November, 12th @ 4pm
@ El Paso ICE Field Office, 1545 Hawkins Blvd.
Alexi, indigenous with Yaqui and Mayo roots, came to the United States from Mexico when he was just 14-years old. As transcripts show, and provided to the Department of Homeland Security, Alexi attended high-school here in the United States and is clearly eligible for discretion under DACA. According to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, issued by the Obama Administration, young people like Alexi, who came to the United States before the age of 16 are not a priority for deportation.
Alexi has always been an outspoken defender of human rights: “He’s a wonderful person, no matter where we’ve lived he’s always been out there advocating for people. In some ways he is the perfect person for this injustice to happen to, we are hoping his story reaches others who are in this same situation of detention and deportation, and that it gives them hope to keep fighting” said, Anayanse Garza, his partner of 5 years. Alexi and Anayanse have a 2-year old daughter together and are anticipating Alexi’s release from detention with community support.
RAICES, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, has agreed to provide Alexi Cruz with pro-bono representation.
TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition:
Call to ICE in Washington D.C. @ 202-732-3000, Alexi Cruz (A#202-034-086)

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