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Date Friday June 15
Time 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Organizing for America- Oakland Headquarters
1714 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorImmigrant Youth Coalition

Join us as we come out as UNDOCUMENTED UNAFRAID! UNAPOLOGETIC! AND UNASHAMED! Together we are stronger! pressure Obama for the executive order !

Immigrant Youth Coalition &The National Immigrant Youth Alliance is calling for the President to issue an executive order to stop the deportation of DREAM Act-eligible youth. We simply cannot continue to allow our lives to be held up by petty partisanship and congressional gridlock.

We hope that our call for an executive order has not fallen on deaf ears in the White House. If the Administration does not issue an executive order, we will be forced to respond with many more direct action in the coming days. The administration, by not taking action by means fully within its power, keeps our lives on hold. That position, for us, is no longer acceptable.

#END #Deportations #ExcutiveOrder #now

-Please sign the petition executive order ending Dreamer Deportations HERE:

-Helps us stop all these more deportations by signing and calling HERE:

-If you have someone in deportations please fill it HERE: \formkey=dFdJZUduYjF4SHI1STFxcWpGUXJtWWc6MQ#gid=0
Added to the calendar on Thursday Jun 14th, 2012 10:13 PM

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by Oak Trib
Thursday Jun 14th, 2012 11:57 PM
By Matt O'Brien Oakland Tribune
Posted: 06/14/2012 07:22:45 PM PDT

A group of undocumented immigrants has occupied President Barack Obama's campaign office in downtown Oakland, refusing to leave until his administration stops deporting students.

"We're going to stay here as long as we can," said Luis Serrano, 24, speaking by cell phone Thursday evening from inside the Telegraph Avenue storefront where he and other students were staging a sit-in.

Serrano, three other illegal immigrant students and a supporter walked into the Obama for America office on Thursday afternoon pretending to be campaign volunteers.

"They said they were going to do some phone banking and donations," said activist Krsna Avila of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, which organized the protest.

Soon after arriving, however, the students plopped down, put graduation caps on their heads and informed local campaign workers they would not leave until Obama changed his deportation policy.

"We're asking him not to deport these students," Avila said.

The Obama campaign has not yet sought to kick them out, and instead hired a local security firm to keep watch over the students and the office overnight. Security guards could be seen in a heated discussion with the protesters inside the building on Thursday evening.

On the front door of the office the protesters put up a sign: "Closed due to deportations."

The sit-in is part of a national campaign to disrupt Democratic campaign offices. Protesters want
an executive order from Obama halting deportations of young people brought to the country illegally when they were minors.

Students took over Obama's Denver campaign headquarters in a similar protest last week, sparking a round of sit-ins now erupting in Los Angeles, Michigan and Ohio.

"Our communities are being empowered by what we're doing," said Blanca Vazquez, 22, also speaking by phone from inside the building.

The San Francisco State student from Oakland said she has been living in the United States since she was 6 months old but has been unable to get legal residency.

"We have to stand up. We can't be afraid anymore. We've gone through generations of people being afraid, staying quiet," Vazquez said. That, she said, "is not working anymore."
Obama Policy Will Grant Immunity To Young Immigrants

RYAN J. REILLY JUNE 15, 2012, 9:47 AM
Updated: 11:35AM

President Barack Obama’s administration announced Friday that it would stop deporting younger illegal immigrants and would begin granting them work permits.

The policy will apply to immigrants younger than 30 who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16, have been in the country at least five years, have no criminal history and graduated from high school, earned a GED or served in the military. The decision could affect as many as 800,000 immigrants.

“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”

DHS said it will continued to “focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk, including immigrants convicted of crimes, violent criminals, felons, and repeat immigration law offenders.”

Napolitano told reporters on Friday that the new policy did not amount to amnesty.

Senior administration officials admitted that the deferral waivers, which would have to be renewed every two years, would allow a future administration to treat the same population differently.