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Advocates Call for End to ICE Raids

The planned DHS raids will target women and children for deportation. (ICE/Wikimedia Commons)
The planned DHS raids will target women and children for deportation. (ICE/Wikimedia Commons)
June 2, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. - Immigrant advocates are rallying in front of the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building in Hartford today to demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stop its plan to deport Central American refugee women and children who have lost their cases in immigration courts back to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Renato Muguerza-Calle, organizer for the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, said they want Immigration and Customs Enforcement to end all deportation raids now.

"We're asking Connecticut and Hartford local government to take a stand against raids, take a stand against criminalization of the immigrant community, namely that if an immigrant commits a minor crime they can't just be deported to their death," he said.

DHS has said the raids are intended to discourage others from illegally crossing the border into the United States.

But according to Muguerza-Calle, the threat of deportation is not going to discourage people fleeing for their lives.

"Many people are actually escaping danger and all sorts of economic difficulties that actually make people risk their lives to migrate up north," he said.

Muguerza-Calle points out that since 2014 at least 83 deportees have been killed after being returned to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Andrea Sears, Public News Service - CT