I was at the rally for Fredy Mencia of Ypsilanti on Saturday. It had a good turnout. In signs and speeches, the rally was in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The organizers were welcoming of us inviting people to the Black Lives Matter community barbeque, and as I was inviting folks, I kept thinking that Fredy’s deportation date is the day before our event. He already has a ticket for the night of the 25th, having to leave his three children. However, the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, who organized the rally, has been successful multiple times in stopping the deportation of members of our community. I am hoping that many of us can help out by joining them in calling the following numbers:
President Barack Obama, comment line: 202-456-1111
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell in Washington: 202-225-4071
Detroit ICE Field Office, Director Rebecca Adducci: 313-568-6036
US ICE Headquarters, Executive Associate Director Thomas Homan,
Director Sarah Saldana: 202-732-3000.
Dept. of Homeland Security, Secretary Jeh Johnson, comment line:
I am calling to urge you to stop the deportation of Fredy Mencia, alien # 079-335-000. He has no criminal record, has held the same job for 15 years, and is the father of 3 small children all of whom are US citizens. He is an active member of our community and a local church leader. Please use your authority and grant him a stay of removal and stop his deportation which is scheduled for June 26th.
They were also urging people to use their social media and press connections for Fredy’s cause.