PRESS RELEASE: Centro Presente Launches Informative Campaign and Continues Its Efforts to Educate Immigrant Community About Its Rights

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Patricia Montes, Centro Presente 617 483 2937

Boston, MA- Within the context of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) increased emphasis on deporting families and children who arrived in this country fleeing violence and societal instability in Central America, Centro Presente is redoubling its on-going efforts to educate the community about the rights of immigrants and the reasons why people are coming to the U.S. undocumented. As part of this increased effort Centro Presente is hosting two forums in January.

DHS is implementing a nationwide surge in raids that started the first weekend of 2016 with the deportation of over 120 individuals from different locations around the country. They have targeted adults and children who have already been ordered removed by an immigration judge. These individuals entered the country sometime since May 1, 2014 and have had a deportation order issued, or have missed their date in immigration court to argue their case for asylum and have subsequently had a deportation order issued.

“We reject the idea that the government should be sending people back to violent situations that they have fled,” stated Isaac Chicas, Board member of Centro Presente. “Many of these families are basically refugees but are treated like criminals. We reject that.”

“Centro Presente has been regularly holding educative events and workshops for the immigrant community, policy makers and the general public to shed light on the situation in Central America, its relation to the increased flow of migrants from that region and the rights that immigrants have once they arrive here, including how they should respond to DHS operations,” said Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente.

These activities will intensify with the increased atmosphere of fear in the immigrant community in light of the ICE raids, with two community forums this month, January 9 and 30. Additionally, Centro Presente will be distributing materials and talking about the issues on their weekly radio program, among other actions.