I’m writing to share a sad updated that the Albany Park day labor corner was raided Wednesday. ICE agents wearing jackets marked “police” arrived at the corner midday. They detained a group of workers, asking them for their identification, took into custody Israel Lopez Bautista (A#094924950) and transferred him to a detention center in Dodge County, Wisconsin within a few hours.
Please join us for an emergency press conference Thursday at 11am at the Foster/Pulaski street corner where we’ll stand with Israel’s brother Enrique who was temporarily stopped by the ICE agents, Israel’s son, and members of the family’s church to call on ICE to release him before this father’s day weekend.
Israel is a day laborer who has lived in the U.S. for 6 years. He has no criminal history, has three children, and is a dedicated volunteer and member of his church, Restoración Elin. We’ll be citing the raid in November that happened at this same corner and led to the deportation of 6 workers and calling on ICE to end the practice of random arrests at the street corner.
Thank you so much for your solidarity and support! We hope to see you tomorrow as we stand with Israel’s family to get him home, demand an end to deportations, and defend day laborers’ right to work and provide for their families.
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