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Todos Somos Elvira protests at ICE headquarters

by Carlos Montes |
October 14, 2007
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We Are All Elvira & Saulito Unity Coalition protest in Los Angeles in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters on October 12. (Fight Back! News)

Los Angeles, CA - The We Are All Elvira & Saulito Unity Coalition held a successful protest here, Oct. 12, in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters, demanding an end to raids and deportations. The protest brought together many immigrant rights, religious, community and anti-war groups that have been active in the fight for the legalization of undocumented immigrants.

During the rally and picket a delegation entered the Los Angeles federal building to deliver a letter to James Hayes, local ICE director, with a message from the coalition to stop the raids. The protest condemned the ICE raids, the persecution of immigrants and the harsh conditions at ICE detentions centers.

The new coalition was formed in response to the arrest and deportation of Elvira Arellano in Los Angeles on Aug. 19. It has held several successful militant actions, like the Aug. 25 march and rally in downtown Los Angeles and the Sept. 12 national boycott with a vigil and rally at Mac Arthur Park. This effort is truly an example of a united front coming together to work collectively that brings strength and unity to the immigrant rights movement in the face of increased attacks by the ICE.