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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 5/5/09

“Fellow countrymen set up a defense network to rescue and advise migrants whose rights may be violated by officials of that country”

(Full translation of article regarding assistance network for Guatemalans illegally in the United States)

Guatemalans who live in that country formed a defense cordon by means of which they’ve been able to free more than 60 undocumented persons. The increase in round-ups and deportations during 2008 motivated various migrant organizations to form the Community Defense Network, whose purpose is to avoid “by any means” the detentions by the Immigration and Border Control Service (sic) , ICE, in English.
Rhode Island is one of the most organized cities (sic) where that assistance is provided, as well as in Arizona and Chicago. Shanna Kurland, movement coordinator, explained that the defense works by means of days of volunteerism. Kurland said “We have an emergency number that works 24 hours. In case ICE detains an emigrant on the street, or tries to knock down the door of his house, the undocumented persons must call immediately, so that we can arrive and protect his rights”. Juan Garcia, Guatemalan member of the Immigrants’ Action Committee, told that a few weeks ago he received a call at midnight from a fellow countryman who was in trouble because ICE was knocking on his door, and was about to tear it down, with the justification that they had an order of deportation. Garcia said “I called all the volunteers and we arrived at the place. Upon checking, it wasn’t true that they had an order of deportation, for which reason they were unable to detain the Guatemalan.”

The numbers that work in Rhode Island are 401-228-8996 and 1-877-527-3330. The migrants’ leader pointed out that a radio station, whose broadcast lasts 24 hours, is also part of the community defense network. He explained “The first thing I do when they call me, whether it’s midnight or dawn, is to call the station and announce that ICE is at the house of such and such a person, then, the taxi drivers and the persons who work at night hear me and we get together at the address where the officials are, and in that way we bring about pressure. We also carry cameras and we’ve seen that it has had an effect because we’ve been able to liberate more than 60 undocumented.”
Maricela Garcia, Latin Politics Forum representative in Chicago, asserted that the Guatemalans and Central Americans adopted a new lobbying procedure without having to leave their homes. “Fear reigns among the migrants; they have fear of being captured or deported, for which reason now they get together in homes and invite their friends to write lobbying letters for a migratory reform and afterward they send them to the congressmen of the whole country”, said Garcia. This new method is called “congressmen’s fiestas

8 years 41 weeks ago, 12:28 PM


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by listening to the radio station and establishing ambushes along likely avenues of approach. Perhaps going kinetic on them is a bit harsh, but maybe some spike strips would do some good.

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