Monday, April 17, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM MST
A.E. England Bldg.
424 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
AZHCC Public Policy "New Voices Forum"
The AZHCC hosts a community forum introducing an array of recently elected or appointed public officials whose roles stand to impact Arizona Latinos in substantive ways. Event is open to the public.Registration is strongly encouraged. Seating is limited
AZ Rep. Isela Blanc
Maricopa Co. Recorder Adrian Fontes
Sheriff Paul Penzone
AMC Exec. Dir. Marcos Garay
Mayor Anna Tovar
AZ. Rep Tony Navarette
AZ. Rep Michelle Udall
Facing the Struggles to Come, Together
We know these are difficult times for Promise Arizona’s family and friends. So much of the news in recent weeks has not been good for our community. The ugly language and harsh policy announcements coming from the White House has never been more disturbing.
But we cannot lose heart. We will not lose heart. Our struggles are not new, but neither is our willingness to stand together and fight these latest challenges in the name of faith and love. PAZ was born in 2010 out of the fight and commitment to protect our immigrant brothers and sisters after Senate Bill 1070 was signed into law by Gov. Brewer.
Nearly seven years later, most of that bigoted law has been thrown out by the courts. Our vote helped Sheriff Joe Arpaio lose his race reelection, and this month he faces criminal charges in federal court. This week also brought one more victory with the news that Arpaio’s replacement, newly-elected Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, will close the jail at Tent City.
Tent City has been a colossal waste of your taxpayer money and stood as a symbol of Arpaio’s hateful agenda. In the same way that Guantanamo Bay scarred the reputation of the United States, Tent City left a dark stain on Arizona’s image. Its closing was long overdue and helps begin to put behind us one of the darkest chapters in our state’s history.
Since taking office in January, Penzone has pledged to change the way his department does business. He has promised to root out corruption in the police force. He has pledged to treat immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, with the respect and dignity they deserve. He has created citizen advisory boards to gather community feedback on his department. He has insisted he will focus on the Sheriff’s Department’s primary mission: keeping the people, all of the people, of Maricopa County safe, while avoiding the circus-like conduct of his predecessor.
Time will tell if Sheriff Penzone keeps these promises.
In the meantime, Promise Arizona will stand with you in the face of whatever struggles may come.
Executive Director, Promise Arizona
****We have more details on this case and what the next steps are for the father and the children left behind****
Single Father Goes to his ICE check-in and Gets Detained
Two U.S. Citizen Children are left behind due to Trump's Immigration Orders
Phoenix, AZ- Juan Carlos Fomperosa Garcia, attended his first ICE check-in at the Phoenix ICE office, thinking he would be coming back home to celebrate his 14 year old son’s birthday. Much like Guadalupe Garcia four weeks ago, he was arrested on the spot. Once again, leaving his children with nothing but a green bag of their father’s belongings that ICE officials brought them while they were waiting outside of the ICE office.
Due to Trump’s executive orders, immigrants that are priorities for removal have drastically expanded, increasing the amount of families separated across the country. While yesterday we heard President Trump mention some kind of immigration relief, the reality is that today two children were left behind with no parents.
Dozens of families will need to go to ICE for these kind of check-ins and it’s important for them to know the potential impacts this can have for families, and how they should prepare by seeking an attorney’s help and connecting with a community organization.
Who: Children of the detained father, along with community members.
What: Press conference highlighting the impact of ICE check-ins and the potential impacts for families.
Where: LUCHA Office- 3120 N 19th Ave. Suite 190, Phoenix, AZ 85301
Come Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Saint Catherine of Siena Parish Community this Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Dear President Obama:
We write on behalf of immigrant communities across the country to express our concern and disappointment over reported plans by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct further immigration raids on women and children fleeing violence in Central America in search of refuge in the United States.