LatinaLista — It’s a safe bet to say the country is awash in “momentum.”
There’s momentum building for next week’s Democratic convention. There’s momentum building as to who will be the running mates for both presidential candidates and there’s another momentum, that so far has been under the radar â€” but it’s growing.
The momentum is for a national call for a moratorium on immigration raids.
Yet, before you roll your eyes and say “heard that before,” this time it’s a little different.
This momentum has taken on a new twist that will make it very hard to ignore â€” or stop.
The latest call for a moratorium on immigration raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security is a person who was an eyewitness to the human toll of the biggest raid in the nation which took place at Postville, Iowa.
The eyewitness, Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas, is a federal translator who saw how the Guatemalan and Mexican undocumented immigrants never had a chance to defend themselves or their families before being deported.
Dr. Camayd-Freixas’ call for moratorium on the raids differs from today’s call by Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin or Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez’ action because Camayd-Freixas isn’t just looking for the clergy or a particular politician to voice the call for a moratorium but is tapping organizations across the nation to unite their voices.
And there won’t be just a press conference with representatives from all the participating organizations standing as a backdrop to whomever is at the podium imploring the Administration to halt immigration raids, there will be something more:
The idea is to gather resolutions and statements from the different organizations and put together a package that shows the broad support and the different arguments in favor of a moratorium, in order to bolster congressional efforts in this regard.
The legal community, the labor movement, religious and interfaith coalitions,
and civic organizations are invited to join in.
In the meantime, while Dr. Camayd-Freixas compiles the necessary information to present to Congress, there are other groups who want to jumpstart the moratorium momentum.
One of the first groups to do this is in Chicago where tomorrow, August 22, the national launch of the “Ya Basta” campaign will be announced.
“Ya Basta” translates into “Enough Already” and it’s the sentiment that many Latino communities share as they are being targeted for immigration enforcement by ICE officials.
It’s one thing to enforce the law. It’s another to instill fear and intimidation on a sizeable portion of the population.
When that happens, it then borders on whether that’s enforcement or harassment.