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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Vigil Held in Portland Denouncing ICE Raids and Deportations

On Tuesday, members of the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement held a vigil at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in downtown Portland as part of a national response to denounce the arrest and deportation of Elvira Arellano by ICE agents on Sunday afternoon. Arellano was detained by ICE officials and separated from her eight-year-old son, Saul, after leaving a speaking engagement at Our Lady Queen of Angels, "La Placita", Catholic Church in downtown Los Angeles. A leader in the immigrant rights movement, Elvira had been living in sanctuary for over a year at her church Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago before she was deported.

The New Sanctuary Movement is an interfaith coalition dedicated to taking a united, public, and moral stand for immigrant rights and to reveal the actual suffering of immigrant families under our nation's current immigration policies.

In support of Elvira and Saul Arellano and the countless other families under threat of being torn apart by the actions of the federal government, people of faith and conscience will join together at the ICE building in downtown Portland in solidarity and prayer.


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