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Andrea Williams, executive director of Causa Oregon said today’s news gave her hope.
“Families should not be torn apart. Dreamers and children should be safe in our state. Oregonians have the right to demand that ICE adopt more humane policies and tactics. We saw Oregonians speak out over the last 24 hours, and it resulted in Francisco’s swift release and reunification with his family.”
Carmen Rubio, executive director of the Latino Network said that she and her entire staff were relieved to hear the news.
“Francisco, like so many other Dreamers, grew up here and is filled with hopes, dreams and desire to make this country, his country, better,” said Rubio. “We are relieved that he is home with his family, in the neighborhood he grew up in, and can return to work in service to children and families at the food pantry.”
The advocates stressed that despite today’s victory, immigrant communities are still under increased ICE enforcement. They said families should call the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition hotline at (888) 622-1510 or the ACLU immigration hotline at (971) 412-2258 if they encounter ICE agents.
“If ICE shows up at your door without a warrant signed by a judge, you don’t have to open it to answer questions. If ICE claims to have a warrant, you should ask agents to slip it under the door or hold it up to a window,” said dos Santos.
In December 2016, Rodriguez Dominguez entered into a DUI diversion program. He quickly completed nearly all of the requirements of this program, attended all his court dates and required meetings.