For Immediate Release

Date: August 22, 2017

Contact: “Julie” Yihong Mao, National Immigration Project, Enforcement Fellow, 202-792-6610, jmao@nipnlg.org
Gina Perez, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, 770-457-5232, gina@glahr.org




“For these women and families, routine tasks such as driving to work, going to the grocery store, or picking up a child from school are now daily acts of resistance.”
— Gina Perez, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

(Atlanta, GA and Boston, MA) – Today, two immigrants’ rights groups released a scathing new report detailing the human toll of the Trump Administration’s new immigration policies. Building from his promise to deport “bad hombres” under the pretext of public safety, Trump has issued a series of Executive Orders that have resulted in a surge of immigration raids and arrests targeted at all immigrant communities.

Compiled by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), The Luchadoras of Georgia tells the story of everyday women caught in Trump’s deportation pipeline--where traffic stops by local police has become the focal point for deportation and helped spur a 75% increase in ICE arrests.

“With a President openly declaring war on immigrants and emboldening white supremacists and police abuse, it is up to local communities to defy Trump’s agenda and protect communities of color. Localities must divest from ICE’s deportation machinery. This is the obvious, first step.”
— Julie Mao, National Immigration Project

These women’s experiences are strikingly similar. They are long-time residents of Georgia with deep ties to U.S. family and community; little or no past interaction with the immigration or criminal legal systems. All were arrested in traffic stops by local police; and most arrests occurred in localities that had signed 287(g) agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Many are single mothers.

At a time when Trump has promised to expand local police-ICE collaboration and crackdown on sanctuary cities, the Luchadoras of Georgia offer a stark glimpse into the reality awaiting communities if local police resign to collaborating with Trump’s deportation machine. In Georgia, collaboration effectively means damage to community safety for generations to come.

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