News and Announcements

For years we have known that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been has been aggressively conducting transportation raids on Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses many miles away from the border. Back in 2008 we organized with families who were targeted for deportation after riding on Amtrak and Greyhound to hold the travel companies accountable for taking passengers money and not warning them that they may be interrogated, arrested and detained by immigration officials. In 2011, we had a breakthrough in highlighting CBP's unconstitutional practices including engaging in racial profiling and overstepping their jurisdiction, leading to increased deportations and the shattering of many families. To read the report, press and history of our work organizing against CBP click read more.
Congratulations to our Fall 2011 Speakers Bureau Graduates: Monica Novoa, Joe Chen, Abraham Paulous, Iris Haddad and Andalusia Soloff. All participants completed a 10 week course learning about how and why immigrants are criminalized by the deportation system, presentation and spokesperson skills and how we can FIGHT BACK individually and collectively.
Families for Freedom along with three individuals in deportation proceedings, bring suit against United States Customs and Border Protection ("CBP"), United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and United States Department of Homeland Security, seeking release of certain government records pursuant to the Freedom o f Information Act ("FOIA,,).l The requested records pertain primarily to the scope and practices of CBP operations on inter-city buses and trains, and plaintiffs have focused particular attention on the geographic area designated as the “Buffalo Sector.”2 Plaintiffs now move for summary judgment on the adequacy of the defendants’ search and seek limited discovery in order to facilitate a reasonable search.
On December 18th Families for Freedom marched with immigrant and worker rights groups and the Occupy movement to highlight the importance of immigrants within the 99%, protest anti-immigrant laws across the country, and take on Wall Street's construction of private, for-profit immigration prisons and wage theft from immigrant workers. We along with members of the Immigrant Worker Justice Working Group of Occupy Wall Street, immigrants and allies held our first major mobilization with hundreds of people: a rally and march from Foley Square, featuring a diverse array of music, dance, and street theater which culminated in a multi-lingual General Assembly at Zuccotti Park.