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9:30am [9:30am] stand as witness in court
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Greetings allies, If you are free, please join us to stand as witness in court this Thursday August 17th @ 9:30 a.m. in Rochester, NY. As some of you may remember, on June 29th the NY State Police turned over a long-standing member of our community to Border Patrol and he is now facing not only only deportation but also charges for returning to the U.S. after a prior deportation to be with his children. This Thursday he will be in Federal Court facing criminal re-entry charges. The family has requested allies be there to show the judge and the prosecutors that he has community support and he is not alone.​ ​​ Court ​details:​​ Meet in front of the Courthouse at 9:30 am, Hon. Charles J. Siragusa United States District Court 100 State Street Rochester, NY 14614 Court starts at 10:00am, ​but w​e will need to go through metal detectors and leave our cell phones​ which can take some time​. ​Please dress appropriately for court. ​ More Background about the incident: On the morning of June 29, 2017, state trooper Jason Flaitz stopped a vehicle in Penn Yan, ostensibly because the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Although the officer was not ticketing the passenger, he asked him for identification, which he did not have with him. The trooper let the driver go on his way with a ticket but arrested two Latino passengers and took them to a State Police barracks in Dundee, and held them for immigration officers to assume custody. Both passengers are now facing deportation. The State government has opened an investigation into this incident. While we applaud them for opening this investigation, we are also calling for that investigation to be transparent, in depth, timely, and ultimately hold the trooper accountable to a clear violation of the their policy. This is especially important since this is not the first time they have violated the policy. The 2014 Executive Memorandum regarding Immigration Law-Alien Proceeding states: “As applied to vehicle passenger-Even when you stop a vehicle containing a passenger who you believe may be an illegal alien, you have no authority to request or demand identification documents from a passenger." This incident is just one example of how a single decision made by a one law enforcement agent can separate a family, deport a dedicated worker, and send a chilling effect to the entire immigrant community. We call for that trooper to be held accountable for his actions. -- Carly Fox Senior Worker Rights Advocate Workplace Justice Program Worker Justice Center of NY

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