Legalization for All (L4A) network statement on the Detention

and Forced Removal of Children from their Families



June, 2018: Across the country outrage grew at the Trump administration’s policy of forced removal of children from their families. Photos of toddlers sobbing while their parent is being arrested at the border. Reports of children being detained in cages and of tent cities in the desert that remind one of concentration camps. The sounds of children crying in detention centers, calling for their mothers. A policy that goes beyond racist to truly barbaric. A policy that no less than representatives of the United Nations and the American Pediatric Association label child abuse.

Many commentators have drawn parallels with the policies of Nazi Germany to separate families of Jews, Slavs, and others ultimately sent to their deaths. But we need to look no further than the history of national oppression inside the United States: where Native parents were slaughtered and their children sold as slaves while their lands were taken. African slave families broken up on the auction block. Japanese American families broken up in the concentration and prison camps during World War II. And now the latest and no less shocking policy of arresting immigrants from Central America and Mexico, many if not most seeking asylum and safe haven and taking away their children. In fact it is the Trump administration, not the immigrants, who are the actual criminals.

The Trump administration is trying to hold these children hostage to get an immigration bill that would fund the wall on the Mexican border, end the diversity visa that would severely cut immigration from Africa, and restrict legal immigration by cutting family reunification visas. This is a policy of ransom by kidnappers. A regime of criminals whose corruption, defense of white supremacists, and justification of sexual assault has no parallel in living memory.

Bowing to public pressure, the Trump administration issued an executive order calling for unlimited joint detention of families. This raises the prospect of concentration camps on the border and runs against the Flores court agreement that says that the U.S. government cannot detain children any longer than twenty days, and should release them as soon as possible. Trump’s order also does not speak to the more than 2,000 children already separated from their families. It has a number of loopholes that would allow for the continuing separation of children from their families.

Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, issued an order earlier that the administration would deny hearings and lead to immediate deportation of women and children fleeing from domestic, gang, and criminal violence. This is the same man who claimed that the Bible justified separating children from their parents. While it is not for us to judge, but we would certainly nominate him for a special place in hell (to use the Trump administration’s words).

Legalization for All (L4A) calls for immediate reunification of immigrant families, release of all children from detention, legalization of the DACA and DACA eligible youth, and the legalization of those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED), many of whom have been in the United States for a decade or more. We want the restoration of asylum rights for those fleeing domestic violence and threats from gangs whose roots are actually in the United States. We oppose attempts to cut the U-visa for victims of domestic violence, to eliminate the diversity visa, and to restrict family unification visas for legal immigration.

The pillars of our network:

No to Trump’s Wall! Legalization for All! Stop the Deportations!/#AbolishICE! No guest worker Expansion! If you take part in any actions, we want to share your efforts! Please tag us on our social media platforms and we will share your pics.

L4A slams Trump’s “animal” racism

By Legalization For All (L4A) |
May 19, 2018
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Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Legalization for All Network (L4A).

Washington, D.C. – On May 16, during a White House meeting staged to attack California’s immigrant-friendly ‘sanctuary state’ policies in front of the media, President Trump made one of his most hateful and racist comments yet about undocumented immigrants. Given Trump’s record on speaking poorly of Mexicans, the disabled, women and Black people, that’s saying something.

“You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before,” proclaimed Trump.

These statements and actions are part of an escalation of attacks on immigrants and more incitement of national oppression. As Trump says these statements, he is simultaneously deporting more people, attempting to justify having ended Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Salvadorans, Hondurans, Haitians and others, as well as ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), threatening to further militarize the border, in addition to congratulating cops for their vile abuse of people. Additionally, Trump has continued and further escalated the longstanding history of workplace audits. The excuse of a workplace audit is to supposedly conduct policy reviews, but in reality ICE is called in to create terror among immigrants. If ICE finds an immigrant to be undocumented, they are immediately detained and processed for deportation.

President Trump, like many racist and rich politicians before him, was using the flimsy pretext of street gangs as an excuse to justify his devastating attacks on entire communities – in this case, targeting Mexican and Central American immigrants and Chicano and Latino communities in the U.S. in general.

The dehumanization of an entire group of people usually goes along with and aims to justify oppressive policies towards that community. This is no exception. While more than 3 million immigrants have been deported since 2009, overwhelmingly to México and Central America, Trump aims to ramp up attacks on immigrants even further. To do that he attempts to convince his supporters that Mexicans and Central Americans are not just violent and threatening, but that they are subhuman.

Although President Trump’s racist and xenophobic attacks on immigrants are so frequent that it’s difficult to even keep track of them all, the brazen racism of his May 17 ‘animals’ comment provoked substantial backlash.

But rather than backtrack from his comment, on May 17 White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s comments calling immigrants animals. Sanders even took it a step further, saying Trump didn’t “go far enough.” Trump doubled down too, saying, “I refer to them as animals. And guess what? I always will.”

The immigrant rights movement and all progressive-minded people must speak out boldly with one voice to denounce President Trump’s dangerous, racist outburst and stand shoulder to shoulder with our immigrant co-workers, neighbors, families and friends. We must reject Trump’s demonization and repression, and instead stand for solidarity by fighting for legalization and full equality for all, regardless of immigration status.

Highlights from #DefendDACA Actions

We applaud all who took the streets before Trump announced to U.S. House of Representative Paul Ryan about his plans to do away with DACA. September 1, 2017 took off with a boom, and activists from Los Angeles to Chicago – students staged walkouts and people flooded the streets.

Legalization for All Network advocated for doing two things:

1. Call the White House to express your disapproval of Trump’s decision, push for Legalization for All! (Read our official line at the link here.)

2. Hit the streets with DREAMers, or organize your own action.

We asked for you to send us your pictures! And many of you did. We thank you for still sending them in. The following are some of our favorites:

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National Day of Protest for Immigrant Rights – Friday January 20, 2017

15129053_1368315389847657_7818543634219759818_oCall for a National Day of Protest for Immigrant Rights on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, 2017.
By Legalization for All (L4A) network

On Friday, January 20, 2017 Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States.  Trump ran a racist campaign, calling Mexicans “rapists, criminals, and drug dealers…”  His plans for his first 100 days includes ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), deporting millions of undocumented, building a wall on the border with Mexico, further criminalizing the undocumented, cutting off Federal funds to sanctuary cities, and more attacks on immigrants.  70% of the undocumented are from Mexico and Central America, and these are the people that Trump is primarily targeting.

In December, 2005 the Republican House of Representatives passed HR4437, known as the Sensenbrenner bill.  This bill was also an attack on the undocumented, calling for many of the same actions as Trump:  criminalizing the undocumented, expanding the wall on the border with Mexico, and penalizing sanctuary cities.

In response massive protests, centered in the Chicano, Mexicano, and Latino communities brought more than a million people into the streets in 2006.  Students walked out of class, workers left their jobs, and community members of all ages rallied in protest, calling for legalization of the undocumented.  This mass resistance was able to stop the Sensenbrenner bill.

The Legalization for All (L4A) network feels that a similar mass movement is needed to stop Trump’s attacks on the undocumented.  We are calling on students, workers, and community people, especially from the Chicano, Mexicano, and Latino communities, to organize a national day of protest on inauguration day, Friday, January 20, 2017.

Trump has his 100 day plan, we in the immigrant rights movement need to respond with our own 100 day plan to also build for even bigger protests May 1!

Defend DACA!
Legalization not Deportation!
Stop the Wall on the border with Mexico!

What you can do to build a national day of protest on January 20, 2017:

1.  Organize a protest for immigrant rights in your school, workplace, and community.  Let Legalization for All know about your plans!

2.  Join with other anti-Trump protests in your city or in Washington DC and bring your signs and banners for immigrant rights.  Organize a contingent as part of these protests.

3.  Take photos and videos of your protest and share them with Legalization for All!

4.  Join the Legalization for All network!

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The Fight for DAPA Continues in 2016!

The U.S Department of Homeland Security is preparing to start targeted deportation arrests beginning in January 2016. Although this operation is said to primarily target immigrants who have already received orders of deportation by an immigration judge, ICE will directly focus its efforts against the hundreds of Central American mothers and children who since last summer have been fleeing the violence and devastating poverty in Central America, crossing the U.S border and seeking asylum.

DHS continues to increase border patrols and Governor Abbott of Texas has ordered the National Guard to patrol the US-Mexico border. Since Mexicans are not eligible for asylum they are forced to cross via more dangerous terrain and many die of dehydration and fall victim to violence and robbery on the border. Deaths on the border with Texas and Mexico were 126 in 2014 and now 108 but it is believe that there are many more deaths not found.

Also, the new Obama executive order calling for deferred action for children brought to the US and their parents (DACA/DAPA) was blocked by a Republican Governors led lawsuit. It is pending in court and may be hear by the US Supreme Court this summer. This executive measure would give temporary legal residency to over 5 million people.

Rather than complying with a federal court order to release the families detained, the Obama administration appealed the court order and continues to jail them in for profit “Detention Centers” which are infamous for their human rights violations, denial of decent food, hygiene, medical attention, and overcrowded conditions. In addition to the horrendous conditions of detainment, families seeking asylum also lack sufficient representation and a comprehensive understanding of the asylum process.

Therefore, as the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and the Obama administration clearly seek to intensify their attack on undocumented immigrant families, The Legalization for All Network invites individuals and organizations to joins us in a National Call in the Day to reject ICE deportations and deaths on the border.


Starting tomorrow: National Week of Action

A Federal Judge has twice ordered the Administration to release all the detained, refugee children but so far these children have not been released. TWICE. Join us in saying, “NO JAILING OF CHILDREN.”

The Legalization for All Network invites individuals and groups around the country to join us in a national week of local, actions November 2-8 to end family detention.


Events by City/State will be posted below:
Los Angeles, CA:
Milwaukee, WI:
Minneapolis, MN:
Provo, UT:
Tampa, FL:
Tucson, AZ:


*Tweet us: I’m joining my local #FreedomNotDetention action during the Week Action @LegalizeForAll
TAKE ACTION – a vigil, speakout, rally, march, sit-in, or civil disobedience.

DEMAND – that President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson drop their appeal of the judges’ ruling, and that they shut down all family detention centers now.

DEMAND – that local state Senators and Representatives speak out against family detention center and that publicly call on President Obama to end family detention now. Contact us for more info to organize your action.


Join the National Week of Action! | Nov 2-8 | End Family Detention


Since last summer thousands of young people have been fleeing violence and devastating poverty in Central America, crossing the U.S. border seeking asylum. Rather than being welcomed, the Department of Homeland Security threatened to deport them back to their home countries.

Public pressure forced them to wait rather than deport them immediately. But rather than following the process of releasing these children to family members in the U.S. to await their asylum hearing, the administration decided to indefinitely jail thousands of children and mothers in “new family detention centers” in Dilley and Karnes, Texas. These centers have terrible conditions. And even worse, they are private prisons operated FOR PROFIT by Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group.

A Federal Judge has twice ordered the Administration to release all the detained children, but so far, these children have not been released. TWICE. Join us in saying, “NO JAILING OF CHILDREN.”