Meet on Broadway side of Heyburn Building, 332 West Broadway
Local Coalition to Protest New Louisville Immigration Court Facility
On Monday, April 2, at 12 Noon, members of organizations concerned about the judicial treatment of immigrants will be present at the opening of a new immigration court in Louisville. The location is 332 West Broadway (The Heyburn Building, 11th Floor)
The Executive Office of Immigration Review of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is opening a new immigration court (on the 11th floor) with two new judges to review deportation proceedings. Local groups organizing the protest include Mijente Louisville, Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, ACLU Kentucky, Fairness Campaign, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Stand Up Sunday, and Black Lives Matter Louisville.
The expansion of ICE immigration courts to Louisville, KY illustrates how the deportation machine will grow more quickly as the Trump administration carries out an irrational and harmful demonization and scapegoating of immigrants and the role they play in US life. Deportation proceedings are reportedly up approximately 30%, with growing backlogs.
Groups protesting the new court stress that the problem goes beyond setting up new courts to the whole agenda of mass deportation. Protest co-organizer, Stephen Bartlett states that “ICE has been attempting to deport almost any immigrant they can, removing protected status from post-disaster populations from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, from DACA recipients as their status expires, and from undocumented immigrants even when they have committed no crimes, when they are the parents of US citizen children, or have been in the US for decades. “
Also, immigrants seeking political asylum are likewise being denied at an alarming rate, with unreasonable legal criteria, returning families with children to communities plagued by violence. In addition, recently immigrants who are active in accompanying and mobilizing the community are being specifically targeted for deportation, to weaken the freedoms of speech, association and organization.
Up until now, one of the only restraints on the Trump administration in achieving its mass deportation agenda has been limited capacity, which this court facility will expand. Groups plan to protest this expansion and acceleration and will be present to oppose the court’s presence in the community as a contributor to an atmosphere of fear, distrust and uncertainly.
Stephen Bartlett - 502 415 1080
Jesús Ibañez - 650 518-1379