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RMIAN Statement on 2016 Presidential Election

We believe that justice for immigrants means justice for all.

November 11, 2016

In the face of the election of a presidential candidate who has promised devastating

changes to our nation’s immigration policies, the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy

Network (RMIAN) stands more committed than ever to working for justice for all. RMIAN

will continue to fight tirelessly to advance the legal rights of our fellow Coloradans with

immigrant backgrounds, particularly children throughout the state and adults in

immigration detention. We stand in solidarity with immigrant communities throughout

Colorado and the United States. We stand for inclusion, equality, and justice and will fight

for due process and equal access to justice for all.

“RMIAN’s commitment to the dignity and rights of the most vulnerable immigrant

populations in Colorado, including children and detained adults, has never wavered,

regardless of the political climate. This election will only deepen that commitment,” said

Founding Board Member Hiroshi Motomura.

Although the RMIAN community staunchly opposes the anti-immigrant measures

advocated by the incoming administration, RMIAN is gratified by the resounding support of

Coloradans who reject an agenda of hatred. Community members from all walks of life

have stepped up in unprecedented numbers since the election to support RMIAN’s mission

of ensuring justice for immigrants, and fighting the hatred, racism, misogyny and

xenophobia it generated.

RMIAN Attorney Elizabeth Zambrana states, “We are working tirelessly to ensure

that our clients and immigrant communities everywhere are protected and prepared for

the challenges that lie ahead. RMIAN will educate current and former DACA clients, service

providers, community organizations and the general public to ensure that Colorado

communities receive accurate information about their rights and how to protect

themselves and others. We will use all legal tools at our disposal to secure the rights of the

most vulnerable, as we always have. We stand in solidarity with immigrant communities,

not only as legal allies, but as neighbors, friends and essential community members. ”

Apart from the harsh agenda the new administration has vowed to bring to

Washington in January, 2017, RMIAN already is responding to an immediate immigration

detention crisis. The number of individuals detained at the for-profit GEO Group

immigration detention center in Aurora has nearly doubled since the beginning of October.

RMIAN is struggling to stretch existing resources to serve a vastly larger number of

vulnerable asylum seekers housed there, including hundreds of Haitians who have fled

unspeakable hardship.

Please consider supporting RMIAN’s work during this extraordinarily difficult

time. You can help in the following ways:

1) If you are an attorney, contact RMIAN’s Pro Bono Coordinator Alex Gavern at

agavern@rmian.org to request a pro bono case for a detained asylum-seeker or for

a child who will face complex immigration proceedings alone because they cannot

afford a private attorney. The need for volunteer attorneys is enormous. RMIAN

will provide you with a screened referral, detailed memorandum, professional

liability insurance, and a mentor.

2) Voice your support for humane immigration policies that represent RMIAN’s values.

3) Support RMIAN financially so we can fulfill our values statement, “We believe that

justice for immigrants means justice for all.” Donations may be mailed directly to

RMIAN at 3489 West 72nd Avenue, Suite 211, Westminster, CO 80030 or via

RMIAN’s website www.rmian.org

For additional information about RMIAN and ways you can help, please see

www.rmian.org or contact Executive Director Mekela Goehring at mgoehring@rmian.org

or (720) 370-9102.

 

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