Immigration

27Nov 2018

November 13th District Council 6 acknowledged National Apprenticeship Week at their Strongsville Union Hall. This event captured the attention of 143 attendees for various schools within the surrounding areas including; Cleveland Heights High School, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Polaris Career Center, Clearview Local Schools, Max Hayes, Warrensville Heights and Medina County Career Center. Throughout the day nineteen students completed our general application, of which included seven young woman who are seriously looking to join the IUPAT. DC 6 recruited the help of our current apprentices and staff to assist these students with hands on demonstrations to capture the feel of what our trades involve. Current apprentices inspired these students by telling their stories on why they joined the union and how it has changed their lives.

21Jun 2017

Thank you for showing our brothers Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nuñez your support in the last two days by making calls, sending faxes, rallying, uplift both father’s cases on social media and speaking to elected officials. As many of you know, both Hugo and Rodrigo had scheduled immigration court hearings today. Below are pictures of today’s rally where many of our members and District Council staff were front and center.

There is no doubt that our collective efforts have had an impact on Hugo and Rodrigo’s cases. In fact, we know that in the next 48 hours additional information is being reviewed and considered in large part for all we’ve done so far. This will be a crucial period for us to keep the pressure going, so please take a few minutes to take the following actions.

We need your help to keep the momentum going in supporting Hugo, Rodrigo and their families!

For live updates on our efforts this week visit: Free Hugo & Free Rodrigo Week of Action Facebook page

June 21st is Big FAX Wednesday! Send a fax to ICE Enforcement and Removal Offices to (415) 844-5514 with attention to David Jennings. We have provided a formatted fax form with the graphic of the day, which you only need to fill your name in the blank CLICK HERE

Don’t have a fax? Not a problem simply follow the these instructions:

–          STEP #1: Visit: www.Faxzero.com

–          STEP #2: Fill in the blanks

  • For Sender Information(on the left) fill in your name (you do not have to include your full name), email and phone number
  • For Receiver Information (on the right) fill in
    • Name: ICE Field Director David Jennings
    • Company: Enforcement and Removal Officer
    • Fax: (415) 844-5514

–          STEP #3: Upload your fax form

  • In Fax InformationClick on browser
    • Upload the Fax form (you will know it’s uploaded when you see a green check mark next to the title of your document)
    • ENTER CONFIRMATION CODE – you will be prompted to include the 5-digit confirmation code at the bottom of this section.

–          STEP #4: Hit the “Send Free Fax Now” button

  • You will receive a confirmation email. It will prompt you to click on a link in order to actually send your fax.

 

  1. Let’s keep those calls going! Call San Francisco’s ICE Field Office Director David Jennings!

For more information on our efforts with this case, visit our website: www.freehugo.org.

06Jun 2017
DC 16 members hold a rally in support of Hugo Mejia

Last month, IUPAT member Hugo Mejia (IUPAT Local Union 83) and UBC member Rodrigo Nunez (UBC Local 68) were detained on their way to work in northern California.

DC 16 Member Hugo Mejia and his wife Yadira

Hugo Mejia has been an IUPAT member for over a decade and has lived in the USA for over 15 years. He has no record, and his wife and children are all US citizens.

Both were working on a construction project at a hospital located inside of Travis Air Force base. When they gave their identification at the entrance, the base turned them over to ICE. Both were detained, and have been held in custody for 30+ days with no due process. What is happening to them is happening all over the country.

In a rally yesterday, protesters chanted, “Free Rodrigo Now” and “What do we want?  Justice! When do we want it?  Now!” Most were members of District Council 16, who gathered in front of ICE’s San Francisco location yesterday to protest the detainment of one of its members and a member of another local union, Carpenters Local 68.

Prior to their detainment, Hugo and Rodrigo were both long-term union workers and active community members.  Mejía, who lives in San Rafael, worked as a drywall finisher with Painters Local 83, a local union group that is now a part of the Painter’s District Council 16.  He was also a father of three children and an active member of his church.

Nuñez, a resident of Hayward, has lived in the United States for more than 15 years, now with three young children. Nuñez was an assistant coach for his son’s baseball team, volunteered for his local church, and worked in drywall as a member of Carpenter Local 68.

Ever since their detainment, District Council 16 has not received any communication from ICE regarding the status of Nuñez and Mejía. Currently, the only information District Council 16 has is that Hugo is detained in Sacramento and Rodrigo is detained in Yuba.

Worrying that the two may be deported without getting their case heard in front of a judge, District Council 16 members and community leaders rallied to demand Rodrigo and Hugo’s immediate release and a stay of their deportation.

The protest had roughly 200 people in attendance for the event, including District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who came to voice his support. Madison Hull, District Council 16’s political and communication director, said in a statement: “We just want them, Hugo and Rodrigo, released immediately and we want a fair and due process.  To be taken away from their families for 30 days in inhumane.”