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Free Jose Luis Sanchez! Stop Trump's Deportations!
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     Help us stop the deportation of Jose Luis Sanchez Ronquillo, a respected member of the Ann Arbor, MI community.  Jose Luis Sanchez and his family urgently need your help, and are raising money to support his family's living expenses: food, housing, and bills, his legal costs, and to pay for community mobilizations crucial to winning his case.

     Stopping Donald Trump’s vicious campaign of terrrorization and mass deportations of immigrants can be defeated if we fight. Trump is politically vulnerable and exposed, so his presidency now clings precariously to his ability to conduct the racial purge of 11 million immigrants from this nation now under way. This means that EVERY deportation attempted by Trump that we succeed in stopping is a victory. The movement built to stop Jose Luis Sanchez' deportation  and free him has become a model for defending immigrant rights across the country.

     Jose Luis moved here from Mexico in 1999. He has lived in Ann Arbor for nearly twenty years. But now he is sitting in a jail cell in Louisiana. The Trump administration is trying to deport Jose Luis Sanchez, along with millions of other immigrants, without regard to whether it is fair or reasonable or humane. Jose Luis has a work permit and no criminal record. Despite this, last April, when he went into an I.C.E office for his routine, yearly check-in, he was detained and arrested. 

     Hundreds of Ann Arbor and MI residents have mobilized to stop Jose Luis’ deportation, thwarting I.C.E.’s efforts three separate times. Our efforts to save him are a test of the movement’s strength to stop Trump’s vicious immigration policies. He awaits a federal judge’s decision from I.C.E.’s latest attempt to deport him, and his next hearing will likely be at the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. We urgently need your help.

Ann Arbor and Detroit students and community protesting to free Jose Luis Sanchez outside federal courthouse in Detroit May 2017     Jose Luis Sanchez is a beloved husband and father, he is also the sole provider for his family. Both of his children are U.S.-born citizens who attend Ann Arbor public schools, where Jose Luis has been a familiar and welcome face. His son, Charlie, is 11 years old and goes to Bach Elementary. His older son, Jose Luis Jr., is 15 years old and a freshman at Pioneer High School. He has epilepsy and other health problems, and suffers from increasing depression since his father was taken. Guisela Anguiano Sanchez, Jose Luis’ wife, said, “On behalf of my husband, Jose Luis, our two children, and our entire family—many thanks for your support. This struggle is bigger than just us. Immigrants are part of this nation’s past, present, and future. We’ll keep fighting, always. Continuamos en la lucha siempre!”

     With your support, we can win!

Jose Luis Sanchez with his wife and two sons.



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