Alirio Gamez

Dec 27, 2017
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Al Jazeera

Sanctuary churches fight Trump's deportation surge

"When Alirio Gamez was served a deportation order earlier this year, he decided to push back rather than submit himself to authorities to be returned to his native El Salvador.

On August 8, the 40-year-old, who fled his homeland after receiving a slew of death threats, joined a growing number of undocumented people taking sanctuary in churches across the United States when he set up shop in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, located in the capital of Texas.

'The violence El Salvador is living through is very strong [for everyone],' he told Al Jazeera, recalling his flight from his homeland. 'When you live it personally, it's even worse.

'I lost the legal process [on deportation], but I want to keep fighting,' Gamez insisted." Read more about Sanctuary churches fight Trump's deportation surge

Dec 6, 2017
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Telemundo Austin

Inmigrante salvadoreño se refugia en una iglesia de Austin para no ser deportado

"Le estamos diciendo a ICE que respete mi derecho a la seguridad. El miércoles, le mostraremos a ICE nuestra fuerza en la unidad y esperamos tener una victoria en nuestras manos", dijo Alirio.

Una petición para detener su deportación ahora tiene más de 2,000 firmas. La Red de Sanctuary de Austin, Grassroots Leadership, y los legisladores estatales y municipales también han abogado por él. Read more about Inmigrante salvadoreño se refugia en una iglesia de Austin para no ser deportado

Dec 6, 2017
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Telemundo Austin

Piden detener la deportación de hombre que buscó santuario en iglesia de Austin

"El miércoles, cerca de 50 manifestantes de diferentes grupos cívicos del centro de Texas se reunieron en las oficinas de la Agencia de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) en San Antonio para pedir un alto a la deportación de Alirio Gámez, un inmigrante salvadoreño refugiado en una iglesia de Austin.

'Ellos tienen todo el poder para parar la deportación de esta persona para que no sea deportado', dijo Alejandro Cáceres, representante de la organización Grassroots Leadership.

Según Alirio Gámez, huyó de su natal El Salvador porque su vida corría peligro: 'Esa es la razón por la que yo tomé santuario porque yo tengo derecho a seguir viviendo y para que nadie me pueda quitar la vida'. Read more about Piden detener la deportación de hombre que buscó santuario en iglesia de Austin

Dec 6, 2017
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¡Ahora Sí!

Decenas de personas presentarán una petición para detener deportación

"Con mantas a ambos lados que decían 'compasión audaz y amor valeroso' y 'mantén Alirio a salvo', miembros religiosos y activistas anunciaron que irían en caravana para presentar una petición ante las autoridades de inmigración a favor de Alirio Gámez, quien pidió santuario en una de las iglesias de Austin.

'Le vamos a demostrar a ICE que hay una comunidad que me quiere y vamos a seguir en la lucha', dijo Gámez, oriundo de El Salvador, ante decenas de personas en la audiencia. 'Y sé que estoy donde van a seguir apoyándome'". Read more about Decenas de personas presentarán una petición para detener deportación

Dec 6, 2017
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Univison 41 San Antonio

Decenas de personas se reúnen en San Antonio para luchar contra la deportación de un inmigrante salvadoreño

"Los manifestantes llegaron a la oficina de ICE en San Antonio para pedir a los agentes de inmigración que frenen la deportación de Alirio Gámez, un inmigrante salvadoreño que está asilado en una iglesia de Austin desde el 5 de septiembre." Read more about Decenas de personas se reúnen en San Antonio para luchar contra la deportación de un inmigrante salvadoreño

Dec 6, 2017
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News 4 San Antonio

Group caravans to San Antonio to support asylum seeker facing deportation

"A group of immigration supporters are on their way home after trying to stop the deportation of a man seeking asylum.

They came to San Antonio on Wednesday to plead his case.

Around a couple dozen supporters braved the cold and the rain to voice their support for Alirio Gamez.

'As a community we should get to decide who is a part of our communities,' said Claudia Munoz, a supporter who traveled from Austin to San Antonio. 'That's the message we're bringing to ICE.'" Read more about Group caravans to San Antonio to support asylum seeker facing deportation

Dec 5, 2017
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Houston Chronicle

Caravan supports immigrant seeking church sanctuary in Austin

"It has been three months since Salvadoran immigrant Alirio Gámez claimed sanctuary from deportation by entering a north Austin church.

On Wednesday, Gámez will step out of the First Unitarian Universalist Church for the first time to ask for a deportation stay. Faith leaders and members of the Austin Sanctuary Network will then lead a caravan from Austin to San Antonio to file a stay of removal application and meet with ICE officials.

'We are telling ICE to respect my right to safety,' Gámez said in a press release. 'We are going to show ICE our strength in unity, and we expect to have a victory in our hands."' Read more about Caravan supports immigrant seeking church sanctuary in Austin

Dec 5, 2017
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North Austin Patch

Advocates Call On Deportation Halt For Austin Asylum Seeker

"Dozens of immigrant advocates will gather on Wednesday in a rally calling for a stop on deportation proceedings against an asylum seeker taking sanctuary at an Austin church for the past few months.

The gathering is designed as a show of solidarity for Alirio Gámez, who has taken sanctuary inside the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., to avoid his deportation. An asylum seeker from El Salvador, Gámez was denied asylum in the United States after being in three detention centers and now faces deportation to certain harm in his country of origin, advocates said.

... 'We are going to demand that Alirio stay in the country and be granted a stay of removal,' added Alejandro Caceres, immigration organizer with Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based immigrant advocacy group. 'We have built a network that supports him and is enriched by him. Because of this, we also believe that ICE has no authority to come into our city and deport anyone from our community.'" Read more about Advocates Call On Deportation Halt For Austin Asylum Seeker

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