News from Michigan United
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Monday, September 7th, 2015
Contact: Erik Shelley (248) 982-6326
Immigrant Families March in Labor Day Parade, Call Attention to Family Deportations
Michigan United members cry out for justice, transparency
DETROIT – Union members and community organizations came out strong this Labor Day in Detroit, marching in the early September sun down Michigan Avenue to Hart Plaza for the annual parade celebrating the workers rights movement. Not least amongst them was Michigan United, the statewide organization that has championed workers rights as well as immigration issues and police accountability. They carried signs that read “Stop separating Families” through deportation. They carried a clear plastic banner that read “What happened to Terrance Kellom?”, questioning the official account of the the death an American citizen from Detroit who was shot by an ICE agent in April. And walking in their midst was Alvaro Lopez, an undocumented Detroit resident who fears the two daughters he raises alone will be left fatherless if he is deported on September 17. His daughters are Americans, born in the United States, and Mr. Lopez has no criminal record. Yet ICE plans to deport him even though they can use prosecutorial discretion to stop his deportation.