On this International Women’s Day, we call for an end to injustices in our country against immigrants and demand the immediate release of powerful immigrant and reproductive justice activist Alejandro Pablos, who the U.S. government unjustly detained this week. Alejandra’s arrest follows a pattern of retaliation against immigrants’ rights organizers. Immigrant justice is reproductive justice and activists should never be detained for speaking up for the concerns of their community.
Although her immigration status should not matter, according to the petition from Mijente, Alejandra is a legal permanent resident who was placed into deportation proceedings after an arrest and she spent two years in detention. Alejandra has credible fear of being deported to Mexico based on dangers she would face as a political organizer and is currently in the process of seeking asylum. As Mijente reports, while leading chants at a peaceful protest in Virginia in January, Alejandra was abruptly detained. One of the Virginia agents called her deportation officer in Tucson and this week during her check-in with ICE in Arizona, she was held without the possibility of release or bond without a judge’s order.
Alejandra is not only a fierce advocate for immigrants’ rights, but a community organizer with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and a We Testify abortion storyteller. We urge all our supporters to let the U.S. government know that we will not tolerate the unlawful detention of activists. Please take a moment to send a message of support for Alejandra’s release.
For more on Alejandra’s story, check out this Rewire article.