Successful Action to #KeepDucHome

Photo: VietUnity South Bay

Last Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30am, Asian Law Alliance staff came to support Duc Nguyen along with VietUnity South Bay, People Acting in Commmunity Together (PACT) and the Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network. USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) notified Duc of an impromptu interview on this day; these requests have often led to deportation as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents have reported to be at these last-minute interviews waiting to detain unsuspecting community members.

Due to immense community support and pressure, Duc’s interview was cancelled at the last minute. We were very happy to have heard the good news and will continue to protect community members against deportations! Please see VietUnity South Bay’s statement below regarding this victory:

Đức, his family, ViệtUnity, and PACT are happy to let you know that our efforts as a community produced a win today. On the same day that Đức courageously went public with his story, that we rallied our community in the streets and in the media, that we called upon the support of public officials who understand the plight of the people they represent, and that we marshalled the moral voices of our diverse faiths, immigration officials decided to cancel their demand that Đức appear for an immigration interview where he was at risk of deportation. We had planned an act of resistance and it became a celebration!

If you were able to attend our action this morning, thank you for your presence and the sacrifices you made to be there with us! If you were not able to attend, thank you for your invaluable support over the past few days!

Đức is safe today but he (and many others in similar situations) may again be put at risk by the capricious decisions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We will continue to be in community with Vietnamese, Cambodian, and other Asian Pacific Islander community members in the South Bay who are being threatened with deportation. If you are being threatened by ICE or interested in joining the movement, please connect with us at vietunity.southbay@gmail.com.

ViệtUnity South Bay
#KeepDucHome

Photo: VietUnity South Bay

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