SARASOTA, FL – The Sarasota Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida continues its monthly discussion series, “Ask the ACLU,” with “The Rights of Immigrants in Donald Trump’s America.” The forum, which takes place on Thursday, January 5, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm at Fogartyville Café (525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota), is free and open to the community; light refreshments will be served.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to deport over 3 million immigrants who have committed crimes. But that would mean the undertaking of raids by a vastly larger federal immigration force then it is now. Is this really possible? If so, what impact could this have on our community? A panel of attorneys and a former investigator of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) will explain what it could mean to the immigrants of this country.
Panelists are: Carlos Tolentino, who retired from service with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and ICE after 28 years. He was a Border Patrol Agent, Immigration Inspector, Special Agent, Deportation Officer, Prosecution Officer, and Supervisor Detention Deportation Officer. Sui Chung specializes in removal defense with Immigration Law & Litigation Group in Miami, Fla. The American Immigration Lawyers Association awarded her the Michael Maggio Pro Bono Service Award after she established the Krome Mental Incompetency Project. Michael Vastine is Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Clinic at St. Thomas University School of Law, where he has taught since 2004. Since 2011, he has served on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) South Florida Chapter Board of Directors, presently as First Vice President.
The Sarasota Chapter of the ACLU of Florida launched the discussion series in response to concerns over a slate of policies proposed by President-elect Trump during the presidential campaign, which the ACLU has stated would, if enacted, violate the constitutional rights of many people in America.
“Our first program earlier this month was an unqualified success – it was standing room only as members of the community came to learn about their rights as protesters,” said Pete Tannen, president of the Sarasota chapter of the ACLU. “The ACLU continues to be troubled by deportation proceedings where individuals are denied a hearing, never seen by an immigration judge, and are deported with no regard for due process. The immigration system is already rife with an unnecessary and unconstitutional lack of rights that you won’t find in the criminal justice system.”
Future programs are: “Discrimination, Registries, and Surveillance in America” (Feb. 2); “Protecting and Defending Abortion Rights” (April 6); “Protecting and Defending LGBT Rights” (May 4); and “Police, Community Relations, and Race-based Policing” (June 1). All programs are non-partisan; the goal is to inform and empower.
For more information about the Sarasota Chapter of the ACLU and these programs, call Pete Tannen at (941) 306-1937 or go to sarasota.aclufl.org.
About the Sarasota Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union:
The Sarasota Chapter of the ACLU of Florida serves Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. With almost 1,200 members, we are the fastest-growing ACLU chapter in all of Florida. The ACLU is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization — we welcome everyone to join us in our constant fight to protect your constitutional rights. Our only mission is to keep the promise of the Bill of Rights alive for every American. For more information, visit Sarasota.aclufl.org, the website of the Florida ACLU (ACLUFL.org) or the national ACLU (ACLU.org), or call (941) 306-1937.