Yesterday, a young man who should have been protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) was targeted and deported by Border Patrol agents. It is the first public case of an immigrant youth protected by DACA who was deported by the new administration. The news comes on the day that the Homeland Security Secretary publically told critics of his agency to “shut up.” United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center have launched a petition to Secretary John Kelly demanding that this young man be allowed to return home. Please click here to sign the petition.
Update on Arkansas Executions
Over 157,000 signatures were sent to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson urging him to stop his rush to execute eight men before the state’s supply of a drug used in executions expires. As of now, three Arkansans on death row have had their executions halted. That leaves five people still currently on the execution assembly line.
Ledell Lee is scheduled to be executed this evening. The ACLU has re-opened Ledell’s case to bring critical evidence of his intellectual disability that would make his execution unconstitutional. Mr. Lee is also asking that the court examine new DNA evidence that could prove his innocence. These crucial facts were never fully considered as his case was mishandled over the past twenty years. Mr. Lee maintains his innocence in the death of Debra Reese.
Please hold Ledell, Debra, their families and the people of Arkansas in prayer.