As we shared with you on Friday, Livingston County dairy worker, father, CNY community leader, and member of the Workers Center of CNY Jose Coyote Perez was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Jose remains in custody, but is grateful for the outpouring of support from the local community.
Jose is an activist for immigrant and low wage workers. He fought for immigrants to be included in the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign, and has advocated for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in the Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign.
Originally from Mexico, Jose walked for two weeks across the desert to come to the US more than 15 years ago. Since then, he has worked on more than a dozen dairy farms, often working 16-hour days so New Yorkers can have fresh milk on the table. Jose is the father of four US children, and has a permit to work in the US, a social security card, and he was about to get a driver’s license. His ICE case was administratively closed in September. Nevertheless, he was detained on February 24, 2017.
Two days prior, Jose was a victim of workplace violence. He was assaulted by a co-worker and called 911 for help. The local police responded, but no arrests were made. On Thursday, Jose received a phone call from the ICE Buffalo Field Office/Federal Detention Facility in Batavia NY ordering him to report to the facility to sign a paper. Jose complied, and was arrested upon arrival.
Tomorrow, Tuesday February 28th at 12 pm in Perseverance Park (corner of Salina and Fayette streets), the Workers Center of CNY has been invited to the Resist Trump Tuesday rally (a weekly event put on by the mayor’s office to fight back against Trump’s agenda) to raise awareness about the campaign to get Jose released, and the broader fight for immigrants’ rights.
Join us at noon to show solidarity with Jose!
(Some folks will be meeting at the Workers Center at 2013 E. Genesee Street at 11:00 am to make signs, and then we will make our way downtown to the rally.)
Please continue to call the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility office of the Chief Counsel
(716) 551-4741, and press 4# (four followed by the # sign)
“My name is ______. I want to bring to the attention of the Chief Counsel the case of Jose Coyote Perez, A#099757267, who is in the Batavia Detention Facility. He is the father of four children and a community leader in Upstate and Central New York, member of the Workers’ Center of CNY and other community organizations.”
Be prepared! They may tell you that is not the place to call, but just tell them you want to leave a message for the Chief Counsel (if she doesn’t answer). It is very important to tell them the A# 099757267.
Jose is in good spirits. He knows he has a lot of support from all over Upstate and Central New York. Thank you for the support you have already shown and let’s continue to show our support!