Latino community speaks out against 287-G

By News 14 Carolina Staff,, March 21, 2009

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CHARLOTTE – Several members of the Latino community held a press conference in Charlotte Friday against the immigration program 287-G, which they believe forces immigrants into jails.

They said an immigrant from Mexico, Robert Medina Martinez, was processed by 287-G after getting a speeding ticket. He died in jail, and some members of the immigrant community think his death was due to improper treatment.

“So something needs to be done today, now. We need to do something,” Maudia Melendez of the Jesus Ministry said. “We don’t want to see any more children crying. We don’t want to see any more families separated.”

In response to the press conference, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced they will now publicly post the deaths of any detainees in their custody in an effort to increase transparency.

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