Arely’s Courage, An Immigration Story

Since Trump took office, the number of non-criminal undocumented immigrants who were arrested increased 42%. 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are at risk of being detained or deported. Arely is one of them.

In addition to working jobs—Arely, her husband Hector, and friends have been organizing food fundraisers to afford their legal fees as well as living expenses. Their dream is to keep their family together...something that is becoming harder and harder in a country previously known as "the land of opportunities." Learn about Arely's story in this video. Her story is a story of courage, tenacity and strength.

Grassroots organizing has been key in Arely’s ability to keep her family together. In the latter part of the video, you will see how people from across the state of New York attended a meeting she had with immigration officials in March. A community that is organized—is a community that can defend itself. The Batavia, NY, action was organized by the Workers' Center of CNY, the Worker Justice Center of New York and The New York Immigration Coalition.

Support Arely and her family, her next appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is on May 30, 2018. Spread the word!

This short documentary was Produced by: Crystal Fang.