March 9, 2018
Dear Immigration Judge,
On behalf of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, I am writing in support of the release of Alejandra Pablos.
The National Lawyers Guild was the first racially integrated, coeducational
bar association in the world at the time of its founding in 1937. Since then, it has been the preeminent social justice bar association in the United States. We are well acquainted with Ms. Pablos’ work in our community and around the nation.
Ms. Pablos is a well-respected immigrants’ rights and reproductive justice
advocate in Virginia and the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. She has faithfully reported to her check-ins in the state of Arizona. She has never missed a court hearing and has demonstrated her respect for the legal process.
Her detention follows a disturbing pattern of retaliation against immigrant
advocates for their activism on their own behalf and on the behalf of others,
including: Ravi Ragbir, the director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City; Eliseo Jurado, the husband of a woman taking sanctuary at a church; the personal service by armed ICE agents of a court summons onto activist Maru Mora; and the arrest by ICE of Baltazar “Rosas” Aburto Gutierrez after being quoted in The Seattle Times.
Ms. Pablos has demonstrated she is not a flight risk and has complied with
the conditions of her release after two years in immigration detention. Having been required to pay a significant bond once, she should not be required to do so again and should be released on her own recognizance, and allowed to return to her friends and community in Virginia.
Matthew F. Mihalich, Esq.
And the Executive Board,
Of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.