‘Chant Down The Walls’ action Friday at immigration hearing of detained Cal State LA student

June 9 update: Claudia Rueda was released this morning from detention on her own recognizance pending a deportation hearing later. Learn more.

Immigrants-rights advocates are calling for supporters to attend a hearing being held this Friday, June 9 by immigration authorities against detained activist and Cal State LA student Claudia Rueda.

  • Claudia’s supporters will begin to fill the hearing room at 7:30 am
  • There will be protest outside by an overflow of supporters at 9:30 to 11:30 am
  • All will happen at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where she is being held, at 7488 Calzada De La Fuente, San Diego

Find more details on the Immigrant Youth Coalition’s Facebook events page and on Twitter at #FreeClaudia

Rueda was detained in May after a search by immigration authorities in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, near Cal State Los Angeles where Rueda is a Latin American Studies major. Her lawyers contend she was sought out in retaliation after she successfully ran an effort to gain release of her mother, who had been detained previously.

“Claudia’s detention sends a chilling message to free-speech advocates and immigrant-rights activists,” said Beth Baker, a Cal State LA faculty member in Anthropology and Latin American Studies.

Baker, who worked on campus with Rueda and other students about immigrant rights, noted,  “Clearly, the government is trying to silence people fighting for immigrant rights, and Claudia was targeted.”

Another way to advocate for #FreeClaudia is to call San Diego ICE director Gregory Archambault at 619-557-6117 asking him to use his “prosecutorial discretion” to release Rueda, who is known in detention as AR 213-081-680, back to her family and community.