March 24, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Sodus, NY – Dolores Bustamante, an Immigrant Farm Worker and a board Member of the Workers’ Center of Central New York whose personal testimony was pivotal in working to secure a New York State Executive Memo in 2014 that disallows State Troopers from racially profiling and asking citizenship status, was back to work on an apple farm today (Friday, March 17th) after receiving a two-month reprieve from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this week.
On Wednesday, during a snowstorm, Western and Central New Yorkers rallied in support of Bustamante – who was facing deportation during a scheduled hearing at the Immigration Court located inside Genesee County Batavia Federal Detention Center that day. Meanwhile, in Syracuse, a rally in support of Bustamante was held in front of the Federal Building.
Bustamante, who serves as a Board Member with both the Workers’ Center of Central New York and the Las Mujeres Divinas women’s organization, has been turned over to Immigration Authorities after being stopped by a State Trooper for a minor traffic violation in 2014.
A campaign led by the Workers’ Center of Central New York and Worker Justice of Central New York, of which Bustamante played a key role as speaker and organizer, resulted in a New York State Executive Memo (EM 14-48) in December 2014 that disallows state troopers from racially profiling and asking citizenship status.
“She is back to work today at an apple farm in Central New York,” Carly Fox, a Senior Worker Rights Advocate in the Rochester Office of the Workers’ Center of Central New York, told WNYLaborToday.com. “It was decided she would not be deported (here and now) and if it wasn’t for those who rallied (she might have been). (Her case will be heard in Batavia) in two months and we will be working hard in order to win. There were ‘a lot of tears shed’ earlier this week (about Bustamante being deported), but she is one of many who are ‘living in fear.’”