It took nine months and five attempts for Martin Esquivel-Hernandez to reunite with his family in Pittsburgh and escape the violence of his native Mexico City. Now, he faces attacks from politicians, police officers and federal attorneys.
Casa San Jose's board member Guillermo Perez spoke out about the deportation order against Pittsburgh resident Martín Esquivel-Hernandez on Pittsburgh's NPR station, WESA.. Pittsburgh City Paper reporter Ryan Deto, who covered Martin’s case in last week’s cover story, joined Perez for the conversation.
Casa San Jose is working with organizers from the Pittsburgh chapter of Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the Thomas Merton Center, the ANSWER Coalition, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network and other groups to halt the deportation of Mexican immigrant and Pittsburgh resident Martin Esquivel.
Esquivel is a father of three, husband and community volunteer who has worked to improve the lives of people in the Latino community of Pittsburgh. The City Paper's thorough coverage of Martin's case brought new attention to the issues of immigration enforcement and the need for immigration reform.
Pittsburgh's NPR-affiliate WESA covered Casa San Jose's collaboration with Duquesne University on a Spanish-language theater and education program targeted to bilingual elementary schoolers. Casa San Jose and Duquesne's Lucía Osa-Melero have worked together two years on “Reading to Play, Playing to Read."