Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)
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For Immediate Release
December 13, 2010
Fired Latino Chipotle workers to speak out
On Tuesday, December 14 at 3:00 pm, some of the Latino Chipotle workers who have been fired from multiple Chipotle locations over the past week will speak out at a press conference about what has happened to them. They will say what they want to see happen, and will be available to answer questions and speak to the press.
The press conference will be at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, December 14th at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2511 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
Starting the week of December 6, 2010, dozens of Latino workers at Chipotle restaurant locations throughout Minnesota were fired en masse in what appears to be a coordinated, statewide operation in response to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) I-9 audit.
Latino workers at Chipotle stores including those in St. Cloud, Stillwater, Golden Valley, downtown Minneapolis, Richfield, Grand Avenue, Seven Corners, among others, were fired en masse. Despite repeated attempts by workers to contact the company, Chipotle officials still have not clarified the reason for their actions.
“Firing large numbers of Latino workers right before Christmas is the wrong thing to do. We demand that Chipotle stop this cruel wave of firings, and we demand that ICE stop these I-9 audits that punish workers, not employers,” said Brad Sigal of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc), which is supporting the workers.
According to Niger Arevalo of MIRAc, “With this situation where our brothers and sisters who work at Chipotle are suffering, we say to the immigrant community that we must unite our efforts and demand energetically that the Obama administration stop these electronic raids that they’re carrying out in Minnesota and around the country, which is a repressive measure against the immigrant community.”
MIRAc has called on the public to call Chipotle headquarters in Colorado to ask them to stop these firings, and has also called on people to boycott Chipotle until they stop this wave of firings.
MIRAc is a grassroots immigrant rights organization that works toward legalization for undocumented immigrants and full equality for all regardless of immigration status. MIRAc is currently organizing the No More Deportations campaign which aims to stop ICE’s Criminal Alien Program (CAP) and prevent ICE’s Secure Communities program from being implemented in Minnesota.