OCCUPY FIGHTS FORECLOSURES AND DEFENDS DETAINED MOTHER TO COUNCIL AND LAPD Occupy LA’s Foreclosure Defense Group Responds to a Mother Facing Deportation after Foreclosure Fiasco
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHO: Occupy Fights Foreclosures joins the Cardenas Family and Community Leaders in City Meetings
WHAT: Protest wrongful detainment of Blanca Cardenas— a mother with a young child— to LAPD & Council
WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:30am
WHERE: City Hall 200 N. Spring Street room 340 and Police Commission Boardroom 100 W. 1st Street
WHY: LAPD made a wrongful arrest during unlawful eviction on a fraudulently foreclosed home; Mother wrongfully detained without bail on ICE hold.
OCCUPY FIGHTS FORECLOSURES AND DEFENDS DETAINED MOTHER TO COUNCIL AND LAPD
Occupy LA’s Foreclosure Defense Group Responds to a Mother Facing Deportation after Foreclosure Fiasco
LOS ANGELES – Tuesday morning, Activists from Occupy Fights Foreclosures (OFF) will rush between two City meetings downtown to petition Los Angeles City Council and the LAPD Police Commission to intervene in the case of Blanca Cardenas, a North Hollywood homeowner whose home activists believe was illegally foreclosed.
Mrs. Cardenas— a mother of two U.S.-born children, faces possible deportation due to an allegedly fraudulent foreclosure, illegal eviction, and law enforcement mishap.
Now the Federal Government has Mrs. Cardenas— a non-priority undocumented homeowner with no criminal background— detained without bail on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold pending a hearing. Despite the fact that Cardenas’ youngest child is only 17 months old, her husband is a U.S. citizen, she has been in this country for more than 15 years, she has been married for 9 years, and has owned a home for 8 years.
“It’s been devastating since they took her,” said Gerardo Quinones, Blanca’s husband. “Our youngest daughter just cries for her mama.”
Last Wednesday, LAPD arrested Mrs. Cardenas while she defended her family home. The family disputes the foreclosures and eviction due to fraudulent paperwork filed by the banks.
Although the exact circumstances leading up to Mrs. Cardenas’ detention and ICE hold remains unclear, it appears the inciting event ties to a man who recently paid money for the property. Apparently he initiated a citizen’s arrest andLAPD took Mrs. Cardenas into custody, even though the Sheriff’s Department has jurisdiction over evictions.
Following the arrest, authorities at the Van Nuys jail apparently investigate Mrs. Cardenas’ immigration status and turned her information over to immigration authorities. Allegedly, a cell phone video recording of the arrested prompted this investigation into Cardenas’ immigration status.
“We stand with Mrs. Cardenas and her family to fight for Blanca’s release,” said Carlos Marroquin, a homeowner advocate and Occupy activist, “We believe the foreclosure has been done in a wrongful way.”
Occupy activists rally in support of the Cardenas family less than two weeks after the SF County Recorder released an audit of foreclosures which shows legal violations and questionable activities on nearly all of the files. The audit shows that an estimated 99% of the foreclosures involve questionable activity, 84% of foreclosures involve clear violation of the law, and over 66% involve four or more violations from all the files they reviewed.
Occupy activists call for a moratorium onforeclosures and evictions until a full investigation is complete. Occupy Fights Foreclosures will join other Occupy groups throughout the state on March 12 outside County Recorders’ offices to ask for similar audit of foreclosure procedures in Los Angeles and other Counties.
“Until such an investigation is complete,” Marroquin said, “We call on the State of California to institute an indefinite moratorium on all foreclosures and foreclosure-related evictions.”
Marroquin also points out San Francisco County Recorder Phil Ting’s statement regarding the audit report: “Many of these actions, if not all of these actions, render many of these foreclosuresinvalid.
Invalid foreclosures can cause many troubles for investors of these properties.
“An investor who buys a home that banks fraudulently foreclosed upon, also risks being implicated in the housing crime,” states Marroquin, “Buying stolen property doesn’t mean the property belongs to the highest bidder”.
Occupy Fights Foreclosure— an official subcommittee of Occupy LA – joins Hermandad Mexicana Panorama City, Buen Hogar Foundation, Familia De Blanca Cardenas, Dec 12 Coalition, and other community leaders.
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* This event and press release have not been approved by any Occupy group’s General Assembly but Occupy Fights Foreclosure approved its creation.