Panamanian-Born Bishop Arrested Protesting For Immigration Reform

Bishop Orlando Findlayter being led away by the NYPD on Oct. 29, 2013. (NYIC image)

Bishop Orlando Findlayter being led away by the NYPD on Oct. 29, 2013. (NYIC image)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 1, 2013: A Panama-born, Brooklyn church Bishop was among several arrested in New York this week in a civil disobedience exercise at the Varick Street Detention Center in Lower Manhattan.

Bishop Orlando Findlayter, Senior Pastor of the New Hope Christian Fellowship church and chairman of the Churches United to Save and Heal (CUSH), was arrested along with nine other immigrant advocates on Tuesday, October 29th in a protest call for immigration reform organized by the New York Immigration Coalition.

The “Varick 10” was arrested for blocking traffic outside of the Varick Street Detention Center, where they were joined by one hundred supporters who flooded the sidewalks outside of the center demanding that Speaker Boehner and the House GOP stop dragging their feet and put an immigration bill with a pathway to citizenship to a vote “now.”

Eight of the #Varick10 blocking the street outside of the Varick St Detention Center. The #Varick10 were arrested on the morning of Tuesday, October 29th. Left to Right Angela Fernandez, Bishop Orlando Findlayter, Sister Susan Wilcox, Felix Cepeda, Angelica Clarke, Ariana Rosas, Sarah Duncan, Mazeda Uddin hold sign telling Speaker Boehner and the House GOP to stop unjust deportations.
Others arrested were Angela Fernandez, board member of New York Immigration Coalition and executive director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights; Ariana Rosas, organizer, New York Immigration Coalition; Sister Susan Wilcox; Reverend Chloe Breyer, executive director, The Interfaith Center of New York; Ellen Greely, The Interfaith Center of New York, Angelica Clarke, New York Students Rising; Mazeda Uddin, national women’s coordinator, Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL); Felix Cepeda and Sarah Melissa Duncan.

The group says House leaders sit idly by, refusing to move an immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship to the floor for a vote while 1,100 people are deported daily.