Victor Toro in court

By LeiLani Dowell


Victor Toro
Victor Toro

On July 6, 2007, Víctor Toro was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol while aboard an Amtrak train in Rochester, N.Y. As an undocumented worker in the U.S., Toro is now in danger of being deported back to Chile.

Toro is a Chilean citizen and national and was jailed and tortured in the early 1970s because of his opposition to the right-wing government of dictator Augusto Pinochet. Toro was a founder and leader of the MIR (Revolutionary Left Movement), a people’s organization that led many militant struggles for workers and peasants in Chile.

Toro’s supporters and legal counsel are calling for political asylum. If Toro is deported back to Chile, his life will be in real danger.

Since his arrival in New York, Toro has been a dedicated activist here against war and racism, and for workers and immigrant rights and all progressive causes.

Come to Federal Court, 26 Federal Plaza at the corner of Worth and Lafayette, on Friday, Aug. 15 at 9:00 a.m. Join us in a picket to demand political asylum for Toro.


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