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Month: July 2015

Dear Senator Snowe and Senator Collins: Let’s Keep Selvin in Maine!

Selvin came to the United States from Guatemala when he was just 14 years old. His dream was to work hard to support his mother, who needed open-heart surgery, his two brothers and his sister. Selvin paints houses during the day and takes classes at night to pass his GED. Though he’s incredibly active in his church and local community in Maine, the 24-year-old could be deported any day now.

Leaders from the Religious, Child Advocacy, and Immigrant Communities Urge ME Senators to Intervene

Immigrant and child advocates joined religious leaders from Maine on a call today to press Congress to pass the DREAM Act in September and to urge Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) to intervene in the deportation case of Selvin Arevalo, an American student who may soon be deported to Guatemala. Selvin’s story is the most recent of thousands across the U.S. highlighting the need for federal action.

Immigration Policy Gets Welcome Dose of Common Sense

A recent memo from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton is rooted in basic law enforcement principles, but it is already being attacked by Administration opponents as “amnesty.” The policy applies only to a defined group of people who are in deportation proceedings, but have already applied for and are about to obtain legal immigration status.

‘Qué Pasa’ in Immigration: National Guard Arrives at Border; ICE Memo; Tamaulipas

Several outlets in the Spanish-language press report today on the dispatch of the first wave of National Guard troops to the Arizona-Mexico border. The press also continues to explain what last week’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement memo does and doesn’t mean for deportations (hint: it’s still not amnesty),and looks at the aftereffects of the massacre of migrants in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and of SB 1070 in Arizona.

When the Border Patrol Comes Aboard

Traveling from New York City to Buffalo on Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited last month, I wondered what I would say if Border Patrol agents showed up on the train at Syracuse or Rochester and asked, “Are you a U.S. citizen?”