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President Trump: Keep DACA in Place

Yes, we need a permanent solution, but DACA should be preserved until Congress enacts one The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the initiative that has provided deportation relief and work permits for nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, is under attack. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has threatened the Trump Administration: if DACA isn’t … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry Responds to Deportation of Jesus Lara

Willard, OH – Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer and father of four U.S. citizen children, was deported this morning following a tearful goodbye with his family.  Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, responded with the following statement. It’s a sad, sad day when the most powerful nation on earth deploys its colossal power to crush … Continue reading »

David Leopold On Jesus Lara Case: ICE Should Not Deport Him Without Fully Responding to Stay Request

Willard, OH – The following is a statement from David Leopold, former AILA president and attorney for Jesus Lara Lopez, ahead of Mr. Lara’s scheduled deportation tomorrow morning: Mr. Jesus Lara has not received a response from the government regarding his latest request for a stay of deportation. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should not … Continue reading »

With Less Than One Day Until His Scheduled Deportation, Jesus Lara, his Family, Legal Team, & Neighbors Work and Pray for Reprieve

A recording of today’s event is available here Willard, OH – Ahead of Jesus Lara Lopez’ scheduled deportation tomorrow, his sons and legal team joined community and faith leaders to provide an update on his case and share a letter from local faith leaders supporting an end to this deportation nightmare. The solution is clear: the government can renew Jesus’ … Continue reading »

Some Trump Voters Question Pending Deportation of Jesus Lara

“Wasn’t [Trump] supposed to deport the people who aren’t so great? The drug dealers, rapists murders all them? Then he turns it around and takes good families like this.” — Jennifer Fidler, Willard Resident Willard, OH – Absent a change at the federal level Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer and father of four U.S. citizen children, will … Continue reading »

300+ Organizations to Senate: Delay Vote on USCIS Director Until Congress Passes Legislation to Protect Dreamers

Cissna has long record of anti-immigrant positions and helped draft Trump’s EOs Today, 319 local, and national immigrant, religious, and civil rights organizations sent a letter to the United States Senate urging Senators to oppose the confirmation of Lee Francis Cissna, President Donald Trump’s nomination to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal immigration agency … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Rep. Gibbs in Spotlight on Jesus Lara Deportation Case”

Local & National Media Outline Solution At Hand; Question is, Will Gibbs, Portman, and DHS Government Act On It? Willard, OH – Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer and father of four U.S. citizen children, is set to be deported on Tuesday.  Lara’s children have been leading a campaign to ask their congressman, Rep. Bob Gibbs, to do … Continue reading »

On Immigration, Trump Administration Hardliners Are Going for Broke

Sessions, Bannon and Miller Seek to Overhaul Immigration and Remake America This week, the Trump Administration’s war on immigrants shifted into overdrive. Among the disturbing developments: DACA under threat: The popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is facing an existential threat.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with other Republican officials, is demanding that … Continue reading »

David Leopold: This Is How the Government Can Save the Lara Family

Cleveland, OH – In the early morning of July 18th,  Jesus Lara Lopez, a husband and father of four U.S. citizen children from Willard, is set to be deported. Tens of thousands of people have taken action in support of the Lara family, through calls to Rep. Gibbs and Senators Portman and Brown’s offices, a local canvass to collect … Continue reading »

Amid Threats, Texas Advocates Double Down to Defend DACA

Future of 124,000 Texas DACA-recipients hangs in the balance Austin, TX – Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during a meeting this week that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under threat and at the mercy of anti-immigrant Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The latest … Continue reading »