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136 House Democrats Send DHS Letter Calling For End To Family Detention

Today, 136 House Democrats sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson asking the administration to end its family detention policy. The letter, which includes a majority of House Democrats, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, was spearheaded by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Luis Gutiérrez. “We cannot hear reports … Continue reading »

House Democrats, Accompanied By Formerly-Detained Mom, Call For End To Family Detention

This morning, nearly a dozen members of Congress, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Rep. Lucille Royball-Allard, held a press conference calling for the Department of Homeland Security to end its controversial family detention program. The House Democrats were joined by Dree Collopy, a pro bono attorney who has met with detained families, … Continue reading »

By Huge Margin, NYC Council Passes Bills Supporting Immigrant Communities, Limiting ICE

This afternoon, this tweet with some good news caught our attention: Bill to stop NYC from cooperating with ICE without judicial warrant passes @NYCCouncil 41-6. — Mara Gay (@MaraGay) October 22, 2014 And, a report from the New York Observer: The New York City Council overwhelmingly passed legislation today to stop the Department of Correction … Continue reading »

Honduran Teen Fled Gang Violence, Found New Family. Obama Administration Is Sending Him Back

Elise Foley from Huffington Post reports on the case of an Honduran teenager, who fled gang violence, settled in with a new family – and is now being forced back to Honduras by the Department of Homeland Security: In 2011, a then-14-year-old orphan fled Honduras for the U.S., fearful that gang members would come after … Continue reading »

MPI Reports Adds Pressure for Obama Administration Action on Deportations

This week, the Migration Policy Institute released a report, The Deportation Dilemma: Reconciling Tough and Humane Enforcement, which “analyze[d] the current pipelines for removal and key trends in border and interior apprehensions, deportations and criminal prosecutions. ” The report begins: The United States has deported a record number of unauthorized immigrants and other removable noncitizens in … Continue reading »

Message to New DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: "What Most Needs Fixing is Immigration Enforcement"

Today, The New York Times published an editorial titled, “Homeland Security’s New Chief,” which lays out the challenges and expectations for Jeh Johnson on immigration. Fix the “ineffective and cruel” enforcement strategy – and expand DACA (emphasis below is ours): What most needs fixing is immigration enforcement. Under Mr. Johnson’s predecessors, the department’s continually shifting strategies … Continue reading »

NYT Spotlights ICE Raids In New Orleans: "Amid Steady Deportation, Fear and Worry Multiply Among Immigrants"

On the front page of today’s New York Times, Julia Preston has written an article about the Obama administration’s deportation policy — and the impacts it is having on immigrants in New Orleans. ICE has stepped up enforcement in that city — and families are being torn apart. There’s an especially disturbing aspect to this. … Continue reading »

Stop ICE from Deporting Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez. Keep Him Home with His Family

Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez and his wife Seleste live in Ohio with their four children (ages 24, 21, 16, and 5).  While Pedro is not the biological father of the three eldest, he considers them to be his children and they call him Dad.  The couple’s oldest son, Juan, has cerebral palsy and is entirely dependent upon … Continue reading »

Department of Homeland Security: Border Patrol Agents to No Longer Serve as Interpreters

A new directive yesterday from the Department of Homeland Security announced that US Border Patrol agents will no longer serve as interpreters when local police and law enforcement agencies need language help.  According to the new guideline, translation help should now come from private services often used by government agencies. Border Patrol agents who are … Continue reading »