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Gustavo Barahona-Sanchez, Racially Profiled by Louisiana Police, Released By ICE

Important news over the weekend, via The Los Angeles Times: A Honduras man arrested by Louisiana police in what one government lawyer said was a case of racial profiling has been released by immigration officers. Gustavo Barahona-Sanchez, who is in the U.S. illegally, was released from LaSalle Detention Facility by Immigration and Customs Enforcement late Friday, … Continue reading »

New York Times Editorial Board Highlights Need For Reform And Accountability At ICE (And Over Director Saldaña)

Today, following the racially charged arrest of two Honduran immigrants in New Orleans (and subsequent deportation of one, with the second pending), the New York Times editorial board issued a strong reproach of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) systemic shortcomings (starting with the leadership of ICE Director Sarah Saldaña), despite the promise of reform. The piece, “Wrongly Profiled and Deported,” follows a … Continue reading »

Immigrant Community Scores Victory As Deportation Rates Drop But More Work Needs to Be Done

Deportations of undocumented immigrants have decreased for the first time since 2006, a notable victory for the immigrant community that continues to live in fear thanks to a broken immigration system and congressional inaction. Thousands of petition signatures, direct actions, and rallies have helped pave the way to secure programs like Deferred Action for Childhood … Continue reading »

DREAMer Astrid Silva Discussing Deportation Policy and the Politics of Immigration

Astrid Silva of DREAM Big Vegas appeared on MSNBC with Jose Diaz-Balart today to discuss the Obama administration’s deportation policy, in light of Hillary Clinton’s vow to change it. She also talked about the politics of the immigration issue in the 2016 campaign, noting we still don’t know the current position of one-time advocate Marco … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Greg Sargent Asks if Trump’s Call for Mass Deportation Will Force Other Republicans to Specify their Stance

As we assessed earlier today in a statement, Donald Trump’s comments to CNN endorsing a vision of mass deportation is as extreme as it is ridiculous.  There are 11 million undocumented immigrants in America.  Two-thirds have lived and worked in America for more than a decade.  Most live in families.  Many own homes.  They are intertwined in families and … Continue reading »

Washington Post profiles Javier Flores, Deported After Obama Delayed Executive Action

The Sunday edition of the Washington Post published a profile of Javier Flores, who lived in Ohio with his family, including four U.S. citizen children, until he was deported last month.  It’s a very compelling story about the very real impacts of what happened after President Obama decided to delay executive action to an immigrant who … 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 »

Photos: Ohio Community Leaders Support Families Facing Imminent Deportation

President Obama decision to delay immigration policy reforms until after the November mid-term elections will result in the deportation of an estimated 70,000 people — including many with U.S. citizen members. These people simply cannot wait for an election to take place; they need action from the Obama Administration today. On Sunday, September 21st, members of Cleveland’s … Continue reading »

Polls Show Drop Obama's Approval Rating With Latinos. Executive Action On Deportations Can Change That – Again

As the Obama Administration continues to delay action on fixing his administration’s deportation policy, we’re seeing more indications, via NBC/WSJ’s latest poll, that his approval rating has suffered with Latino voters.  From the Wall Street Journal: Another ominous trend for Democrats heading into a midterm election that tends to swing on turnout: Mr. Obama has … 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 »