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“Fear Is Always There”: Central American Youth And Families Brace For Another Round Of ICE Raids

While some leaders have attempted to sell news of upcoming ICE arrests not as “raids” but as acts of “discrete enforcement,” the fear is very real for the undocumented immigrant community across the nation. These are indeed raids to Kimberly Pineda-Chavez, Wildin Guillen-Acosta and Pedro Salmeron — all Central Americans youth arrested by ICE at … Continue reading »

ICYMI: David Leopold: “A Refugee Situation Calls for Solutions, Not More Deportations”

At a press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressed the Obama Administration’s plan to initiate a new surge of raids targeting young mothers and unaccompanied children from Central America. In his latest piece, David Leopold, an immigration attorney and former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, analyzes the inadequacies of Earnest’s … Continue reading »

New American Immigration Council Report Highlights Harrowing Quotes From Recently-Deported Central American Women

A new report from the American Immigration Council features harrowing quotes from eight women who fled horror and violence in Central America to the US, but were eventually deported back to their home countries. “First-hand accounts from Central American women and their family members…reveal the dangerous and bleak circumstances of life these women and their … Continue reading »

“I’m Afraid Because They Tried To Kill Me”: 15-Year-Old Faces Deportation Back To Gang Violence In Honduras

Mayora is no ordinary 15-year-old. Last year, she endured a treacherous two-month journey to the safety of the US after a gang member in Honduras attempted to kill her. It’s sadly a common story for thousands of other Central American mothers and children residing in the United States. But because Mayora’s request for asylum was denied … Continue reading »

Central American Parents And Children Join Leading House Democrats To Condemn Raids

Earlier today, leading House Democrats joined Central American parents and children at a press conference to condemn news of upcoming raids and the US treatment of Central American refugees seeking asylum. According to The Hill, “[Rep. Luis] Gutiérrez boiled down the Democrats’ message to five words: ‘Obama should stop the deportations.’” “We must make sure that these … Continue reading »

We’ll Call Them What They Are: ICE Raids

For the second time this year, the news that the Obama Administration is planning another round of immigration raids targeting Central American mothers and children is driving a deep sense of panic and fear within the immigrant community. While a number of leading Democrats — including Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — have … Continue reading »

Actress Diane Guerrero Urges Latinos To Mobilize In 2016: I Am Fighting “For My Dreams And The Dreams Of Other Families”

Diane Guerrero’s family tragedy completely changed her life — but she’s using her pain to help others in the Latino and immigrant communities. The “Orange Is the New Black” actress and activist has been candid about the deportation of her family members — her mother, father, and brother — when she was just 14 years … Continue reading »

DAPA-Eligible Family Discusses Urgent Need For Relief Following US Supreme Court Hearing

Today, the Supreme Court held a hearing on DAPA and DACA expansion — two policies created after immigrant rights advocates shone a light on the Obama Administration’s out-of-control enforcement. If the Supreme Court upholds President Obama’s immigration actions, up to five million undocumented immigrants will be able to work legally and live free from the threat of deportation. One of these families is Esmeralda’s. Back … Continue reading »

Faith Leaders, Pastor Max’s Family Slam Aggressive ICE Tactics Targeting Immigrants

Faith leaders and advocates have condemned the aggressive — and oftentimes deceptive — tactics used by ICE to target and deport undocumented immigrants. The advocates spoke out during a visit with lawmakers in Washington, DC last week on the one year anniversary of the deportation of Pastor Max Villatoro, an Iowa faith leader who was … Continue reading »

Kimberly’s Deportation Has Been Halted, But She Still Remains In Detention After More Than Five Weeks

We’ve received word that Kimberly, a 10th grader who was facing imminent deportation to danger in Honduras, has received a stay of removal. However, it appears ICE has not yet released her from detention, or has yet responded to her legal counsel about when she will be released. Just a few days ago, advocates shared … Continue reading »