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On Father’s Day, New York Times Chronicles Plight of Ohio Dad Fighting Deportation

Jesus Lara, Long-Time Willard Resident, Dreams of Remaining With His Family Cleveland, OH –  At the tail end of Father’s Day, the New York Times published a searing feature from Miriam Jordan regarding the immigration debate currently raging nationally and in small-town Ohio and one father – Jesus Lara Lopez – whose deportation battle has become a test case for … Continue reading »

Ohio Republican Members of Congress, 2 Democrats Voted for More Corruption – Not More Accountability – At Customs and Border Protection

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2213, a bill that would allow President Trump to lower the hiring standards for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents by eliminating a polygraph test for certain applicants. Investigative reporter Andrew Becker and others have foundnumerous examples where the polygraph helped weed out criminals, pedophiles, and other corrupt individuals … Continue reading »

Columbus City Council’s Ordinance Protecting Immigrants Is A Strong Step In The Right Direction

On Monday night, the Columbus City Council unanimously voted to formalize Mayor Andrew Ginther’s executive order making Columbus, Ohio a refuge for immigrants. The new ordinance passed by the council prohibits city workers from using city money, equipment or personnel solely to find and apprehend people based on their suspected immigration status, unless it is … Continue reading »

ProPublica: Case Farms Chicken Plants Are Factories of Abuse

Tramonte and Leopold: Trump Administration Enables Abusers With Tactic of “Deportation Intimidation” Cleveland, OH — Michael Grabell at ProPublica, an organization for independent investigative journalism, published a new piece highlighting the depth of exploitation that immigrant workers are experiencing at Case Farms chicken processing plants in Ohio and North Carolina. “The story of Osiel López Pérez … Continue reading »

McCauley Column, NYT Editorial Provoke Compelling Questions about Ohio Mom’s Deportation

McCauley Column, NYT Editorial Provoke Compelling Questions about Ohio Mom’s Deportation The headline of Byron McCauley’s column in the Cincinnati Enquirer about Oswaldo, Maribel Trujillo’s eldest son, is heartbreaking: “His mom deported, 15 year-old boy left with questions,” and so is the entire piece.  Just read the first lines: Deported mother separated from 15-year-old son … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “How a community in Ohio is stepping up when deportations split families”

In the midst of Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, a piece by PRI’s The World highlights the work of Virginia Nunes Gutierrez, a community health worker and instructor at The Ohio State University, who started a network in Columbus to help undocumented immigrants when deportations split families. As we highlighted last week, Nunes Gutierrez joins Americans … Continue reading »

Communities Across Ohio and Midwest Rally Behind Immigrant Neighbors In Face of Trump Attacks

Throughout the country, the Trump Administration and an “unshackled” ICE and CBP are seeking to detain and deport immigrants who have lived here for decades, with U.S. citizen children and deep ties to America. In the face of this costly and chaotic mass deportation vision, Americans have gone out of their way to rally behind … Continue reading »

Two New, Data-Driven Resources Show Ohio Immigrants Make Major Contributions

Cleveland, OH – A new Associated Press wire story by business writer Paul Wiseman, titled “Why deporting undocumented immigrants could slow US economy,” highlights the economic and fiscal toll of Trump’s mass deportation policy: If President Donald Trump’s hardline stance on illegal immigration leads to large-scale deportations, among those hurt could be the U.S. economy. … Continue reading »

Ohio Resources for Cover Tonight’s Presidential Address

Ohio Resources: Immigrants, Lawyers, Advocates Available for Reaction and Analysis Cleveland, Ohio – Tonight, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress.  We expect a dark speech that is short on facts and long on fear-mongering against immigrants, Muslims, and refugees. Lynn Tramonte, Director of Ohio’s Voice, said: “In direct contrast to Trump’s pessimistic … Continue reading »

Readout and Next Steps: Ohio Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Call With State Reps. Howse and Ramos, Councilperson Elizabeth Brown

On February 1st, 2017, Ohio immigrants, refugees, and allies gathered on a conference call with elected officials to discuss Donald Trump’s Executive Orders attacking members of our communities.  The call was hosted by Ohio’s Voice. State Rep. Stephanie Howse (Cleveland) and State Rep. Dan Ramos (Lorain) announced that they will introduce a resolution in the … Continue reading »