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Columbus, Ohio Kicks-Off National “Dreamer Dinner” Campaigns with Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown

Columbus, OH – Last night, Columbus Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown joined immigrant families, Avanza Together, and Ohio’s Voice for the first “Dreamer Dinner,” a new America’s Voice campaign to bring together immigrant families and elected officials for a meal to discuss how federal immigration policies affect children, families and the communities where they live and work. With the … Continue reading »

Akron Beacon Journal, NYT, WSJ, and Conservative Pundits Critique Anti-Immigration Legislation, Trump’s Overall Immigration Approach

Cleveland, OH – More observers are blasting the Trump approach to immigration and the RAISE Act, introduced last week by Republican Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA).  The Trump-backed bill would slash legal immigration by more than 50% by eliminating multiple family immigration categories (parents, siblings, adult children), eliminating diversity visas and reducing … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Plain Dealer Criticizes Deportations to “Perilous Cities”

When Will ICE Director Rebecca Adducci Be Held Accountable For Her Dangerous Decisions? Cleveland, OH – An editorial in today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer criticizes the deportation of long-term Ohio residents back to areas of the world where they are being kidnapped and extorted. This happened recently to Francisco Narciso and another Painesville man, who were deported to Nuevo Laredo despite … Continue reading »

Another Airport Good-Bye, Another Heartless Deportation

It’s Time to Hold Detroit ICE Director Rebecca Adducci Accountable for Deporting MI & OH Moms and Dads Cleveland, OH – Today’s scene at the airport was sadly familiar: family members, supporters, and media crowding around a long-term local resident as she said her final good-byes and forced herself to walk to the Delta gate to be … Continue reading »

DACA Works – Why Protections and Opportunities for Dreamers are Good for Ohio and America

Columbus, OH – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including nearly 4,500 in Ohio. Each DACA recipient has come forward, passed a background check and been granted permission to live and work legally in America. As … Continue reading »

Sen. Brown, 41 Other Senators Write Letter Urging Trump to Protect DACA; Still No Word From Sen. Portman

Cleveland, OH – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and 40 of their Democratic Senate colleagues wrote a letter to President Trump today urging him to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary relief from deportation to nearly 800,000 young immigrants who arrived … Continue reading »

One Week After Jesus Lara Deportation, Trump Heads to Youngstown & Calls Immigrants “Animals” Who “Slice and Dice” Americans

Where is the outrage from Ohio Republicans? Cleveland, OH – At a speech last night in Youngstown, OH, President Donald Trump offered a disturbing and apocalyptic vision of immigrants in America, saying that they “prey on innocent young people” and describing how: “[these] animals … don’t want to use guns because it’s too fast and it’s … Continue reading »

Ohio Dreamers, Advocates Call on Sen. Portman to Protect DACA and Cosponsor Dream Act of 2017

Cleveland, OH – Today, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced a 2017 version of the Dream Act.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) are also co-sponsors. This legislation comes at a time when the future of the DACA program –  the ability for certain younger immigrants to … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Bishop of Toledo Condemns Lara Deportation, While Rep. Bob Gibbs Callously Applauds 

Cleveland, OH – The Sandusky Register reports today that Bishop Daniel Thomas of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo criticized the deportation of Jesus Lara Lopez, a Willard father, taxpayer, and homeowner who was forced to leave his family yesterday.  As the Register and many other news outlets have made clear, Jesus was deported despite having lived in the United States for nearly two … Continue reading »

Rep. Bob Gibbs, Senator Rob Portman, DHS Secretary John Kelly, and Detroit ICE Field Office Director Rebecca Adducci Failed the Lara Children of Willard, Ohio

Cleveland, OH – Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer, homeowner, and father of four U.S. citizen children, was deported today.  He purchased his own plane ticket, put on a suit, and said tearful goodbyes to his family.  He does not know when he will see any of them again.  His three oldest children, Eric, Edwin, and Anuar, were inconsolable.  … Continue reading »