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Immigrants and Allies Protest Outside Mayor Giménez’s Office After He Caves To Donald Trump Anti-Immigrant Orders

In Florida, immigrants and their allies protested outside the office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez, after he caved to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant executive orders and backed down from the county’s sanctuary policy. One Spanish-language sign read, “traitor”. “Though Trump’s executive order may ultimately be unconstitutional and not survive a court challenge,” noted ThinkProgress, “the estimated 150,000 undocumented immigrants in … Continue reading »

“We Will Not Give In To Threats”: Mayors, State Leaders Pledge To Defy Donald Trump On Immigration Orders

UPDATED 2/1/2017. The mayors of American cities from coast to coast vowed to defy Donald Trump’s extremist immigration orders, pledging to protect undocumented residents despite the President’s legally-questionable threats to pull federal funding. In California — home to the nation’s largest population of undocumented residents — city and state leaders were unequivocal in their support … Continue reading »

Number Of Congregations Pledging To Help Protect Undocumented Immigrants Has Doubled Since Trump’s Election

The number of congregations joining the “sanctuary” effort to help protect undocumented immigrants from Donald Trump’s deportation force has doubled since his election, according to faith leaders. “Congregations have been knocking down our doors,” said Rev. Noel Andersen of the Church World Service. “We expect more because of the outcry from our congregations that we’ve heard.” This … Continue reading »

David Leopold: No te dejes engañar por Trump, las Ciudades Santuario respetan la ley de inmigración

In English here. La elección de Donald Trump ha reavivado el debate sobre las Ciudades Santuario para los DREAMers y otros inmigrantes indocumentados. Desde que anunció su candidatura en junio de 2015, el presidente electo ha despotricado contra las Ciudades Santuario y falsamente las ha retratado como perversas zonas de anarquía donde pululan delincuentes no … Continue reading »

As L.A. Proposes $10 Million Defense Fund For Immigrants, Leaders In Washington State Declare “Hate-Free State”

Leaders continue to speak out in defense of their immigrant neighbors and against the divisive rhetoric of Donald Trump, adding to the growing list of states, counties, and leaders pledging to take significant steps to protect undocumented communities. In Los Angeles, officials have proposed a bold, $10 million dollar plan to help provide legal assistance to undocumented … Continue reading »

Thousands Rally In Solidarity With Immigrants On International Migrants Day

Thousands of marchers in cities across the country rallied in solidarity with their immigrant neighbors this past Sunday, International Migrants Day. Two of the day’s biggest marches occurred in California and New York, two states that have taken the lead in pledging to stick up for immigrants in the face of a promised crackdown under … Continue reading »

ICYMI: NY Times Editorial on Importance of State and Local Efforts to “Welcome and Support Immigrants”

A just-published New York Times editorial, “Proud to Be a Sanctuary City,” offers a strong defense of states and localities that are pledging to stick up for immigrants in the face of a promised crackdown under a Trump Administration.  The editorial, which includes a link to David Leopold’s recent Medium post that explains how and why so-called “sanctuary cities” remain in compliance with … Continue reading »

Tech Employees and More City Leaders Stand Up for Immigrants

A diverse mix of voices across the country continue to speak out in support of immigrants, and pledge to fight a Trump Administration mass deportation push. Among the new developments include a sign-on letter from technology company employees; continued leadership from city leaders in Houston and New Haven; and a burgeoning effort to increase immigrants’ access … Continue reading »

Growing Number of States, Cities, and Colleges Speaking Up on Behalf of Immigrants

A growing number of states, cities, and colleges continue to step up on behalf of their immigrant constituents, pledging resistance against Donald Trump’s deportation vision and speaking out about the contributions immigrants make in their communities. Among the latest developments: The Indianapolis Star highlights how Indiana colleges and universities are speaking out on behalf of Dreamers and DACAmented students: … Continue reading »

“We Will Host You For As Long As It Takes”: Faith Leaders, Churches Vow To Protect Undocumented Immigrants

As a rapidly-expanding number of campuses, communities, and states are joining the resistance to Donald Trump’s mass deportation efforts, faith leaders and churches are vowing to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. “If you need a safe place, once you enter the doors of this building, you are safe,” said Rev. Abraham Waya, pastor of Central … Continue reading »