Nearly 300 organizations have signed a letter to President Obama today urging his administration to grant some Central American refugees currently in the US temporary immigration relief. The organizations, ranging from immigrant, humanitarian, civil rights, labor rights, to faith-based groups, are asking the Administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala,… Continue »

Senators Patrick Leahy, Richard Durbin, and 20 of their Democratic colleagues in the Senate have sent a letter to President Obama calling for a halt to recent ICE raids targeting Central American mothers and children from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala for deportation. “We are troubled by the priorities reflected in these enforcement actions,” reads… Continue »

Rumors of deportation raids have caused student attendance rates at one majority-Latino high school in Maryland to drop. The school, High Point High School in Prince George’s County, is about 70 percent Latino. “It’s a student population that’s prompted the school’s principal, Sandra Jimenez, to term it ‘Central American Ellis Island,’ according to an interview… Continue »

The Contradiction Between Protecting Asylum-Seekers and Deporting Asylum-Seekers is Profound The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration is working with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to set up a regional refugee resettlement program in Central America.  It shows a recognition that those fleeing death, rape and extortion in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala deserve… Continue »

All three Democratic candidates for President condemned the ongoing ICE raids that continue to terrorize immigrant communities during last night’s “Iowa Brown & Black Forum” at Drake University in Des Moines. While the forum addressed numerous issues important to minority voters — particularly the “Black Lives Matter” movement — immigration took center stage, particularly the ICE raids targeting… Continue »

Please note the following column was translated from Spanish to English and is available for reprint as long as the author is given proper credit. This column is available online in Spanish here. This week President Barack Obama will give his last State of the Union address in the midst of two grand contradictions.  On the one… Continue »

In leading Spanish language media outlets, the Obama Administration’s home raids against Central American refugees are dominating coverage. In reporting and reflections, key Spanish language outlets and commentators are highlighting how the raids are causing panic and fear in the entire immigrant community, as well as the extraordinary steps the immigrant community is taking as a result.… Continue »

Please note the following column was translated from Spanish to English. This column is available online in Spanish here. As immigrants, we have all felt fear at some point. In most cases – fear propagates across the immigrant community with frequency. This fear manifests itself in several ways for immigrants residing in the United States: answering immigration related… Continue »

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, joined by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and other prominent Democratic members of the House, gathered earlier today to denounce the ICE raids currently targeting Central American families. “Raiding homes to break families apart is not what our country stands for,” tweeted CHC chair Rep. Linda Sánchez, and at the press conference said that the families who escaped violence and… Continue »

In a letter to the President yesterday, Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Reps. Keith Ellison and Raúl Grijalva demanded an end to the numerous ICE raids targeting Central American refugees in multiple states across the nation. Reps. Ellison and Grijalva join other members of Congress — including Democratic leaders Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi —… Continue »