America's Voice En Español »

America's Voice

 

Central American Refugees

14 Community Leaders Arrested Protesting Obama Admin Raids Targeting Central American Refugees

14 immigration and community leaders were arrested during a demonstration in front of the White House today protesting the Obama Administration’s ICE raids targeting Central American families fleeing death and violence. “Look around you, and you will see 83 crosses. These crosses stand for 83 immigrant deaths that took place in 2014. All 83 immigrants … Continue reading »

Advocates Deliver 136,000 Petition Signatures Calling On Obama Administration To Halt ICE Raids

Immigrant rights groups delivered a massive 136,000 petition signatures to the White House yesterday calling on President Obama to stop the ICE raids targeting vulnerable Central American refugees for deportation. Join us today to deliver the signatures of 136,000 Americans asking POTUS to #StopTheRaids! #FamiliesFightBack pic.twitter.com/hTGA5L5PHX — RI4A (@RI4A) February 2, 2016 We’re glad to … Continue reading »

Rep. Gutiérrez On ICE Raids: “I Have Not Seen Such Fear And Anxiety In Immigrant Communities”

Earlier today, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez slammed an upcoming, Republican-led Judiciary Committee hearing on Central American refugees, saying it lacks any “serious attempt to legislate” and will only serve to “continue to feed the hucksterism and red meat politics that Americans hate.” Rep. Gutiérrez addressed the very real-life situation of immigrants living in fear across communities as … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Education Fund Responds to Reports of Central American Teenagers Targeted in Immigration Raids

Last night, we learned that the Obama administration has ramped up efforts targeting young people who fled violence, for deportation. In Raleigh, North Carolina, a high school student who left Honduras in 2014 was arrested on his parents’ front steps and faces deportation to that crime-ravaged nation.  In Charlotte, young men who fled violence in El Salvador were … Continue reading »

Hundreds In San Francisco, Los Angeles Protest ICE Deportation Raids Targeting Central American Refugees

On Tuesday, hundreds of demonstrators in San Francisco and Los Angeles held simultaneous actions in protest of recent ICE immigration raids targeting Central American women and children fleeing violence. In downtown San Francisco, 200 demonstrators protested in front of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement building. Ultimately, 16 of the protesters who had chained themselves … Continue reading »

270+ Organizations Urge President Obama to Grant Temporary Protected Status To Refugees From El Salvador, Guatemala, And Honduras

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 reading »

22 Senate Democrats Call On President Obama To Halt ICE Raids Targeting Central American Refugees

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 reading »

Amid Rumors Of Deportation Raids, Attendance At Majority-Latino High School Drops

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 reading »

New Refugee Resettlement Program for Central Americans Is the Right Thing to Do; Home Raids & Deportations Back to the Region Are the Wrong Thing to Do

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 reading »

Democratic Presidential Candidates Condemn ICE Raids During Last Night’s “Iowa Brown & Black Forum”

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 reading »