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 »

Another day, another set of stories articulating the fear present in the immigrant community following the Obama Administration’s decision to launch home raids against Central American refugees.  Fortunately, a growing number of leaders are speaking up and condemning this horrific tactic. Read on for excerpts from key English-Language clips yesterday and today. Next week, we’ll report on the latest from Spanish-language media which is… Continue »

Frank Sharry: “The way the Obama Administration is handling this is a huge mistake, from a policy, moral, and political perspective.” New York Times article by Liz Robbins, titled “Rumors of Immigration Raids Stoke Fear in New York,” captures how the Obama Administration’s home raids are causing panic and fear in the entire immigrant community:  “Across the region, immigrants… Continue »

Yesterday, dozens of demonstrators from multiple Bay Area immigrant and faith groups protested outside ICE’s San Francisco headquarters in response to recent immigration raids across the country. SF protest against new crackdown on Central American immigrants. On Day of Epiphany, We 3 Kings of Deportation… pic.twitter.com/FvelaFBbJv — Doug Sovern (@SovernNation) January 6, 2016 Grisel Ruiz… Continue »

On December 23, as I was beginning my holiday break, I, like so many of my colleagues, was stunned by the headline in the Washington Post: U.S. plans raids to deport families who surged across border. Raids? By the Obama Administration? Again? That news sent shock waves through immigration communities as we saw the White… Continue »

As ICE raids have targeted Central American refugees in numerous states over the past several days, city leaders are responding with pro-immigrant legislation and messages to allay widespread fears in the undocumented immigrant community. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, incoming Mayor Jim Kenney has signed an executive order “that rescinds the city’s participation in a controversial program set… Continue »