White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently praised the DHS immigration enforcement memos — which provide a detailed blueprint for mass deportation — for taking “the shackles off” ICE and CBP agents. Below are just a few examples of what has happened since the “unshackling” began: ICE and Its Disturbing Record A New York Times story… Continue »

It continues to be clear that Donald Trump meant what he said about immigration. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the new administration has named a former executive director of an anti-immigrant hate group to a top post at the US Customs and Border Protection: Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the Federation… Continue »

Jose Antonio Vargas, sometimes called “America’s Most Famous Undocumented Immigrant,” was detained by border patrol in McAllen, Texas today while attempting to fly home after a border vigil for the Central American children fleeing violence. Jose, who is a Pultizer Prize winning Journalist and recently released a biographical documentary called “Undocumented,”  joined UWD and MAC (Minority Affairs Council), a… Continue »

In a long-awaited article, Brian Bennett of the Los Angeles Times calls my friend and fellow Ohioan, Veronica Dahlberg, the “guardian angel” of northeast Ohio’s immigrants.  That’s her, exactly.  But Veronica’s not a passive angel, whispering thoughts in your ear and fluttering her wings.  She’s a fired up angel who won’t stop organizing and advocating until… Continue »

This week, the Migration Policy Institute released a report, The Deportation Dilemma: Reconciling Tough and Humane Enforcement, which “analyze[d] the current pipelines for removal and key trends in border and interior apprehensions, deportations and criminal prosecutions. ” The report begins: The United States has deported a record number of unauthorized immigrants and other removable noncitizens in… Continue »

Cross-Posted at Mom’s Rising: I’d like to believe that most Americans, perhaps with the exception of the hard-core nativists, like Rep. Steve King and Romney advisor Kris Kobach, knows our nation’s immigration policies need to be fixed.  But behind these failed policies are real human beings:  those who make decisions about how to enforce the… Continue »