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It’s Time to Hold Detroit ICE Director Rebecca Adducci Accountable for Deporting MI & OH Moms and Dads Cleveland, OH – Today’s scene at the airport was sadly familiar: family members, supporters, and media crowding around a long-term local resident as she said her final good-byes and forced herself to walk to the Delta gate to be… Continue »

It’s been nearly two weeks since Jesus Lara was taken away from his family in Willard, Ohio.  The words of support, offers of prayers, and donations are helping the family cope in this rocky time, but they are grieving.   Many news articles have been written about this fund and the generosity fellow Americans are… Continue »

Youngstown Vindicator Slams Trump Immigration Policy Throughout this week, and even by the low standards of his Administration, Donald Trump has seemingly been on a crusade to degrade the presidency. From his wildly inappropriate speech to the Boy Scouts to his impulsive and disturbing decision regarding transgender troops in the military, Trump’s cruelty and dark view… Continue »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

Where is the outrage from Ohio Republicans? Cleveland, OH – At a speech last night in Youngstown, OH, President Donald Trump offered a disturbing and apocalyptic vision of immigrants in America, saying that they “prey on innocent young people” and describing how: “[these] animals … don’t want to use guns because it’s too fast and it’s… Continue »

Last week, an American family was separated when Jesus Lara, an Ohio father of four U.S. Citizen children, was deported and forced to leave his family. Jesus had no criminal record, had been checking in with ICE for years, and had never done anything to deserve being removed. Prior to his deportation, Jesus’ community in… Continue »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

Cleveland, OH – The Sandusky Register reports today that Bishop Daniel Thomas of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo criticized the deportation of Jesus Lara Lopez, a Willard father, taxpayer, and homeowner who was forced to leave his family yesterday.  As the Register and many other news outlets have made clear, Jesus was deported despite having lived in the United States for nearly two… Continue »

Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer and father of four U.S. citizen children, was deported yesterday to Mexico following a tearful goodbye with his family. Unfortunately, Jesus’ case is not an isolated one.  The heartbreak that he and his family feel today is the same heartbreak that so many other American families have been dealing with… Continue »

TRAC report prosecutorial discretion

A new report from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) finds that, under Trump, prosecutorial discretion in the immigration courts “has largely been abolished.” In the last years of the Obama Presidency, prosecutors were empowered to prioritize their caseload by public safety threat and national security risk, closing cases of individuals who posed no threat and had… Continue »

Cleveland, OH – Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer, homeowner, and father of four U.S. citizen children, was deported today.  He purchased his own plane ticket, put on a suit, and said tearful goodbyes to his family.  He does not know when he will see any of them again.  His three oldest children, Eric, Edwin, and Anuar, were inconsolable. … Continue »

This morning, Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio father of four, was deported back to Mexico and separated from his wife and children Eric, Edwin, Anuar, and Elsiy. Jesus had lived in the US for 16 years, had a work permit, and had no criminal record; his case drew support from neighbors, friends, employers, community members, fellow… Continue »