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“Shock and Awe” Against Immigrant Families: More Boundless Cruelty and More Failed Deterrence-Only Policy

A Washington Post story posted last night, “Before Trump’s purge at DHS, top officials challenged plan for mass family arrests,” highlights that the Trump White House, led by Stephen Miller, is exploring a military style “shock and awe” approach targeted against immigrant families in American cities to dissuade desperate Central American families from seeking refuge … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Karen Tumulty: “He lived an exemplary life. Then he kept an immigration appointment — and got deported.”

In a must-read column for the Washington Post, Karen Tumulty writes of the exemplary life of Samuel Oliver-Bruno and how he was lured by DHS officials to an appointment not for the purpose of granting him relief but for the purpose of arresting and deporting him. For the past year, Oliver-Bruno sought refuge at a … Continue reading »

ICE Arrests North Carolina Man Who Had Been in Sanctuary; 27 Faith Allies Arrested During Protest

Over Thanksgiving weekend In Durham, North Carolina, two dozen members of CityWell United Methodist Church were arrested after attempting to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from detaining Samuel Oliver-Bruno, who had taken sanctuary in the church eleven months earlier.   Oliver-Bruno, a 47-year-old father whose 19-year-old son, Daniel, is a U.S. citizen, first came … Continue reading »

American Psychological Association Report: Consequences of Deportation Are Severe, Sometimes Fatal

The consequences of deportation are often severe, sometimes fatal, extend beyond the person deported, and often affects U.S. citizens, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association. They range from physical to economic to psychological. And unfortunately, the Trump Administration has been stepping up deportations as much as possible. The Administration has separated … Continue reading »

Another Ohioan From Mauritania At Imminent Risk of Deportation

Emergency Stay Filed Today Columbus, OH — Right now Samba Diaw, a Columbus resident for more than twenty years, is in ICE custody and could be deported at any time.  This morning his attorney Emily Brown, with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), filed an emergency stay with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) on … Continue reading »

ICYMI: WaPo Editorial: “ICE is sending Mauritanians back to modern-day slavery”

Cleveland, OH — On Monday, the Washington Post published an editorial, “ICE is sending Mauritanians back to modern-day slavery,” that is as clear and condemning as its title.  The piece begins: THE WEST AFRICAN nation of Mauritania is known for its poets, for its reserves of gold — and for its failure to take meaningful … Continue reading »

In Letter to Congress, Unions, Faith Organizations, and Community Leaders Demand an End to Mauritanian Deportations

“The Trump Administration is prioritizing deportation over human life” Cleveland, OH — Unions, faith organizations, and Mauritanian community leaders–among others–sent a letter to members of the Ohio congressional delegation today, expressing deep concern about the deportation of long-term Ohio residents to Mauritania, a country that is unable to protect basic human rights and refuses to … Continue reading »

We Fear Seyni Was Deported

New Backgrounder Shows How Dangerous It Is to Deport Refugees to Mauritania in 2018 Despite a rapid and powerful mobilization led by America’s Voice, the UndocuBlack Network Network and other immigrant, civil and human rights groups to prevent this outcome, we fear that Seyni Diagne was deported late last night.   Seyni is a sixty-four … Continue reading »

Deportations to Mauritania: What You Need to Know

The Trump Administration Is Deporting Refugees Back to Slavery Historical Context In Mauritania, the ruling Arab Moors view Black Mauritanians as property, members of the slave caste.  Black Mauritanians have been arrested for specious reasons; tortured and killed; expelled from the country; forced to work as slaves (even as children); purged from the nation’s census … Continue reading »

Despite Untreated Cancer Diagnosis, Government Insists on Deporting Seyni Diagne to Mauritania TODAY

Despite Untreated Cancer Diagnosis, Government Insists on Deporting Seyni Diagne to Mauritania TODAY Lawyers Filed Emergency Stay this Morning at BIA A recent article in The Atlantic and the arrest of anti-slavery leader Biram Dah Abeid by the Mauritanian government have drawn fresh attention to the human rights abuses taking place in this nation today, … Continue reading »