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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 »

BREAKING: BIA Grants Temporary Emergency Stays of Deportation for Two Mauritanians from OH, Detained in AZ

This afternoon Yolanda Rondon with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Julie Nemecek, a Columbus immigration lawyer, filed emergency stays with the Board of Immigration Appeals to halt the deportation of Ousmane Sy and Abou Diallo, two Ohio men currently detained in Arizona.  ICE had planned to deport Sy and Diallo on a charter flight tomorrow. … Continue reading »

They’re Going For It: Despite Grave Risk of Slavery if Sent Back, Trump’s ICE Continues to Deport Black Mauritanians

ABC 6 in Columbus is out with a powerful piece on the human rights atrocity our government is committing by deporting Mauritanians who have lived in the U.S. for decades to a country where they will be arrested and enslaved.   “It sounds unbelievable, but it is true,” said Lynn Tramonte, Deportation Defense Coordinator with … Continue reading »

Arrest of Anti-Slavery Leader in Mauritania Shows Danger Ohio Immigrants Face if Deported

Biram Dah Abeid Arrested by Government One Day After The Atlantic Runs Story About Black Mauritanians Facing Deportation, Fearing Slavery Columbus, OH —  Not much is known about the arrest of prominent anti-slavery leader Biram Dah Abeid in Mauritania yesterday, but this is not the first time he has seen the inside of a Mauritanian … Continue reading »

Judge: “Is there any sense of justice here” for a man who is otherwise “a model citizen?”

ICYMI: Judge Orders the Release of a Pizza Delivery Man Detained by ICE After nearly two months in detention, U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty ordered the release of Pablo Villavicencio-Calderon, an undocumented husband and father of two who was detained while trying to deliver pizza to an army base in Brooklyn. The judge noted, “Well, … Continue reading »

“Trump’s abhorrent family separation policy now has a death toll”

Tragedy Strikes and Outrage Mounts Over the Trump Administration’s Cruelty Over the weekend, Nick Miroff of the Washington Post reported on the devastating story of Marco Antonio Muñoz, a Honduran father who was evidently so distraught about being separated from his wife and child as a result of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” strategy, he … Continue reading »

“Is This Who We are Becoming?” 5-Year-Old Taken From His Father at the Border; Dreamer Deported from Iowa and Murdered Upon Return to Mexico

Miriam Jordan of the New York Times tells the heartbreaking story of Jose, a 5 year-old boy from Honduras, who has been ripped away from the father who brought him to America in search of safety. Jose is currently living in a Michigan foster home, unsure when he’ll be reunited with his father: When he … Continue reading »

As Trump Stokes Fear Over Criminals, ICE Deports Non-Criminals Like Michigan Mom Cile Precetaj

Matt Hildreth: “This kind of fear-mongering has no place in our country. We are better than this.” As the White House’s continues to stoke fear over immigrants and as President Trump delivers another anti-immigrant stemwinder on Long Island, it’s again worth remembering the ongoing gulf between the Trump administration’s rhetoric and the reality of who … Continue reading »