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 »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

On Monday, the Washington Post published an editorial, “ICE is sending Mauritanians back to modern-day slavery.” The opinion piece 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 »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

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 »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

“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 »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

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 »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

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 »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

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 »

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 »

“US shouldn’t become new persecutor of refugees” The Columbus Dispatch is out with a new editorial, “US shouldn’t become new persecutor of refugees,” decrying the U.S. government’s insistence on deporting Black Mauritanians to a country that is likely to arrest and enslave them. The issue was recently raised in a powerful cover story in The… Continue »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

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 »