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Cincinnati’s CityBeat Exposes Egregious Violations of U.S. Constitution and Common Sense in Hamilton County

Mayor Cranley and Sheriff Neil Need to Respond Cincinnati, OH — Nick Swartsell of CityBeat is out with an important article about immigration practices at the Hamilton County Justice Center that violate the U.S. Constitution and local policy–and defy common sense. Swartsell describes the case of Manuel Ventura-Pineda, an asylum-seeker from El Salvador, whose family … 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”

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 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 »

Sandusky Register Ed Board Demands Transparency and Accountability in Border & Immigration Enforcement  

Cleveland, OH – The Sandusky Register published a strong editorial today calling for transparency and accountability from our taxpayer-funded border and immigration agencies.  The editorial, “Ice ICE,” states: As more than 100 migrant farm workers arrested during raids by Border Patrol and ICE agents in June continue to be processed through the system, the government’s … 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 »