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ICYMI: Major National News Magazine “Aqui y Ahora” Highlights Ongoing Tragedy for Elyria Man, Family Following Deportation of Pedro Hernandez

Cleveland, OH — Pedro Hernandez’s body lives in Mexico, but his heart is in Elyria. The “gentle giant,” hardworking and kind man was deported away from his American wife, Seleste, and American children in September 2017, via President Trump’s mass deportation policy. Previously, Pedro qualified for a work permit under an exercise of prosecutorial discretion … Continue reading »

In Chagrin Falls, Dreamers, Religious Leaders, & Allies Hold “We Have a Dream” Silent Protest For Dream Act & Against Cruel Deportations

Crowd Asks Rep. David Joyce: “If We Are Deported, Who Will Fill Our Shoes?” Chagrin Falls, OH – Today, a diverse group of Dreamers, other immigrants, community members, and local leaders gathered in Triangle Park and engaged in a silent protest for the Dream Act and against cruel deportations.  They called on Congressman David Joyce to do … Continue reading »

WATCH: The Making of “Living In the Shadows,” Comic Journalism About Ohio Mixed Status Family

Story Powerfully Depicts One Family’s Origins, Fears, and Hopes in Comic-Strip Form Cincinnati, OH — Earlier this week, we highlighted the ground-breaking comic-strip series by political cartoonist Kevin Necessary of WCPO, about the life of a “mixed status” American family from Cincinnati. “Living in the Shadows” is an illustrated story, in three parts, that goes deep into … Continue reading »

Akron Beacon Journal, Vineyard Community Center Explain Problems With Making Citizenship Part of U.S. Census

Cleveland, OH — Late last month, news broke that the Trump Administration is seeking to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census.  A Trump 2020 campaign email left no doubt that the decision was politically-motivated. Civil rights advocates, constitutional scholars, and voting experts were swift to denounce the idea and explain how it would undermine the integrity … Continue reading »

“We have a Dream” Silent Protest For Dreamers and Against Cruel Deportations

Asking Rep. David Joyce: “If We Are Deported, Who Will Fill Our Shoes?” Chagrin Falls, OH – Last September, President Trump took the cruel and outrageous step of rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allowed so many young people to live their lives in peace and contribute to their fullest potentials.  Since then, … Continue reading »

Cincinnati Cartoonist Takes Graphic Marker to American Immigration Story

“Living in the Shadows” Depicts One Family’s Story, Fears, and Hopes in Comic-Strip Form Cincinnati, OH — Political cartoonist Kevin Necessary of WCPO in Cincinnati just published a ground-breaking comic-strip series about the life of a local “mixed status” American family. “Living in the Shadows” is an illustrated story, in three parts, that goes deep into real-life … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Nashville Producer Releases “Welcome Home” Song for Deported Father Amer Adi

In her new must-read blog, Van Le, Digital Director for America’s Voice, highlights Tom Manche, a Youngstown, Ohio native who wrote a song in dedication of Amer Adi Othman, also of Youngstown. Adi was deported to Jordan earlier this year, despite strong support from his congressman, Rep. Tim Ryan, and being the beneficiary of a … Continue reading »

Nashville Producer Releases “Welcome Home” Song for Deported Father Amer Adi

In January, Youngstown, Ohio businessman Amer Adi was deported, leaving his community to mourn a “hell of a man”. Amer had lived in the U.S. for nearly forty years, was married to a citizen and had four U.S. citizen daughters, had never committed any crimes, and was credited with helping to revitalize downtown Youngstown. Amer’s … Continue reading »

In Cleveland, Congolese Refugees Find “Freedom to Live”

With Support From U.S.-Born Americans, Newcomers Thrive In and Give Back to Their Adopted Home Cleveland, OH  –  On Easter Sunday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published a poignant piece about the new lives Congolese refugees are making for themselves in Cleveland, and the ways that they are giving back to their adopted home. “This is a truly American … Continue reading »

Detroit Free Press & Cleveland Plain Dealer: Dramatic Increase of Non-Criminal Deportations by Detroit ICE Office

Damaging Consequences for OH & MI Children, Families, Society Analyses of government data from both the Detroit Free Press and Cleveland Plain Dealer show that the Detroit Field Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement–the agency that makes deportation decisions affecting Michigan and Ohio families–is one of the most aggressive in the nation. Despite public relations pleas to the contrary, … Continue reading »

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