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[16 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Double Crossed: Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Has Trapped Migrants on Both Sides of the Border

by Bryan Schatz
August 16, 2017
Courtesy of Mother Jones
The air is hot and sticky behind the metal gates of Senda de Vida, a migrant shelter on the bank of the Rio Grande in Reynosa, Mexico. Hector Orvis-­Enrique, wearing sunglasses and a ball cap, fidgets with his hands as he sits on a cinder block wall and describes his kidnapping.

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[15 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
On Its Fifth Anniversary, Let’s Celebrate and #DefendDACA!

By Michelle Saucedo
August 15, 2017
Courtesy of National Immigration Law Center
Happy fifth DACA anniversary!
I cautiously celebrate this milestone as I recognize DACA’s success, while grappling with the concern about its possible rescission and what that could mean to so many people in this country. Since DACA’s implementation in 2012, over 800, 000 people have benefited from it, getting a chance to work with authorization, along with a reprieve from the threat of deportation.

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[14 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Monica Guzman: Immigration bills would allow me to fulfill dream

By Marena Guzman
Aug. 13, 2017
Courtesy The Spokesman-Review

I am a Ph.D. student at Washington State University, studying molecular biosciences. I graduated from high school and college with highest honors. During my Ph.D. program, I hope to identify molecular targets that can be used to develop therapeutic treatments for bacterial infections. I study Coxiella burnetii bacteria, and I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the scientific community and on people’s health through my research. 

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[14 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
“Love Knows No Borders”

by Onelia Hawa
August 12, 2017
Skip a coffee, and support immigrant rights by donating $5 for an aqua “Love Knows No Borders. #NoBanNoWall” wristband and membership with Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance!  We ONLY have 20 left!! Help us reach our goal and message for more details. And remember, don’t forget to DONATE!

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[14 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
6 initial ways you can be a better ally to undocumented immigrants

by  Savonne Anderson
August 2017
Courtesy Mashable
Undocumented immigrants face many obstacles — and to overcome them, they need strong allies.
As of 2014, an estimated total of 42.4 million immigrants live in the United States, 11.4 million of whom are undocumented. Language barriers, access to health care, education, finding employment and securing housing are only a few of the many issues most immigrants face, all in addition to widespread xenophobia.

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[10 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Immigration Lawyers Save Lives

by Tala Hartsough
August 4, 2017
Courtesy of ThinkImmigration
I took part in the AILA Annual Conference training for new chapter chairs, and as an ‘icebreaker,’ was asked to complete phrases handed out on little slips of paper. Mine read, “The best way to save….” I immediately responded, “One way to save a life is to be an immigration lawyer.”
I’m not exaggerating. Immigration lawyers save lives. Let me share with you a pro bono case I took on as an example of the kind of difference lawyers can make and which the Immigration Justice …

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[10 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Asian-Americans Have A Lot To Lose If GOP Legal Immigration Bill Is Passed

by Kimberly Yam
August , 2017
Courtesy Huffington Post

Asian-American activists are standing firmly against the recently introduced bill to curb legal immigration.

Advocacy groups have been speaking out against the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE), an immigration bill President Donald Trump endorsed on Wednesday. In addition to discontinuing the visa lottery program and limiting the number of refugees to enter the country, the bill would eliminate the prioritization of green cards for adult children and extended family of those already in the states.

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[10 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Coverage of the immigration bill: So many opinions, so little data.

by Jens Erik Gould
August , 2017
Courtesy The Huffington Post

The further we get from the facts, the easier it is to jump to conclusions about an issue and futilely argue opinion against opinion. Without precise data, we can argue either side to our heart’s content, biased that something’s good or bad without precisely understanding why.

That’s what happened with this week’s coverage of the proposed bill to limit legal immigration: media outlets presented seemingly strong arguments for and against the bill, but neither they nor their sources backed up their points.

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[10 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
DOJ ‘Bullying’ Cities Into Complying With Anti-Immigration Efforts

by Julia Conley

August 4, 2017
Courtesy Common Dreams

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is accusing the Justice Department of using harsh and the”bullying tactics” to force cities to comply with its immigration policies.
The DOJ offered financial aid to 12 cities struggling with increased violent crime in June to help them combat gang activity and drug trafficking. But on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to four of the selected cities telling them that in order to receive the extra funding they would need to comply with federal immigration authorities.

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[10 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
ICE Accused of Using Children To Arrest Undocumented Parents

by Gregory B. Hladky
August 5, 2017
Courtesy of Hartford Courant
An undocumented immigrant from West Haven has been arrested by federal immigration agents in Connecticut and activists say the man’s 9-year-old son was used “as bait” to lure the immigrant in so he could be taken into custody.
A lawyer for Mynor Espinoza, the undocumented immigrant arrested June 5, said Friday that asking parents to sign federal documents for their children in order to arrest the parents appears to be a new and disturbing tactic by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Connecticut.