Pheonix New Times - October 22, 2009 - By Valeria Fernández -Pregnant Latina Says She Was Forced to Give Birth in Shackles After One of Arpaio’s Deputies Racially Profiled Her
In recent years, a sharp rise in the number of non-citizens held in immigration detention has been accompanied by their increased transfer between facilities, creating barriers they face in accessing counsel and receiving fair treatment in immigration proceedings.
The past fortnight witnessed numerous developments on the immigration front, and almost all roads seem to be pointing to the pressing need for immigration reform that ensures fair and just enforcement.
New York Times Editorial - Immigrants, Criminalized - November 27, 2009 - Editorial emphasizes that it is "important for the [Obama] administration to avoid conflating illegal immigration and serious crime.
The News & Observer - 11/22/09 - The federal government said it was revamping its deportation agreements with local sheriffs to focus on ridding the country of dangerous felons. But some North Carolina sheriffs who signed the agreements have not been asked to change their practices.
On Nov. 2, Acting Executive Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Secure Communities Program, Marc Rapp, alleged in a letter to the New York Times that the program “doesn’t racially profile.” This conclusion misses the point. Rapp’s myopic assessment of the Secure Communities Program fails to account for racial profiling that occurs before individuals are booked and turns a blind eye to local law enforcement misbehavior.
According to a Human Rights First report released last week, since 2001, over 18,000 refugees and asylum seekers who pose no threat to U.S. security have not received protection from the U.S. government due to the overly broad provisions of Immigration law, and the expansive way that they have been interpreted by federal immigration agencies.
Attorney General (AG) Holder spoke before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary today in an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice (DOJ). The majority of the approximately three hours of back and forth related to the attorney general's recent decision to prosecute several Guantánamo detainees in federal criminal court in New York.
November 18th is a day of National Action for immigration and here is an opportunity for you to take leadership in your community and fight for immigration reform.