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.
Guest Blogger: Emily Butera from the Women’s Refugee Commission
On Veterans Day, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has reintroduced the Military Families Act that will grant lawful permanent resident status to any parent, spouse, child, son, or daughter of an active military service member or of a service member who died as a result of service. This is an important step to restoring fairness.
Courage comes in many different forms. For Esmeralda a transgender asylum seeker from Mexico who faced horrific circumstances in immigration detention, it came in the form of seeking justice. Kept in a segregated cell with other transgender detainees, Esmeralda never realized that her experience in detention would match the trauma of discrimination she had faced back home. But her story is also one of hope for change.
November 7th 2009 marked one year from the day that Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant, was killed in the Long Island suburb of Patchogue. But rather than act as a stand-alone instance, the act of violence put a national spotlight on race relations and has emerged as one among dozens of cases of violence against Latinos in Suffolk County over the past ten years.
When Pedro Juan Tavarez, a 49- year old immigration detainee died in a hospital in Massachusetts, his stunned family couldn’t believe it. Over the last year and a half, the Providence shuttle driver had been moved from one facility to another, fighting deportation to the Dominican Republic to remain in the U.S. with his family including his 23-year-old daughter. Only five days before his death his sister had spoken with him at the Suffolk County House of Correction where has was held and he had sounded in good health, apart from the fact that he was lonely and looking forward to her visit.