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3/21: One month to go! Earth Day to May Day!
By Alliance for Global Justice
When Cheri Honkala, of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, spoke at the Tear Down the Walls National Gathering this past November, she asked the participants to get involved with the Global Climate Convergence as one of the Tear Down the Walls national days of local action. It was accepted and following up, AFGJ would like to encourage people and organizations to add their weight to this important global effort....
3/21:Eight Year Old Reportedly Committed Suicide After Deportation
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee - ThinkProgress
An eight year old reportedly committed suicide last week after border patrol authorities caught her with a migrant smuggler as they attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the Associated Press. Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (National Human Rights Commission) released a press statement on Monday, saying that it would investigate her death and find her parents who live in the United States....
3/22: NW Hunger Strike: Strike leader speaks publicly for first time; strike leaders communicate encouragement to those on hunger strike in Texas
By Maru Mora Villalpando - Latino Advocacy
Jose Moreno, newly released hunger strike leader, spoke publicly about conditions inside the Northwest Detention Center and the reasons for the hunger strike....
3/20: From Tacoma to Texas, Hunger Strikers Challenge Private Immigration Detention Centers (2)
By Candice Bernd - Truthout
The hunger strikes have highlighted specific aspects of federal immigration policy such as the "bed mandate" policy, which sets a quota of 34,000 beds that the Department of Homeland Security is required to fill to receive appropriations. Another policy the strikers criticize is that of mandatory detention, in which immigrants suspected of being undocumented are held indefinitely without bail pending deportation review. The policy leaves people such as Vásquez, who have been apprehended under Operation Cross Check, in limbo at detention centers while authorities review their immigration status....
3/20: From Tacoma to Texas, Hunger Strikers Challenge Private Immigration Detention Centers (1)
By Candice Bernd - Truthout
A hunger strike at a private GEO Group immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington, has spread to another GEO facility in Texas after President Obama called for a review of immigration-enforcement policies last week. But will private prison lobbying ensure beds at these facilities stay filled?
3/19: Immigrant struggle for drivers licenses heats up in Minnesota
By Brad Sigal - Fight Back! News
With the new legislative session underway, the drivers licenses for all campaign is kicking back into high gear in Minnesota. The immigrant rights movement is mobilizing to press the state legislature and Governor Dayton to pass a bill that would grant basic equality for immigrants....
3/19: Immigrants Launch Hunger Strike in Texas Detention Center
By Priscila Mosqueda - Texas Observer
Immigrants in a for-profit detention center in Conroe are refusing to eat to protest conditions at the facility. The protests in Texas follow a similar hunger strike that began two weeks ago at a Tacoma, Washington, detention center....
3/7: Obama’s 2015 Budget Adopts Contradictory Stance on Immigration
By Walter Ewing - American Immigration Council
The Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal is of two minds about how to deal with the broken U.S. immigration system. On the one hand, the document calls for the creation of “a pathway to earned citizenship for hardworking men and women” who are in the United States without legal status. On the other hand, the budget would continue to devote significant sums of money to the detention and deportation of many of the same people for whom the administration would like to create a path to citizenship. In other words, the administration pledges that it will do its best to deport from the country the very same people it wants to help stay....
Massive Racist ICE Immigrant Raids Across the Country at Post-May Day 2008 Mobilization!!
5/12 URGENT! Up to 700 Arrested in Iowa Raid!!!!
By Citizens For Legitimate Government
Up to 700 arrests estimated in Postville raid 12 May 2008 (IA) Four Homeland Security buses with U.S. Immigration and Customs tags on them have entered the Agriprocessors Inc. complex. The buses, along with a trail of SUVs and vans with Minnesota license plates, arrived at about 11:45 a.m. Tim Counts, a Midwest ICE spokesman, declined to confirm where people who are arrested will be detained. Federal officials have leased the National Cattle Congress fairgrounds in Waterloo, but they declined to explain last week whether the property was being prepared for use as a detention center.
5/24: 900 nabbed in California state on immigration charges
Federal immigration officers arrested more than 900 people in California on immigration violations this month, almost half of them in Northern California, officials said.
5/28: County Jails Welcome Immigrants
The immigration crackdown is filling county jails across the country with immigrants who have been torn away from their jobs and homes. Tens of thousands of arrested immigrants are bedding down in county jails while they await court dates and eventual deportation.
As the immigration crackdown escalates, county commissions and sheriff departments are increasingly signing contracts with the federal government to house arrested immigrants. For the most part, county governments are eager to receive immigrants into their jails.
The per diem payments they receive from two federal agencies' immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)'re covering shortfalls in county budgets, funding the hiring of new deputies, and paying for jail expansion projects. Although some localities are complaining of jail overcrowding and a diffusion of law enforcement priorities, more and more local governments are cashing in on the immigration crackdown.
ICE is the agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for the "detention and removal" of unauthorized immigrants. USMS is the Justice Department agency that transports federal prisoners, including arrested immigrants. Both agencies offer per diem payments'enerally much higher than those provided by local law-enforcement organizations, governments and private companies that house immigrants.
5/14: Some Detainees Are Drugged for Deportation
Immigrants sedated without medical reason.
The U.S. government has injected hundreds of foreigners it has deported with dangerous psychotropic drugs against their will to keep them sedated during the trip back to their home country, according to medical records, internal documents and interviews with people who have been drugged.
The government's forced use of antipsychotic drugs, in people who have no history of mental illness, includes dozens of cases in which the "pre-flight cocktail," as a document calls it, had such a potent effect that federal guards needed a wheelchair to move the slumped deportee onto an airplane.
"Unsteady gait. Fell onto tarmac," says a medical note on the deportation of a 38-year-old woman to Costa Rica in late spring 2005. Another detainee was "dragged down the aisle in handcuffs, semi-comatose," according to an airline crew member's written account. Repeatedly, documents describe immigration guards "taking down" a reluctant deportee to be tranquilized before heading to an airport.
3/30 Tucson, AZ: 2 dead in attack on migrants
Gunmen ambushed nearly two dozen immigrants
and smugglers packed into a pickup truck early Friday, killing two
people and wounding at least one, authorities said >> Read
Racist Radio Show "Jersey Guy"
3/26 New Jersey: Boycoot Radio Host "Jersey
Guys" and their sponsors!
Please pass this list around not only in Jersey,
but all over the country. They are doing "Operation La Cucha
Gotcha." so I think we should do our own operation. Any company
that sponsors bigots should be boycotted >> Read
3/23 Newark, NJ: An Immigrant Segment
by Radio's 'Jersey Guys' Draws Fire
Craig Carton and Ray Rossi think mental illness
is hilarious and Asian-Americans are best mocked with sing-song
Chinese accents. The men, hosts of an afternoon radio show called
"The Jersey Guys" that is heard here on WKXW (101.5 FM),
favor adjectives for politicians that have to be bleeped out >>
1 Year after History March 25 "Grand
Macha" Los Angeles
3/24 Los Angeles, CA: Looking back, moving
Organizers of last year's huge immigrant rights
rally in L.A. reflect on successes and goals as they ready for Sunday's
anniversary events >> Read
3/25: Year one of the immigrant rights
Washington drags its feet while the rest of society
adapts to a new reality >> Read
3/25 Los Angeles,
CA: Turnout low, but immigrant rallies hopeful
Immigrant-rights rallies staged today to
commemorate the anniversary of last year's Los Angeles march and
to call for reform legislation were marked by low turnout and a
counterdemonstration denouncing immigration >> Read
2/22 Alert! Immigration raids
sweep through SoCal eateries!
In a nationwide sweep across 17 states
and the District of Columbia, immigration officials descended on
popular eateries like Hard Rock Café and Planet Hollywood,
arrested almost 200 undocumented immigrants working for a janitorial
company and filed criminal charges against its top three officials.
2/22/07 New York, NY: Report
from NYU Counter College Republicans Find the Illegal
Hundreds of other New York University
(NYU) students, their allies, and NYU IMC contributors to protest
the College Republicans Find the Illegal Immigrant
2/20: DOJ audit found anti-terror
case data flawed
Federal prosecutors counted immigration violations,
marriage fraud and drug trafficking among anti-terror cases in the
four years after 9/11 even though no evidence linked them to terror
activity, a Justice Department audit said >> Read
2/21: Using Anti-Immigration Hysteria
to Promote the Anti-Choice Agenda?
Todays immigration debate extends beyond
the goal of limiting the rights and humanity of immigrants: Its
about controlling who may be considered an American >> Read
2/20: Which Babies Are Real Americans?
Yuki Lin , born on the stroke of midnight this
New Years, became the winner of a random drawing for a national
Toys R Us sweepstakes. The company had promised a $25,000
U.S. savings bond to the first American baby born in 2007.
However, Yuki lost her prize after the company learned that her
mother was an undocumented U.S. resident. Instead, the bond went
to a baby in Gainesville, Georgia, described by her mother as an
American all the way. >> Read
3/10 New Brunswick, NJ: Conference - Making
Comprehensive Immigration Reform real, fair and humane
Our topics will include legalization, education
issues, workers rights, due process, local ordinances, and
the creation of an Office of Immigrant Affairs >> Read
2/19 Vista, CA: Residents believe anti-immigrant
fliers were tossed from plane
Residents of a central Vista neighborhood said
they watched dozens of fliers with anti immigrant messages fall
from the sky like "snowfall" Thursday evening. Some said
they believe the papers may have been chucked out of the airplane
they also saw pass overhead at the same time >> Read
3/3-4 Ithaca, NY: Northeast United Students
Against Sweatshops Regional Conference at Cornell University
2/20 New York, NY: Please endorse the
following letter to support Ester Young and her immigrant struggles
2/26-3/2 San Francisco, CA: Stop the Raids!
No New Guest-Worker Plan!
In response to the rash of raids that have been
affecting our communities, Bay Area immigrant rights organizations
are planning a week of action (2/26 to 3/2) and will protest in
front of Homeland Security's office at 630 Sansome street in San
Francisco every day from 11am to 1pm. >> Read
2/13 Oaklnand, CA: Thieves preying on
undocumented immigrants, police say
Oakland is witnessing a rising crime trend of young
"rat packs" preying on poor, often undocumented immigrants
who carry their cash with them, according to a new police report
2/18 Florida: U.S. MUSLIM COALITION CALLS
FOR FASTING IN SOLIDARITY WITH DETAINED FLA. PROF
A coalition of major Muslim organizations, today
called for a worldwide "rolling fast" in support of Dr.
Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian is the former Florida professor who has
been on a hunger strike since January 21 to protest his detention
and treatment by federal authorities >> Read
2/19 Greensboro, NC: Students Rally Against
Anti-Arab Hate Crime
Students from colleges across North Carolina
rallied Feb. 2 against a recent hate crime committed against three
Palestinian students at Guilford College >> Read
1/20 Phoenix, AZ: New AZ
Law Bar on Minutemen Proposed
A proposed new law would make felons
out of members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps -- and probably
some neighborhood watch groups >> Read
1/1/07 San Antonio, TX: Tell
ICE: Release Palestinian Family NOW!
The Arab American Community Coalition(theaacc.org)
has just learned of an entire Palestinian family - the Ibrahims
- being held in jail in Texas while waiting an unjustified deportation
12/22: Tacoma, WA: Corporate-Runs
Immigration Jail Capacity Grows+More Profit!
Back on Sept. 30 the Seattle Times
that capacity of the Northwest Detention Center, the immigration
jail built on a Tacoma Tideflats Superfund site, was expected to
grow to 1,000 by January 2007 >> Read
12/19: ICE makes largest
repatriation flight to Africa in two years (ICE Press Release)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) officers returned from their largest deportation flight to
Africa in two years after repatriating 99 Nigerian and Liberian
nationals. This was a joint charter removal flight conducted with
the government of Canada.... >> Read
12/12: More Than 1,200
Arrested in Six-State Immigration Raid
to Locate/Help Immigrants Who Are Arrested/Detained
Immigration officials have set up
a toll-free telephone number, 866-341-3858, for families
to contact for information on where their relatives are being detained.
Operators speaking English and Spanish are available.
According to Democracy Now! radio
show and other reports, at least 1,280 workers have been arrested
in a series of immigration raids targeting meatpacking plants owned
by the company Swift at Tuesday, December 12th (see the map). The
raids took place in Colorado,
Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Iowa and Minnesota (1,
It marks the
largest sweep of its kind ever against a single company.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael
Chertoff justified the raids saying many of the detained men and
women were using false or stolen identities.
Map of Swift Plants Nationwide
Day to remember-Swift ICE raid (Movie)
Many immigrant activists had critized
the raid. David Bacon, the labor journalists says Tuesdays
(12/12) immigration raids on meatpacking plants werent
about curbing identity theft, they were about union-busting.
Many also raise skeptical
about the DHS/ICE's motivation of the raid. Many had pointed
out that only small numbers of the workers who arrested were charged
identity theft crimes.
The United Food
and Commercial Workers International Union has filed an emergency
lawsuit in an effort to release the workers who they say were illegally
detained and are being held without access to legal counsel. In
Iowa, immigration lawyers have accused the federal government of
holding the arrested workers at the military site Camp Dodge near
Furthermore, many immigrants had been
brutally terrified by the racist immigrant raids. On Marshalltown,
IA, Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained; at Hyrum,
UT, immigrant raid puts families in limbo; Immigrant rights
groups accuse ICE
raids had violated immigrant's civil rights.
More On The Recent
AFTER NOVEMBER 7, 2006:
The Mid-Term Elections and Immigration
Immigrant Legal Resource Center] The November mid-term election
was a repudiation of the Republican majority and a strong protest
against the status quo -- whatever the status quo voters were registering
their opposition to: the war in Iraq, Congressional corruption,
the economy, or terrorism. And this mid-term election was largely
focused on national, not local, issues.
Not A Wedge Issue: Republican leadership tried, but failed, to make
immigration the wedge issue that would ensure their continued control
of Congress after aggressively promoting an enforcement-only measure
(H.R.4437) as their solution to reforming our broken immigration
system. In fact, exit polling as reported by the Washington Post
found that fewer than one in three cited immigration 'as extremely
important in influencing their decision, and they only narrowly
favored Republican candidates. About six in 10 voters said that
they believe illegal immigrants working in the United States should
be offered a chance to apply for legal status'.. Democratic candidates
won support from 61 percent of those who backed a path to citizenship,
according to the poll.
Results: As a result of this election, aÿsignificant number
of candidates were defeated who, given their records, would have
supported anti-immigrant and anti-immigration measures in the new
110th Congress that will convene next January. Who were they? Minuteman
Randy Graf (R-AZ -- who ran for the seat of retiring Representative
Jim Kolbe); J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), John Hostettler (R-IN -- the chair
in the 109th Congress of the House Immigration Subcommittee), Chris
Chocola (R-IN), Anne Northup (R-KY), Melissa Hart (R-PA), Bob Beauprez
(R-CO -- who lost his race for Governor), Charles Taylor (R-NC),
Gil Gutknecht (R-MN), and Richard Pombo (R-CA). Many of those defeated
are members of the so-called Immigration Reform Caucus (headed by
Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO)) whose ranks have been reduced
by the results of this mid-term election. >>
11/10: Focus on Election
[Immigration News Briefs] Voters Reject
Many Anti-Immigrant Campaigns; Georgia: Republicans Gain, Voters
Split; Arizona Vote: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Colorado Vote:
More Ballot Initiatives; Election Results Elsewhere: A Mixed Bag
11/10: In Arizona, Minutemen
lost more than House hopeful on Election Day
[Arizona Daily Star] Despite
the Minutemen's all-out effort to get Republican Graf into the congressional
seat vacated by fellow Republican Jim Kolbe, their man lost his
bid - in a Republican-dominated district - to Democrat Gabrielle
Giffords >> Read
Press Release: The
Surprise Winner of this Years Election Is
Immigration Reform by the National Immigration Forum
of 2006 Elections by the American Immigration Lawyers Association
Times: Bush Eyes Democrats for Help on Amnesty
The Hill: House GOP's immigration strategy
no magic bullet
10/18: Bush Signs the Detainee
Bill - Welcome to Martial Law?
BUSH SIGNS THE
MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT: CCR CALLS IT A BLOW TO DEMOCRACY AND THE
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
October 17, 2006
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) denounced President Bush's
signing into law of the Military Commissions Act (MCA) on October
17, 2006. The final version of the bill emerged only four days before
the Senate's 11th hour vote. Although President Bush declared that
"time was of the essence" when he called for the legislation,
he has waited nearly two weeks to sign it into law. Congress has
once again been cowed into doing the President's bidding and abdicated
their Constitutional powers in the process, say attorneys.
The new law strips the right
of non-citizens to seek review of their detention by a court through
the filing of a writ of habeas corpus, the venerated legal instrument
that for centuries has protected people from arbitrary detention,
disappearance and indefinite detention without charge. The Act is
also meant to erase the hundreds of habeas corpus petitions that
CCR and others have brought on behalf of many of the 450 men being
held at Guantánamo Bay, a move already once denied by the
Supreme Court. >> Read
and A: Military Commissions Act of 2006 (Human Rights Watch)
Download the Report
Report on Migrant Deaths at the US-Mexico Border
bill a step backwards (Denver Post Opinion)
Welcome to Martial Law? (Media Monitors Network)
10/17 Civil Rights Attorney
Lynne Stewart Sentenced to
28 Months In Jail; Remains Free On Bail
Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart is claiming
victory today in a case that
could have landed her in jail for the rest of her life. On Monday
was sentenced to twenty-eight months in prison. She'll remain free
while her conviction is appealed. >> Read
Democracy Now! Radio Report