Thursday, February 15, 2018

Senate Rejects Immigration Plans, Leaving Fate of Dreamers Uncertain - The New York Times

Senate Rejects Immigration Plans, Leaving Fate of Dreamers Uncertain - The New York Times

ICE Launches Mass Arrests in Los Angeles Area

Mass Arrests Of Immigrants In Los Angeles

ICE launches new immigration sweep in L.A. area; at least 100 detained so far. LA Times:"Federal officials are in the midst of an immigration enforcement operation in the Los Angeles area and have so far detained more than 100 people suspected of being in violation of immigration laws. The sweep, which began Sunday, is focusing on 'individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,' Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez said... 'uncooperative jurisdictions' such as Los Angeles, she said, have forced ICE agents to 'conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk, and increasing the incidence of collateral arrests. That is what ICE is now doing in Los Angeles, and what ICE will continue to do in uncooperative jurisdictions,' Rodriguez said. The Los Angeles Police Department and many other California law enforcement agencies have said they will not cooperate with ICE on sweeps. The LAPD has long had a policy that prevents officers from asking people about their immigration status, a rule designed to encourage those here illegally to cooperate with law enforcement in criminal investigations."

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

250 + Organizations call for Sensible Immigration Reform

Including DSA. 
February 13, 2018
Dear Members of Congress:

We, the undersigned immigration, refugee, faith, education, youth, health, labor and civil liberties organizations write to express our commitment to securing permanent protections for Dreamers and call on Congress to pass the Dream Act without further delay.
Securing permanent protections for all Dreamers, including but not limited to those eligible for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, must be the guiding light for senators in the week ahead; the American people overwhelmingly support a path to citizenship, not a kick-the-can-down-the-road temporary solution. Importantly, protecting Dreamers cannot come at the cost of harming other immigrants or immigrant communities, nor can it entail militarizing the border, keeping families apart, or undermining life-saving humanitarian protections.

President Trump ended DACA on September 5th, 2017. Since then more than 19,000 immigrant youth who put their full faith in the U.S. government have lost the ability to work, study, and live without fear of deportation; hundreds of thousands more will lose protections in the months ahead. Despite President Trump’s promise to support a “bill of love,” he has rejected multiple bipartisan efforts at compromise. And now, through the White House’s ‘Legislative Framework’ on immigration, he has instead doubled down on efforts to radically reshape the United States’ immigration policies and, in doing so, the face of America to the world.
Let’s be clear: The White House Framework would take the country backwards in an echo of restrictive policies not seen since the 1920s, while using the fate of Dreamers as bait. Congress must reject these nativist overtures. President Trump and Congressional Republicans created this moral crisis and it is up to them to work in good faith with Democrats to reach a narrow agreement that pairs a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers with smart and sensible border security measures.
Members of Congress must oppose efforts to hold Dreamers hostage in exchange for a nativist wish list. Anything that goes beyond the scope of the original agreement from last fall—namely, protecting Dreamers and making additional investments in reasonable border security—must be rejected.
Here are the issues which our organizations will not accept in any legislation:
Border Militarization: Trump’s Wall and Deportation Force
Congress must oppose efforts to expand President Trump’s mass deportation force and build his wall—a wasteful and unpopular policy that will only harm border communities—and must oppose ramping up enforcement actions against asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and immigrant communities across the country.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Demand a Clean Dream Act

Congress has once again ignored the crisis it has created for undocumented youth. That’s why we are walking from New York City to Washington, DCstarting February 15th until March 1st to demand a Clean Dream Act and answer the question: How far will you go to protect your home?
Immigrants are tired of false promises and of having their stories pushed to the side. These stories involve pain, suffering, happiness, and love. Yet, we are willing to walk 250 miles in the winter to show how we are willing to sustain the roots we have created in here in our home.
We believe in you, as our classmates, coworkers, friends, and neighbors and we need your support as full time or part-time walkers. Can you support us with ensuring the wellbeing, nourishments, and sustainability of our walkers in the NY/NJ/DC area? The fight for permanent protection is a nationwide effort. Are you willing to take part in solidarity actions that help highlight the journey home and narratives of members in your community? 
Juan Carlos Carabantes, Seed Project

Thursday, February 01, 2018

LULAC On Dreamers and the Trump Proposals

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For Immediate Release
January 31, 2018


Washington, D.C. – The League of United Latin American Citizens has long supported the passage of a clean DREAM Act that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who were brought to this country as children by their parents and have graduated from high school.

The issue has taken on even more urgency with LULAC since the election of Donald Trump and his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March 5, 2018.

Our position on the DREAM Act has been clear: we believe that passing the DREAM Act is the right thing to do for the DREAMers and in the best interest of the United States who will benefit from their talent and work ethic. This position has been adopted by the National Assembly of LULAC on multiple occasions and remains in force today.

We do not believe that the DREAM Act should be coupled with any additional border enforcement measures or the elimination of family visa categories, since the bill by itself represents the best of American values, and gives blameless young people the chance to succeed and contribute to our country. Not surprisingly, eighty-six percent of the American public agrees with us and supports the passage of the DREAM Act.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trump Seeks to Use Dreamers as Bargaining Chips Against Immigrant Communities

Response to a Truth Challenged President
In the State of the Union, President Trump claims to offer a “down the middle compromise” on immigration.   It is not.  Instead  Trump  continues his attack on immigrants in the United States with his administration’s latest immigration plan. Rather than dealing humanely with the current crisis of immigration, the Trump Administration proposes to waste some 25 Billion dollars of taxpayer money to further militarize border communities by building walls and deploying more federal agents to immigrant communities across the nation. The changes in immigration law proposed by the Trump administration will not benefit  our people. They will only devastate communities while pleasing a few white nationalists.  

In his speech he repeats his proposed framework  as a compromise for revising immigration law. They demand 25 billion dollars for the border wall, more personnel for ICE, and an increased authority to deport immigrants. This proposal differs from prior plans released by the White House because the Republican administration included a provision that would grant legal status to 1.8 million immigrants, including DACA recipients. In exchange, the Republican White House expects to gain the resources and authorization to terrorize the 9.2 million immigrants who will not receive legal status.  The Trump administration’s immigration agenda is deplorable and unacceptable.
The White House framework is  another version of the list of demands they released October 2017. Those demands include deporting children seeking asylum, easing the requirements for deportations, expanding the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) authority, allowing state governments to enforce immigration laws and protecting those state governments from being sued after deporting and detaining immigrants.   Republican Congressmen justify these brutal proposals by saying that they are necessary for national security, including the need to fight gangs like MS-13. They further justify their proposals for mass deportations by saying that those who became refugees in this country did so by abusing loopholes.