Violent, Racist Deportations of Haitian Refugees is Beyond the Pale

Violent, Racist Deportations of Haitian Refugees is Beyond the Pale

Haitian migrant families wait in front of the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance to request refuge in Mexico. – Mexico City, Mexico – September 23, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Janet Howard Children in cages. Mexicans are rapists. Haiti and Africa are “shithole” countries. The image of a mother and her two young children fleeing as they […]

‘Cruel, Unfair and Racist’: Black Immigrants Whose Fathers Are U.S. Citizens Push to Overturn Law That Keeps Them From Obtaining Citizenship

‘Cruel, Unfair and Racist’: Black Immigrants Whose Fathers Are U.S. Citizens Push to Overturn Law That Keeps Them From Obtaining Citizenship

By Liz Vinson, SPL Center Behind the steel gates of a remote immigrant prison in Georgia lies a visitation room where detained people speak to visitors through a plexiglass window. There are messages etched on the visitor’s side – words the detained men and women sitting opposite can’t see. “Be anxious for nothing,” one message […]

High Court Ruling Gives Immigrants Facing Deportation Hope

High Court Ruling Gives Immigrants Facing Deportation Hope

Supporters of President Obama’s DAPA and DACA policies on immigration and deportation gathered at the Supreme Court during oral argument in Washington, DC on April 18, 2016. (Shutterstock) By Philip Marcelo, AP News Just a few short months ago, Lucio Perez moved out of the western Massachusetts church he’d lived in for more than three […]

Getting Your Marijuana Record Expunged

Getting Your Marijuana Record Expunged

By Norma Lewis, JD There was quite a bit of excitement, relief, and joy, and a few spiffs smoked when New York legalized recreational marijuana. Several advocates and lawmakers welcomed it as one of the most progressive cannabis laws in the country. That’s in part because it automatically clears the criminal records of people with […]

Biden Immigration Overhaul Would Reunite Families Split up by Deportation

Biden Immigration Overhaul Would Reunite Families Split up by Deportation

Families separated by the border between Mexico and the United States meet this morning at the Rio Grande, where they hug for four minutes. – Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 06-24-2017 (Shutterstock) By Robert McKee Irwin, The Conversation Hundreds of thousands of immigrant families have been separated by deportation from the United States, in many cases with […]

US Officials Are Deporting Haitian Immigrants Despite Knowing They May Face Danger

US Officials Are Deporting Haitian Immigrants Despite Knowing They May Face Danger

Haitian refugees stand in a line outside the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, which helps recently arrived migrants with food and job opportunities. – Sao Paulo, SP / Brazil – April 29, 2014 (Shutterstock) By Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News Department of Homeland Security officials acknowledged internally that deported Haitian immigrants “may face harm” upon […]

Lawyers Have Found the Parents of 105 Separated Migrant Children in Past Month

Lawyers Have Found the Parents of 105 Separated Migrant Children in Past Month

Families separated by the border between Mexico and the United States meet this morning at the Rio Grande, where they hug for four minutes. – Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 06-24-2017 (Shutterstock) By Julia Ainsley and Jacob Soboroff, NBC News WASHINGTON — The lawyers working to reunite immigrant parents and children separated by the Trump administration reported […]

Federal Judge Indefinitely Blocks Biden Administration’s 100-day Moratorium on Most Deportations

Federal Judge Indefinitely Blocks Biden Administration’s 100-day Moratorium on Most Deportations

Houston — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. Mr. Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during […]

Biden’s Immigration Changes too Late for Grandfather Deported on Inauguration Day

Biden’s Immigration Changes too Late for Grandfather Deported on Inauguration Day

U.S. President Joe Biden at the Inauguration ceremony. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. , Jan. 20, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Mica Rosenberg, Kristina Cooke, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters CIUDAD JUAREZ (Reuters) – As U.S. President Joe Biden took the oath of office last Wednesday, Felipe Ortega sat in a van handcuffed and chained at the waist and […]