‘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 […]

What NY’s Marijuana Legalization Law Means for Immigrants

What NY’s Marijuana Legalization Law Means for Immigrants

A cafe on the Lower East Side in New York advertises the availability of CBD-infused beverages on its menu. – New York NY/USA-March 2, 2019 (Shutterstock) By Jeanmarie Evelly, City Limits Earlier this week, New York legalized adult-use marijuana, paving the way for a new recreational cannabis industry in the state that lawmakers say will […]

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 […]

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 […]

Attorney General James Continues Fight to Stop Deportations

Attorney General James Continues Fight to Stop Deportations

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson endorsed city Public Advocate Letitia James for New York State attorney general on New York State Supreme Court Steps – New York, NY – May 21, 2018 (Shutterstock) NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today led a coalition of 16 attorneys general from around the nation in fighting […]

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 […]

Mayorkas to Balance Calls to Abolish ICE With Securing Borders

Mayorkas to Balance Calls to Abolish ICE With Securing Borders

By Shaun Courtney, Bloomberg Government President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department faces a delicate balancing act between immigration advocates calling for an overhaul of deportation policy and law enforcement groups that favor strong borders. Biden’s nominee, Alejandro Mayorkas, is a former prosecutor backed by the country’s largest police union. As deputy […]

A Couple hid in two Philadelphia Churches for 843 Days to Avoid Deportation. Now They are Free

A Couple hid in two Philadelphia Churches for 843 Days to Avoid Deportation. Now They are Free

By Ganesh Setty, CNN (CNN) – For 843 days, Oneita and Clive Thompson took sanctuary in two Philadelphia churches to escape Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Daily life was constrained within the humble walls of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, and later the Tabernacle United Church downtown. They ate, bathed, and slept cloistered inside […]

Biden can end the Mass Incarceration of Immigrants

Biden can end the Mass Incarceration of Immigrants

By Mahuri Grewal, Washington Post The administration of President-elect Joe Biden must do more than reverse the cruel immigration policies of the Trump administration. While the Trump administration’s policies have been particularly egregious, they are just the latest manifestation of a system that is fundamentally flawed. It is not enough to just turn back the […]