October 30, 2017
MCC advocates for legal paths to citizenship for one and all
The federal government announced on Sept. 5 that the DACA program will be phased out starting in six months. The move shocked Dreamers like Dmarcos and puts nearly 700,000 youth and young adults at risk of deportation, loss of employment and separation from their families. Read more.
#Faith4Dream Week is October 29 – November 4: Help amplify the call from people of faith across the country for Congress to pass the Dream Act. Interfaith Immigration Coalition resource; MCC Action alert: English | Spanish
Ohio: Mother of three returns to sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church.
California: Governor Brown signed SB54 making California a sanctuary state and SB29, the “Dignity Not Detention Act,” bringing greater accountability to privately-owned immigrant detention facilities.
Virginia: A lawsuit was filed on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant minors detained at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center challenging harsh conditions in the Center.
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DACA / Dream Act: The White House released a long list of demands, in exchange for supporting the Dream Act or similar legislation, which include reduced legal immigration, increased enforcement, more border walls and the removal of protections for unaccompanied minors. The requirements are unpopular with Democrats and many Republicans in Congress. MCC is urging passage of a “clean” Dream Act. Additional resources
Border militarization: While the White House demanded more border security and a House committee debated the Border Security for America Act with $10 billion for additional border security, a recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report declared “the southwest land border is more difficult to illegally cross today than ever before.” Eight border wall prototypes are nearing completion.
Enforcement: ICE has been conducting immigration enforcement raids targeting sanctuary cities and is preparing to dramatically increase worksite raids. More than 100 Cambodian Americans have been picked up and detained recently. Recent reports detail new DHS policies regarding the collection of social media data on immigrants (Community Advisory).
Detention: While the Trump administration looks to expand immigrant detention, two women report losing pregnancies due to inadequate medical care in detention. The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case on lengthy detentions (report) while a federal appeals court considered unfairly high bond amounts.
Central American migration: A new report describes how detention is affecting women seeking asylum. One troubling story details how one woman was tortured and raped after being denied asylum and deported from the U.S. Many children seeking asylum are still not represented by an attorney. Children at one shelter in Virginia are suing the government for harsh conditions there.
Refugee/travel ban: While the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the final case against the travel and refugee bans, two federal courts blocked parts of the new travel restrictions from going into effect. As the original 120-day refugee ban expired Oct. 24, the Trump administration released a new executive order with new restrictions for refugee admissions. Late last month, the administration also dramatically reduced refugee admissions to 45,000 per year, the lowest level ever (MPI commentary | IIC action alert).
October 31: Webinar: Legal reprieve through success in the Sanctuary Movement
Nov. 6, 4:00 p.m. EDT: Interfaith Immigration webinar: Dream Act, Temporary Protect Status (more information coming soon)
November 11-15: Borderlands and migrant trail learning tour
June 4-8, 2018: Immigration law training
- MCC.org: MCC advocates for legal paths to citizenship for one and all
- PeaceSigns: Immigrant teens unjustly targeted for gang affiliation
- Dreamer legislation comparison charts: ILRC | BAL
- MPI: Estimates of the populations that could benefit under five legislative proposals
- USC: Interactive map: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) populations and their economic contributions by U.S. congressional district
- AIC: Deportations in the dark: Lack of process and information in the removal of Mexican migrants
- NIPNLG: Community advisory: Social media, criminalization, and immigration
- HRF: Judge and jailer: Asylum seekers denied parole in wake of Trump Executive Order
Central American migration
- Vox: Democrats are taking a hard line on immigration — from the left: How they stopped chasing the center and started embracing the activists
- Child Trends: One quarter of Hispanic children in the United States have an unauthorized immigrant parent
Update created October 30, 2017, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.
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