Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has signed executive order prohibiting police officers from asking people they come in contact with about their immigration status. “Police are working to make our city safe. We are not working as immigration agents, seek ” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. The announcement comes just days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it would begin implementing the Se Communities program in Baltimore—the controversial federal program that sends booking information from local jails to a joint database shared by the FBI and ICE. The order bars discrimination against immigrants, and bans the use of city funds to investigate or question people suspected of violating of federal immigration law unless required by the state or U.S. government, [according to WAMU.org] COLORLINES 03.05.2012
When director Michael Weitz showed up recently at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, he couldn’t have picked a better audience for his new film, link “A Better Life”. In attendance were more than 200 members of the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON) gathered for a weeklong national assembly. The protagonist of Wetiz’s film is Carlos
The Justice Department is reviewing Georgia’s tough new immigration law and is discussing it with businessmen and law enforcement officials here, but it has not decided to sue to block the statute like it has in four other states, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Tony West said Tuesday. West pointed out that the Obama administration is suing to b
Julio Cesar Ayala knew he was taking a risk when he decided to overstay his tourist visa four years ago, but he never expected to be threatened with deportation for climbing behind the wheel of the family’s silver minivan. The 53-year-old Salvadoran was stopped by a Baltimore County police officer last year and had to admit that he didn’t have a driver’s license. Hours after he was handcuffed and separated from his 9-year-old granddaughter on the side of the road, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement received an automatic notification of his arrest through a controversial and burgeoning federal program called Se Communities. He spent nearly two weeks in jail for a traffic violation. He now faces a deportation hearing in April. “I’ve never had any problems before,” said Ayala, a Cockeysville resident and grandfather to eight children born in the United States. “I feel trapped.” – Baltimore Sun 03.01.2012
Federal judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that the state of Arizona can no longer enforce a key provision of immigration law SB 1070 that is aimed at day laborers. After the passage of 1070, it became illegal in the state to enter a car that is stopped in traffic in order to go to work elsewhere. In addition, the law also made it illegal for one
Mientras la Corte Suprema delibera su destino final, tribunales menores continúan desintegrando la polémica ley SB 1070. Ayer, la jueza de la Corte de Distrito en Arizona, Susan Bolton, bloqueó una parte de la legislación que prohíbe a las personas buscar jornaleros en las calles. Bolton argumentó que esta actividad involucra un “discurso comer
José Angel Vargas, try jornalero que forma parte de una demanda de la Red Nacional de Jornaleros y Jornaleras, celebró ayer la decisión de la jueza federal Susan Bolton de frenar parte de la SB 1070 que prohibía buscar empleo en las calles.”Si la jueza lo anuló esperemos que la policía cumpla. No se sabe nunca con la policía”, opinó Vargas. El 28 de j
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Attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center, find American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups protested at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Thursday.
The groups brought lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a number of provisions in HB 87 in Georgia and HB 56 in Alabama.
Dozens of protesters held signs and chanted in Spanish for the laws to be repealed.
Editor’s Note: This is the third and final installment of a three-part series on migrant rights by journalist and immigration activist David Bacon. This article is taken from the report “Displaced, try Unequal and Criminalized – Fighting for the Rights of Migrants in the United States” that examines the origins of the current migratory labor phenome