Using local police to help find and deport illegal immigrants caught committing crimes: The Se Communities program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or “ICE” sparked controversy from the moment it was announced last year. When Sergio Bizuela got arrested for an incident in a bar, his wife came to bail him out, but couldn’t because Bizuela is an undocumented immigrant, and he was being held under something called Se Communities. “Se Communities is a federal immigration enforcement program that sweeps people with little or no criminal history into the deportation dragnet,” said Matthew Vogel, Yale law student. Basically, it’s the federal government telling local law enforcement that when they arrest someone who is here illegally, send their information to ICE. They said they would target the worst, violent criminals.Details
First, look 8 by 12: the width and length, in feet, of the wooden structure that housed the center. Then, 5,000: the approximate number of day laborers who have found work through the organization since its creation in 2001. And finally, 120: the estimated number of feet the shack traveled on Oct. 29, when Hurricane Sandy sent it hurtling into a nearby parking lot, battering the already sagging, tired structure. In the post-Hurricane Sandy period, New York’s immigrant day laborers have emerged as a vital resource. The mold and detritus might not have been cleared away without them, and the rebuilding process has once again sent residents clamoring for their muscle power. Few realize, however, that one of the most established day labor resources in the region was nearly toppled by the storm, at the moment when it would be needed the most.Details
The family of an illegal immigrant rallied outside of the Knox County Detention Facility Monday afternoon to fight against his deportation. Juan Andres-Jimenez remains at the jail since his arrest on Thursday. He was charged with driving under the influence, speeding, for not having a license, registration or insurance. The family told Local 8…Details
It’s routine for immigration officials in Arizona to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally. Monday, however, the detention of two men — an immigrant rights activist and a father of six in Tucson — sparked protests, frustrated local authorities and illustrated the difficulties of complying with SB 1070, the state’s controversialDetails
Advocates Release Briefing Guide Exposing Decision to Enlist Local Police About Meeting Numbers Not About Safety
February 18, 2013 – Atlanta, GA
Following the USA Today story outlining ICE tactics to boost deportation numbers, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, the ACLU Foundation of Georgia, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network released a briefing guide exposing ICE headquarters directives to Georgia and North Carolina field offices to disregard public safety concerns in order to meet self-imposed deportation quota requirements.
When Jessica Bravo came here this month to talk to her congressman, here Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), about expanding rights for illegal immigrants, their meeting ended in a shouting match and tears. Bravo, an 18-year-old community college student at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, was smuggled over the border from Mexico by her…Details