Andrew Moss: Once again there is official support for the unholy union of two policies: the criminalization of anyone “without papers,” including those seeking asylum from terror elsewhere, and the affixing of dollar signs to incarcerated immigrant bodies.
Vivian Rothstein: After holding a short prayer service under the watchful eyes of San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies, the group was told to leave the detention center’s property.
Unai Montes-Irueste: This week — the week of Commencement — Dartmouth received reports of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials boarding buses near the College, and asking passengers for documentation. But in acknowledging receipt of this news, the College did not denounce this ICE action.
If you talk to the police, you’ll get deported. You will never see your child again. Those are pretty common lines that immigrants — especially women — hear from abusers.
Skip Hickambottom and Dale Gronemeier: These MOUs not only require local police departments to provide their officers for immigration investigations and joint operations, but they also shift the costs of enforcement from the federal government to local cities, school districts, and counties.
Skip Hickambottom and Dale Gronemeir: Councilmember Gordo is talking out of both sides of his mouth – one day he supports a total ban on ICE contacts but then four days later backtracks from that public commitment.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: Sanctuary cities see immigration as a federal level issue. In using local cops or sheriffs to enforce federal immigration laws, cities see a loss of trust by immigrant communities. The idea of community policing goes out the window.
Luis Nolasco: When Tom Swann and Guillermo Hernandez got engaged in December of last year, they never expected that their wedding would take place in a federal immigration detention center.
Janaya Khan: Climate justice movements, migrant justice movements, pro-Palestinian movements, disability justice, anti-Islamophobia and every other movement must recognize the need to build a Black liberation politic in its framework.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Ringing in the new year with mass deportation raids – what the heck are some of the folks in the Obama administration thinking? That is the question Democrats must be pondering as we go into 2016.In this climate there is really no danger of a Latino Republican vote surge. At the most, some Latinos close to the issue of immigration will stay home.
Victor Narro: The entanglement of law enforcement with ICE has bred serious human rights violations that should concern us all.
Hector Villagra: ICE’s use of detainers to imprison people without due process or probable cause — including not just those here without authorization but also green card holders and even U.S. citizens — raises obvious and serious constitutional concerns.
Carmen Iguina and Zara Lockshin: Immigration officials routinely ignored the 10-day requirement, taking an average of approximately four months in 2013 to complete a reasonable fear determination, and much longer in some parts of the country.