David Bacon: Over the years, vigils at one immigrant-detention center in Richmond, California have changed, with some churches providing sanctuary to migrant families threatened with deportation, and raising funds for bonds and other forms of emergency support for detainees.
According to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU SoCal and Perkins Coie, Carrillo was targeted because he was born in Mexico and otherwise didn’t show up in immigration databases.
Vivian Rothstein: “They look at you like trash,” said a former detainee who had been a hunger striker at the Adelanto Detention Center.
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.