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Court: ICE and L.A. Sheriff Unlawfully Detain Thousands of Suspected Immigrants

ACLU Southern California ACLU Southern California
immigrant rights protest balloons On Thursday, a federal court in California ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) unlawfully detained thousands of suspected immigrants on the basis of unconstitutional requests from ICE known as immigration detainers. “The court’s decision vindicates years of work by the Los Angeles immigrant community to challenge the Sheriff Department’s abuses and throws a major wrench in the Trump administration’s deportation machine,” said Jessica Bansal, litigation director of NDLON.

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Stop the Deportations from Gary Airport!

Ruth Needleman and L.E. Whitman Portside
It is a bone-chilling site to see the all white buses, including windows blocked out by white covers, approach the airport. The immigrants are shackled and hurried up the steps of the World Atlantic plane that will make a stop in Kansas City to pick up more immigrants. In addition to buses, ICE has added additional vehicles, that look like moving “isolation chambers.”

Trump is Wrong on DACA. We will Not Retreat.

DSA Immigrants’ Rights Committee Democratic Left Blog
We affirm the rights of all working people to remain and thrive in the locations of their choosing, but also recognize that the forces of capitalism - economic policies, military intervention, and climate change - increasingly force people to leave their homes and relocate in order to survive. And we reaffirm our commitment to the struggles of undocumented immigrants in this country, demanding their labor rights as workers and human rights as people.

‘Crimmigration’ and the Need for Actual Sanctuary Cities

Tina Vasquez Rewire
“While many officials champion their status as ‘sanctuary cities’ and have taken meaningful steps to protect immigrant communities, sweeping criminal laws in these places leave many immigrants trapped within an arm’s reach of deportation.”

Trump’s First 100 DAYS: Immigrant Women and Families on the Frontlines

Amanda Baran and Sameera Hafiz We Belong Together
While the executive orders, guidances, rhetoric and tweets of the past 100 days have stirred fear and anxiety in communities around the country and the world, immigrant women and women of color have continued to raise their voices, by organizing, mobilizing, engaging members of Congress and local elected leaders, in order to lead and defend our democracy.

How Crossing the Border From Mexico Became a Crime

Kelly Lytle Hernandez The Conversation
Unauthorized entry into the U.S. wasn’t always a crime and Mexican immigrants didn’t always fear prosecution. Congress’ early efforts to include Mexicans in its “whites only immigration policy” were stymied by Western agribusiness, which wanted unfettered access to Mexican laborers. Up stepped a white supremacist South Carolina Senator with a compromise. Coleman Blease’s Immigration Act of 1929 dramatically altered the story of crime and punishment in the United States.

Immigrant Workers March on D.C.: ‘Trump Benefits When We are Divided’

Tina Vasquez Rewire
Whether intentionally or by virtue of the fact that the populations historically affected by low-wage, abusive workplaces are people of color, MLOV’s DC on Strike May Day rally was intersectional, highlighting how the most vulnerable communities are always those with the most complex identities.
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