deportations

Protesters fill Texas Capitol to fight SB4, the state’s new anti-sanctuary cities law

  • On Monday, the Texas House was briefly overtaken by hundreds of people protesting the state’s new anti-sanctuary cities law, known as SB4, the Associated Press reported.
  • The new law, which was signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on May 7, will require both local police chiefs and sheriffs to comply with federal requests to hold criminal suspects for possible deportation. If they do not comply, they could lose their jobs or end up in jail themselves.
  • To oppose the bill, hundreds of demonstrators showed up in red shirts with the words “fight back” emblazoned on the front.
  • The noise prompted House leadership to stop its session, the last one before its recess. Read More (5/29/17 5:50 PM)
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Open Letter to President Trump: Stop Deporting Veterans and their Families
According to the Department of Defense, today more than 65,000 immigrants are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces following in a long line of immigrant sold...

Even after completing their sentences and paying fines, these patriots are still being treated like criminals by being placed in deportation proceedings. Further, it is a national tragedy the only way most of the deported veterans will be able to return to the United States is by dying. By law, all military veterans honorably discharged are entitled to burial in a national cemetery.

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Juan Manuel Montes may be the first “DREAMer” deported under Donald Trump

  • Federal authorities deported 23-year-old California resident Juan Manuel Montes, who has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine and twice received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections under Barack Obama’s administration, in what appears to be the first case of a DACA-protected “DREAMer” being deported under President Donald Trump.
  • According to USA Today, Customs and Borders Protection officers approached Montes in Calexico, California on Feb. 17, after Montes had left his wallet in a friend’s car. 
  • Just three hours later, Montes found himself deported to Mexico.
  • “Some people told me that they were going to deport me; others said nothing would happen,” Montes told USA Today. “I thought that if I kept my nose clean nothing would happen.” Read more (4/18/17 5:40 PM)

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Passengers on a US Delta flight were asked to show their papers

  • United States Customs and Border Protection agents requested that passengers on a flight from San Francisco to New York City on Wednesday night show identification upon landing at JFK airport. (Vice)
  • Two CBP agents — assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement — checked passengers’ identification as they exited a Delta flight in search of a legal immigrant who had received a deportation order after criminal convictions which included domestic assault, driving while impaired and violating a protective order. The person was not on the flight.
  • A CBP spokesperson told Rolling Stone such checks are “nothing new.” But Jordan Wells, a staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union, told the Washington Post it’s unusual for authorities to ask for the identification of each passenger. Read more (2/24/17 2:06 PM)
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Congressman Luis Gutierrez had questions for ICE. Instead of answers, he got led out in handcuffs.

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials handcuffed Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez after he refused to leave ICE’s Chicago offices on Monday.
  • Gutierrez was at the office with a group of lawmakers, community activists and immigration lawyers for a meeting with ICE about recent deportation cases. 
  • When the meeting concluded, Gutierrez and seven others felt that officials had not yet answered some of their most pressing questions and decided to stay until they did. Read more (3/14/17 9:12 PM)
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Trump said he would only deport “bad hombres” — but noncriminal deportations have doubled

  • During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump distanced himself from accusations of rank xenophobia by insisting the only immigrants he wanted to send home were the criminals: the “murderers,” “rapists” and “bad hombres.” Few will be surprised to learn that’s not the case.
  • Under Trump so far, the number of immigrants arrested without a criminal record has more than doubled, according to numbers obtained by the Washington Post
  • From January to mid-March, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 5,441 “noncriminal” immigrants; arrests of immigrants with criminal backgrounds only rose 15% during that same time. Read more (4/17/18)

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The Trump administration  is targeting a lot more people for deportation

  • On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security released a new set of documents that confirm what many had already suspected: 
  • The Trump administration is making a priority of deporting an incredibly large number of undocumented people.
  • While Trump spoke previously about immigrants who have been convicted of felonies, the newly revealed DHS documents confirm that the administration is taking a more expansive view of which immigrants it plans on prioritizing for deportation.
  • The DHS release went so far as to say the department will target people who “have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits.” 
  • That category may be broad enough to include any undocumented person who has participated in a government program.
  • The memoranda also detail plans to hire 10,000 new ICE officials and increase the number of immigrant detention facilities in the U.S. Read more (2/21/17 1:09 PM)
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Don’t Get Your Undocumented Friends in Trouble: A How-To
Posted March 2, 2017, written in collaboration with local leaders from the Washington Dream Coalition, an organization led by undocumented youth.
By The Daily Demand

Many US Citizens take our citizenship for granted. It’s something most of us never worry about or think about, and the majority of us have never experienced life without it. As a consequence, we are incredibly out of touch with what privileges come with citizenship and what our impact as citizens can have on our undocumented friends and neighbors.

If we are serious about defending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) , organizing against ICE raids and detention centers, and exploring other ways to exercise allyship with undocumented folks, there are precautions we must take.

Organizing against deportations and the forces that carry them out is not like campaigning for a candidate, an initiative, or other causes we may all have experiences with- the risk is much higher. While organizing efforts may very well include politicians and initiatives, the nature of the work means that if we are not careful, we can literally get our colleagues, friends, and their families locked up or deported.

*You should not consider the following list legal advice nor an exhaustive list of precautions to take. If there are undocumented people in your lives or on your campaigns, someone should be reaching out to get familiar with their personal boundaries, risk levels, and safety plans.

[Bullet points from the list]:

1. Don’t “out” people who are undocumented. 

2. Don’t “out” areas where undocumented people live. 

3. Don’t prioritize appearing as though you are “centering those most affected” above not getting those “most affected” deported. 

4. Don’t list build if you don’t have to. 

5. Protect your lists as if your own deportation depended on it. 

6. Don’t put YOUR OWN name on lists. 

7. Some things you can do on your own, in secret- and you should. 

8. Understand that Homeland Security, ICE, and other federal agencies are not like your local police department. 

9. Stop fucking inviting your undocumented friends to the detention center. 

10. Do not communicate about sensitive issues around documentation, immigration, etc on phones or digital devices, let alone the internet. 

11. This includes your encrypted apps like Signal.

12. This includes your email servers like RiseUp.Net.

13. This includes Slack.

14. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOUR CODER OR ANARCHIST FRIENDS SAID. DON’T TALK ABOUT SENSITIVE SHIT ON THE INTERNET.

15. Do not spread information that you are not COMPLETELY SURE is accurate and verified.

16. Do not post media of undocumented people on social media. Only videotape what is necessary and destroy what isn’t needed. 

17. Take the time to understand all the risk undocumented people face and how they are treated differently in the legal system. 

18. Don’t ask undocumented people to take coordinated arrests.