Latest links and stories: February 16, 2017

I collect immigration news on a Flipboard magazine. Since I can’t yet embed that magazine on my blog, I’m going to try posting some of the latest links each morning. Here’s the first batch:

#DayWithoutImmigrants is a nationwide protest. In the Twin Cities:
• Many Twin Cities businesses closing Thursday for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ protest (Star Tribune, 2/16/2017)
• Workers, businesses to join ‘Day Without Immigrants’ boycott on Thursday (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2/15/2017)

ICE detains alleged domestic violence victim (El Paso Times, 2/15/2017) “Federal immigration agents went to the El Paso County Courthouse last week and arrested an undocumented woman who had just received a protective order alleging that she was a victim of domestic violence.”

An appreciation for refugees in Greater Minnesota (MinnPost, 2/15/2017) Stories from a public school teacher.

Seattle judge demands explanation after undocumented ‘dreamer’ arrested (The Guardian, 2/15/2017) and Federal agents arrest a DACA-eligible ‘Dreamer’ near Seattle, lawsuit says  (Los Angeles Times, 2/15/2017) 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina, brought to the U.S. as a 7 -year-old child and now a DACA recipient, was arrested when ICE agents came for his undocumented father. They said the only thing that mattered is that he’s not a citizen, so he will be deported. Lawyers have filed suit in federal court to prevent his deportation.

Colorado church offers immigrant sanctuary from deportation (NPR, 2/16/2017) Jeanette Vizguerra, who has lived in the U.S. since 1997, took refuge in a Colorado church. She was scheduled for an annual immigration check-in, like Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, who was deported when she showed up for her yearly check-in. Instead, Vizguerra decided to seek sanctuary instead of risking deportation and separation from her four children.

Immigration authorities arrested 680 people in raids last week (Washington Post, 2/13/2017) The most chilling paragraph in this story:

“Asked to provide further clarification, a DHS official confirmed that the term “criminal aliens” includes anyone who had entered the United States illegally or overstayed or violated the terms of a visa. There are an estimated 11 million people in the United States who fit that profile.”

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet,, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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