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.”