ICE followed and seized a father after he dropped off his 12-year-old daughter at school – and as his 13-year-old daughter and wife watched from the car. The tearful 13-year-old recorded the arrest on her cell phone (video above): Is 13-year-old daughter, sobbing in the back seat of the car, recorded the ICE agents taking her father away – the video is on YouTube.
He dropped his daughter off at school. Minutes later, immigration agents took him away. (Washington Post, 3/4/17) (NYT report here) The LAist reports that the 48-year-old father of four, who has been in the United States for 25 years,
“has a nearly decade-old DUI conviction, and “apparently a conviction from over 20 years ago related to having bought a car that he did not realize had a registration sticker on it that did not belong on the car,” according to MacLean.
“Those are his criminal convictions in over 25 years in this country. And ICE is saying this is why he’s a ‘bad’ immigrant and should be deported,” MacLean explained.
Kids are afraid
Teachers, Parents Struggle To Comfort Children Of Color Fearful Of Targeted Raids (NPR, 3/4/17) Children of immigrants, children of color, and immigrant children feel targeted – are targeted – by raids and racism.
“In early December, Joann Lee and her family were crossing the street in front of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A white van was stopped at the light. Out of nowhere, Lee says, the driver of the van, a white woman, said to Lee’s 7-year-old daughter, “You are the most disgusting girl in the whole world. Your family killed my family so you could enjoy a day at the museum.”
Lee was shocked. Her daughter Terin was confused. “It wasn’t overtly racist, but there were overtones. … We were clearly a large group of Asians crossing the street,” Lee said.”
“She says her students come to school consumed by thoughts about having to watch out for ICE raids or worried about their families being broken up.
“Those are the things they’re thinking about every single day,” she said. “I know that learning isn’t going to get done if the space for those conversations isn’t provided for them.”
Targeting a Sanctuary (The Intercept, 2/27/17)
“Two dozen homeless men and women filed out of Rising Hope United Methodist Church, where they had found sanctuary the night before from the wind and brutal cold….
As soon as the men stepped onto the opposite sidewalk, a dozen federal agents burst out of the cars, forced them up against a wall, handcuffed them, and interrogated them for at least half an hour.
“They were not here because they were doing a routine community sweep. They were clearly targeting,” said Rev. Keary Kincannon. “They were waiting until the Hispanic men came out of the church. And they rounded them all up. They didn’t question the blacks. They didn’t question the whites. They were clearly going after folks that were Latino.” …
Washington Governor’s Order to Protect Immigrants Will Also Save State’s Economy (YES Magazine, 3/1/17) “Immigrants make up 17 percent of the state’s workforce. If Washington’s undocumented workers were deported, nearly $14.5 billion in economic activity could be lost.”
San Francisco Gives Immigrant Parents a Voice Through Noncitizen Voting (YES Magazine, 2/27/17) They will be able to vote in school board elections.
Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws (Washington Post, 3/5/17) A federal judge certified a class action suit based on ICE prisoners being forced to work for a dollar a day in private prisons. The lawsuit says this is a violation of anti-slavery laws.
US to slow processing of visas for high-skilled workers (The Hill, 3/4/17)
A ‘Sanctuary City’ Seizes the Moment, and the Name (New York Times, 3/3/17)
Questions and Answers: The Trump Administration’s Immigration Enforcement Memos (Human Rights Watch, 3/2/17) In-depth analysis in a Q&A format:
“The stated commitment to enforce existing 1996 laws to their full extent means that large numbers of people with old or very minor criminal histories, including many who are lawful permanent residents (green card holders) and/or have family and community ties to the US, will be detained and deported, most likely in fast-track procedures.”
An open letter by Juan Garcia Mosqueda, a legal permanent resident denied re-entry into the United States (ImmigrationProf blog, 3/2/17) and Chelsea gallery owner from Argentina says he was detained 14 hours, denied entry to U.S. (New York Daily News, 3/2/17) Juan Garcia Mosqueda, a permanent legal resident from Argentina, who owns a gallery in New York, was not allowed to return to the United States. His open letter describes his “36-hour nightmare” at the airport:
“I was prohibited from the use of any means of communication and had no access to any of my belongings, which were ferociously examined without any warrant whatsoever. I was deprived of food. I was frisked three times in order to go to the bathroom, where I had no privacy and was under the constant surveillance of an officer. Finally, I was escorted by two armed officers directly onto the plane and denied my documents until I reached my destination, Buenos Aires.”
After decades in America, the newly deported return to a Mexico they barely recognize (Washington Post, 3/3/17)
In leaked document, the case for Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ takes another huge hit (Washington Post, 3/3/17) DHS documents say:
“We assess that most foreign-born, US-based violent extremists likely radicalized several years after their entry to the United States, limiting the ability of screening and vetting officials to prevent their entry because of national security concerns.”
“country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.”
Of course, the haters can’t tell one country or religion from another: Sikh community asks for hate-crime probe after man is told ‘go back to your own country’ and shot (Washington Post, 3/5/17) A Sikh man in Seattle was washing his car in his driveway, when white man approached, told him to go back to his own country, and shot him in the arm.
“While we appreciate the efforts of state and local officials to respond to attacks like this, we need our national leaders to make hate crime prevention a top priority,” Sikh Coalition interim program manager Rajdeep Singh Jolly said in a statement emailed to The Post. “Tone matters in our political discourse, because this a matter of life or death for millions of Americans who are worried about losing loved ones to hate.”
“If the purpose of the law is to protect people and give them a chance to stay in a country where they grew up and where they’re contributing to society and where they’re committing no crimes, then it shouldn’t matter if it’s been technically approved or is in the process of being approved. And if it takes a few extra months of processing to do so, then that process should be allowed to go all the way through.”
The Mental and Physical Trauma of “Dreamers” Living With Deportation Threats (YES Magazine, 3/3/17)