Celebrate Jeanette Vizguerra and other immigration stories – April 21, 2017

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Jeanette Vizguerra (Time, 4/20/17) An undocumented immigrant activist living in sanctuary is on the 2017 Time 100 list of “the most influential people in the world: the artists, icons, leaders, pioneers and titans who are shaping the future.”

“Jeanette moved to the U.S. to be a janitor, working as an outspoken union organizer and building her own company before becoming an advocate for immigration reform—a bold and risky thing for an undocumented immigrant. After fighting off deportation for eight years, she decided to go public with her story and sought refuge in the basement of a Denver church….

“She came to this country not to rape, murder or sell drugs, but to create a better life for her family. She shed blood, sweat and tears to become a business owner, striving to give her children more opportunities than she had. This is not a crime. This is the American Dream.”

Undocumented mom taking sanctuary in Denver church is among Time’s 100 Most Influential People (CNN, 4/20/17)

“Vizguerra came to the United States from Mexico in 1997 with her husband and eldest daughter. She has been living in the US undocumented since and has three American-born children under the age of 12.”

Real ID still hung up on immigration issue (MPR, 4/20/17)

“Nothing needs to be in the Real ID bill related to undocumented licenses to satisfy the people who are opposed to that,” Dayton said. “So why they still have the need to put it in, other than to make their own political statement or ideological statement or whatever it is, you have to ask them.”

After Supreme Court Loss, Detained Mothers at Berks Facility Gain Legal Victory (NBC, 4/19/17)

“Their officers, agents, employees, representatives, and all persons acting in concert or participating with them, are temporarily and enjoined from engaging in or performing, directly or indirectly, any and all of the following acts: removing any of the above optioned Plaintiffs and all others similarly situated and/or their minor children from the United States and/or transferring any to a location outside the Court’s jurisdiction,” according to the order by Judge Lawrence Stengel of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.”

ICE Targets Vans Full of Workers in Reading, Berks County, Detaining Numerous Undocumented Immigrants (NBC, 4/7/17)

“Since March 1, in this majority Latino city, federal immigration enforcement officers have pulled over vans full of Latino workers at least three times and detained numerous people, according to an attorney who is investigating the stops as part of a potential lawsuit.

“Exactly how many people have been detained is still unclear, attorney Bridget Cambria said, but multiple undocumented residents were whisked away in each instance by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. They are now being held at York County Prison, which contracts with the federal government to hold undocumented immigrants.”

Our economy needs more immigrants, not less (The Advocates blog, 4/20/17)

“Without immigrants and their children, the U.S. population would only be growing slightly more than 1 million people per year. With them, growth is more like 2.3 million people per year. Without more workers, our national income (GDP) is unlikely to grow more than a trickle.”

Deportations of ‘Dreamers’ who’ve lost protected status have surged under Trump (Los Angeles Times, 4/19/17)

“In addition to deporting former Dreamers with criminal convictions, Vaughan said she would not be surprised if the new administration also starts going after those who have not renewed their DACA status or are found to have obtained it fraudulently.

“The Obama administration put a lot of restraints on ICE,” Vaughan said, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. “The Trump administration is starting from the standpoint that anyone here illegally is potentially subject to deportation. ICE officers are not going to be turning the other way.”

Why protecting safe access to health facilities for everyone should be a national priority (National Immigration Law Center, 4/13/17)

“Over the past month, many health facilities have reported significant increases in missed appointments by their immigrant patients. Patients are afraid that immigration agents could arrest them either at a health facility or when they’re on their way to an appointment. The CEO of Alliance Medical Center in Santa Rosa, Calif., recently told the health and medical news website STAT that “twice as many patients as normal” had canceled their appointments the previous week, “some saying they were afraid of immigration officials.” STAT reported that “one man, who is a U.S. citizen, missed an oncology appointment [at the medical center] because his caretaker wouldn’t drive him, fearful of being stopped.””

This Wisconsin dairy farmer knows what wages sent to Mexico can do (Marketplace, 4/19/17)

“Businesses have cropped up, including a bakery and a cell phone store opened by some of Rosenow’s former employees. And it’s now possible to travel between towns on paved roads.

“Rosenow said it’s rewarding to know his workers’ wages have made these improvements possible. He’s trying to facilitate more development by offering entrepreneurship classes to his workers so they can launch successful businesses back home.”

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, www.tcdailyplanet.net, 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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