Standing up and fighting back


From court action to coalition building, people across the country are standing up and fighting back against the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant actions. We need these stories, as an antidote to despair and as an inspiration to follow their examples, to stand up and fight back.

A second section below has links to this week/weekend/s Minnesota immigration news.

Not so fast on deportations, judge tells immigration agency (New York Times, 2/9/18) In cases of immigration activist Ravi Ragbir and of Indonesian Christians recently targeted by ICE, federal judges are putting the brakes on deportation.

“These federal judges are not deciding immigration cases, over which they have no jurisdiction, but rather giving people time to fight in the immigration courts. They are slowing deportations by insisting that undocumented immigrants still have the right of due process, even if in many of these cases, the immigrants had known for years that they could be expelled….

“Stephen H. Legomsky, a professor of immigration law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, said judges appear to be more active only because they are responding to the aggressiveness of immigration officials.

“Generally, when the political branches do extreme things,” he said, “judges will respond with more and more constraints.” 

Building a Latino-Muslim coalition with #TacoTrucksatEveryMosque (NPR, 2/8/18)

“A lonchera parks at a mosque and serves free tacos after a religious service that includes a talk urging Latino-Muslim unity. Visitors feast on tacos of carne asada and chicken prepared by a halal-certified butcher….

”#TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque is more than an epicurean evening of education, though. “There are layers of sharing beyond just food,” says Vazquez, a history teacher at Valley High School in Santa Ana, Calif. “It’s our job as activists to nurture understanding and build relationships. “

Montana Man Quits Government Job Rather Than Help ICE ‘Hunt Down And Deport’ Undocumented Immigrants (Huffington Post, 2/9/18) He tweeted:
“It would have been my responsibility to prepare the information and hand them off to ICE.

“I refuse to aid in the breaking up of families. I refuse to just “follow orders.”

“This isn’t an easy decision as it puts me in a delicate financial position.”

And in another tweet:

“People have asked why am I doing this if I have a child.

“I’m doing this because I have a child.

“I want to be able to look my child in eye.”

Bronx public defenders walk off job after ‘Dreamer’ detained (ABC News, 2/9/18)

“More than 100 public defenders — attorneys for people who can’t afford lawyers — walked out Thursday in protest of their clients getting detained by federal immigration officers.

“The civil disobedience happened at the courthouse in the Bronx, with the attorneys saying Immigration and Customs Enforcement has adopted new standard operating procedures under President Donald Trump.”

Immigrants can sue federal detention center in Colorado over forced labor, appeals court says (Denver Post, 2/9/18)

The lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2014 on behalf of nine individually named plaintiffs, seeks more than $5 million in damages for as many as 62,000 detainees who performed sanitation chores like cleaning toilets without pay over the past decade.

“The lawsuit also accuses GEO, which runs numerous detention facilities and prisons across the U.S., of unfair enrichment at the expense of 2,000 detainees paid $1 a day for work such as preparing food and doing laundry during the past three years.

Minnesota immigration news

Supporters say family’s activism triggered New Brighton man’s immigration arrest (Star Tribune, 2/9/18)

“Candela-Gonzalez’s wife had appeared in media coverage of a state human rights complaint she filed against managers of her mobile home park. An agency document shows Immigration and Customs Enforcement first zeroed in on his spouse and then identified Candela-Gonzalez, a local immigrant advocate with a 2008 felony burglary conviction.

“Now, his lawyer and supporters say that his arrest is part of what they see as a national push to target activists and others who criticize immigration enforcement in the media.”  

History Theater’s ‘Crack in the Sky’ shows the struggles immigrants face (MinnPost, 2/9/18) It’s a new play based on Ahmed Ismail Yusuf’s life story—real people telling/acting/writing their real stories.

Attorneys of the Year: Mai Neng Moua and Linus Chan (Minnesota Lawyer, 2/8/18)

Linus Chan took on the case of a Cambodian immigrant who, as one of the so-called Minnesota Eight, was facing deportation because of an old conviction. Mai Neng Moua accepted two such cases.

“Chan’s client is now off the hook, as is one of Moua’s. Moua’s other client’s case is on government appeal.”

Reality check: Immigrants and crime (WCCO, 2/7/18)

“The president’s own Justice Department reports foreign-born people are 13 percent of the U.S. population, but only 5.6 percent of convicts.

“And the so-called “Dreamers” — brought to the U.S. illegally as children — have the lowest crime rates of all: Just one quarter of 1 percent have ever been convicted of any crime, and immigrant juveniles are less likely to to be repeat offenders.”

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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