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Citing Trump's racist views, Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants sue administration over TPS decision

Citing Trump's racist views, Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants sue administration over TPS decision

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Campaign Action With their lives hanging in the balance, eight Haitian and Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients have sued the Trump administration, arguing that Donald Trump’s decision to end their protections—Haiti’s by July 2019 and El Salvador’s later that year in September—“violates their constitutional rights” and “was impermissibly infected by invidious discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, and/or national origin and therefore cannot stand”: This is the second TPS-related lawsuit filed in recent weeks. Last month, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in a suit asked a federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Maryland to reverse the decision to end the humanitarian protections for nearly 60,000 Haitian immigrants. That suit argues that Acting Homeland Secre
ICE continues arresting immigrants trying to gain legal status through their families

ICE continues arresting immigrants trying to gain legal status through their families

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In mid-January, Rhode Island mom Lilian Calderon was nearly deported for trying to get in line for legal status. The undocumented mom of two and her husband, a U.S. citizen, had gone to an immigration interview with photographs and documents testifying to the authenticity of their relationship in hand, only to have Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) take her into custody.  Calderon was eventually reunited with her family, but not without an intervention from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which sued for her release. It turns out, Calderon wasn’t alone in being targeted. According to an ICE affidavit filed in Calderon’s case, mass deportation agents have arrested six other immigrants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts at similar appointments. Judge Mark Wolf called Calder
Republicans leave immigrants’ lives hanging in the balance, say it’s time to move on

Republicans leave immigrants’ lives hanging in the balance, say it’s time to move on

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In a series of afternoon votes, the Republican-controlled Senate voted down a number of immigration plans Thursday. Afterward, Republicans were quick to blame Democrats and emphasize they were ready to move on from debating immigration, after just a few days and with immigrants’ lives still hanging in the balance. Among the failed proposals was a bipartisan plan that would have paved a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million undocumented individuals who came to the United States as children, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” in exchange for $25 billion for border security — the same amount of funding requested by the White House in their immigration framework. The bill failed 54-45, just 6 votes shy of the 60 votes needed to pass. The measure that most closely re...
Following unleashing of ICE, arrests of immigrants without criminal records more than doubles

Following unleashing of ICE, arrests of immigrants without criminal records more than doubles

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It’s been said once, it’s been said a million times: when Donald Trump and members of his administration claim Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is using American taxpayer resources to prioritize dangerous people and “bad hombres” for arrest and deportation, they’re lying to you. Since Trump unshackled his mass deportation agents via executive order after taking office last year, the largest surge in ICE arrests haven’t been people who pose a risk to public safety, but rather undocumented immigrants with no criminal convictions at all: The agency made 37,734 “noncriminal” arrests in the government’s 2017 fiscal year, more than twice the number in the previous year. The category includes suspects facing possible charges as well as those without criminal records. Critics say ICE i
'I miss my children': A year later, one of first immigrants deported by Trump struggles in Mexico

'I miss my children': A year later, one of first immigrants deported by Trump struggles in Mexico

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Last February, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, an Arizona mom of two U.S. citizens, became one of the first undocumented immigrants to be taken into custody following Donald Trump signing a series of executive orders that effectively unleashed his Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mass deportation force. In a last-ditch effort, the nation watched as her supporters formed a ring around a convoy of vans that were exiting an ICE facility in Phoenix. Inside one of those vans was Garcia de Rayos. Her two children, at times weeping, were outside. But the community demonstrations failed, and ICE deported Garcia de Rayos to a nation she had not called home for decades. Since arriving in Mexico, Garcia de Rayos opened a small tortilla shop using donations she received following the internationa
Anti-Muslim commentator shares fake video to prove immigrants are dangerous

Anti-Muslim commentator shares fake video to prove immigrants are dangerous

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Noted anti-Muslim commentator and activist Pamela Geller included a video in the February 11 edition of her newsletter, intended to prove that immigrants posed a dangerous threat. Unfortunately, the video appears to be a hoax. The video, titled “Immigrants in Italy,” depicts a group of people battering an Italian police car with bats and sticks while others cheer on. By including the video in her newsletter, Gellar, who has claimed that President Obama is radical Muslim who “wants jihad to win” and has ties to white supremacists and European right-wing extremist factions, was likely attempting to capitalize off of anti-immigrant fear in Italy just weeks before the country’s general election where immigration is anticipated to be a hot button issue. As noted b
Republican deputy mayor offers insincere apology after comparing immigrants with raccoons

Republican deputy mayor offers insincere apology after comparing immigrants with raccoons

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The deputy mayor of a New Jersey town has apologized after publishing an insensitive Facebook post comparing undocumented immigrants to a raccoon infestation, the Star-Ledger, NJ’s largest online newspaper reported, and praising President Donald Trump as the exterminator. In a now-deleted post — but captured forever in a screenshot — Roxbury Township Deputy Mayor Rick Blood (R) likened Trump’s harsh deportation policies to getting rid of a raccoon infestation in the basement. “You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons,” Blood wrote in part. “Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately. You call the city, 4 different exterminators,
Story of HR Manager Who Mocked an Immigrant’s Broken English Goes Viral

Story of HR Manager Who Mocked an Immigrant’s Broken English Goes Viral

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Despite a recent rise in hate speech and a lack of progress in ending discriminatory hiring of minorities and immigrants, those who feel empowered to blatantly discriminate against immigrants still run the risk of being instantly outed and facing the wrath of everyday Internet activists.   This time the victim was Minh, a Vietnamese man in Seattle, Washington, who was preemptively threatened to be sent home by a hiring manager because of his level of English. When Minh responded to a job opportunity at Dash Delivery, he received a rude, mocking email from the HR manager, saying, “Let me tell you now, if you no speak English, I will send you home” with “if you no speak English” underlined. Minh’s daughter Emily posted the email exchange on Twitter. “Non-English speakers really have it hard
Trump administration drafts new regulations to punish legal immigrants for taking care of their kids

Trump administration drafts new regulations to punish legal immigrants for taking care of their kids

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The Trump administration is combining their hatred of immigrants—even the ones here legally—and of poor people in a new draft regulation obtained by Vox's Dara Lind. The new regulations would keep legal immigrants from extending their stays, achieving permanent residence and presumably citizenship, and settling in the U.S. if they obtain any of a slew of federal, state, or local social services to which they are legally eligible. That includes if they obtain services like Head Start and CHIP for U.S.-born, citizen children. The rule can't make it illegal for these immigrants to obtain the services—that would require legislation—but it would give the government the power to deny their applications "for a new type of visa, or a green card, if they’d used those services." That even includes