Hundreds and hundreds of people turned out across the state this week for immigration reform. Not only did we have a great turnout but we also received tons of support from the community surrounding our vigils.
This movement cannot happen without your support so THANK YOU for coming out and standing up for immigrant families as we continue to work together for our communities. We know it’s coming but we want to make sure that all of our principles are respected and included in immigration reform.
It is up to us to ensure that Congress passes meaningful immigration reform that addresses our needs.
SOURCE: AP/Susan Walsh A coalition of women’s groups, including the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights, participate in a rally supporting immigration reform, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Washington.
Weekly News Update on the Americas Issue #1170, March 31, 2013
1. Panama: Ngöbe-Buglé Murdered After Anti-Dam Protest 2. Mexico: 22 Injured in Oaxaca Wind Farm Protest 3. Chile: Students Resume Marches for Education Reform 4. Haiti: Haïti Progrès Editor Honorat Gunned Down 5. Links to alternative sources on: Latin America, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, US/immigrationContinue reading →
National Wave of Complaints Highlights Rampant Abuse by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Dire Need for Reform
March 13, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Over the past week, an alliance of immigration groups, private attorneys and a law school clinic joined forces in filing complaints targeting abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) across the country. Ten damages cases have been filed alleging unlawful CBP conduct in northern and southern border states. These cases are the latest illustrations of an ongoing pattern of rampant misconduct against both immigrants and U.S. citizens in these states.
This effort, which was coordinated by the American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, highlights CBP agents’ unlawful use of their enforcement authority. Border Patrol agents routinely exceed their statutory mandate by conducting enforcement activities outside border regions, making racially motivated arrests, employing derogatory and coercive interrogation tactics, and imprisoning arrestees under inhumane conditions. The cases include claims for unlawful search and seizure, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, and battery. Continue reading →
We need an immigration policy based on human, civil and labor rights, which looks at the reasons why people come to the U.S., and how we can end the criminalization of their status and work. While proposals from Congress and the administration have started the debate over the need for change in our immigration policy, they are not only too limited and ignore the global nature of migration, but they will actually make the problem of criminalization much worse. We need a better alternative. Continue reading →
IFCLA IS JOINING MIRA IN JEFFERSON CITY: call us to form a carpool 314-721-2977
The whole country is buzzing about the immigration. Lawmakers, pundits, and people on Facebook all have an opinion about what our immigrant communities need. And now, more than ever, they need to hear from YOU!
This is your chance to meet with lawmakers face-to-face to discuss what’s important to immigrants in your community. Click here to register!
Never been to the Capitol before? No problem! We will teach you how to get a meeting with legislators, how to talk about our legislation, and provide you with all the materials you need. Carpools will be organized from different parts of the state. If you’re interested, indicate on your registration.
Annual Immigration Advocacy Day
When: Wednesday, March 6
Where: 301 W High Street, Room 493
Jefferson City, MO
Our group will be gathering in the morning first at the Truman State Office Building across the street from the Capitol. From there, we will walk across the street for the rest of the day.