Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Report Finds Anti-Terror Tool Being Used to Find Undocumented Immigrants

On Thursday, The Detroit News reported that federal investigators are using a device designed for counterterrorism to find the location of undocumented immigrants. The device, known as Hailstorm or Stingray, simulates a cell tower and fools nearby phones into providing location data, and can also interrupt cellular service in the targeted area. “ICE officers and […]

Report Finds 150% Spike in Arrests of Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records

In a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued report released Wednesday, the Trump administration’s push to remove all undocumented immigrants has resulted in a 40 percent increase in immigration arrests, particularly among those with no criminal record. Since the presidential executive order, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have arrested more than 41,000 immigrants […]

LA School Board Votes to Ban Immigration Officers from Campus

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles school board voted unanimously to protect families from immigration raids by prohibiting immigration officers from entering a campus without superintendent authorization. Under this protection, the superintendent will also have to consult with local lawyers before giving immigration officers clearance. “L.A. Unified is basically saying fear stops at [our] door,” said […]

Immigrant Who Took Sanctuary at a Church for 86 Days Granted Stay of Removal

After 86 days of living and taking sanctuary in a Colorado church, Jeanette Vizguerra was finally granted a stay of removal on Thursday of last week. Vizguerra left the church Friday with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) granted stay, allowing her to remain in the country until March 15, 2019. “This is a […]

What You Need to Know About the Texas SB4 Immigration Enforcement Law

Texas passed a law known to many as a ban on “sanctuary” cities, but the law does far more than just that. While supporters of the law say it is designed to boost public safety by enforcing laws already in place, critics say the law puts immigrants and U.S. citizens in the cross hairs of […]

Dems Introduce Bill to Grant Farm Workers Legal Status

This week, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the Democrats introduced a bill to give foreign agricultural workers a path to legal citizenship. The bill would grant agricultural workers a “blue card,” offering them temporary residency and a work permit, granted they had worked in the industry for 100 days over the past two years. “The […]

May Day Rallies Also Manifest ‘Day Without Immigrants’

On May Day Monday, thousands of immigrants, activists, workers and allies, in more than 40 cities across the country, took to the streets to join in the national “Day Without Immigrants” strike. Organizers said the protest was in response to President Trump’s anti-immigration policies. “We’re looking for protection and respect for the immigrant community, especially […]

AFL-CIO Warns Trump Could Put Even More Latino Workers at Risk

On Wednesday, AFL-CIO released its annual job deaths report, showing an increase in Latino and immigrant workers’ deaths in 2015, while work deaths among all other groups has remained the same. As Republicans in the Senate get ready to vote on President Trump’s labor pick, AFL-CIO has issued warnings that progress in worker safety and […]

‘Mexican Heritage’ Judge to Take On ‘Dreamer’ Case

District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge that made headlines for being attacked by then-candidate Donald Trump over his “Mexican heritage” in the Trump University case, has been assigned the case of the first DREAMer to be deported under Trump’s presidency. Juan Manual Montes, formally filed a complaint on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court […]

Latino Leaders Evaluate Trump’s First 100 Days

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of over 46 national Latino organizations, gathered on Wednesday to assess the Trump administration’s early impact on Latino issues. NHLA released its report, First 100 Days: Analysis of the Trump Administration’s early impact on Latino Priorities, and struggled to identify, even one area, where the administration has […]