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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (MI-14)

What:CongressmanConyers, Jr. will hold a forum next Thursday, June 30th, at the Hope Academy in Detroit, Michigan on ICE’s recent enforcement actions at local elementary schools and against legal residents and U.S. citizens.  Representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Reform Immigration for America (RIFA) and individuals impacted by ICE’s actions will speak about the adverse impact such actions have had on the immigrant community in Detroit.

When:June 30, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Hope Academy, 10100 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48204

For more information, please contact Liliana Coronado, Counsel, House Judiciary Committee at 202-225-6906.

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New York Stops Checking Immigrants

Citing "mounting evidence" that the so-called "secure communities" program not only did not reduce crime, but that it actually made things worse for law enforcement and safety efforts, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended New York's participation in the controversial federal immigration program. Read the full story here...


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ICE Racial Profiling, Illegal Detention—ACLU Takes Case


The ICE agent pointed a gun at her, ordered her out of her car, and pounded her head into its metal trunk! Yes he actually pounded her head into the metal trunk of her car! Who is she? She's an innocent legal resident of the U.S.. She carries her papers on herself to prove her status. She's just the latest victim of the race hatred and bigotry inherent in our current immigration laws.

But some people still think that ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) only targets undocumented aliens. We need to let them know the truth! Please use all means possible to share this news story with all your contacts so we can let them know...
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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians

On May 17, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti beneficiaries. This extension will be effective July 23, 2011 and is for an additional 18 months. It will allow these TPS beneficiaries to remain in the United States through Jan. 22, 2013. Read more here...

============================================Please see the President's speech on immigration reform

on May 10, 2011 in El Paso.  He intends to make another push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, but has not agreed to use executive powers to correct the situation.

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Congressman Clarke Questions ICE Regarding Detroit Abuses

Washington DC –During a hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security today, Congressman Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit) raised the issue of ICE’s actions in Detroit with the Deputy Director of ICE, Mr. Kumar Kibble.
 
Representative Clarke stated, in part:

“I want to make sure that whenever ICE conducts an enforcement action, that it’s because of specific information about the person’s immigration status, not their appearance.  This kind of profiling is not only legally problematic, it’s ineffective.  It’s also hampering Detroit’s economic development…The one area of Detroit that has been stabilized economically is Southwest Detroit, where immigrants have rebuilt homes and started businesses.  It’s a thriving neighborhood, based on the work of immigrants.”   He added, “These cases concern me because they appear to be part of a disturbing trend.”

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Three Teens Murdered in Mexican Border Town

Three teenage boys, two American citizens and one Mexican citizen, were gunned down last Saturday in a car dealership in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The two American children were students at Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of Juan Carlos Echeverri, Carlos Mario Gonzalez, and Cesar Yalin Miramontes Jimenez. Read more here.

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Special Showing of  The 800 Mile Road

Don’t miss this great film and discussion by Charlie and Jean Rooney, members of the AZ group “No More Deaths” this Thursday, Feb. 10th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gesu Parish Center, 17180 Oak Drive, Detroit, MI. For more information download the .pdf flyer.

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Gay Enough To Stay?

Imagine having to prove who you are inside, what defines you as a sexual being, in order to be able to stay in the United States. That, unfortunately, is what is happening today, as gay immigrants are being asked to prove their “gayness” to the satisfaction of immigration officials. Read more here.

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Does the Color of Her Skin Make Her Invisible?

Nine year old Brisenia Flores died tragically, pleading for her life, “allegedly” at the hands of gun wielding, anti-immigrant racist Shawana Forde and her accomplices Jason Bush and Albert Gaxiola. The national media gave the murder scant mention, and hasn’t yet followed up on the justice phase of this case.  There are many questions we can ask of the media but they all add up to the same thing: does the murder of a little girl  in America matter if she is a Mexican American?  Let’s keep little Brisenia Flores in our hearts and prayers as we demand that our national media cover her “alleged” killers’ trials. Here is more information, and here is the Brisenia Flores Memorial Web Site.

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Corn Invasion Drives Desperate Migrants North

What do Cargill, Monsanto, and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) have in common, other than being huge agri-businesses? They’ve been pouring U.S. government-subsidized (artificially cheaper) crops, especially corn, into Mexico, destroying Mexican agricultural profitability, driving farmers out of business, and farm workers across our border. Of the three companies Monsanto and ADM are publicly traded so we can see some of the effect that this corporate welfare has had on their bottom line. Take a look at this chart (below) of their stock prices over the last 10 years. The burnt orange line on top is Monsanto, the teal blue line is ADM, and the brown line on the bottom is the S&P 500 index for comparison. To learn more please watch this video about the problem (after a short message asking for support).