The American Friends Service Committee has signed a joint letter to the FBI’s Advisory Policy Board seeking an end to the FBI’s facilitation of the deeply flawed Secure Communities program. Under the program, local law enforcement and the FBI share fingerprinting data with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency. ICE touts the program as a crime fighting tool. It is set to take effect across the country by 2013.
The AFSC's NC Immigrant Rights Program has been involved in an effort to monitor immigrant-related bills at the state legislature, promote pro-immigrant bills and fight anti-immigrant initiatives, including the NC House Select Committee on the State's Role in Immigration Policy. Together with our allies, we are releasing the following petition to make it clear to our representatives that we oppose any efforts to alienate and harm our immigrant brothers and sisters, especially an Arizona/ Alabama type regressive immigration law.
Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar at Monthly Vigil
Note: The below blog post was written by Lucy Duncan, but with contributions and editorial support by Gabriela Flora, Jenn Piper, and M'Annette Ruddell.
“That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality.” – Ralph Ellison
The threatened deportation of 37 Indonesian immigrants brought a delegation of New Hampshire clergy and lay activists to the Manchester offices of Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the federal immigration enforcement agency January 24 to call for the deportations to be cancelled.
For several years, AFSC Immigrant Rights Program has had a partnership with the federal agency - Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA) to provide 10-hour safety and health training to day laborers in NJ. This Decemeber, twenty day laborers from La Esperanza in Elizabeth, completed the training and recieved certificates at the Consulate of El Salvador. The graduation ceremony was held the evening before International Human Rights Day.
Join in a Mirgant Rights Vigil while community groups meet with Governor Chafee to discuss: denouncing the (in)Secure Communities Program, ending police submission to hold request from Immigration, and driver's licenses for all. We will tell our migration stories, enjoy music, and solidarity. Sponsored by the Todos Somos Arizona coalition (We are all Arizona).
After a multi-year campaign highlighting the positive contributions of immigrants and refugees to the Greater Dayton, Ohio community, the city made history recently by unanimously approving a comprehensive “Welcome Dayton” plan. Dayton officials say the plan focuses on making the community “one that treats all people kindly, fairly and humanely,” as Mayor Gary Leitzell put it.
During this holiday season, one little girl in New Jersey is getting a special present: a literal chance at life. Five-year-old Yarelis Bonilla has an acute form of leukemia and her best chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. After her family was tested, she was lucky that her seven-year-old sister, Gisselle, is a perfect match. However, while Yarelis is an American citizen, her sister lives in El Salvador, and the United States denied two requests for a visa.
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