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Nov 13, 2018
In weeks, NJ to set 'Sanctuary' rules limiting cooperation with ICE
(NJ 101.5)
A new directive setting forth rules for when New Jersey law enforcement agencies should cooperate with federal immigration officials is expected to be issued by early December.
Nov 13, 2018
GPD hogtied man shortly before his death, family claims
(Triad City Beat)
Greensboro organizations call for a public explanation of why police hogtied a man, leading to his death.
Nov 12, 2018
From Washington
(Telesur)
Jorge Gestoso interviews AFSC's policy advocacy coordinator Kathryn Johnson about U.S. immigration policies.
Nov 12, 2018
Is Mexico Providing Charter Buses to Transport Caravan Migrants to the Border?
(Snopes)
In reality, people are traveling on foot or by getting rides with others.
Nov 10, 2018
As migrant caravan heads to Tijuana, ‘all contingencies on the table’ as feds plan for worst
(Los Angeles Times)
Federal authorities send the military to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Nov 7, 2018
Why are so many people fleeing Honduras?
(America Magazine)
Thousands of Hondurans left in recent weeks to form a migrant caravan now making its way toward the U.S.
Nov 7, 2018
Why sending U.S. troops to border is overkill
(San Diego Union Tribune)
President Trump’s announcement that he would send up to 15,000 U.S. troops to the border effectively declares war on poor migrants seeking refuge.
Nov 3, 2018
After Pittsburgh, We Can No Longer Cry Wolf on “Campus Anti-Semitism”
(Truthout)
The tragic killing of 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue has created a painful reckoning over the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the U.S.
Nov 1, 2018
Trump brings his long war against legal immigration to the midterm elections
(Think Progress)
Immigration message is tailored to white nationalists.
Oct 31, 2018
Why Arizona's $1.1B mass incarceration crisis should matter more to Garcia, Ducey
(Tucson Sentinel)
A majority of voters in Arizona want formerly incarcerated people to have easier access to jobs and housing.
Oct 30, 2018
Trump plans executive order ending birthright citizenship
(San Diego Union Tribune)
Advocates speak out against Trump plan to end birthright citizenship.
Oct 26, 2018
Essex County among highest in U.S. for ICE 'community' arrests, report says
(NorthJersey,com)
Essex County was among 10 counties across the nation that together accounted for more than a quarter of immigration arrests in an eight-month period.
Oct 25, 2018
Sanctuary explored as ICE activity increases
(Yellow Springs News)
Quakers in Ohio spread the word about the increasing peril for undocumented immigrants.
Oct 24, 2018
Despite 2020 end date on Hudson County contract with ICE, questions remain
(NJ.com)
The two-decades-old contract for housing immigration detainees at the Hudson County jail now has a potential 2020 end date.
Oct 22, 2018
Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status face bureaucratic hurdles as program winds down
(Asbury Park Press)
TPS holders are left in limbo as the Trump administration has ended the program for many people.
Oct 19, 2018
Free summit will bring people together for 'food for all'
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Policymakers need to understand the importance of food assistance.
Oct 18, 2018
Shut It Down or Keep It Open? Immigrant Advocates Debate Fate of NJ Detention Center
(The Indypendent)
Community groups speak out against contacting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Oct 17, 2018
U.S. Bars American Aid Groups From Traveling to North Korea
(New York Times)
The Trump administration has barred American aid workers from going to North Korea.
Oct 15, 2018
Quakers mark 250th anniversary in Dover
(Fosters Daily Democrat)
A gathering gives the public an opportunity to view the meetinghouse and for members to explain the value and history of their religion.
Oct 15, 2018
We Stopped ICE From Getting an Extra Billion; Now Let’s Defund It Totally
(Truthout)
Even in this political climate, grassroots organizing and strategic policy advocacy can lead to positive changes.
Oct 13, 2018
Female inmates claim Arizona prison withholding basic hygienic products
(The Hill)
The Arizona Department of Corrections is withholding basic hygienic supplies, including toilet paper, from a women's prison.
Oct 12, 2018
New Jersey Relies Heavily on ‘Restrictive Housing,’ New Study Reveals
(Insider NJ)
New Jersey subjects its prisoners to longer durations in isolated confinement than most states.
Oct 12, 2018
Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters
(MintPress News)
AFSC and others maintain comprehensive lists of corporations enabling human rights abuses against Palestinians.
Oct 11, 2018
Finally a US lawmaker calls Israel an apartheid state
(Electronic Intifada)
Betty McCollum has led efforts in Congress to address the rights of Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation.
Oct 11, 2018
Hudson County freeholders extend ICE jail contract through 2020
(NorthJersey.com)
Hudson County freeholders voted to extend an agreement with the federal government to house immigration detainees at the county jail.

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