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Dec 14, 2021
N.J. hires consultant to help shut down troubled women’s prison
"The Department of Corrections said it hired Steve Carter, a correctional planning and design consultant, “to assist with the relocation of Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women” to a new facility."
Dec 8, 2021
Border Patrol pursuit policy questioned after East County rollover crash
(ABC10 News San Diego)
"Immigrant rights advocates are calling for change after a Border Patrol pursuit ended Tuesday night with a rollover crash and 13 people injured south of Pine Valley."
Dec 6, 2021
Maricopa County Jail Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Punishment for Speaking up
(Phoenix New Times)
"In Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, telling the truth meant consequences for Benjamin Fisk, a detention sergeant who claims he was punished for speaking out about poor health conditions at county jails."
Dec 6, 2021
'Remain in Mexico' program for asylum-seekers resumes
"Tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been subject to the policy which then President Donald Trump introduced January of 2019. 'It will force migrants to have to wait in Mexico that in the past has jeopardized their wellbeing,' said Pedro Rios, director of American Friends Service Committee."
Dec 2, 2021
Revamped MPP program still violates rights of asylum-seekers, California immigration attorney says
"The return of the Migrant Protection Protocols program, also known as “Remain in Mexico,” is not being greeted with open arms according to Dulce Garcia, an immigration attorney in San Diego."
Dec 1, 2021
ICE holds growing numbers of immigrants at private facilities despite Biden campaign promise to end practice
(The Washington Post )
"Agents transferred dozens of immigrants from New Jersey to other facilities, often run by private companies, in states such as Louisiana, Georgia, and New York."
Nov 23, 2021
Opinion: There are so many people to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
(The San Diego Union-Tribune )
"As time is essential in this pandemic of global proportions, it’s become evident that being vaccinated is a privilege" writes AFSC's Pedro Rios.
Nov 23, 2021
In Vaccine IP Waiver Talks, Lawmakers Press Biden to Take Lead
(Bloomberg Law )
"Over 3 million petition signatures are calling on the administration to take the lead in negotiations to secure a temporary WTO waiver on IP rights for Covid-19 vaccines, treatments, and tests, according to advocacy group Public Citizen."
Nov 15, 2021
Groups urge Manchin to support child tax credit, Build Back Better Act
(West Virginia Metro News )
"The child tax credit was inside of the American Rescue Plan as of July 15 and most families automatically received monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. It’s set to expire by the end of the year should the Build Back Better Act not pass."
Nov 15, 2021
Groups urge Manchin to support child tax credit, Build Back Better Act
A group of West Virginians gathered outside of Sen. Joe Manchin’s Charleston office, urging him to defend the child tax credit and pass the Build Back Better Act.
Nov 12, 2021
Last 15 ICE detainees removed from Bergen County Jail
"Activists have demanded that immigration detainees be conditionally released and reunited with their families while awaiting a decision from the courts, instead of being transferred to immigration prisons outside New Jersey. Bergen County was the last facility to continue holding immigration detainees after Hudson County ended its contract with ICE in September."
Nov 10, 2021
Women Aware awarded $1M grant from U.S. Department of Justice Office for Violence Against Women
"The grant provides funding for the Middlesex County Family Justice Center (FJC), the first of its kind in Middlesex County and only the fifth in the State of New Jersey, according to information provided by Women Aware."
Nov 4, 2021
Activists ask California DA to file obstruction of justice charges tied to ‘shadow units’ at Border Patrol
(News 5 WKRG)
"Local immigration advocates and community activists gathered outside San Diego’s Hall of Justice calling for the district attorney to launch an inquiry against a group of Border Patrol agents and their supervisors involved in the investigation into the death of Anastasio Hernández Rojas."
Nov 4, 2021
No Hope for Hiatt: Immigrant mobile home community can’t purchase plots, says City
(Yes Weekly )
"In July, Lynne Anderson, manager of Family Properties of North Carolina, sent the tenants of Jamison Mobile Park homes a letter stating that the 18 families who own or rent trailers on the Hiatt Street property had until September to get out."
Nov 4, 2021
Celebration of African and Black Immigrant Communities Saturday In Dover
“The purpose of the event is to uplift the experiences and stories of Black and African immigrants who contribute so much to New Hampshire,” said Grace Kindeke, event organizer and Program Coordinator with AFSC.
Nov 4, 2021
San Diego DA asked to prosecute shadow Border Patrol investigation unit
(Fox 5)
"The Border Patrol Critical Incident Investigative Team investigated its own agents involved in the death of San Diegan Anastasio Hernandez Rojas. They had no authority to do so."
Nov 3, 2021
Nov. 6 in Dover: A Celebration of Black & African Immigrants
"A community celebration called Umokuumani: Unity, Creativity and Faith. A Celebration of African and Black immigrant communities in New Hampshire, is planned for Saturday, November 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dover Friends Meetinghouse." The event marks the "closure of a national public art exhibit highlighting stories of asylum seekers in New Hampshire, will feature a dance performance, fashion show, and showcase of community resources and immigration information."
Nov 2, 2021
GEO Group Owes Immigrant Detainees Nearly $17.3 Million
"A federal jury decided the private prison operator GEO Group has to pay immigrant detainees, who were paid $1 a day for labor at GEO’s Tacoma, Washington, jail, almost $17.3 million. The same jury decided two days earlier that GEO Group violated Washington’s minimum wage law with its incredibly low wages."
Nov 2, 2021
San Diego coalition sets up Día de los Muertos altar for fallen migrants
(Liberation News)
"San Diego community members led by Free Them All gathered outside Otay Mesa Detention Center to pay their respects to people killed by negligence and violence at the hands of ICE and private immigration detention companies."
Oct 30, 2021
ELCA opposes designation of Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations
(Grand Canyon Synod )
AFSC joins 14 other Churches and church-based organizations in a letter to Secretary of State Blinken to express concerns about the recent Israeli decision to label key Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations as “terrorist organizations.”
Oct 28, 2021
Mid-Valley community members rally for a path to citizenship
(Statesman Journal )
AFSC,Oregon’s farmworker union, and other groups rallied at the Oregon Capitol to push Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers, other undocumented essential workers, DACA recipients and individuals with temporary protected status.
Oct 28, 2021
Mid-Valley community members rally for a path to citizenship
(Statesman Journal )
AFSC,Oregon’s farmworker union, and other groups rallied at the Oregon Capitol to push Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers, other undocumented essential workers, DACA recipients and individuals with temporary protected status.
Oct 25, 2021
Immigration Advocates Keep Pressure On Biden As He Visits NJ
New Jersey activists continue to demand a federal "pathway to citizenship" for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Oct 25, 2021
Ahead of President Biden’s visit to NJ, Haitian and Black New Jerseyans Demand Biden Administration Protect All Black Migrants
(Insider NJ)
Haitian and Black community leaders are calling on President Biden and the New Jersey congressional delegation to go beyond statements and initiate policies that work to support and protect Haitian and Black immigrants.
Oct 25, 2021
As immigration advocates demand Newsom cancel contract with border wall company, lawmakers stay silent
(Jefferson Public Radio)
"Immigration advocates are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to terminate a $350 million COVID-19 response contract the state awarded to a company that built sections of former president Donald Trump’s border wall in California"



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