The Dream Act of 2017 has been introduced in the Senate to protect DACA recipients. It has four sponsors: Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY). United We Dream asks for peole to telephone their Attorney General. The number they give is (832) 610-3896.
Their suggested message is "I am calling to ask the Attorney General to come out publicly to defend the DACA program. This program has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth across the country and it must be protected. I expect my attorney general to support the immigrant community and protect DACA."
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It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions
Keep the pressure on your House reps that you are happy/unhappy with how they voted on the AHCA bill.
Donate to ActBlue or SwingLeft to target vulnerable Republicans in 2018
Call scripts for Haiti TPS
June 11: LGBT+ March
New system for opinion calls showing up
The Senate is already scrapping the AHCA and writing their own healthcare bill
Analysis of Executive Order on Religious Freedom to Promote Candidates
Post AHCA vote, a little inspiration
What's in the Congressional Spending Bill
Everybody gets hugs this week *(((((((( you)))))))))*
How are you doing?
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
called my governor
called my state reps
sent a letter/postcard/email/fax
attended a town hall
donated money to a cause
went to an in person activist group
particiapted in phone or online training
went to a protest
signed up for alerts
took care of myself
not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
did something else
committed to action in the coming week
Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient detained during a raid to arrest his father and accused of gang affiliation, has been released from the Federal Detention Center in Tacoma after 46 days in detention.
This is only partial good news, as Ramirez was released on a bond of $15,000 after the case was heard in Immigration Court and faces another immigration hearing next month as ICE has revoked his DACA status, using an apparently doctored statement as the basis for the decision. However, it sounds like Ramirez's legal team will continue to pursue the constitutional issues in Federal Court.
Daniela Vargas, detained after speaking out about her deportation fears at a meeting last week, was released on Friday under an order of supervision.
Meanwhile, Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient detained during a raid to arrest his father and accused of gang affiliation, remains in custody. The federal judge handling the case delayed issuing a ruling at a hearing last Wednesday because he said the Justice Department improperly made a new argument in a brief filed Tuesday, leaving Ramirez's attorneys little chance to respond. A ruling is expected early next week.
Meanwhile, at least five states are challenging the Minority President's new Travel Ban signed on Monday: Maryland is joining a challenge by Washington that's also backed by Oregon and Minnesota, while Hawaii has filed a separate challenge. Meanwhile, the new travel ban has faced its first successful challenge when a federal judge in Wisconsin blocked its application against a Syrian family.
The Governors' letter, entered into the court record, expresses confidence that Ramirez's "right to liberty will be fully observed and considered" in the court's expedited review of his case, where arguments are set for next Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Daniela Vargas, a 22-year-old Argentinian woman, was arrested shortly after criticizing Trump's immigration policies during a news conference. A former participant in the program, she couldn't afford the $495 fee to renew her status when it expired last fall, according to her lawyer. She was finally able to find the money to reapply last month.
The cost of a DACA application or renewal is often an issue for would-be Dreamers. If you're interested in supporting individuals looking to renew their DACA award, check out these GoFundMe pages.
Gosh, do you think coming up with something constitutional might be difficult? Maybe that's why the White House has finally involved the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security in formulating the ban. It's a pity those pesky analysts at DHS have produced a draft report that disputes that citizens of the banned nations pose a threat.
DHS issued memos placing the vast majority of the U.S.'s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.
But Mexico isn't happy with the plan to deport all undocumented immigrants back to Mexico (even if they're not Mexican)
Santa Cruz’s police chief accused DHS of turning a raid targeting violent gang members into a secret immigration sweep.
It's going to be hard to recruit the ICE and Border Patrol agents needed to enforce any order.
The ACLU and other groups have promised to challenge the crackdown on undocumented immigrants
Border Patrol demanded the ID of everyone on a domestic flight before allowing them to deplane.
Meanwhile, the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient detained and accused of gang affiliation based on an apparently doctored statement, continues. I've struggled to find updates on this, so please let me know if you have better sources, but it seems his lawyers are refusing a bond hearing in immigration court, arguing the case belongs in federal court, not immigration court.
Check out our muslim ban, immigration, DACA and protest tags for actions you can take, such as places that will need donations and protests you could attend.
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Lawyers for DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez -- arrested last Friday during a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain his father and placed in deportation proceedings on Tuesday -- are claiming that ICE doctored a statement by Ramirez to justify stripping him of his DACA protections and beginning deportation.
According to Vox:
On Tuesday, lawyers filed a complaint in federal court over Ramirez’s detention, asking a judge to order the Department of Homeland Security to release Ramirez because he hasn’t been charged with anything and shouldn’t, as a DACA recipient, have been detained in the first place.In a separate filing on Thursday, Ramirez's lawyers said ICE has launched a public campaign to smear Ramirez. The filing said:
The federal magistrate judge in the case ordered the government to clarify why Ramirez was detained despite having DACA, and whether DHS had placed him in deportation proceedings.
On Thursday, the federal government filed a brief with the judge indicating that they had, in fact, placed Ramirez in deportation proceedings on Tuesday the 14th. When that happened, Ramirez was stripped of his DACA protections.
immigration officers removed words from a written statement by Ramirez denying gang involvement to make it sound as if he was admitting gang affiliation.You can see a copy of the (incredibly badly doctored!) contested statement and details of what Ramirez says he actually wrote in this news story. Nobody is quite sure at this stage whether this is an isolated case, a new ICE policy -- or an isolated case that will turn into an new ICE policy if ICE succeeds.
As well as the actions suggested in our earlier post, such as supporting MALDEF and calling your representatives, the latest Re:Act newsletter offers some more ideas for action:
Support the National Immigration Law Center. The NILC has a mission to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.The Re:Act newsletter has links to other cases where ICE seems to be pushing at the boundaries of policy under the Obama Administration.
View the current causes of Border Angels, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that advocates for issues related to the US-Mexican border.
Sign up for briefings with the National Immigration Forum.
Several Latino men had just left the hypothermia shelter at Rising Hope Mission Church in Alexandria, Virginia when a dozen federal agents suddenly surrounded them, pushed them up against a wall, and began checking their immigration status.
Under a policy set by the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are supposed to avoid churches and other "sensitive locations."
But now that Donald Trump is president, ICE has apparently decided that it's okay to lie in wait outside a church and indiscriminately detain those leaving it.
This raid appears to be the first of its kind, so we need a huge national outcry immediately - before ICE attacks the sanctity of any more churches.
Sign the petition
The states of Washington and Minnesota sued Trump (which is pretty awesome when you think about it) to block part of the Executive Order from Jan. 27, 2017. The court temporarily blocked enforcement of the EO, based on findings that the parties challenging the rule are likely to win when the case is finally heard, and because of the risk of immediate and irreparable injury if the EO is allowed to stand.
As an article in Politicus pointed out, this opens up another legal avenue: prosecuting Trump for contempt of court if he doesn't obey the order.
The press release/signup says "Join NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Reverend Al Sharpton, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore, Shailene Woodley, Rosie Perez, Alec Baldwin, advocacy groups and thousands of New Yorkers at the rally," which is described as "family friendly", which I interpret to mean "not a riot"--which is probably true considering that THE MAYOR is involved.
The release says the rally "will mark the beginning of renewed efforts by New York City and other cities across our country to become havens for all people and to make real progress on important issues such as pushing back on Obamacare repeal, climate change, criminal justice, and immigrant rights."
What amazes me is that major political figures are already publicly opposing Trump; I thought it would take years of nagging them to get them to do it. I listened to the NARAL phone Town Hall last night, and the speakers included two Representatives and a Senator.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is readying legislation that would extend legal protections for previously undocumented immigrants who came here as children — benefits granted under a 2012 directive from President Barack Obama that are at risk with the incoming Trump administration.Call Sen. Graham to thank him for supporting the bill. (There's a suggested script here, along with phone numbers for Sen. Graham's various offices.)
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to revoke Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including one that has shielded more than 740,000 young undocumented immigrants from being deported and gave them permits to work legally.
Graham said he is working with both Democrats and Republicans, and named Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) as one GOP supporter of the forthcoming legislation.
One Democrat who has spoken to Graham about the issue and potential legislative remedies is Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat who has been giving daily floor speeches since the election on behalf of the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, who are known as Dreamers.
Contact your own representatives to encourage them to support Sen. Graham's efforts and other actions to protect the 'Dreamers'.