Welcome to the WICIR newsletter where we share immediate needs, upcoming events, and an overview of the current situation in Washtenaw County.
Over the past month, WICIR has received at least 12 urgent response calls. Of these, 1 involved the detention of a loved one by immigration enforcement officials. Other calls related to accompaniment to immigration court meetings, as well as requests for information about applying for asylum, citizenship, tracking monitor issues, medical services for pregnant women, and services for victims of human trafficking. In each case, WICIR volunteers worked with callers to link them with resources and provide volunteer support for people in our mixed-status community.
5/1 – Dia Sin Inmigrantes (Day without Immigrants) – March from Patton Park (2301 Woodmere St, Detroit, MI 48209) to Clark Park (1130 Clark Ave, Detroit, MI 48209), 11-3pm
After an painful and exhausting deportation fight, Brandon Reyes, an immigrant right activist from Grand Rapids prepares for to leave the U.S. Brandon has been detained since February even though he has DACA; after being denied bond Brandon has decided to take voluntary departure. His story is sadly very common, one of the thousands of people who are ripped out of their community and forced to relocate without even given the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones. WICIR stands with Brandon and all undocumented people fighting for the chance to be free and safe. Please donate to Brandon’s relocation fund.
NBC San Diego discovered that border patrol has a database of American activists, journalists, and attorneys that do work in support of asylum seekers and immigrants. Border patrol has been interrogating these people when they cross the US-Mexico border. NBC San Diego and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) are suing four government agencies that refused to hand over details about this database.
ICE raided a technology company in Texas and detained more than 280 people in its largest raid in a decade.
Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, resigned this month, Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection, is her temporary replacement. It seems that the shift is indicative of the Trump administration’s desire to take even more hardline stances on immigration, something attributed in part to Stephen Miller. Trump has appeared eager to close the US-Mexico border, despite public statements to the contrary, and to transport migrants to sanctuary cities.
A federal judge issued an injunction to block the Trump administration’s attempts to require that asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed. A federal appellate court panel reversed the decision shortly after, leaving it in effect while the courts continue to debate the legality of the plan.
For the second time, a federal judge also issued an injunction against the administration’s attempt to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants.