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October 2019 (Newsletter)

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Happy fall! The past couple for WICIR have returned to their “usual” pace. In August and September we had a total of 34 calls, and 18 requests for support. The requests were primarily transportation and language support for ICE check-ins, but also included assistance with paying for rent, college tuition, and attorney fees; along with providing a ride to the doctor’s appointment, and even finding an interpreter for someone who speaks Swahili. Out of the 18 requests for support, we were able to meet 16 of them. 

Thank you to the support of our amazing volunteers who continue to amaze and astound us with their generosity and kindness. Additionally, thank you so much to Pilar’s Foundation and to Tio’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor who hosted fundraisers for us in September.


ACLU and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center Applaud Governor Whitmer for Supporting Welcoming Cities with Stance on State Budget

Thank you to Governor Whitmer for line-item vetoing an immigration that punished sanctuary cities by mandating that cooperate with ICE in ways such as honoring ICE holds or lose out on funding from the County Jail Reimbursement Program (CJRP). Thank you to the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and the ACLU of Michigan for their role in this success. 

GEO Group Runs Out of Banks as 100% of Banking Partners Say ‘No’ to the Private Prison Sector

Dearborn City Council Will Not Renew Contact with ICE


The Mexican Consulate has some funding resources for Mexican nationals who are renewing their DACA permits. If you or someone you know needs support with funding, please reach out to the Mexican Consulate office in Madison Heights (formerly Detroit office) – (248) 336-0320.

Freedom for Immigrants has mapped all of the immigration detention facilities in the U.S. at:


10/14 – Washtenaw Solidarity with Farmworkers Meeting – Graduate Employees Organization, 339 E Liberty St, Suite 340, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, 7pm

10/19 – Michigan Student Power Network 2019 Summit – East Lansing, 10-6pm

10/20 – 10 – 22 – National Immigrant Integration Conference – Detroit

WICIR will be honored at both the Meta Peace and ICPJ fundraising dinners and encourage you to support both of these amazing organizations by attending or buying a ticket for an activist. Ticket links available on their facebook pages. 

11/7 – Migration & Memories: Paintings by Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, International House Ann Arbor, 7-9pm

11/10 – Meta Peace Fundraiser – Beyond Borders: Resistance In a World of Walls, Al-Malek Banquet Hall 28937 W. Warren Rd, Garden City, 3:30-7pm

11/12 – Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Harvest Dinner, Cobblestone Museum and Farm, 2781 Packard St, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 5-8pm.