September 28, 2017
MCC walks with couple targeted for deportation at hospital
MCC is working with National Immigrant Justice Center to support a mother and father who face deportation after U.S. Border Patrol agents initiated removal proceedings at a Texas hospital where the couple sought emergency care for their infant. Read more | NPR story | Take action
Ohio: Columbus Mennonite Church offers sanctuary to mother of three facing deportation
- Appeals court allows some portions of SB4 anti-sanctuary city law to go into effect
- Border Patrol kept checkpoints open during hurricane evacuation
- Houston Mennonite supports undocumented individuals affected by Harvey
- For Houston’s many undocumented immigrants, storm is just the latest challenge
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DACA: On Sept. 5, the Trump administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would end in six months. MCC blog post | Action alert | Know-your-rights and other resources below
Central American migration: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit alleging immigrant teens are being illegally detained based on accusations of gang affiliation with no evidence to support the claims. Recently-passed legislation in the House would make the detention of anyone suspected to be affiliated with a gang even easier. Recent reports indicate the Trump administration is also looking to speed up the deportation of teenage asylum seekers and end a refugee program for Central American children.
Enforcement: After reports leaked of nationwide raids to pick up more than 8,000 immigrants the operation was temporarily delayed – but may already be underway in some parts of the country. Hotel worker unions are teaching employees how to respond to such raids. A federal judge ruled that so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ cannot be penalized with the withholding of federal grants. Two recent deaths illustrate the sometimes fatal consequences of detention and deportation.
Border wall: President Trump and Congressional Democratic leaders discussed a potential compromise pairing protections for DACA recipients with border security measures. After a lawsuit was resolved, construction preparations began for the four companies selectedto build concrete border wall prototypes. Four additional contracts were awarded for non-concrete wall prototypes. Conservation groupsand the state of California filed lawsuits over wall construction.
Refugee/travel ban: On Sept. 24, as the original travel ban was expiring, the White House announced new restrictions for eight countries. A Sept. 12 Supreme Court ruling kept portions of the refugee ban in place. The high court also canceled an October 10 hearing on the refugee ban/travel and asked for new legal briefs to be submitted to determine if the case is now moot. Debates over the costs and benefits of refugees continue amidst reports that the White House censored a document showing a net $63 billion benefit over 10 years.
TPS: The Trump administration announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan but an end to TPS for Sudan in 12 months. More than 300,000 people from 10 countries are currently at risk of losing TPS.
Oct. 2, 4:00 p.m. EDT: Interfaith immigration webinar: Learn how you can support Dreamers, refugees, and TPS holders
November 11-15, 2017: Borderlands and migrant trail learning tour
June 4-8, 2018: Immigration law training
MCC articles and resources
- MCC walks with couple targeted for deportation at hospital
- Updated web resources: DACA/Dream Act | Seeking asylum in Canada
- Tammy Alexander and Saulo Padilla on the end of the DACA program
- NILC: Top 5 things to know about the announcement that DACA is ending
- DHS FAQ
- DHS fact sheet
- NILC: FAQs on DACA termination
- NILC: About DACA and employment
- UNHCR resource in English | French | Creole | Spanish | Arabic
- Additional resources on seeking asylum in Canada
- CLINIC’s 50-state family emergency planning guide
- California: Know your rights: A guide for California employers
- District of Columbia region raids hotline: 202-335-1183
Other new resources
DACA / Dream Act
- IIC: Dream Sabbath toolkit and map | other resources
- DHS release
- Mental health toolkit
- JFI: Differences between the Dream Act and the BRIDGE Act
- NILC: Side by side: DACA and related 2017 legislation
- MPI: All eyes turn to congress, following Trump decision to terminate DACA program
- The Trump administration’s claim that DACA ‘helped spur’ the 2014 surge of minors crossing the border
- Fact check: Are DACA recipients stealing jobs away from other Americans?
- Lawsuits: DACA recipient | 15 states
- Here to Stay: Resources and action for Dreamers
- CIVIC Immigrant detention syllabus
- United Nations report on arbitrary detention in the U.S.
- NILC: Information for advocates about information-sharing among federal, state, and local agencies
- USA Today: The wall: Unknown stories, unintended consequences
- Brookings: The wall: The real costs of a barrier between the United States and Mexico
- Washington Post: Border security is tougher than ever, DHS report finds
Update created September 28, 2017, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.
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