Immigrant Justice News

Longtime Brentwood Resident Files Complaint Against Suffolk County and ICE for Unconstitutional Immigration Detention

New York – A longtime Brentwood, N.Y. resident filed a complaint against Suffolk County, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other defendants after being unconstitutionally detained by the Suffolk County Sheriff at the request of federal immigration agents after his bail had already been posted.

LatinoJustice Urges Port Chester to Reject Plan to Work with ICE and They Do

Port Chester Village board members announced Wednesday that they would not enter into an agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which would have required the police department to provide information about residents to ICE agents.

Immigrant Advocates, Speaker Mark-Viverito to OCA: Stop ICE Raids at Local Courthouses

New York City – LatinoJustice, The Legal Aid Society and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Rory Lancman joined with defender and legal services organizations, domestic violence and victims services advocates, community groups and stakeholders today at City Hall calling on New York State’s Chief Judge Janet Difiore and the Office of Court Administration to implement policies immediately to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) courthouse raids that have proliferated under the Trump Administration and escalated in recent weeks.

Westchester Activists Urge DA to Create Special Unit to Serve Immigrant Community

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Hudson Valley Community Coalition and the Westpac Foundation have sent a letter to Westchester District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino urging him to create an Office of Immigrant Affairs to better serve Latina/o/x’s and other immigrant residents in the lower Hudson Valley.

National Experts on Latinos & Criminal Justice Reform will Convene in Orlando

More than 30 scholars, reformers, activist, lawyers and policy analysts will gather in Orlando on April 18-19 to discuss issues around Latinos and the criminal justice system. The free, open-to-the-public convening will cover topics such as the death penalty, felon disenfranchisement, bail reform, drug policy, and ICE raids and detainers.

LatinoJustice Urges NYS Chief Judge to Stop ICE agents from Stalking Immigrants in Courthouses

Allowing immigration agents to stalk and arrest undocumented immigrants in courthouses undermines the judicial system and results in “separating children from parents, breaking up families who have lived together for decades,” and could cut off many immigrants from legal representation, according to a letter sent from LatinoJustice PRLDEF to New York State Chief Justice Hon. Janet DeFore.

NATIONAL LATINO LEADERS: SCRAP FEDERAL PROGRAM THAT DEPUTIZES POLICE AS IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AGENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 46 of the nation’s most preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, calls on the federal government to end the 287(g) program, which permits the federal government to deputize inadequately trained state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law. In a resolution adopted by NHLA’s board, the coalition also committed itself to a campaign to discourage local and state jurisdictions from entering into 287(g) agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and to instead adopt community trust policies that strengthen the relationships among local law enforcement, city officials, and immigrant residents and their families.

Immigration Resources from our Partners

This is a collection of Know Your Rights materials focused on Immigrant Rights from our partners and government agencies. If you know something that is missing then please message us at info@latinojustice.org with a link to the resources that should be added.

LatinoJustice joins Korematsu Center in filing District of Hawai`i amicus brief in State of Hawai`i and Ismail Elshikh v. Trump et al.

NEW YORK – LatinoJustice joined the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Korematsu Center), the children of litigants in the Japanese relocation and incarceration cases from World War II, civil rights organizations, and national bar associations of color in filing an amicus brief on March 10, 2017 in State of Hawai`i and Ismail Elshikh v. Trump et al., pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i. The brief supports a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s Executive Order 13780 (March 6, 2017), entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, which replaces Executive Order 13769 (January 27, 2017), of the same title.

156 Civil and Human Rights Groups Call for Stronger Response to Hate Incidents

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, LatinoJustice and 154 civil and human rights groups today called upon the Executive Branch to respond more quickly and forcefully to hate-based incidents, which have been occurring at an alarming rate in recent months. The statement follows:

LJP Update: Vigil for Immigrant Mom, Response to Miami Concerns regarding Federal Funding, and more

In this week's LJP Update you can find out more about why our legal team went to Baltimore in response to a possible ICE deportation as well as what we are doing to support activist who are working to reinstate Sanctuary Policies.

Preparing for Ice Raids in Trumps America

This power point was developed in March 2017 by Jackson Chin and Jose Perez of LatinoJustice for a webinar hosted by NYIC. This subject-matter will be of great concern for the unforeseeable future given the fear and panic sweeping the nation due to Trump’s Exec. Order and DHS Kelly directives to expand ICE’s enforcement and arrests.

Faith and Immigrant-Rights Advocates Held Vigil Outside of Maryland Mother of Four’s ICE Check-In

BALTIMORE (FEBRUARY 27, 2017) - Faith and immigrant-rights advocates will hold a vigil and press conference at 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Baltimore office as we await the outcome of a decision that could rip a mother of four away from her family.

Faith and Immigrant Advocates Hold Vigil for Immigrant Mom

BALTIMORE (FEBRUARY 27, 2017) - Faith and immigrant-rights advocates will hold a vigil and press conference at 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Baltimore office as we await the outcome of a decision that could rip a mother of four away from her family.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Statement on the Detention of DREAMER Daniel Ramirez Medina

LatinoJustice PRLDEF denounces the detention by ICE of Daniel Ramirez Medina during a home raid at his father’s home in Seattle. All reports to date indicate that Mr. Ramirez Medina was detained unlawfully notwithstanding his having reported his DACA deferred action status and concurrent employment authorization.

Advocacy Groups and Legal Scholars: Miami-Dade County Immigration Jail Policy Will Not Lead to Loss of Federal Funding

Numerous legal scholars, and local advocacy groups urged the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners to uphold a county resolution that has saved millions of tax dollars and improved community relations with police by not requiring officers to detain people for immigration authorities in county jails. The resolution’s future has been imperiled by Mayor Carlos Giménez’s Jan. 26 directive that the county hold immigrants for the federal government at taxpayer expense.

LatinoJustice and DEMOS Release Framework and Recommendations to Empower State and Local Governments and Institutions to Provide Sanctuary for Immigrants

New York, NY – Demos and LatinoJustice PRLDEF released a report designed to equip state and local jurisdictions and institutions with much-needed guidance to establish community policies that welcome and protect immigrants. The report, titled “Sanctuary, Safety, and Community – Tools for Welcoming and Protecting Immigrants through Local Democracy,” is available in English and Spanish.

It Has Begun

News that Kris Kobach has been named to the president-elect's transition team signals that the incoming administration remains committed to its promise to aggressively round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, tearing families apart and dashing the dreams of young DREAMers who had anticipated a clear path to citizenship.

LatinoJustice is Disappointed by Supreme Court Split Decision Affirming Judgment That Blocks DAPA and Keeps Millions of Immigrants in the Shadows

The administration in November 2014 announced the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative as well as an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Texas and 25 other states subsequently filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Texas challenging the President’s executive actions. The new deferred action programs were enjoined by a federal district court judge in February 2015 which decision was subsequently upheld by a split 2-1 panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in November 2015. The federal government then appealed the case to the Supreme Court.

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