ICE Out of Control
Immigration Agents Surround Local School, Trap Parents
On Thursday, March 31st, parents were followed from their homes to the Hope of Detroit Academy and trapped with a toddler inside while half a dozen ICE vehicles surrounded the building. At least two parents were arrested following random, warrantless stops outside the school.
ICEâ€™s own policies explicitly prohibit these type of intimidation tactics near schools and places of worship, except in extreme circumstances and with prior authorization from headquarters.
(The playground at Hope of Detroit Academy)
Tell Governor Snyder
Citizenship for Children of Immigrants Under Attack:
Radical legislators all across the country are attacking a cornerstone of our Constitution and Civil Rights law– the 14th Amendment.
They’re trying to overturn this critical Constitutional protection to deny children born to immigrant parents, particularly the undocumented, the right to US Citizenship.
This is a broad attack against immigrant communities and their children.
Most alarming, as they advance their hateful campaign against immigrants, these politicians are targeting *kids*.
We know that our Constitution should protect diversity and work for inclusion, not divide us against each other.
But here in Michigan, a group of legislators has introduced a resolution -encouraging- Congress to join the attack against our Constitution and immigrant children.
We know this resolution doesn’t represent our state– take action today and let the legislature know that Michigan believes in civil rights for all.
Our goal is to encourage Representative Liss to do the right thing and drop her co-sponsorship of the hateful HR 30.
Tell Governor Snyder What YOU would do to make Michigan a Pro-Immigrant State
In his first major speech to the state of Michigan, Governor Snyder announced that he wants to encourage immigrants to come to Michigan, especially the highly-educated. He thinks it will help the economy and create jobs. We’re excited to see Governor Snyder acknowledge the positive impact of immigrants in Michigan. We also know that Michigan’s immigrants are contributing to our state whether they are “highly educated” or not.
But the big question is: what will the Governor do?
What do you think he should do?
We know that the politicians in Lansing don’t have all the answers, so we want to make sure that they hear from *you*.Fill out the form here, and let us know what you would like to see the Governor do to make Michigan a “pro-immigrant” state.
The Alliance for Immigrants Rights will deliver all your answers to the Governor at a rally in Lansing.
Together, we can make sure Michigan treats all our immigrant communities justly and fairly.
UPDATE: Sulejman Sefa’s mother, Ahmedijie, and his brother, Sherif, have been granted visas by US Citizenship and Immigration thanks to your action. Great work!
When we fight, we can win. Please send a “Thank you email” to
Sulejman Sefa Has Terminal Brain Cancer.
His Last Request?
A visit from his mother and brothers from Albania.
Tell Immigration to stop delaying their visas.
Michigan immigrant Sulejman Sefa is from Albania. During his twenty years in the United States, he earned his citizenship, paid his taxes, and started a family. Working as a handyman at an apartment complex, he built a life in West Bloomfield with his wife Aferditia, and their children Eduardo and Suela.
Tragically, Sulejman recently developed terminal brain cancer. His doctors give him only a few weeks or months to live. He spends his days in Beaumont Hospital, barely able to sit up.
Sulejman’s wife Aferdita has been fighting with immigration for two months to grant his last request: a visit from his mother and two of his brothers now in Albania.
They’ve been given excuse after excuse while fighting insulting bureaucrats and senseless regulations.
They have letters from their doctors, Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Gary Peters– still this isn’t enough for immigration.
With time running short, the Sefa family needs your help.
Upcoming (AIR) Meetups
ReuniÃ³n con (AIR), la alianza pro los derechos de los inmigrantes para detener las practicas abusivas de la patrulla fronteriza/ICE
DATE: Wednesday, Feb 23th
FECHA: MiÃ©rcoles, 23 de febrero de 2011
TIME / HORA: 5:30pm – 7:45pm
PLACE: ACCESS, 2651 Saulino Court, Dearborn Sign up for more information.
LUGAR: Las oficinas de ACCESS, 2651 Saulino Court en Dearborn. RegÃstrate para obtener mÃ¡s informaciÃ³n
Estamos convocando un â€œComitÃ© de Cumplimiento de Responsabilidadesâ€ para trabajar en documentar y exponer las practicas abusivas por parte de la Patrulla Fronteriza (Border Patrol) y ICE. Â¿Puede unirse a nosotros?
Saturday February 26th,
Sabado 26 de febrero
Location / Lugar:
8118 W. Vernor Hwy.
Father Anthony Bologna Hall, Saint Gabriel Parish in Southwest Detroit.
Padre Anthony Hall de Bolonia, Parroquia San Gabriel en el suroeste de Detroit.
Has Border Patrol ever stopped you on the street to “ask for your papers”? Are you tired of feeling afraid in your own community? Has ICE abused your family? The Alliance for Immigrants Rights (AIR) and the St. Gabriel Hispanic Social Justice and Immigrants Rights Committee are working together to help stop these abuses and make sure that law enforcement treats our community with dignity and respect. Please join us for a press conference to announce the beginning of the “Freedom From Fear in our Neighborhood” campaign. Speakers will include community members organizing to stop racial profiling and abuse by law enforcement, and Father Jaime Hinojos. Please join the rally to show your support for immigrants rights.
InmigraciÃ³n lo a detenido en la calle y le a preguntado â€œpor sus papeles?â€ Esta cansado de tener miedo en su propia comunidad? ICE a abusado de su familia? La alianza para los derechos de inmigrantes, la justicia social hispana de San Gabriel y derechos de inmigrantes estÃ¡n trabajando juntos para detener estos abusos y asegurarse que agentes de policÃa trate a nuestra comunidad con dignidad y respeto. Por favor Ãºnase con nosotros para una conferencia de prensa para anunciar el comienzo de nuestra campaÃ±a â€œLiberÃ©monos del Temor en Nuestras Comunidades.â€ Oradores incluyen a miembros de nuestra comunidad organizados para detener el abuso de la policÃa hacia inmigrantes y el Padre Jaime Hinojos. Por favor Ãºnase a nuestra manifestaciÃ³n para demostrar su apoyo a los derechos de inmigrantes. Si gusta mÃ¡s informaciÃ³n: info@ michiganimmigrationreform.org
Save the Date:
Want to tell *your* story to the legislature? Sign up!
Too often, it feels like decisions that affect our lives are being made far away, by people we don’t even know.
No one is listening to our side of the story.
Let’s fix that.
The legislature needs to hear loud and clear from the immigrants rights community about what WE care about.
On April 13th, immigrants rights supporters from all across Michigan will descend on the Capitol. We’ll meet with as many of our legislators as we can. We’ll make sure the Governor listens to us.
There’s too much at stake to be silent.
If you’re interested in going, please mark your calendar and sign up.
If you can, please put in to take time off from work or school.
Details about transportation, times and locations, and what materials will be available for advocacy are still being worked out, so stay tuned!
Saturday, Feb 5th:
Immigrants Know-Your-Rights Meeting
Conozca-Sus-Derechos para Inmigrantes
Saturday, February 5th,
SÃ¡bado, 5 de Febrero,
1st Latin American Baptist Church
6205 West Fort Street, Detroit
1ra Iglesia Bautista Latinoamericana
6205 West Fort Street, Detroit
English/Spanish Interpretation and Resources Provided
InglÃ©s / EspaÃ±ol traducciÃ³n y los recursos proporcionados