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Major Victory for ICE Detainer Foes; Battle for Immigrant Justice Not Over

Major Victory for ICE Detainer Foes; Battle for Immigrant Justice Not Over
Story by Pete Shaw Watershed moments are always interesting. On the one hand, there is great cause for celebration. Raise a glass, take a bow, give a pat on the back–even your own–and revel in your moment. But no such moment is ever an end point. Morning becomes afternoon. Afternoon rolls into evening. Night falls. And tomorrow there is elation’s detritus to sweep away and begin the work anew, albeit building upon firmer ground. One of those watershed moments came for the immigrant rights movement on April 11 when Judge Janice Stewart of the United States District Court in Oregon ruled…

Successful Home Reclamation Under Threat as Alicia Jackson El Faces Pressure from Court

Successful Home Reclamation Under Threat as Alicia Jackson El Faces Pressure from Court
Story by Pete Shaw Nearly two years after taking back her house, Alicia Jackson El is having her day in court. On April 11, Jackson El appeared before Judge Steven Evans to defend herself against Fox Capital Corporation, the “foreclosure flipping” company that claims it owns her house. On May Day 2012, Jackson El, with the help of several hundred members of the community, moved back into her house after determining her foreclosure was illegal. Jackson El had fallen behind on her mortgage after losing her job with the City, and tried to get a loan modification. Her bank refused…

A Community Response to Sheriffs’ Announcements to Limits on Police-ICE Collaboration

A Community Response to Sheriffs’ Announcements to Limits on Police-ICE Collaboration
After years of community pressure across Oregon and across the country, the Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County Sheriffs’ Offices have finally announced that, as of May 16, 2014, they will stop honoring requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold undocumented individuals in jail for transfer to ICE custody. The Sheriffs’ decisions directly follow a federal judge's ruling that Clackamas County violated a woman's 4th amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities. The ruling says that Oregon jails should not be holding noncitizens if the only reason to do so is an ICE hold (or detainer). And…

Immigrant Rights Activists Fight to Keep Families Together, Demand Justice for All

Immigrant Rights Activists Fight to Keep Families Together, Demand Justice for All
Story by Pete Shaw As President Obama edges closer toward deporting 2 million people during his time in office–he will likely hit that mark in April–people without documentation, their families, and their communities have decided to take him on head first. One of the most interesting tactics has been the Bring Them Home campaign which uses unjust US immigration laws to fuel greater justice for immigrants. From March 10 to 17, over 150 people without documentation voluntarily crossed the Mexico-US border from Tijuana, Mexico and voluntarily turned themselves into border patrol agents at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in…

Bring Maria Home

Bring Maria Home
Over the course of the last week, over 150 mothers, fathers, children and students have attempted to cross into the US at the border port of entry in California as part of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance's #BringThemHome project. They have presented themselves at the border and asked to be reunited with their families and their communities. Among them, are several people from the pacific northwest. Most of these courageous people are now detained, being held in immigration detention centers and fighting to be released. This historical border crossing is happening during an unprecedented moment when undocumented people across the country are taking their lives into their own…