February 2017

February 27, 2017

I can’t take that place.’ An Arizona family struggles with a mother’s deportation” (Washington Post)- “The house was nearly silent as the father stood in the empty kitchen, pulling apart pieces of store-bought rotisserie chicken. He would have to learn to cook at some point, but not tonight. It was hard enough mustering the energy to get through the meetings with activists, the phone calls with lawyers, the restless nights. For his first time making dinner for his kids since his wife, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, was deported, this would have to do.”

What It’s Like to Have Your Parents Deported” (NYT)- “In December 2015, I was heading to the library here at Berea College to study for finals when I got a call from my mother’s lawyer. He said Ma was fighting deportation to Ghana, and I would need to write an affidavit explaining why she should be allowed to stay in the United States.”

February 24, 2017

In Los Angeles, Underground Network is Readying Homes to Hide Undocumented Immigrants” (KTLA)- “The purchase of this home is part of a network formed by Los Angeles religious leaders across faiths in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. The intent is to shelter hundreds, possibly thousands of undocumented people in safe houses across Southern California.”

February 23, 2017

More than 50 detained in immigration raids at Asian restaurants in Mississippi” (LAT)- “Te first call came Wednesday morning: Federal agents were raiding a Chinese buffet in the city of Pearl. Before long, word spread across Mississippi immigrant communities that agents were targeting a Hibachi grill in nearby Flowood and a sushi restaurant nearly 100 miles away in Meridian.”

February 21, 2017

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions” (NYT)– “Documents released on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security revealed the broad scope of the president’s ambitions: to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations.”

February 17, 2017 

Deportation splits up Escondido family” (SDUT)- “An Escondido family has been split in two after a mother was deported to Mexico, leaving her twin 18-year-old daughters without a parent.”