Guest Blogger: Emily Butera from the Women’s Refugee Commission
On Veterans Day, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has reintroduced the Military Families Act that will grant lawful permanent resident status to any parent, spouse, child, son, or daughter of an active military service member or of a service member who died as a result of service. This is an important step to restoring fairness.
Courage comes in many different forms. For Esmeralda a transgender asylum seeker from Mexico who faced horrific circumstances in immigration detention, it came in the form of seeking justice. Kept in a segregated cell with other transgender detainees, Esmeralda never realized that her experience in detention would match the trauma of discrimination she had faced back home. But her story is also one of hope for change.
November 7th 2009 marked one year from the day that Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant, was killed in the Long Island suburb of Patchogue. But rather than act as a stand-alone instance, the act of violence put a national spotlight on race relations and has emerged as one among dozens of cases of violence against Latinos in Suffolk County over the past ten years.
When Pedro Juan Tavarez, a 49- year old immigration detainee died in a hospital in Massachusetts, his stunned family couldn’t believe it. Over the last year and a half, the Providence shuttle driver had been moved from one facility to another, fighting deportation to the Dominican Republic to remain in the U.S. with his family including his 23-year-old daughter. Only five days before his death his sister had spoken with him at the Suffolk County House of Correction where has was held and he had sounded in good health, apart from the fact that he was lonely and looking forward to her visit.
Guest Blogger: Michele Waslin from Immigration Impact blog
The federal government is paying $1.2 million to settle the cases of five Muslim immigrants who sued over their detention and treatment in a Brooklyn jail after 9/11, when hundreds of noncitizens were rounded up and held for months before being cleared of links to terrorism and deported.
“Police officers giving drivers $204 tickets for not speaking English? It sounds like a rejected Monty Python sketch. Except the grim reality is that it has happened at least 39 times in Dallas since January 2007….All but one of the drivers were Hispanic.”
In a startling expose on Sheriff Arpaio of Maricopa County, under investigation by the Justice Department over mounting complaints of discrimination in his enforcement of immigration laws, Phoenix’s KPHO-Channel 5 reveals a sinister pattern of how Ar