Reposted from Immigration Impact by LA-AID
The American Immigration Council sends weekly newsletters. Here is the one for this week!
FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- The Biden administration announced it is seeking to increase legal pathways for those interested in performing seasonal work in the U.S. this year. If accomplished, the move would offer 22,000 additional guest worker visas—a substantial increase in the number of H-2B visas—which otherwise caps at 66,000 per year and allows people to enter the U.S. for seasonal work in industries such as tourism and landscaping. Current U.S. immigration law provides several paths for foreign workers to enter the United States for employment purposes on a temporary or permanent basis. This fact sheet from the American Immigration Council provides basic information about how the employment-based U.S. immigration system works. Read more: Employment-Based Visa Categories in the United States
ACROSS THE NATION
- The Biden administration’s deadline to conduct a 100-day review of its enforcement priorities is fast approaching. Meanwhile ICE has yet to announce a formal process to review the cases of those in its custody for release. The American Immigration Council’s Immigration Justice Campaign—a nationwide network of volunteer attorneys and advocates that serves thousands of detained individuals who would otherwise go unrepresented—is working to ensure people have the help of a dedicated attorney to ask ICE to review their cases and release them from detention. Understanding the experiences of detained individuals and the harsh realities of immigration detention are an important reminder of why we must ensure that ICE is held accountable to its new enforcement priorities and case review process. Read more: Impacted Individuals Build the Case to End Immigration Detention
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The Trump-era approach to interior enforcement was to cast as wide a net as possible, to enforce immigration law by dragnet, with the goal of terrorizing communities, instilling fear and, ultimately, the sort of overarching goal was to create deterrents to immigrating to the United States.
“What the Biden administration did was to try to create priorities and new levels of oversight mechanisms to redirect immigration enforcement so that we’re not going after people who have been in the United States for many years, people who have strong ties to our communities.”
– Jorge Loweree, policy director at the American Immigration Council
The American Immigration Council posts a weekly summary of current immigration policy debates and decisions, Immigration Impact. It is worth following, and you can sign up to get the newsletter by e-mail. The organization and the blog/newsletter are linked at the right, under “Allied Organizations and “Resources.”
By Leslie Bary
The Biden administration has not lifted the Trump-era refugee ceiling. Like much else in immigration policy and implementation, this situation needs discussion and action.
Update: The cap is lifted!
The revised reimbursement policy for the Acadiana Group is available under “For Drivers and Hosts,” to your right, although you may request reimbursement for other out-of-pocket expenses. The driving and hosting reimbursement policies outlined here apply to people released from the ICE detention at Allen Parish, South Louisiana (Basile), and Pine Prairie.
By Leslie Bary
The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), area experts like Aviva Chomsky, and others are concerned about the Biden plan for Central America, which as Common Dreams explains, may exacerbate and not alleviate conditions there. Whatever the United States does in Central America will be felt here.
Obama and Biden functionary Cecilia Muñoz is far less critical of current policy and plans. It is interesting to see what she, from the point of view of the government, has to say about immigration policy and advocacy. Freedom for Immigrants, the organization with which we work the most closely, has these policy goals on immigration detention.
By Leslie Bary
“That morning, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had forced 30 Haitians—almost all of them Black—to board a deportation flight from Alexandria, La.”
This is from The Nation, 5/12 April 2021 and the article is worth reading, as it has to do with New Orleans, and us, and of the depth of the work going on.
In 2021 we’ve been too busy to keep up our news page. This is the archive. We plan to add to it, especially when LA-AID gets media attention. In the meantime, look too at the News link in our category cloud, to the right, headed “TOPICS.”
January 4, 2021
Awaiting deportation in Louisiana after 19 years teaching school here.
December 22, 2020
Washington Post. Garrett Felber, a major scholar of mass incarceration, has been dismissed from the University of Mississippi.
December 18, 2020
Baton Rouge Advocate (Acadiana edition) on LA-AID
LA-AID Video for International Migrants Day
December 16, 2020
KRVS (Lafayette, LA) interview with Nell Hahn on LA-AID
On the political interview show Bayou to Beltway, with Pearson Cross.
November 22, 2020
Links to information and resources on Cameroon
September 1, 2020
Democracy Now on Hurricane Laura and asylum seeker strikes
August 14, 2020
Protest outside Pine Prairie
Protesters were pepper-sprayed by police, who later claimed the protesters had pepper-sprayed them.
The National Immigration Project offers a summary of current immigration enforcement provisions, effective February 18 and superseding the January 20 memo, that is very useful. They also provide a summary of current immigration enforcement policy and proposed legislation, that we have linked at the right under “documents.”
By Leslie Bary
The list below is reproduced from the Daily Kos, whom I thank. It is Black History Month and deportations of Black asylum seekers are ongoing. I was not aware of all of these organizations, and others might like to know about them as well.
“ABISA promotes social and economic justice, civic participation, and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees by building communities that are economically and civically stronger, through advocacy, civic engagement, training, and services.
“African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and back in Africa. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically.
“Black Alliance for Just Immigration educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice. Local BAJI Organizing Committees in New York, Georgia, California and Florida with staff in Texas and Minnesota, build coalitions and initiate campaigns among communities to push for racial justice.
“Black Immigrant Collective is a collective of Black immigrant justice organizers, advocates, journalists, workers’ rights organizers. The collective is committed to amplifying Black immigrants in both racial and immigrant justice.
“Black Immigrants Bail Fund, with support of other Black led organizations, provides free assistance and relief to black immigrants in pursuit of Liberation and Justice. Our commitment is to eradicate the mass incarceration of black immigrants and level the playing field of equity in due process; transforming one life at a time.
“Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project envisions a world where no one is forced to give up their homeland, where all Black LGBTQIA+ people are free and liberated. We build and center the power of Black LGBTQIA+ migrants to ensure the liberation of all Black people across borders.
“Haitian Bridge Alliance is a coalition of Haitian non-profit organizations and community activists who have come together to serve the Haitian community in California and beyond.
“UndocuBlack Network is a multi-generational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access to resources, and advocates to transform the realities of our people, so we are thriving and living our fullest lives.”
Deportation flights to Haiti have been temporarily halted, thanks to lobbying of DHS by activists. We suggest writing DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to praise this action and recommend it become permanent policy. The address is:
The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528