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.”
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.
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.”
Freedom for Immigrants has a beautiful safe house in Jena, where we are able to house immigrants released from central Louisiana detention centers, in transit to their new homes elsewhere in the United States. Sometimes family members held in different facilities, and released on slightly different dates, are able to wait for each other there, reunite and regroup. The house is peaceful and even has games and toys for kids.
By Karen Alford and Leslie Bary
The Immigration Advocates Network is linked to the right under Allied Organizations, but we wanted to highlight this organization and their work. From their site:
“The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), a program of Pro Bono Net, is dedicated to expanding access to immigration legal resources and information through collaboration and technology. . . . We create our own tools, build platforms for others, and work with partners to harness the power of technology and collective action to better support immigrants and their advocates.”
The IAN has six projects on immigration, each of which goes to a specific issue. LA-AID activists, advocating for individual migrants, may want to be aware of the support the IAN projects can offer.