By Karen Alford
One of our members was talking with a newly released detainee about the chaotic situation in the prisons and with ICE. “I didn’t realize the United States would be so disorganized,” he said.
By Karen Alford
We appreciated this piece on statelessness in the US, from the United Nations Refugee Agency, and the Tulane Immigrant Rights Clinic has produced a report on immigration detention in Louisiana that we are dying to see.
“The report, titled No End in Sight: Prolonged and Punitive Immigration Detention in Louisiana, is the result of a year of research analyzing the 499 Louisiana habeas cases filed in federal court from 2010 to 2020. Researchers found that by the time that detained immigrants filed habeas petitions in court, they have typically already endured nearly one year and one month of detention. On average, the cases last a further six months, during which the immigrant is still held in confinement. Researchers also found serious challenges for detainees to access lawyers to represent them in their habeas case, with 85% of detained immigrants filing their cases without legal representation. Lastly, they found disturbing racial disparities, with Black immigrants representing more than half of detained immigrants filing habeas petitions. The researchers offer recommendations to the Court, immigration authorities, and advocates to reduce potentially unconstitutional detention and promote transparent, efficient, and reasoned adjudication.”
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
ACROSS THE NATION
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
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.”