The Trump administration has elected to end Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans living in the US. This decision will eject over 57,000 people from the country and cost the economy billions of dollars. Civil rights groups of different stripes are fighting the decision and calling on the administration to change its mind.
In Canada, a seasonal worker program to address labor shortages leaves workers vulnerable to exploitation and deportation, and in Florida, a workers’ compensation law has allowed insurers to turn immigrant workers in to the state.
The recent arrest of Iraqi Christians and Kurds for deportation sparks outcry from those concerned about their persecution in their home countries. At issue is whether this is an issue for immigration courts or the federal court.
In a wildly courageous act of integrity, immigrant workers at the popular Tom Cat Bakery in Queens showed up with a crowd of supporters in front of Trump Tower on Saturday to protest the president’s immigration policies.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released a series of memos and fact sheets detailing how the federal government plans to implement President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security.
It is time to change the way we think about organizations. Organizations are living systems. All living systems have the capacity to self-organize, to sustain themselves and move toward greater complexity and order as needed. They can respond intelligently to the need for change. They organize (and then reorganize) themselves into adaptive patterns and structures without any externally imposed plan or direction. —Meg Wheatley, The Irresistible Future of Organizing
Amid a wave of ICE detentions across the country, reports of new draft guidelines that would significantly increase the detention and deportations of immigrants lacking legal status, and a promise from President Trump that he will release a new executive order to “comprehensively protect our country” against undocumented immigrants, refugees, and travelers, localities, schools, and other entities are progressing with their own efforts at protecting refugees to the greatest extent possible.
The plan expands the number of refugees from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala who may legally enter the United States. It involves a series of measures designed to ensure the safety of those seeking asylum.
As the Obama administration sends mixed messages and Congressional leaders sit on their hands, the most vulnerable refugees are being targeted for deportation and no action is taken toward a sound and just immigration policy.
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