Press Room

Local Government Deny ICE Detainers, Federal Backlash

“We are very pleased to see Wayne County clearly defining its policy about detainers, which are really problematic because they’re based on less than probable cause.” - Susan Reed 

(Valliant News - November 16, 2019)

GR Community Pushes City to Support Driver's Licenses For All

"According to the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, undocumented immigrants were able to obtain driver's licenses until 2008."

(WZZM13 - November 12, 2019)

Bills Introduced to Ensure Driver's Licenses For All

"Chang first talked about introducing a form of this legislation back in August. She presented the names of a bipartisan coalition formed in support of the new package — the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) of Michigan, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Michigan League for Public Policy and the Michigan Farm Bureau, to name a few."

(Michigan Advance - October 31, 2019)

Anti-Sanctuary Resolution Moves in Muskegon

"[Welcoming Cities and Counties] aim to uplift and unite their communities." - Eva Alvarez

(Muskegon Times - October 23, 2019)

Hosting the National Immigrant Integration Conference

"The conference is sponsored by the National Partnership for New Americans. Co-sponsors include ACCESS, Michigan United and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center." (WILX 10) (Detroit News 9/3) (Value Walk 10/11) (Detroit News 10/20) (Value Walk 10/21) (Value Walk 10/28)


(Detroit Free Press - October 22, 2019)

Protests Against Immigrant Arrests and Detention

"Over the past few months, there have been other protests in metro Detroit related to immigration — and some moves by cities and schools to disengage from working with ICE... [Among these,] [l]ast week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer line-item vetoed a proposal in the state budget by Republicans that would have restricted funds to counties that enact policies limiting their interactions with ICE. Whitmer's veto was applauded by immigrant advocates with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center."

(Detroit Free Press - October 11, 2019)

GRPD Policy Seeking to Build Immigrant Community Trust

"According to Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne, GRPD crafted a draft policy based on research of what other cities were doing. He said the American Civil Liberties Union, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Community Relations Commission and Grand Rapids Association of Pastors had representatives involved in the review of the draft and provided input into the final policy."

(Grand Rapids Business Journal - September 13, 2019)

Michigan Celebrates Welcoming Week

“This year’s celebration comes at a critical moment, as many immigrant and refugee residents continue to face fear, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and policies that harm families." - Christine Sauvé

(Michigan Advance - September 12, 2019)

Rep Kildee's Bill for Francis

"We are extremely grateful that Rep. Kildee is supporting our client and we're hopeful all of Francis supporters will call their local representatives and voice their continued support as well." - Tania Morris Díaz

(Detroit Free Press - September 12, 2019)

Pilar's Stands With Immigrants and Refugees

"Proceeds are being donated to the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Michigan Support Circle, Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary."

(MLive - September 4, 2019)