Press Room

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)

Detainer Requests Not Sufficient for Continued Detention

"Courts have found across the country that detainer requests do not, on their own, establish sufficient probable cause to effect continued detention or custody." - Ruby Robinson

(WZZM13 - August 29, 2019)

New Policy in GR changing Police Cooperation With ICE

"The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center have filed complaints with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights regarding accusations of racial profiling and the Grand Rapids Police Department." (WWMT)

(MLive - August 23, 2019)

Responding To Public Charge Rule Change, Combating Fear

"It's important for people to know that this rule hasn't taken effect yet. It won't until October 15. That if they fear how accessing public benefits will affect them, they should reach out to make sure that they are affected by this rule." - Tania Morris Díaz (The Detroit News) (Arab American News) (Press & Guide) (MLive) (Michigan Radio(94.9 WSJM) (Southgate News-Herald) (The Arab American News)

(Detroit Metro Times - August 16, 2019)

Michigan Attorney General Sues to Stop Public Charge

"The new rule is ...   likely to scare millions of immigrants and their family members, including millions of U.S. citizen children, away from accessing public benefit programs." - Tania Morris Díaz

(Detroit Free Press - August 15, 2019)

Lawmakers, Protesters Call for End to Dearborn Police Holding ICE Detainees

"The ACLU of Michigan and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center sent letters Friday to nine county sheriffs, prosecutors and two police chiefs, including Haddad, urging that they stop detaining people in jails at the request of ICE." (Arab American News) (The Detroit News- Dearborn Ends Contract)

(The Detroit News - August 13, 2019)