Press Room

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)

Jewish Community Presenting Obligation to Welcome the "Stranger"

"Program attendees were urged to get involved in the immigration issue by immigration lawyer Ruby Robinson, vice president of JCRC/AJC. He recommended talking to elected officials about immigration and supporting efforts to welcome immigrants."

(The Jewish News - August 9, 2019)

Incredible Challenges Faced by Farmworkers

“Though everyone has rights regardless of immigration status, the realities of being an undocumented farmworker cannot be underscored.” - José Ernesto-Lopez

(The Herald Palladium - August 4, 2019)

No to Facial Recognition Technology, Responding in Detroit

“'Facial recognition technology is flawed and dangerous, and its use in any form by the DPD can serve only to further erode trust between the DPD and Detroiters—especially Detroiters of color,' wrote the groups which include the ACLU of Michigan, the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, and the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation." (Metro Times) (Value Walk)

(Michigan Radio - August 1, 2019)

Fighting Back Against Continued Family Separations

"In the 218-page court filing, organizations that work with immigrants at the border and lawyers that represent them, working with the A.C.L.U., documented a number of separations they considered questionable. The organizations included Catholic Charities, the National Immigration Justice Center, the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center."

(The New York Times - July 30, 2019)

Supporting Women Seeking Asylum, Detained in Calhoun County

"At one point, it was up to 80 women that were here in Calhoun that had been transferred from the Mexican border. Not only have these women come seeking for protection from the U.S. government after having experienced these traumas, but they were also transferred over from one area, one geographic area [Mexican border] to another completely different area (Michigan)... The [Know Your Rights] presentations I put together basically let them know what they could expect in detention. Any and everything I thought I could think of that these women might have questions about, I tried to include in the presentation, just so they at least knew what to expect." - Tania Morris Díaz

(Click On Detroit - July 17, 2019)