Press Room

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)

Dearborn Restaurant ICE Visit Reemphasizes Need to Know Rights

"The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan was aware of the Dearborn incident. The nonprofit is working with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, urging people to know their rights."

(The Detroit News - July 15, 2019)

Kalamazoo Urges State to Reinstate Driver’s Licenses

"Before 2008, applicants did not need to provide proof of legal presence in the United States, according to the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center."

(MLive - July 15, 2019)

Community Leaders Working Towards Belonging for Immigrant Communities

"Each of the organizations on the initiative’s task force will lead its own focus groups for its own clients. The task force includes the four collaborating organizations, as well as the city of Grand Rapids’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Right Place, the city of Wyoming and the Wyoming Public Safety Department, Justice for Our Neighbors, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center..."

(Grand Rapids Business Journal - July 12, 2019)

Teen Receives His Green Card After Being Detained by ICE for Months

"It is a system that is meant to keep people out and it is for the most part successful in doing that. I think Williams, in particular, had kind of the perfect storm, where at every step of the way something went wrong." - Camila Trefftz

(WZZM13 - July 11, 2019)

What Community Can Do About the Border Crisis

“It is just shocking across the board. The scale of the squalid conditions in these detention camps is a major calamity, and human rights violations are occurring. What we are finding is that people cannot put much trust in ICE. There is a loss of trust in government institutions for reliable action or even reliable information.” - Ruby Robinson

(The Jewish News - July 9, 2019)