Fear-Tactics Leading to Hyper-Exploitation of Immigrant Communities
"The threat of raids from the highest official in office sends a sonic effect of fear through our immigrant communities—it affects us all. It sends people into hiding, unwilling to interact with school, police, any state affiliated institutions. It saps resources from organizations working with immigrant communities as they work to put into action emergency plans." - Diana Marin (Salon)
Members of Congress, Activists Respond to Detention Conditions
"We want to shine a light on the injustices at the border... This extends to Michigan. They struggle for necessities. They are human beings, too, and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We see every child as precious and special and deserve to be loved.” - Issamar Camacho Almaraz (Michigan Radio) (Monroe News) (MLive) (Michigan Daily) (Michigan Advance- Demas)
Nobody's Really Sure How Many Separated Kids Are in Michigan
"We do currently represent every child brought to Michigan in federal immigration custody and are committed to sharing as much information as we have access to about those programs. However, we are an independent non-profit law office; our resources are limited and our access could change in the future." - Susan Reed
Here's What's Happening With Immigration In Michigan
"We have no issues with access to our [detained child] clients[.] We do . . . regularly talk with kids about the conditions of their detention." - Susan Reed.
Immigrant Community on Alert After Threat of Raids
"We can’t live in a constant state of panic. We have to know our rights and share that message with others and keep organizing and support our communities to get through this. It’s really a balancing of the trauma of constantly being threatened with separation and the need to be strong.” - Susan Reed
What You Need to Know About the Crisis at the Border and What you can Do to Help
Finally, the administration has ramped up “ordinary” immigration enforcement against individuals and families all over the United States, many of whom have lived here for years and even decades. Many have valid defenses against deportation that they are unable to assert because they lack the resources to pay immigration counsel. In our home states of Michigan and Virginia, two organizations that meet a fraction of this need are the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and the Legal Aid Justice Center.
Representing Child Migrants in Michigan
"The challenges of representing these children are not new and they won't go away when this administration ends." - Susan Reed
MIRC Staff to Join U.S. Rep for Community Meeting
"On Monday, June 17, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, will join with Tania Morris Diaz, staff attorney at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, for a conversation with the community"
Many Immigrants Would Be Excluded in New Housing Bill
"[The bill] would needlessly exclude thousands of long-term residents in Michigan who hold dozens of different categories of legal presence, many of whom are on a path to permanent status.” - Anna Hill