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Changes to Immigration Fee Waivers Predicted to Impact Low Income Applicants

"When you get a letter from the state of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, it shows eligibility and receipt of benefits for period of time. The letter can simply be attached to the application and the fee waiver, which is sufficient. Removing that is going to create additional barriers for people who are applying for benefits and for immigration relief who will now need to use either a tax return or some other evidence to demonstrate financial hardship.” - Ruby Robinson

(Arab American News - May 17, 2019)

GRPD Civilian Review Board Urges Reconsideration of Captain Exoneration

"The American Civil Liberties Union and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center filed a joint complaint asking the board to appeal the decision. In a 6-2 vote, the board decided they felt the internal investigation, though thorough, came to the wrong conclusion."

(Fox17 - May 15, 2019)

How To: Support Detained Immigrants/A Year Since Zero Tolerance

"You can highlight the names of advocacy groups to help their cause as well, including organizations like the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, and others." 

(Bustle - May 7, 2019)

MDCR Investigates 23 Discrimination Complaints Filed Against GRPD

"It’s also a week after the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) called for an independent investigation into two specific cases involving people of Latino descent, as the Advance reported." (Star Tribune)

(Michigan Advance - May 7, 2019)

Williams Released from Detention

"They can detain anybody while they are awaiting status, at their own discretion. That was kind of what prompted them to make the decision to detain him, they didn’t have to detain him, but they chose to,"- Ana Raquel Deveraux

(WMMZ13 - May 2, 2019)

Immigrants Rally for Drivers Licenses

"The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center also says on its website that 'only the state Legislature can change the law.'"

(Detroit Free Press - May 1, 2019)

Collaboration With U-M Students to Support MIRC Asylum Cases

"Working in partnership with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), a local nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services to immigrants, students began to research and compile data MIRC’s lawyers could use to file asylum cases."

(LSA-UMICH - May 1, 2019)

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against GRPD

"That’s essentially the justification that the Grand Rapids Police Department has used, saying we will look at things like limited English proficiency and these other factors that we think are completely inappropriate to use as a proxy for national origin and possible immigration violations. Those are things that are completely inappropriate to rely on. You can’t tell someone’s immigration status by looking at them or their level of English proficiency.” - Hillary Scholten (Michigan Radio) (Revue(WZZM13) (FOX17) (GrandHaven Tribune) (StarTribune) (Holland Sentinel)

(MLive - April 30, 2019)

Community Backlash Following Reinstatement of GRPD Police Captain

“VanderKooi’s actions as documented in these emails undermines the entire point of the U visa program. His reinstatement in light of all of this evidence endorses this abuse of power and therefore strikes a huge blow to community trust, making good policing harder and our communities less safe.” - Hillary Scholten (MLive)

(Detroit Free Press - April 30, 2019)

Farmington Hills Lecture Series

"Along with healthcare, immigration policy will likely be the most discussed and disputed topic in the 2020 presidential campaign.” - Ruby Robinson

(The Oakland Press - April 22, 2019)

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