Press Room

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

(Michigan Radio - June 24, 2019)

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.

(Slate - June 24, 2019)

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"

(The Oakland Press - June 13, 2019)

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

(Holland Sentinel - June 6, 2019)

Rise of Naturalization Applications

"I think the greatest benefit of citizenship that you can have is security. Once you are a citizen you cannot be deported." - Ruby Robinson (The Oakland Press)

(Detroit Free Press - May 20, 2019)

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)