In a move that could affect tens of thousands of detainees, a federal judge in Seattle has ordered the Department of Justice to obey a law that allows for the release of some undocumented immigrants without posting a bond.
Immigration-rights leaders say the law is routinely ignored in Washington and elsewhere in the United States because of a conflicting Department of Justice (DOJ) policy that requires immigrant detainees to post at least a $1,500 bond regardless of whether they pose a danger or flight risk.
“People should not be locked up while they are in immigration proceedings simply because they do not have money to pay a bond,” said Matt Adams, the legal director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NIRP). Read more
STC News Update Slideshow from our last meeting – the photos didn’t come through, but the url links will work.
FARMWORKER AND IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE
Stop the Checkpoints April 13, 2015
UPDATE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM AND OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDER
Executive order is tied up in lawsuit – 25 states suing to stop Obama’s DACA and DAPA orders as unconstitutional.
Congress is doing nothing but gearing up for next presidential election and Republicans are scrambling to decide their platform on this.
States are moving on their own to make reforms:
In California,AB 60 gives undocumented immigrants the legal ability to obtain driver’s licenses. It has drawn an overwhelming — and unprecedented — amount of applicants.Close to 500,000 people have applied under AB 60 since the law was implemented on Jan. 2, 2015
Ten other proposed bills in CA would give undocumented people the right to get MediCal, prohibit employment discrimination based on immigration status, etc.
SAKUMA FARMS & DRISCOLL BOYCOTT
College students are rallying around the boycott and have succeeded in getting TERRA in Bellingham to stop carrying Driscoll’s berries
See Facebook Sakuma Boycott
Boycott has spread to Chicago
SakumaBros. applying for 600 guestworkers in 2015
Numbers of foreign guest workers are soaring! especially in Washington State
WA farmworkers rallied at certification hearing and presented hundreds of signatures of local farmworkers ready and able to work – calling for no guest workers permits for Sakuma.
WASHINGTON — The grudge match between Republicans and Democrats over the president’s immigration policies and funding the Department of Homeland Security ended Tuesday — with a win for Democrats.
House Republicans approved $39.7 billion in funding for DHS without any measures to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which could allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and work for three years. Read more
Click on the "Videos on Immigration" link in the dark red title bar above for these videos -------
Highly recommended! – some are available online for free, others at public libraries or for purchase online. Please request that these videos may be made available at your local library!
Lost in Detention,
Harvest of Empire,
Harvest of Shame & Harvest of Shame Revisited,
The Secret Government/ Bill Moyers.