Many immigrants may be released without bond after judge’s ruling

April 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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April 13, 2015

Seattle federal judge orders the DOJ to obey a law that allows some immigrant detainees to be released on their own recognizance while their cases work through the system.

By Mike Carter

Seattle Times staff reporter

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

Farmworker and Immigration News Roundup

April 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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FARMWORKER AND IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE

Stop the Checkpoints April 13, 2015

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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.

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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

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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.

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WOMEN’S HUNGER STRIKE
AT KARNES,TX DETENTION CTR.

http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2015/01/22/protesters- call-for-closure-of-karnes-family-detention-center.html

http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2015/04/09/karnes- hunger-strike-organizer-freed.html

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/apr/06/us-government-holding-fewer- immigrants-detention/? utm_source=kpbs&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=user- share&utm_content=permalink&utm_term=share-buttonpage6image3672page6image4792 page6image4952 page6image5112 page6image5272

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HONDURANS MAIMED BY
LA BESTIA SEEK TO TALK TO OBAMA

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MUSIC VIDEO FOR “AMIREDIS”

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WHAT WE CAN DO:

Farmworkers issues

Boycott Driscoll berries and Sakuma Farms berries and share it on social media or write a letter to the editor

http://boycottsakumaberries.com/take-action/

Spread the boycott news at a P.A. or Sequim Farmer’s Market table

Protest Sakuma Bros. and other agribusinesses requests for guestworkers, sign the petition at

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WHAT WE CAN DO -PART 2

Detention Center issues:

support Karnes women detainees hunger strike and call for closure of family detention centers, sign petition at www.webelongtogether.org

Spread the word about billions of dollars wasted on private detention centers where detainees are mistreated

Join students from several colleges at the Saturday, April 18th Rally and Protest at the NW Detention Center in Tacomapage10image5712 page10image6192

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WHAT WE CAN DO-PART 3

Hondurans maimed by La Bestia

call on US government to stop funding the paramilitaries and gangs in the “war on drugs”, that make Honduras the murder capital of the world.

sign petition for Obama to meet with Hondurans disabled while seeking refuge in U.S.

http://bit.ly/amiredis-petition

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House Approves Funding For DHS Without Immigration Measures

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HUFFINGTON POST Posted: Updated: 

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

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