illegal immigration http://michiganradio.org en Some think their immigrant ancestors were the last that should be allowed in the U.S. http://michiganradio.org/post/some-think-their-immigrant-ancestors-were-last-should-be-allowed-us <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I’ve always had a warm place in my heart for the sugar beet country of Michigan’s Thumb.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Years ago, I used to take graduate journalism students to </span>Caro<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> for a day where they would put out a special edition of the </span>Tuscola<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> County Advertiser.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The folks there were open, friendly, warm-hearted, and hard-working, but I have to say I’m ashamed of some of them today.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">They are disgracing our state and reminding us of some of the ugliest chapters in American history. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Here’s why:&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Thousands of children and teenagers have been turning up at the United States’ southern border over the last few months. We are, if you’ve forgotten, a nation founded by refugees and which, to this very day, has remained open to those seeking political asylum.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That’s the beautiful part of our legacy.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The ugly part is that far too many of us think our ancestors were the last immigrants who should have been allowed in. That’s been reflected throughout our history in signs that said “No Irish need apply,” communities that refused to allow Jews, and the entire history of black America.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:51:15 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18392 at http://michiganradio.org Some think their immigrant ancestors were the last that should be allowed in the U.S. US Supreme Court ruling not likely to change Michigan's citizenship 'affirmation' for voters http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-not-likely-change-michigans-citizenship-affirmation-voters <p>Michigan voters will probably still need to affirm their citizenship before they cast ballots. &nbsp;&nbsp;That's despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today.</p><p></p><p>The nation’s highest court struck down an Arizona law that required individuals to prove their citizenship status when they registered to vote.</p><p></p><p>Michigan requires voters to ‘affirm’ their citizenship status, but not necessarily provide proof.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:47:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 13092 at http://michiganradio.org US Supreme Court ruling not likely to change Michigan's citizenship 'affirmation' for voters Report identifies potential economic benefits of immigration reform in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/report-identifies-potential-economic-benefits-immigration-reform-michigan <p>A new report by Michigan United and the Center for American Progress says that legalizing undocumented workers could give Michigan a significant economic boost. Thu, 23 May 2013 20:56:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12717 at http://michiganradio.org Report identifies potential economic benefits of immigration reform in Michigan The state of Michigan will grant drivers' licenses to the children of undocumented immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/state-michigan-will-grant-drivers-licenses-children-undocumented-immigrants <p>Thousands of children of undocumented immigrants in Michigan are now eligible for a driver’s license or official state ID.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:07:36 +0000 Rick Pluta 11058 at http://michiganradio.org The state of Michigan will grant drivers' licenses to the children of undocumented immigrants As immigration plans emerge, Michigan activists plan for march on Washington http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-plans-emerge-michigan-activists-plan-march-washington <p>President Obama and federal lawmakers are <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-usa-immigration-congress-factbox-idUSBRE90R0SV20130128">announcing new plans </a>for major immigration reform this week.</p><p>That comes as activists from Michigan and around the country are preparing for a major immigrant rights march in Washington, D.C. this&nbsp;spring.</p><p>There are an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally,&nbsp;and an estimated 100,000 in Michigan. Advocates hope to send at least&nbsp;250 affected families from across the state to the “Keep Families Together” march on April 10th.</p><p>Congressman Gary Peters, a Democrat representing Detroit and much of Oakland County, says he’s hopeful that event can capitalize on growing&nbsp;public pressure for immigration reform.</p><p>“I think if most Americans can hear these compelling stories of people&nbsp;trapped in a dysfunctional immigration system, and the types of&nbsp;problems it’s created for their families…the American people will not<br>believe that’s an acceptable system,” Peters said.</p><p>Peters says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that real immigration reform&nbsp;is possible, despite likely fierce opposition in the&nbsp;Republican-dominated U.S. House.</p><p>A bipartisan group of Senators and President Obama are releasing&nbsp;frameworks for such reform this week.</p><p>Immigration reform advocates are cautiously hailing the Senate framework on some key points. They’re happy it includes a so-called&nbsp;“earned path to citizenship” for those now in the country illegally.</p><p>Detroit resident Cindy Garcia will attend the April march with her&nbsp;family. She’s fought successfully to prevent her husband, an&nbsp;undocumented immigrant from Mexico, from being deported.</p><p>“Because if I can do it for myself, and my family, I can do it for the eleven other million families. Because when I stand here and tell my story, it’s not just for me,” Garcia said.</p><p>“I have to think of other children being separated from their families, and it’s not fair.”</p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 04:34:41 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10983 at http://michiganradio.org As immigration plans emerge, Michigan activists plan for march on Washington Immigration and the Latino vote http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-and-latino-vote <p>Recently, there was a <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/10/protesters_rally_against_ice_r.html">protest rally</a> in Southwest Detroit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement over raids and deportation, and what’s seen as overreach by ICE officials. Non-citizens can't legally vote, but how does the heightened sense of tension impact the Latino vote here in Michigan? Also, the Latino community is one of the fastest growing minority groups in the state. Should there be more Latino representation among lawmakers? Jennifer White talks with Laurence Garcia, an attorney, and the Chairman of the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan.</p><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:08:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9584 at http://michiganradio.org Immigration and the Latino vote Dearborn immigration town hall tries to bridge gap between law enforcement, public http://michiganradio.org/post/dearborn-immigration-town-hall-tries-bridge-gap-between-law-enforcement-public <p>Top federal law enforcement officials took questions on immigration laws at a Dearborn town hall Thursday night.</p><p>Organizers say the event was meant to break down barriers between law enforcement and the public on a particularly complex and emotional topic: immigration.</p><p>Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz from the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Detroit ICE field office director Rebecca Adducci, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Detroit office director Mick Dedvukaj fielded questions on a range of topics.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 18:31:29 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7534 at http://michiganradio.org 67 arrested in Michigan after nationwide immigration sweep http://michiganradio.org/post/67-arrested-michigan-after-nationwide-immigration-sweep <p>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested 3,168 people for &quot;egregious immigration law&quot; violations as part of a six-day enforcement operation.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120402/NEWS06/120402047/Immigration-sweep-leads-67-Michigan-arrests-more-than-3-100-U-S-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> reports 67 were arrested in Michigan:</p><ul><li>21 in metro Detroit,</li><li>19 in the Grand Rapids area,</li><li>and 27 others around the state.</li></ul><p>From the Freep:</p><blockquote><p>According to ICE, the Michigan arrestees were primarily men from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, Iraq, El Salvador, Bosnia-Herzegovinian, Cuba, Ghana, the U.K., Haiti and Lebanon.</p></blockquote><p>ICE Director John Morton said in a <a href="http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1204/120402washingtondc.htm">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE&#39;s ongoing commitment and focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation&#39;s immigration system. Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers and agents in tracking down criminal aliens and fugitives, there are 3,168 fewer criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators in our neighborhoods across the country.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>U.S. ICE officials released this video of arrests made in metro Detroit:</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="252" scrolling="no" src="http://www.dvidshub.net/video/embed/140793" style="border: none; overflow: hidden; width: 430px; height: 252px;" width="430"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:06:58 +0000 Mark Brush 6877 at http://michiganradio.org 67 arrested in Michigan after nationwide immigration sweep Feds halt deportation hours after rally in support of Detroit mom http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-halt-deportation-hours-after-rally-support-detroit-mom <p>Advocates for a Detroit woman held a rally today urging the federal government to scrap its plans to deport her to Mexico this week. Hours after the demonstration, immigration officials announced they would&nbsp;stop Leslie Hernandez&rsquo;s deportation and release her.</p><p>Hernandez is &ndash; by her family&rsquo;s account &ndash; exactly the kind of immigrant for whom the Obama administration says deportations should be halted.</p><p>Hernandez came to the U.S. as a child and has lived here longer than she ever lived in Mexico. She has a clean record, and three young children.</p><p>&quot;She&rsquo;s not a criminal, and it wasn&rsquo;t her fault that she was brought the United States when she was a minor,&quot; said&nbsp;Hernandez&rsquo;s sister-in-law,&nbsp;Cecelia Manquera.</p><p>President Obama wants immigration agents to focus enforcement efforts on removing immigrants convicted of crimes.</p><p>A spokesman for the Detroit immigration enforcement office says Hernandez will be released under federal supervision. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 22:37:01 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5710 at http://michiganradio.org Feds halt deportation hours after rally in support of Detroit mom Michigan woman gives a face to the Dream Act http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-woman-gives-face-dream-act <p>An incoming University of Michigan student has taken her fight against being deported to Washington D.C.&nbsp;<a href="http://1michigan.org/ola/"> Ola Kaso</a>&nbsp;testified before a U.S. Senate committee in favor of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DREAM_Act">Dream Act.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; The bill would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. to pursue their educations.&nbsp;</p><p>Kaso says she has tried to take advantage of the education opportunity given to&nbsp;&nbsp;her, an opportunity now threatened by deportation to Albania.</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:10:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 3055 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan woman gives a face to the Dream Act