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Raids on our highways- hitting a new low

Seven suspected illegal immigrants detained in first-ever U.S. 101 traffic checkpoint


 

 

By Randy Trick, Peninsula Daily News
FORKS – Customs and Border Protection agents on Thursday detained seven people thought to be illegal immigrants at the North Olympic Peninsula’s first-ever traffic checkpoint on U.S. Highway 101.

Travelers moving south on the highway between 8 a.m. and noon – including those in a Clallam County Transit bus – were stopped north of Forks and asked if they were citizens and where they were born.

More checkpoints on Highway 101 in Clallam County can be expected in the coming months, said Robert Kohlman, a field operations supervisor in the...

Rally in LA for CIR!

 From our advocates at CHIRLA:

“On Sunday, March 25th a coalition of organizations in L.A. (CARECEN, CHIRLA, COFEM, Hermandad Mexicana) organized an Immigrant Rights Forum in commemoration of the historic mega march in 2006. Approximately 5,000 people attended the event and over 4,000 letters were collected for Senator Feinstein demanding CIR. The key messages of the Forum were: Stop the Raids, Immigration Reform for All and Healthcare for all Californians. There was a star-studded line-up including Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, Assembly Majority Leader, Karen Bass, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and last but not least, Rep. Luis Gutierrez from Illinois.

Highlights included CHIRLA’s Know Your Rights DVD which really got the audience pumped. Also, Maria Jacinto, a community leader, approached Rep. Gutierrez on the side and said “thank you for introducing the bill, but your bill is not the kind of legalization I need. Maybe  it’s good enough for you, but it’s not enough for our community.”

Gutierrez responded that he wanted the community to understand that he introduced the bill in order to get movement going so the debate wouldn’t die. There were also families who did not enter the event, but they wanted to make sure that they brought their letter along...

Major Win in Suffolk County

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/politics/ny-lisuff215138558

march 21 – Loitering bill out

Suffolk lawmakers defeat measure that would have hindered immigrant laborers gathering on streets

BY JAMES T. MADORE  james.madore@newsday.com

Suffolk lawmakers last night defeated a controversial anti-loitering bill aimed at immigrant day laborers who congregate along county roads to solicit work from passing motorists.

The 10-6 vote, with one abstention, came after hours of charged rhetoric from immigrant rights groups, civil libertarians, ministers and residents of Farmingville and other affected communities.

Read more: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/politics/ny-lisuff215138558

Congratulations! to all the folks who worked on this including the New York Immigration Coalition as well as the local Gamaliel Foundation Affiliate: LION!

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