By TIM PADGETT
MAR 18, 2019
One of the more disturbing sounds to hit the media airwaves last summer was a recording obtained by ProPublica of Central American children crying at an immigration detention center in Texas. They’d been separated from their parents, who had come to seek U.S. asylum.
At that same place the summer before, in 2017, a Guatemalan girl named Ana was taken from her father. She was three. Ana was sent to a relative in Immokalee, Florida, who took her to immigration lawyer Jennifer Anzardo Valdes in Miami.
By Brian Dunn
February 28, 2019
Along with the help of Americans for Immigrant Justice and Muslim Advocates, two national civil rights organizations fighting for equality, a group of 20 Somalian refugees are suing the State of Florida and national Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for what they deem to be violations of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution while being detained by Donald Trumps Government over the course of the last 15 months.
February 19, 2019
Americans for Immigrant Justice presented Delaware State University junior Indira Islas with its Holly Skolnick Human Rights Award for her story as a “Dreamer” and her advocacy for immigrants.
The organization flew her to Miami, where it held its 23rd annual AIJ Awards Dinner. In a letter to the honoree, AIJ Executive Director Cheryl Little said Islas is an “ideal recipient for this award,” noting that she has “given voice to immigrants at this critical time, when they are being driven even further into the shadows and your family’s powerful story is an inspiration to us all. It has shined a light on the plight of ‘Dreamers’ and other hardworking immigrants whose value to this country is immeasurable.”
Michael Bloomberg assailed President Donald Trump as “xenophobic” and called his family separation policy “un-American” during a Friday night Miami speech that sounded like a warmup for a 2020 presidential bid.
“The American story and the American dream are under attack by our own American president,” the former New York mayor said at an Americans for Immigrant Justice fundraiser. “Hard as it is to believe, the most xenophobic president of our lifetime is from the immigrant capital of the United States: New York City.”