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A Praiseworthy Effort by Bipartisan Senators Offers Promising Start for Immigration Reform

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April 17, 2013 - Americans for Immigrant Justice is thrilled to see a promising bipartisan bill aimed at reforming our nation's sorely dysfunctional immigration system. We applaud the eight Senators who worked to reach bipartisan compromise and, thus, craft the bill now introduced. We are particularly pleased that Florida Senator Marco Rubio was one of the "Gang of Eight."

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Reuters: South Florida deportations flout policy, focus on minor offenders: report

MIAMI | Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:15pm EDT
By David Adams

(Reuters) – Federal immigration officials in south Florida are failing to abide by an Obama administration directive to focus deportation efforts on dangerous criminals, according to a report Monday by a Miami-based immigration advocacy group and researchers from a Florida university.

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CBS Miami: Protesters Target Immigrant Deportation Program

April 15, 2013 5:24 PM
Reporting: Gary Nelson

MIAMI (CBS4) – Star power and hard facts were wielded in South Florida Monday to slam a controversial immigrant deportation program. Operation “Secure Communities” is supposed to rid cities and towns of violent criminals.

Opponents, though, say the government is spending a fortune to round up and deport nickel and dime offenders.

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ICE’S “Secure Communities” Program Makes Miami-Dade Less Safe and Casts Racial Overtones

What: News Conference
Why: ICE program puts public safety and families at risk
When: Monday, April 15, 2013, 11 a.m.
Where: 3000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami FL 33137 (free parking in the rear of the building)

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AIJ WRC Joint Statement “Building an Immigration System Worthy of American Values”

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Washington Post: Opinions - Detained immigrants deserve humane treatment

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released “several hundred” immigrants from detention facilities across the United States late last month in an effort to stay within its budget amid “fiscal uncertainty” related to the so-called sequester. More immigrants are expected to be freed soon. This is a good thing: The agency detains about 400,000 men, women and children per year, most of whom pose no threat to the United States.

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AI Justice Takes Action Against Border Patrol for Abusing Immigrant Women

(MARCH 13, 2013, MIAMI, FL) Americans for Immigrants Justice announced that it has filed Federal Tort Claims actions on behalf of four immigrants who were subjected to inhumane and unlawful treatment by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). We are seeking damages for cruel and inhumane treatment suffered by our clients.

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USA Today: Lawsuits allege abuse by border patrol agents

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Lawyer for immigrants says his clients suffered in a bed-less, toilet-less cell agents called the “icebox,” with their fingers and lips turning blue and their skin cracking from the cold.

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AI Justice 17th Annual Dinner: Dare to Dream

Miami – On March 7, 2013, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) and about 500 hundred guests gathered for its 17th Annual Dinner: Dare to Dream. Keynote speaker San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro moved the crowd with his family’s own immigration story and the importance of comprehensive immigration reform. “Unlike some folks in D.C., I don’t have the luxury of sitting 2,000 miles away, far away from the problem and railing against it,” Castro said.

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My SA: Mayor Julián Castro talks immigration in Miami

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MIAMI — Though fast becoming a national spokesman for immigration reform, when Julián Castro addressed activists, their benefactors and so-called DREAMers here Thursday night, he made a plea to fix a broken system as the mayor of a city where undocumented immigrants exist in the shadows.

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AI Justice is an award-winning non-profit law and advocacy firm that protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants. In Florida and on a national level, we champion the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocate for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serve as a watchdog on immigration detention practices and policies; and speak for immigrant groups who have particular and compelling claims to justice.