HEADLINES: Immigration

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Within a month as many as 600 immigrant detainees will fill the rooms of the Texas’ Karnes County Civil Detention Center. Detainees will sleep eight to a room with a private bath, and they will be allowed to move about the facility largely unescorted. This place is three years in the making, and it’s a significant departure from ICE’s other facilities, which critics charge are excessively harsh and lacking sufficient oversight. This facility is for low-level detainees — immigrants who have been picked up in sweeps or those seeking political asylum. For the most part, they are nonviolent people who haven’t committed any crimes, except for overstaying a visa or crossing the border illegally. Outside in the parking lot, though, a dozen of those stakeholders — largely immigrant rights advocates — stood in a group and talked about what they saw during their tour of the facility. No one in this group said they were happy with the results. Read LIRS’ response to the recent tour. [NPR, NYTimes]

A group of high school and college students rallied outside regional headquarters for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Detroit Wednesday afternoon to publicly tell their stories of living in the city as undocumented immigrants. The students addressed a crowd for the “Undocumented and Unafraid: Coming out of the Shadows” rally, part of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance’s month of action. Currently, members are working with longtime immigrant rights advocate State Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), who will introduce a bill in the next several months that would allow undocumented immigrants who graduate from a Michigan high school the right to pay in-state tuition at Michigan colleges and universities. [Huffington Post]

A coalition of American civil rights and labor groups will meet Friday in Seoul, South Korea, to ask Hyundai executives and shareholders to help overturn Alabama’s law aimed at reducing undocumented immigration. Led by Wade Henderson, CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Eliseo Medina, secretary-treasurer, Service Employees International Union, the group will ask Hyundai, Daimler and Honda to break their silence on Alabama’s H.B. 56. The three automakers and their suppliers support about 45,000 jobs in the state, according to a news release from the group. A U.S. appeals court in October blocked Alabama from enforcing part of its new immigration law, including a controversial provision that permits Alabama to require public schools to determine the legal residency of children upon enrollment. [Detroit Free Press]


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