Florida’s Copycat Bill

State Senator Mike Bennet filed an immigration bill recently that seeks to transform Florida’s immigration enforcement guidelines so that local police can inquire into the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an undocumented alien. Bishop Benoway believes, “we are called to reach out and welcome the stranger and immigrant among us. We do not want to push them further away or isolate them from participation in our communities and life together.”

Family Reunification: Welcome or Walls?

The U.S. refugee family reunification program was suspended in 2008 because of various cases of alledged fraud in submitting affidavits of relationship (AORs). It is scheduled to restart in 2011 with new guidelines that might reduce fraud, but at the cost of creating high walls between refugees and the loved ones they left behind.

Making DREAMs Come True

This week Washington is all about DREAMs. And trying to make those DREAMs come true.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the DREAM Act, may come up for a vote in the house as early as Wednesday or Thursday, according to congressional insiders.

Forgotten People

Throughout her trip Susan updated us on what she was observing on the ground. When she got back we sat down with her to talk about the people she met and the struggles she witnessed.

Deportation Wills

As if preparing for a household death, families who have dug deep roots into American soil must organize their assets and prepare emergency plans in case of a deportation.

Mythbusting in Texas

On a sunny day near Dallas TX, about 60 people gathered in a church hall to talk about immigration from theological, economic, legal, and personal perspectives as part of a workshop called Who is My Neighbor? LIRS Director for Access to Justice Leslie Vélez, Esq., led the group in a discussion to debunk common myths associated with people in the US without authorization.

Susan’s Reflections On Her Flight Back

Susan is on her way back from her visit to Panama and Ecuador where she was looking at the conditions Colombian refugees are facing on a daily basis. Susan took advantage of a layover in Houston to send us these short text message reflections.

Updates from Ecuador

Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with Colombian refugees that live in Quito. Today we visited Colombian refugees and Ecuadorian citizens in the country of San Lorenzo.

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