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Statement on this week's breaking news: Solidarity & Action

Dear NNIRR Family,

The breaking news this week has continued our outrage, heartbreak, and resistance. On Monday, we awoke to news of the 9th Circuit Court ruling allowing the Trump Administration to effectively end Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and threatening massive deportations of TPS holders throughout 2021. The first deportations would affect Haitian communities whose TPS status ends January 4, 2021.

This ruling overlooked the racist motivations by the Trump Administration to terminate TPS. This decision also disregarded the potential devastating impacts on the lives of 308,000 TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan & South Sudan, and their 200,000+ family members. 

Later that same day, news broke that a brave whistleblower, Nurse Dawn Wooten, had come forward as a witness to hysterectomies and sterilizations of migrant women in custody without their consent and/or knowledge, and gross negligence in addressing COVID-19 public health measures at the Irwin Detention Center, in Georgia. In our country, we have a long history of violence against the bodies of women of color. This latest campaign of forced sterilizations is part of a system of dehumanization and criminalization of immigrant women's bodies

 Wednesday, we learned that Nellie Jo David and Amber Ortega, two indigenous Tohono O'odham leaders peacefully protesting the destruction of their sacred lands with the construction of the border wall at Quitobaquito Springs, also known as Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, were arrested by federal agents, sequestered, and held at a detention center without due process and denied access to lawyers and any outside communications.

The cycle of news this week continues the ongoing pattern of abuse and criminal attacks against migrant and indigenous communities. All of this amid a pandemic, historically catastrophic wildfires in the West Coast, and hurricanes in the Southeast.

But, while repression and injustice persist against our communities, we in turn ramp up our acts of resistance and solidarity. 

  ACTIONS:

Rallies to Save TPS! On September 21st, the Journey for Justice II | Jornada por la Justicia II caravan embarks from LA on a tour across the country to raise awareness and save TPSYou can follow the journey and join local rallies when they stop in your town.

Join or Host a Vigil for Migrant Women ICE detainees! You can sign up to host or locate an organized vigil near you here, coordinated by our colleagues at Families Belong Together. 

Follow the O'odham Anti-Border Collective and stand in solidarity and join their actions!

Urge the Senate to pass the Dream & Promise Act which would provide protections and a pathway to permanent residency for TPS holders and DACA recipients. The Dream & Promise Act passed the House last year, it is past time for the Senate to act!

And finally, if you are eligiblebe sure to register to vote and develop your voting plan with your voter-eligible family and friends. This election is crucial for the protection and restoration of fundamental human and civil rights. In this context of pandemic, all of us have a role to play in get-out-the vote efforts!

Check out NNIRR's elections resource page on our website. Visit to find out how to register, how to request mail in ballots and more, and we continue to add new resources. If you have additional resources to share, let us know and we will include on our site. Together we are powerful in our resistance and solidarity.

With love,

NNIRR

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Indigenous activists arrested and held incommunicado following border wall protest

Two O’odham women arrested at the borde Read more >

Ice detainees faced medical neglect and hysterectomies, whistleblower alleges

Nurse Dawn Wooten says she was demoted and reprimanded when she spoke out about practices at Georgia detention center Read more >

Court Rules Government Can End Humanitarian Protections For Some 300,000 Immigrants

A federal appeals court panel ruled on Monday that the Trump administration can end humanitarian protections for some 300,000 immigrants living in the United States, clearing the way for their potential deportation starting next year. Read more >

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Pandemic, Wildfires & Heat Wave: Undocumented Farmworkers Face “Triple Threat” as West Coast Burns

As devastating fires burn across the West Coast, some of the most vulnerable people are farmworkers — many of whom are undocumented. Despite the risks of the pandemic and the climate-fueled fires, many feel they have to keep working even if that means working inside evacuation zones. The state of California has repeatedly allowed growers to continue harvesting despite evacuation orders putting workers at great risk. Read more >

Today is National Request your Ballot Day! Support immigrant voters to get out the immigrant vote!

#MyVoterPlan

The importance of the immigrant vote in this election cannot be overstated. Newly eligible immigrant voters in key swing states have the power to shift the outcome of national and local elections. But with countless barriers to voting -- massive attempts at voter suppression, fear of voting during a pandemic, people feeling intimated or confused by the process, and language access issues -- we must take action to support our communities to engage in the elections and encourage voting-eligible family and friends to cast their ballots. 

Artwork: Favianna.com 

From now until Nov. 3rd, NNIRR will be providing resources and materials to support the get-out-the-vote efforts. Today, we provide links to find out if you and your family and friends are registered to vote, and if not, where to go to easily register -- as well as, information on requesting a mail-in ballot.

NNIRR's election resource page provides updates and a growing set of tools on voter registration, the voting process and other resources for immigrant voters:

Immigration, Immigrant Communities and the 2020 Elections 

Check back often for updates and new resources!

NNIRR is proud to work together with you and partner organizations to push for human rights, social justice, and fair, just, and humane immigration policy. Now and always, we continue to ensure that migrant community voices are at the center of immigration policy reforms. 

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