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United Methodist Women Calls White House to Act on Deportation Crisis

In a letter sent to President Obama, General Secretary and CEO Harriett Olson urges action to stop detaining and deporting people solely on the basis of immigration status and to provide provisional status until a legalization bill becomes law. The letter includes highlights of United Methodist Women's commitment and advocacy for U.S. immigration reform and global migrant rights.

The text of the open letter to the White House follows.

 

Dear President Obama, Read more >

Operation Streamline: An immigration nightmare for Arizona courts

`Immigration proceedings here run more like a conveyor belt than a courtroom. Every weekday, 70 migrants fill up the rows and jury seats of the courthouse. They are bound by shackles at their ankles and wrists.

The air in courtroom is thick. Many defendants haven’t showered since they were arrested for trying to cross the border illegally. Their clothes are dusty from the Arizona desert that reaches temperatures over 100 degrees this time of year. It’s not even summer yet. Read more >

Georgia Immigrant Detainees ‘Riot’ Over Maggot-Filled Food

More than two dozen detainees at a notorious immigration detention center in Georgia staged a hunger strike and protest last week over inedible food, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) called the protest at Stewart Detention Center a “riot” that required that detainees be “segregated for disciplinary purposes,” according to the AJC.  Read more >

Obama administration acts to ease immigration legal crunch at border

Facing pressure to address a widening crisis on the Southwest border, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to detain, process and ultimately deport the growing numbers of Central American children and families who already are overwhelming most existing federal detention facilities. Read more >

Mass graves of migrants found in Falfurrias

Unidentified migrants who died entering the United States were buried in mass graves in a South Texas cemetery, with remains found in trash bags, shopping bags, body bags, or no containers at all, researchers discovered.

In one burial, bones of three bodies were inside one body bag. In another instance, at least five people in body bags and smaller plastic bags were piled on top of each other, Baylor University anthropologist Lori Baker said. Skulls were found in biohazard bags — like the red plastic bags in receptacles at doctors’ offices — placed between coffins. Read more >

U.S. Judge Issues Split Ruling on Utah Immigration Law

A federal judge issued a split ruling Wednesday on Utah's controversial immigration law, upholding one key measure but striking down several others in legislation that was passed in 2011 amid a wave of immigration crackdowns around the country. Read more >

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