It is important to keep in mind that history remembers how governments respond to humanitarian need, and that there are very real consequences for refugees summarily turned away at our borders.
Counties in New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, and Arizona announced this week they will stop honoring detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at county jails, becoming the most recent in a string of local jurisdictions across the country to limit their compliance with detainers.
On Monday, two New York state legislators introduced the “New York is Home” Act, S. 7879 and A. 10129. It is sweeping legislation that would establish “state citizenship” for New Yorkers. The act would be a state’s broadest attempt yet to assert inclusion and full participation of its residents regardless of immigration status.
Speaking at the Global Great Lakes Network Convening’s opening session last week, Peduto and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald noted that immigrants were an important component in industrial cities—places like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Detroit—and are important today in helping regions to grow.
The Power of DACA Continues to Grow
June 15 marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. DACA temporarily defers the deportation of eligible undocumented youth and young adults, and grants them access to renewable two-year work permits and Social Security Numbers. As of March 2014, 673,417 young people had applied to the program; 553,197 had been approved.