Immigration

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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it won’t turn over Hoosiers’ driver’s license information to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Trump administration wants states to hand over that information after federal courts denied its push to add a citizenship question to the upcoming census. Nebraska recently became the first state to comply with the White House directive.

The BMV said it received the Census Bureau’s request and “at this time” has declined to provide the driver’s license data.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers for a Latino American war veteran who was wrongfully detained by immigration agents in Michigan have filed a $1 million claim against the U.S. government for his three days in custody.

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez is a Michigan-born U.S. citizen. Yet he was taken into custody after his release a year ago from a Kent County, Michigan, jail for an alleged crime. The American Civil Liberties Union says Ramos-Gomez’ “shocking mistreatment” only exacerbated his post-traumatic stress disorder from his service as a Marine in Afghanistan.

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Poetry readings took place in about 45 cities across the United States Wednesday night to raise money for immigrants in need. Local poets gathered in South Bend to participate.

DHS Report Hearing

Jul 12, 2019
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After an inspector general report found "dangerous overcrowding" at Border Patrol facilities, the House oversight committee is holding a hearing about conditions for detained migrants. Watch the hearing live.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue fielded several trade questions while visiting Purdue University Tuesday morning including numerous inquiries about the potential economic impacts of the southern border crisis.

Goshen Protesters Use Props To Help Get Message Out

Jul 2, 2018
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Hundreds of protesters gathered in Goshen  as part of Saturday’s national protests for the unification of immigrant families. They hope help bring attention to immigration issues in their community.

Protesters gathered to tell personal stories of immigration and family separation, and to show support for those afraid they may face deportation. They also focused on children separated from parents, which has caused national outrage. Event co-organizer Marilyn Torres used silver, emergency thermal blankets to help connect protestors to the children’s experience.  

CoreCivic to Withdraw Detention Center Plans

Jan 22, 2018
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The private company CoreCivic today announced it will formally withdraw plans to build a multimillion dollar detention center just south of Elkhart.
 

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder said company representatives called to let him know about the change in plans late this morning.
 

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Leaders of the Greater Elkhart and Goshen chambers of commerce are among the signatories of a letter released yesterday  that opposes  building an immigration detention center south of Elkhart.

 

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Community leaders and immigrant advocates gathered yesterday to voice concerns regarding CoreCivic’s proposal to build a hundred million dollar immigration detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement in Elkhart County.

Community organizer Richard Aguirre says the event was intended to send not only a strong message of opposition to CoreCivic’s proposal and but also a message of unity amongst diverse segments of the community.

Non-profit Hosts Protest Seminar in Elkhart County

Dec 11, 2017
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The recent announcement of a proposal by CoreCivic, a private, Tennessee-based company, to build an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Elkhart County has some residents in search of ways to make their opposition known. The immigrant advocacy group, Elkhart-Goshen Sanctuary Coalition, hosted a seminar Saturday in Elkhart to discuss protest techniques with residents.  

 

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The South Bend nonprofit La Casa de Amistad hosted a meeting Thursday, to discuss the details of the recent consideration of Elkhart County as the site for a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, detention facility by the private company CoreCivic.

Residents of St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties gathered to write letters to urge local government leaders to vote down CoreCivic’s proposal to build the facility when the proposal is presented.
 

CoreCivic Eyes Elkhart County for Detention Center

Nov 17, 2017

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder confirmed Thursday that CoreCivic of  Nashville, Tennessee has expressed interest in Elkhart County property to for a new Immigration and Customs Detention Center in Indiana. County Commissioners will have final approval over the facility if a final proposal is presented.

Richard Aguirre, Founder of Elkhart County HOPE, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, said community leaders found out about CoreCivics’ interest in property last Friday.

Goshen Introduces Resident ID Plan

Nov 13, 2017

 

Goshen’s Center for Healing & Hope, or CHH, encourages city residents to apply for resident identification cards. The organization will begin application meetings  for the cards December first.

The aim of the Goshen Resident ID cards, or GRID cards, is to help all residents of the city have a proper form of identification.
 

Michiana residents protest decision to end DACA

Sep 6, 2017
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The federal plan to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in six months, would impact nearly 1,200 people in Michiana and 10,000 people statewide. Michiana non-profits hosted a rally urging Republican Representative Jackie Walorski to support protection for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Executive Director of the South Bend non-profit La Casa de Amistad, Sam Centellas said the message is simple.

Several attorneys general are calling on Congress to take action on immigration reform.

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