- The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear.
- Stop the deportation raids against Central American refugees.
Allie Yee, The Institute for Southern Studies
Last May, protestors in Dilley, Texas called for justice for Central American families seeking asylum. Over the weekend, raids targeting these families were conducted in Texas and other Southern states. United Methodist Women via Flickr
January 7, 2016 | The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear.
News of the Department of Homeland Security's plans to conduct immigrant deportation raids at the outset of 2016 circulated just before the Christmas holiday, and the first raids got underway this past weekend. They are part of the Obama administration's efforts to stem a wave of women and children who have arrived in the U.S. since 2014, many fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and other Latin American countries. Officials said the raids target those whose asylum claims have been denied and who now face deportation orders.
Allie Yee, Member, Institute for Southern Studies
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Stop the deportation raids against Central American refugees, Presente
Dear President Obama, I’m writing to demand that you immediately stop the waves of deportation raids targeting children and families who fled violence, primarily from Central America.
- Join us in demanding that President Obama immediately stop these and other deportation raids.
- Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world