Planned Raids – Helping Immigrant Communities – What You Can Do

After postponing last month’s planned immigration sweep, the Trump Administration is now preparing to launch a series of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids across major U.S. cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. These raids, which are scheduled to commence on Sunday, will harm … More Planned Raids – Helping Immigrant Communities – What You Can Do

Culture of Impunity & Dehumanizing Cruelty at CBP Starts at the Top

Every day brings more examples of the culture of impunity and dehumanizing cruelty that defines CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and our entire immigration enforcement system. Trump, who has called the reports about horrific conditions for migrants, asylum-seekers and children in government care a “hoax”, has encouraged and defended these practices. Little wonder that the … More Culture of Impunity & Dehumanizing Cruelty at CBP Starts at the Top

Trump Cruelty sets in as ICE prepares to Raid Families

The Washington Post is reporting that Donald Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin with predawn raids in major U.S. cities on Sunday, according to three U.S. officials with knowledge of the plans. … More Trump Cruelty sets in as ICE prepares to Raid Families

LGBTQ Asians Defend California’s Sanctuary Laws

Amicus brief urges US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to Block Trump Administration’s Challenge to CA Laws Protecting Undocumented Immigrants Today, March 13, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments in U.S. v. California, the Trump Administration’s lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws that regulate state employers and law enforcement to protect … More LGBTQ Asians Defend California’s Sanctuary Laws

Passionate Residents call on Marin BOS for County Sanctuary at TRUTH Forum

The Truth Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2016, requires local governing bodies in which local law enforcement has provided ICE access to an individual to hold a community forum to receive and consider public comment. Last night the Marin County Board of Supervisors held such a forum at the Civic … More Passionate Residents call on Marin BOS for County Sanctuary at TRUTH Forum

Shocking Autopsy Report Confirms Abuse of Transgender Asylum Seeker while in ICE Detention

In May ICE said six transgender people had died in detention!  When government leadership at the highest level denigrates and attempts to rob a minority of its rights, especially  where such government seems intent on erasure, the entire milieu will become a setup for abuse and violence at every level. After seven months the suspicious … More Shocking Autopsy Report Confirms Abuse of Transgender Asylum Seeker while in ICE Detention

Senator Kamala Harris Attacked by White House

Moments ago the White House of Donald J. Trump used its official taxpayer-funded Twitter account to launch a completely false attack on Senator Kamala Harris. This White House’s uncouth attack on the Senator from California is based on false assertions and does nothing more than reflect  failed leadership on the part of a White House … More Senator Kamala Harris Attacked by White House

Federal Court Blocks Trump Admin’s Arbitrary Detention of Asylum Seekers

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2018) – A federal court has blocked the arbitrary detention of asylum seekers fleeing persecution, torture, or death in their countries of origin. It also ordered a case-by-case review of whether each asylum seeker in the class-action lawsuit should be released on humanitarian parole. The ruling stems from a challenge brought … More Federal Court Blocks Trump Admin’s Arbitrary Detention of Asylum Seekers

Trump Seeks Court Order for Indefinite Detention of Children

Trump Administration Seeks Court Order to Allow for Indefinite Detention of Children with Parents; Ignores Smart, Cost-effective and Humane Alternatives to Detention Washington, D.C. – As directed by the President’s executive order issued on Wednesday, the Trump Justice Department has filed a request on Thursday to amend a federal court order – the “Flores Agreement” … More Trump Seeks Court Order for Indefinite Detention of Children

ICYMI: “A family is torn apart: Siblings fight to save their home after their parents are deported.”

How many of these stories am I going to have to post? Washington, DC – Three siblings in Bridgeton, NJ are struggling to keep their family home after their parents were deported. In late 2017, mother and father Humberta and Oscar Campos were deported to Mexico, after years of living in the United States under … More ICYMI: “A family is torn apart: Siblings fight to save their home after their parents are deported.”

Trump Admin Full Steam Ahead to Reshape America’s Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees

Washington, DC — Congress may be essentially done for the year, but the Trump Administration is moving forward aggressively to fundamentally reshape the way America treats immigrants and refugees. Just in the past few weeks alone, we’ve seen the Trump administration: Abandon ICE’s presumed release policy that kept most pregnant women out of immigrant detention facilities; … More Trump Admin Full Steam Ahead to Reshape America’s Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees

Challenging the Trump Administration’s Arbitrary Detention of Asylum Seekers

Washington, D.C. (March 15, 2018) – The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Human Rights First, and Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s arbitrary detention of asylum seekers fleeing persecution, torture, or death in their countries of origin. All the plaintiffs have passed credible fear screenings — … More Challenging the Trump Administration’s Arbitrary Detention of Asylum Seekers

When it Comes to the Trump Shithole Comment The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating!

President Trump’s “shithole” comment on immigrants from unspecified countries in Africa, as well as those from Haiti and El Salvador, is reflected in the numbers. In the year after Trump took office, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reported a drop in total number of overall “removals”—except for African migrants who have seen a … More When it Comes to the Trump Shithole Comment The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating!

Update on Alleged Immigration Raids in the San Francisco Mission

Know your rights Today people have expressed concern about possible ICE raids in the Mission, San Francisco . We have been informed that this was not a general  Immigration and Customs  Enforcement raid but a specific search for two individuals. Activists report that ICE agents came to Good Samaritan Apartments in the Mission in San … More Update on Alleged Immigration Raids in the San Francisco Mission

Lawsuit Filed Seeking Information on ICE Policies for Asylum Seekers

San Francisco – The ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP), the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law (CGRS), and pro bono counsel at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila (RSHC) today filed suit against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for refusing to release … More Lawsuit Filed Seeking Information on ICE Policies for Asylum Seekers

Unrepentant Convicted Palestinian Terrorist Rasmieh Odeh Plays Victim to get U.S. Citizenship

Rasmea Yousef Odeh , born 1947/1948; also known as Rasmea Yousef, Rasmieh Steve, and Rasmieh Joseph Steve) is a Palestinian woman and former United States citizen. She served as associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, Illinois.

Odeh was convicted in 1970 by an Israeli military court of involvement in fatal terrorist bombings, and in 2014 by a US federal jury of immigration fraud. Odeh was arrested in March 1969, and in 1970 was convicted and sentenced by an Israeli military court to life in prison for her involvement in two terrorist bombings in Jerusalem and involvement in an illegal organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
More Unrepentant Convicted Palestinian Terrorist Rasmieh Odeh Plays Victim to get U.S. Citizenship

Call for Investigation into Numerous Sexual Abuse Reports of LGBT Immigration Detainees

LGBT Detainees Specifically Targeted for Sexual Abuse and Denial of Care in the U.S.A. Posted  by Melanie Nathan, 01-09-2012, WASHINGTON—Following repeated reports of sexual abuse in the immigration detention system by the Heartland Alliance, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate and offer possible remedies … More Call for Investigation into Numerous Sexual Abuse Reports of LGBT Immigration Detainees

ACLU Sues: Abusive Treatment Of Transgender Asylum Seeker in U.S.A.

by Melanie Nathan, Dec 11, 2011 Paul Canning  from the United Kingdom has reported to O- Blog-dee O-Blog-da about a recent ACLU lawsuit:- The appalling treatment of a transgender asylum seeker held in US detention has drawn a lawsuit from the ACLU. The suit is against the federal government, local government and Corrections Corporation of … More ACLU Sues: Abusive Treatment Of Transgender Asylum Seeker in U.S.A.

DOMA – Sec 3-an LGBT win- one mere section down- many to go- OBAMA DON’T REST UNTIL DOMA IS DONE?

President Obama – a stroke of a Pen! Defend this most agregious civil abomination called DOMA (Declare Obama Missing in Action!) Another article in this ongoing and random se see storiesries by Melanie Nathan- Change to sec 3 DOMA case won by GLAD plaintiffs/ … More DOMA – Sec 3-an LGBT win- one mere section down- many to go- OBAMA DON’T REST UNTIL DOMA IS DONE?

Breaking Shirley Tan Invited to UAFA Hearing

By Melanie Nathan – Breaking – Today,  1.30 PM. Senator Leahy , (D-VT) extended an invitation to Shirley Tan to testify at the UAFA hearing on June 3rd before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Shirley Tan, her wife Jay and their twelve year old twinsons, together with ‘yours truly’  will be traveling next week to DC for the hearings … More Breaking Shirley Tan Invited to UAFA Hearing

As we speak…our brothers and sister are being detained, in this the “Land of the Free”

I personally can name two binational partners/spouses who are being held in ICE detention. If they were legally able to marry their same-sex permanent partner or if  their marriages recognized, by Federal Law, (i.e. no Defense of Marriage Act) their same-sex spouse would have the right to petition for them to stay in the USA.  … More As we speak…our brothers and sister are being detained, in this the “Land of the Free”

Queercents shuts down new blogger’s first blog to comments….

What makes me mad   Have you ever heard of an editor closing the comments down on a Blogger’s  post?  Serena Editor of QueerCents did just that, and I quote:  “Serena Says:  May 7th, 2009 at 12:47 pm  Editor’s Note: Due to the nature of many of the comments on this thread, comments have been … More Queercents shuts down new blogger’s first blog to comments….

Thank you for the mainstream expose PEOPLE MAGAZINE

I had the great pleasure of working with Susan Young to bring the TAN MERCADO immigration matter to PEOPLE MAGAZINE.  I wanted to thank PEOPLE and Susan for doing justice to the Article.  The 36,000 afflicted LGBT binational couples need mainstream exposure – hopefully the readers will find the compassion and true value in family … More Thank you for the mainstream expose PEOPLE MAGAZINE

IOWA YOU ROCK! Gay Marriage in Heartland.

Gay Marriage in Iowa.  The tought that only liberal Judges make correct constitutional endorsements of Gay Rights is over.  This sweeping ruling proves its constitutionally an abomination to deny gay partners their right to marry. Time for Federal rights too – pending marriage rights in all US States, COngress muct pass the Unificaton of American Families … More IOWA YOU ROCK! Gay Marriage in Heartland.