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		                                    Immigrant and Refugee Reform		                                </span>

Today, we face the enormous challenges posed by our nation’s broken immigration system. Over 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the shadows of our communities across North America. Families face up to decades-long backlogs in acquiring visas, workers are left without protections, children are left behind as parents are deported, and LQBTQ Americans cannot sponsor the visa of a spouse. We can no longer delay reform of our immigration system based on streamlined processing, a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and TPS holders, upholding the right to seek asylum, family reunification, just and humane border security and an end to immigrant detention.

Campaign Chairs: Janie Fishman, jf9870@gmail.com and Leslie Walden, leslie@thewaldenassociates.com

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Local

Does this sound like something that should happen in our country? It all started with a disturbing report from a nurse about the unnecessary gynecological procedures performed on women detainees at Irwin County Detention Center. In late September, a dozen Congress members visited the Center to investigate the whistleblower's complaint. They came away appalled at the number of forced hysterectomies and irregular procedures. The findings were then confirmed by the New York Times through interviews of 16 women by five gynecologists — four of them board-certified and all with medical school affiliations. Click here to read the NYT story Immigrants Say They Were Pressured Into Unneeded Surgeries.

 The women claimed that Dr. Mahendra Amin, the gynecologist who handles most of these cases in Irwin County Detention Center, performed gynecologic procedures that were not necessary. The doctor took advantage of the fact that they were non-English speaking. Some were transported to the hospital in handcuffs and shackles and had no idea what Dr. Amin had done to them until later. 

 A private company, Lasalle Corrections, manages the Irwin County Detention Center. Many people are not aware that the companies who run the US detention centers are for-profit and hired by ICE. The representatives who visited are calling for the closure of the detention center and advocating for alternatives to jailing immigrants in for-profit corrections facilities such as this one. Both suggestions are excellent.

Let's call or email our Congress members! Let them know that Lasalles' medical practices toward its female detainees are unacceptable.

Make your voice heard. 

National

Require ICE to Release Vulnerable Detainees During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered daily life across the world and in the United States, but for the tens of thousands of detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers around the country, this remains impossible. The vast majority of ICE detainees are non-violent offenders who pose little flight risk and, according to medical experts and former immigration officials, should not remain in detention during the pandemic. The FIRST Act, would enact critical restrictions on ICE detention to protect the safety of immigrants and our collective health. 

Support a Pathway to Citizenship for DREAMers and TPS Holders 
The administration’s decision to bring an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017 put over 800,000 immigrant youth at risk of deportation. The administration has also terminated Temporary Protected Status—a humanitarian form of immigration status for those who cannot safely return to their home country due to extraordinary circumstances, like armed conflict and environmental disaster—for 98 percent of all holders. Congress must act immediately to protect DREAMers and TPS holders from deportation and provide a permanent, legislative fix that provides a pathway to citizenship. 

Sun, January 24 2021 11 Sh'vat 5781