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Hate group cancels “America First” rallies

After thousands of people protested against white nationalism and white supremacy in Boston last weekend, the hate group ACT for America canceled their 67 “America First” rallies. They will hold an online day of action on September 9 instead.

The primary agenda of ACT for America is to peddle anti-Muslim policy and rhetoric. CAIR, SPLC, and the Center for New Community has documented the increasingly close relationship between ACT for America and other hate groups, including neo nazis, white supremacists, and armed militias. Vanguard America and Identity Evropa were active participants in ACT for America’s June 2017 hate rallies.

In response to the recent spike in hate violence, CAIR launched an app to share critical know your rights information and to streamline the process for reporting hate crimes and bias incidents.

Amendments introduced to cut off funding for Muslim and refugee bans

Representatives Conyers (D-MI), Levin (D-MI), Kildee (D-MI), Dingell (D-MI), and Lawrence (D-MI) have filed an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill to prevent federal funds from being used to implement key provisions of Trump’s Muslim and refugee bans. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) has offered a similar amendment that would prohibit funding for Trump’s Executive Order as well.

ICE plans to outsource data collection on 500,000 people a month

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) wants to create a new data system to monitor as many as 500,000 undocumented immigrants a month. The system would streamline 17 sources of information, including phone numbers, place of employment, insurance, and payday loans. In ICE’s request for production published on the federal contracting website in early August, ICE describes it as a “continuous monitoring and alert system” that features contemporaneous, real-time data.

After Trump reinstated the Secure Communities program in January, which requires local authorities to share fingerprints, immigration status, and other arrest data with federal officials, there has been widespread resistance via sanctuary policies. ICE’s new data collection system, however, seeks to circumvent sanctuary efforts by consolidating all personal data on undocumented immigrants no matter where it resides.

Privatization of inhumane detention

Since December, the Los Angeles Times reports that there have been five reports of attempted suicide at the Adelanto privatized immigrant detention center in California. Detainee deaths, suicide attempts, and hunger strikes over inhumane conditions and cruelty are commonplace at this GEO Group operated facility. The GEO Group receives a fee of up to $112 per day from ICE for each detainee.

Burgos Mejia, a 28 year old asylum seeker fleeing from gang violence from Honduras, arrived earlier this year at Adelanto. As soon as he entered Adelanto he felt like he was treated like a criminal, not a refugee, “It’s the most horrible [feeling]…from the moment that they chain you up from your feet and hands.”

No Sanctuary under new Justice Department Rules

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sued the Department of Justice on August 7 over Trump’s threat to cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities like Chicago. The lawsuit focuses on the new rules attached to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program, which provides funds to local governments to purchase police vehicles and equipment. The new rules require local governments to provide federal immigration authorities open access to jails and notify them 48 hours in advance of any plans to release an inmate wanted on an immigration detainer.

Action Items

August 28 | 11 am – 7 pm (Washington D.C.): The New York Immigration Coalition and member organizations are holding a prayer and rally in front of the White House to demand justice for DACA and TPS recipients, and to call on President Trump to rescind his immoral and unconstitutional Muslim and refugee bans.


11:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Stand witness in front of White House, interact with those passing by, and learn about DACA, TPS and the Muslim and refugee bans. Take action and call DHS, the White House or your members of Congress.

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