At town hall, residents share immigration policy fears

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Parents fearful of showing up at court or police stations. Anxious calls to advocacy groups seeking legal rights. Group texts warning others about the possible appearance of customs and border protection agents.

As government efforts intensify to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S., some residents across southeast Michigan and nationwide are wrestling with worry and unease.

“People are really afraid,” Gabriel Martinez, who works with the United Hispanic Workers of Detroit, told an audience last March at the city’s Samaritan Center.

Concerns about immigration rights after new presidential executive orders were the focus of a town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield.

The “Know Your Rights” event featured experts from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Wayne State University Law School and elsewhere who offered insight on what paths immigrants can pursue as new measures impact communities across the country.

The directives replace more narrow guidance focusing on immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes, are considered threats to national security or are recent border crossers. Under President Barack Obama’s administration, immigrants who crossed the border without permission or overstayed visas illegally were generally left alone.

There are still options to cope with the challenges, said Rana Elmir, deputy director at ACLU of Michigan. “A public school cannot turn away a child simply because they are undocumented. We can also put pressure on our sheriffs to ensure our jails do not become detention centers.” The session enlightened attendees such as Amber Braker, a high school student from Grosse Pointe Park. “It woke me up to the effects immigration is going to have on our community,” she said.

Como los esfuerzos del gobierno se intensifican para reprimir a los inmigrantes 11 millones aproximadamente viven ilegalmente en Estados Unidos, algunos residentes en Michigan suroriental y en todo el país están lidiando con preocupación y malestar.

“La gente está realmente asustada”, Gabriel Martínez, que trabaja con trabajadores hispanos Unidos de Detroit, dijo a una audiencia en marzo pasado en samaritano centro de la ciudad.

Preocupaciones sobre los derechos de inmigración tras nuevos decretos presidenciales fueron el foco de un Ayuntamiento por congresista Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield

El evento “Conozca sus derechos” contó con expertos de la American libertades civiles Unión de Michigan, escuela de derecho de Universidad de estado de Wayne y en otros lugares que ofrecen ideas sobre lo que pueden perseguir inmigrantes caminos como nuevas medidas de impactan a las comunidades en todo el país.

Las directivas reemplazar más estrecha dirección centrándose en los inmigrantes que han sido condenados por delitos graves, se consideran amenazas para la seguridad nacional o son recientes crossers de la frontera. Bajo la administración del Presidente Barack Obama, inmigrantes que cruzaron la frontera sin permiso o quedó ilegalmente visas generalmente se quedaron solos.

Todavía hay opciones para hacer frente a los desafíos, dijo Rana Elmir, director adjunto del ACLU de Michigan. “Un colegio público no puede apartar un niño simplemente porque son indocumentados. Podemos también poner presión en nuestros alguaciles para nuestras cárceles no se convierten en centros de detención.”

La sesión iluminado asistentes como Amber Braker, un estudiante de high School secundaria del parque de Grosse Pointe. “Me despertó hasta los efectos de inmigración va a tener en nuestra comunidad”, dijo.

 

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