Immigration News

Obama Administration Changes Immigration Policy
Last Thursday, August 18, 2011, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a letter to members of Congress promising a case by case review of new and pending removal (deportations) cases to ensure that the prosecutions are consistent with the Department’s priorities.  The letter also promises new guidelines relating to “compelling cases involving a final order of removal.”  The letter is available here along with an attachment.

You can listen to the August 22nd WDET Craig Flahe Radio Show regarding the announcement, featuring Susan Reed, colleagues David Koelsch, Ryan Bates, and Lawrence Garcia, and fellow panelist Vicki Echegiyen who shared her heartbreaking story here.

Please read and disseminate the following Consumer Advisory released by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) regarding the deportation announcement: Click here


Richmond Father Who Faced Deportation Gets Reprieve

From the Detroit Free Press
By Elisha Anderson

Florencio Avila Cachu, 37, a husband and father of three from Richmond, came to the U.S. illegally in 1992. He was set to be deported Friday.

But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said today – hours after Avila Cachu spoke at a news conference – that the agency stopped his removal pending further review.

“Consistent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s current priorities focusing on convicted criminal aliens and those who pose a threat to public safety, the agency has moved to administratively halt this removal pending further review,” ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls said in a statement issued today.



2011 Statewide Immigrant Rights Summit

Friday, September 23, 2011
Lansing Community College
Conference Center

Michigan Immigrant Rights Center is pleased to invite all immigrant and refugee advocates and service providers of Michigan to attend the 2011 Statewide Immigrant Rights Summit on Friday, September 23, 2011.

Registration is Free. Please click on the link below to register and view the Summit agenda.