State and Local
Why are state and local policymakers increasingly taking immigration matters into their own hands?
February 8, 2015 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita and marks the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that exploits vulnerable persons, often taking victims across international borders and leaving them without the information or ability to flee their plight. This day is an opportunity to reflect upon the factors in society that lead to trafficking, explore anti-trafficking efforts, and to advocate for the human dignity of this vulnerable group.
Last week Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson indicated significant changes may be coming to the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) works with state and local law enforcement. This is welcome news, as more and more states and localities have been changing their policies to limit their cooperation with ICE’s enforcement requests.
National Migration Week 2014 has begun and the theme, “Out of Darkness,” calls to my mind the inspiring efforts of the CLINIC network striving to be a light to our fellow sisters and brothers in need. I recently spoke with a staff member at one affiliate organization that I believe embodies the spirit of this week -- the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!).