This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chose to sever its 287(g) immigration enforcement partnership with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) based on extensive findings by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that MCSO had engaged in a pattern and practice of civil rights violations. The Department of Justice found overwhelming evidence of discrimination against Latinos in this jurisdiction. Sadly, these findings demonstrate the potential of these federal/state partnerships to serve as a conduit for racially-biased policing that devastates families and communities. “Tying federal civil immigration enforcement to local criminal law enforcement is misguided. It makes our communities less secure, endangers parental rights and family unity, and undermines the federal government’s ability to focus enforcement on truly dangerous criminals,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s Executive Director. This is particularly true in states like Alabama, which have sought to criminalize the everyday lives and activities of immigrants. Programs like 287(g) and Secure Communities can operate as a force-multiplier for these state efforts.
¿Ha sufrido Ud. daños fisicos o emocionales de parte de su conyuge, padre o madre siendo ellosresidentes legales; o por su hijo o hija mayor de edad siendo ellos ciudadanos estadounidenses? Si es así, Ud. podría ser elegible para solicitar la residencia legal bajo la ley titulada : La Ley de la Violencia Contra La Mujer cuyas siglas en inglés son VAWA (VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT).
¿QUÉ SIGNIFICA “VAWA”? ¿Y QUIÉN CALIFICA PARA LA PROTECCIÓN BAJO ESTA LEY?
Have you been physically or emotionally harmed by your U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent, or your adult U.S. citizen son or daughter? If so, you may be eligible to apply for lawful immigration status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
WHAT IS “VAWA”? WHO QUALIFIES FOR VAWA PROTECTION?