Weekly Update – 4/13/17

Trump Plan Would Curtail Protections for Detained Immigrants

For the past 15 years there have been protective requirements for jails that hold immigrants facing deportations such as notifying immigration officials if a detainee spends 2 or more weeks in solitary confinement, however, with the Trump administration looking for jail space for its crackdown on illegal immigration, these rules and protections are in danger. The incentive to eliminate these rules and regulations is to entice more sheriffs and local officials to make their correctional facilities available.

Dreamers Aren’t About to Self-Deport

The program that offers modest college scholarships to undocumented students who want to achieve higher education – “Dreamers” – saw a 40% increase in applications. The program was expecting a chilling effect with all of the recent anti-immigration policies – however, these “Dreamers” proved that they will not self-deport.

Hunger Strike at Tacoma Immigration Detention Center Growing, Activist Says

Maru Mora Villalpando, left, organizer of the encampment, talks with supporters Nestora Salgado and Eva Chavez Thursday, April 13, as the hunger strike continues inside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

Maru Mora Villalpando, left, organizer of the encampment, talks with supporters Nestora Salgado and Eva Chavez Thursday, April 13, as the hunger strike continues inside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

An anti-detention group spokeswoman says that as many as 750 detainees at the privately run Northwest Detention Center are refusing meals as the strike entered its third day Thursday, April 13. There is currently so sign of ending despite ongoing negotiations between detainees, ICE, and the prison contractor that operates the facility. The detainees are protesting the quality of food, facility hygiene, access to medical care, lack of recreation, and unreasonably high commissary prices. There is also a group of protestors who are staying in a makeshift tent outside the detention center who also say they want to eliminate immigration detention.

Minnesota High School Senior Gets Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

Derek Onserio

Derek Onserio

Derek Onserio, a senior at Providence Academy in Plymouth was accepted to eighty Ivy League schools. Onserio is the son of Kenyan immigrants and wants to start a nonprofit to help at-risk children, saying “Education is the way out.”

U.S. Hits ISIS Target with Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever Used

According to U.S. Pentagon officials, U.S. forces in Afghanistan struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the “mother of all bombs” – the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military. The Pentagon said it had no early estimate of deaths or damage caused.

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Juventino Meza is an internationally recognized champion for human rights, a non-profit executive and leader in civic engagement. His work is focused around Latinos, higher education, LGBT communities, immigration policy and democracy. Juve co-founded NAVIGATE MN, a leadership development program, and co-founded the Capitol Pathways internship program for college students and Native American students as an effort to racially diversify who works in and around state government. In 2013, Juve played a critical role in building a broad coalition to get President Obama to create DACA in 2012 and pass the MN Dream/Prosperity Act in 2013. Juve is a member of the Latino Economic Development Center’s Latino Scholarship Fund Selection Committee & serves in the Saint Paul’s Mexican Consulate’s Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Fellowship Program selection committee. Juve is the youngest recipient of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican Government’s highest recognition for a civilian Mexican living outside Mexico, & is recipient of the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Juve was named one of the “25 Under 25” by OutFront Minnesota in 2012. Juventino Meza is graduate of Augsburg College and currently attends William Mitchell School of Law.