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Protecting Immigrant Communities Newsletter: 10/1/19

October 1, 2019 | Texas

[This is a bi-weekly publication produced by Senior Policy Associate Cheasty Anderson. New issues will be posted here on this blog or you can subscribe to have them delivered directly to your inbox.]


Peaceful protest outside the detention camp in Carrizo SpringsDear Partners and Friends,

Thank you so much for wanting to stay up to date on what’s happening. Here’s the latest roundup of immigration-related news, and our bi-weekly action opportunity. Please let me know as things cross your desk that you think might be of value for our next newsletter, and as always, feel free to forward to folks who might want to join our list.

Lead Stories:

Trump Administration Suffers Three Legal Defeats in One Day

On Friday, federal judges barred three different changes to immigration policy from being implemented. First, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee blocked the Trump Administration from dismantling protections guaranteed by the Flores Settlement agreement. Second, U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. issued a permanent injunction barring ICE from relying solely on databases when issuing so-called detainers. Third, a federal judge blocked the administration from expanding expedited removal. These decisions are victories for all of us who are fighting to protect immigrants. Read more here.

U.S. House Judiciary Hearing: “The Expansion and Troubling Use of ICE Detention”

On Thursday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee met to examine the use of ICE Detention. Unfortunately, there is little to no media coverage on this hearing. You can watch video of the proceedings here. We also recommend this twitter thread for highlights of the hearing.

Action Items:

Sign on to a congressional amicus brief in support of DACA

Rep. Lofgren is leading efforts to add signers to a congressional amicus brief in support of DACA. Our goal is to get all Democrats in Congress on the briefs as well as key Republicans and show broad bipartisan support for the program. For information on the House brief, contact Rachel Calanni ( (deadline for this is Oct 3).

Learn more about Public Charge Litigation

There are now 8 public charge cases across 5 jurisdictions. The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign’s webinar “Taking Trump’s Public Charge Rule to Court” will share information about the cases filed across the country. Sign up to attend this webinar on Monday, October 7, at 1:00pm ET.

Other Recent News of Interest: 

Thanks so much for reading and staying informed.