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Rafael Vela's blog

Immigrants Are Going Hungry So They Won't Be Deported

-- by Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post:

Luisa Fortin sometimes sits up at night, wondering what her clients are eating. She is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Food Bank — but lately she has done less outreaching.

Her families, working immigrants in northwest Georgia, are spooked by the political climate, Fortin said. Increasingly, she’s being asked to explain how food stamps may impact immigration status, if not to outright cancel family food benefits.

Court-Ordered Texas Congressional Remap Could Put State's Only Swing District in Play Again

-- by Jordan Rudner The Dallas Morning News:

In Texas, where almost all congressional districts are safely in the red or blue column, the 23rd District, stretching from El Paso to San Antonio, represents a rare swing seat.

Homeland Security Chief Admits He's Considering Splitting Children from Parents at the Border

-- by Elise Foley, The Huffington Post:

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Monday that he’s considering splitting children from their parents if they arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization.

Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws

-- by Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post:

Tens of thousands of immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were forced to work for $1 day, or for nothing at all — a violation of federal anti-slavery laws — a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit, filed in 2014 against one of the largest private prison companies in the country, reached class-action status this week after a federal judge’s ruling. That means the case could involve as many as 60,000 immigrants who have been detained.

The New Immigration Order: A Disaster in the Making

-- by Janet Murgia for The Washington Post:

The writer is president and chief executive of the National Council of La Raza.

Some of the darkest chapters in U.S. history have involved forcibly relocating minority populations: the slave trade, the Trail of Tears, Operation Wetback and the internment of citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Each was considered legal and justified in its time. Now they are condemned as assaults on the values that define our nation.

Advocates Warn "Dreamers" to Lie Low as Trump Ramps Up Deportation Plans

-- by David Nakamura, The Washington Post:

Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups are advising undocumented immigrants not to enroll in a federal deferred-action program created by President Barack Obama over fears that the Trump administration will use their personal information to detain and deport them.

Thomas Perez Elected the First Latino Leader of the Democratic Party

-- by David Weigel, The Washington Post:

 Former labor secretary Thomas Perez was elected the first Latino chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, narrowly defeating Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) at the end of a contentious battle over the fate of the beleaguered party in the age of President Trump.

Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump

-- by Nicholas Kulish, Caitlin Dickerson and Ron Nixon, The New York Times:

After Trump's Immigration Order, Anxiety Grows in Florida's Farm Fields

-- by Robert Samuels, The Washington Post:

Rumors about deportation raids started to circulate around the fields again, so Catalina Sanchez and her husband began to calculate the consequences of everything they did.

Is ICE Out of Control?

Two troubling cases suggest immigration officials may have intentionally broken the law while policing.

-- by Mark Joseph Stern, Slate:

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