For Immediate Release
Arnoldo García (510) 465-1984 ext 305
Laura Rivas (510) 465-1984 ext 304
New Human Rights Report Condemns Rise of Immigration Policing
Injustice for All Urges Obama Administration to Shift Policies, Protect Rights
OAKLAND, Calif. - The
Obama Administration and Congress need to shift away from the
immigration policing regime that the government has been building over
the past decade, according to a new report issued within days of
International Migrants Day, December 18. Injustice for All: The Rise of the Immigration Policing Regime,
is published by the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
(NNIRR) and points to the dramatic growth of a multi-faceted immigration
control system that is normalizing government abuses against immigrants
in the U.S.
report is based on over 100 stories of rights abuses documented during
2009-2010 by HURRICANE: The Human Rights Immigrant Community Action
Network, an initiative of NNIRR. Injustice for All raises concern
that increased policing through Immigration Customs and Enforcement
(ICE) with state and local agencies, along with heightened border
security, is undermining the health and safety of entire communities.
Injustice for All is the third report from HURRICANE, which maintains a national database of rights abuses against immigrants.
Volkmer, coordinator of the Western North Carolina 100 Stories Project
that contributed to the report, explained, "We found that when local police have immigration enforcement authority they are more prone to perpetrate abuses, including racial profiling."
North Carolina project was started by community groups to document
abuses and organize for redress following widespread experience with law
enforcement discrimination and abuse in the region. "Immigration-police
collaboration makes our communities more vulnerable to abuses and
exploitation because people do not trust the police and will not go to
them to report crimes," Ms. Volkmer added.
Mahmooda, an organizer with DRUM: Desis Rising Up & Moving and
contributor, stated, "In New York, South Asian workers and community
members are reporting stolen wages and unsafe working conditions. They
are very concerned that employers act with impunity and create a climate
of fear by threatening them with deportation if they complain about
Laura Rivas, coordinator of
the HURRICANE initiative, said, "We are calling on the Obama
Administration and Congress to suspend the policing operations, the
detentions and deportations. We want an aggressive investigation into
the abuses; they must hear from our communities."
In addition to calling for policy changes, Injustice for All calls
on members of Congress to conduct field hearings to hear directly from
community members-workers, men, women, children, youth, families,
neighborhoods-who have experienced the rise in racial profiling,
workplace abuse, forced family separation, and hate violence.
The text of the report is available here. Report authors and contributors are available for interviews.