HOSTED THIS MONTH BY: Donald Anthonyson of Families for Freedom and Adem Carrol
WAR ON IMMIGRANTS REPORT: Know Your Rights and know how to fight back! Notwithstanding the recent wins immigrant rights advocates have had against the expansion of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) programs like Secure Communities (S-COMM) and the somewhat encouraging news coming out of the New York City council about getting ICE out of Rikers, at-risk-non-citizens still face an unjust and and unyielding system that has one goal, to deport them. With the constant merging of the criminal and the immigration systems, those at risk of deportation and their advocates have had to develop strategies and tools to fight not only their individual cases, but to end the whole practice of deportation.
On tonight’s show, we explained who is at risk and why. Then we explored how to utilize these strategies and tools in defense of deportation. We also heard from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University, about the dysfunctional manner in which many immigration cases are dealt with. David Burnham, co-director of TRAC, is an investigative writer and former New York Times reporter, who has covered local, state and federal enforcement issues since 1966.