MCIRR's 2021-2022 Advocacy Priority
MCIRR's 2021 advocacy priority is working on Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol (BP) entanglement with State and local agencies by eliminating Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests and demands that other agencies detain people for immigration enforcement, and order an agency review of all ICE programs and practices that entangle state and local enforcement in federal immigration enforcement.
On March 25, 2021 - MCIRR member organization - The ACLU Of Michigan released their report: The Border's Long Shadow How Border Patrol Uses Racial Profiling and Local and State Police to Target and Instill Fear in Michigan's Immigrant Communities. The report shows how U.S. Border Patrol, an agency within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is engaging in racial profiling throughout the state of Michigan and uses state and local law enforcement agencies to target immigrants and other people of color.
Border Patrol is wrongfully using outdated regulations to claim authority to operate everywhere and anywhere in Michigan by measuring their 100-mile zone jurisdiction beginning at each of the Great Lakes, including Lake Michigan, even though it does not share a shoreline with Canada.
Please use the following toolkit to amplify the message on your social media platforms:
Messaging: The Border’s Long Shadow Talking Points
Key Hashtags To Use
Sample Post #1: Speaking a Second Language
Sample Post #2: BP Does not Belong in our Neighborhoods
Sample Post #3: Border Patrol is Racially Profiling our Community Members
Sample Post #4: Stops start with the State and Local Police
Sample Post #5: Blatant Racially
See video of MSP and Border Patrol stopping and questioning 30-year lawful permanent resident Mr. Arnulfo Gomez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLeywadMZLM
See video statement of Mr. Gomez: https://youtu.be/xuVKC70BOUo
Hashtags To Use
MCIRR strongly believes that people are entitled to feel safe and secure, to go to work, raise their kids and contribute to their communities without the constant threat that their local police will turn them over to Border Patrol for speaking Spanish or the color of our skin. #100MileZone
MCIRR will continue to work with the ACLU of Michigan to ensure that every is welcomed, respected, and treated with dignity.
TOOLKIT COMING SOON!
The Story of Mr. Gomez is ONE example of MANY!
See video of MSP and Border Patrol stopping and questioning 30-year lawful permanent resident Mr. Arnulfo Gomez
See video statement of Mr. Gomez
MCIRR Letters of Advocacy
In 2020, we urged the Iona Board of Commissions to oppose the opening of a private Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Immigrant jail. Read our letter below.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we advocated for the release of vulnerable individuals in ICE detention centers. Read our letter to the ICE Detroit office below.
MCIRR writes to the Michigan Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in opposition to SB 0006 (2019)
MCIRR public comment in opposition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” which was published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018.