H.R. 1932, the deceptively-titled “Keep Our Communities Safe Act”, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago despite strident criticism of its sweeping provisions. The Act is a threat to the fundamental tenet of due process, to the human rights of asylum seekers, and to fiscal responsibility.
Several egregious examples of abuse of LGBT detainees, including sexual and physical assault, prolonged isolation, and withholding of medical care, have been documented in two reports this year.
Could deportation be a consequence for an unpaid hospital bill? It was for Quelino Ojeda Jimenez, a young day laborer who, up until this past February, had been receiving long-term care at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Chicago.
Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to its controversial Secure Communities program in response to condemnation from governors, police chiefs, and immigration advocates.
While LGBT immigrant groups celebrated the recent passage of the right for same-sex couples to marry in New York, their response was more subdued than other gay advocacy groups. Even though civil rights progress for one group often benefits the other, there are still major hurdles same-sex immigrant couples must overcome to fully participate in the victory.