Thursday, April 28, 2011

Report on parents in detenion coming out May 5

Disappearing Parents:
Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System
Thursday, May 5, 2011
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 168
The presentation will include an overview of the report’s findings and recommendations, followed by remarks from panelists offering a range of perspectives on working with immigrant parents in the child welfare system. 
Sponsored by
The Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program
James E. Rogers College of Law
The Southwest Institute for Research on Women
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Questions? Please contact the report's author, Nina Rabin, (520) 621-9206,

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Realities of visiting in Florence

Why it would be good to have a hospitality house in Florence.

From the Reform Immigration for America blog

I was in Florence, Arizona two days ago at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center. I went to visit a friend of a friend from NY but they didn’t let me in. The info a corrections officer gave me over the phone was wrong even though I called on the same day I planned to visit to verify visiting hours & policy. So after driving 2 hours there I left without seeing her and they wouldn’t allow me to leave any money in her account either. I was sad.

I also met 2 girls that had been traveling all day. They came in to Phoenix from NYC and took a cab to Florence, AZ to the detention center. Only one of them was allowed in to see their family member. The other had to stay outside with their bags and cell phones — it was 105 degrees that day. They asked me if I knew a good immigration lawyer and of course I didn’t.

There is absolutely nothing close to the detention center. Nothing is within walking distance. So my heart went out to those girls who were going to have to walk two miles to the nearest motel.

Read the rest of the article here:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tucson Community Brunch

Saturday, May 14, we'll offer the first monthly potluck brunch for those involved in the network of solidarity.

If you are writing, visiting, hosting someone, have gone to the Greyhound station as people are released by ICE, or have been detained yourself, we invite you to come share with one another about what you are learning and experiencing.

We'll offer the brunches on a monthly basis in Tucson from here on. We'll offer a regular gathering in the Phoenix area soon. Anyone who has been involved is welcome to come no matter where you live.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
9:30 am to 11 am
Potluck Brunch for those involved in the network of solidarity
The Restoration Project at Casa Mariposa
340 S. 3rd Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701

No need to RSVP. We just hope to see you there.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Greyhound Station Response Update

A couple of weeks ago, a few of us got together at the Restoration Project to discuss ICE's practice of releasing people at the Tucson greyhound station late at night. ICE releases people every weeknight and those of us who have gone to pick folks up have been concerned about this practice for various reasons.

We are getting together tomorrow to firm up these plans and to get this project on the ground and running.

If you would like to join in the Greyhound bus station project & other detention conversations, please join us:

Thursday, April 7
at the Restoration Project 
Casa Mariposa
340 S 3rd Ave