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“Simply Stunning” and “Medically Dangerous” to Keep Ohio Immigrants in Jail During COVID-19

State Should Not Let Feds Dictate Public Health Priorities Cleveland, OH – In the battle against COVID-19, more and more courts in Ohio are declining to incarcerate people, or are releasing them from jails, in the name of public health. Thousands of doctors and medical professionals have warned that dramatically reducing the jail population is […]

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Doctors Call for Immigrants’ Release from Detention During COVID-19

Cleveland, OH – In a letter to Governor Mike DeWine, Physicians for Human Rights, Human Rights First, and Amnesty International USA call for the release of Ohio immigrants and asylum seekers under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, in the interest of public health. The release of these individuals from detention is both necessary and […]

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Keep COVID-19 Out of Ohio Jails, Prisons, and Courts

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ohio Immigrant Alliance and allies are circulating a list of policies needed to protect immigrants and other people currently incarcerated from this deadly disease. We are accepting organizational and individual endorsements here. Read the full text below. Scroll to the end for shareable graphics. Keep COVID-19 Out of Ohio […]

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Ohio Immigrants Win 2 Court Cases Against BMV!

Cincinnati and Columbus, OH – Ohio immigrants, children of immigrants, refugees, and allies are celebrating two critical victories in court today. At 3pm, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC), Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), and the primary youth plaintiff in one of the cases will discuss the ruling in INTERCOMMUNITY JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTER, […]

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Court Rules for Refugees in Ohio BMV Case

In COMMUNITY REFUGEE AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, et al. v. REGISTRAR, OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES, U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. ruled that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) policy of denying Ohio driver’s licenses to certain groups of refugees is preempted by federal law, and enjoined the state from enforcing the policy. The […]

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Court Rules in Favor of Children of Immigrants in BMV Case

In INTERCOMMUNITY JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTER, et al. v. REGISTRAR, OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES, U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. ruled that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) cannot deny driver’s licenses and Ohio identification cards to otherwise eligible U.S. citizens and documented children of foreign-born parents because of the parents’ immigration […]

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Man Dies in Ohio ICE Custody

David Hernandez Colula, a 34 year-old man detained in the Youngstown, Ohio immigration jail, has died. Preliminary reports indicate that his death may have due to suicide. The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote that an outside group had recommended that this facility install better suicide prevention programs just last year. Read ICE’s press release here: NEOCC2-21

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Ohio Immigrant Alliance at CLE Women’s March!

Lynn Tramonte of the Ohio Immigrant Alliance was proud to offer the final speech at the Cleveland Women’s March on January 18, 2020. The event was recorded by WKYC, and organized by Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Urban News, Imperial Women Coalition, and partners. Speakers talked about issues affecting women and families that have not been […]

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Ohio Migration Anthology – Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions for those interested in contribution to the Ohio Migration Anthology in 2020. Please read through and contact OhioMigrationAnthology@gmail.com with any additional questions and submissions. What is this anthology about? What are the goals of the anthology? Who should submit something? What can I submit? What should be my submission be […]

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OHIA Dec 2019 Updates

Two reasons why I have hope In Youngstown, Toledo, and across the state, Ohioans are organizing teams to welcome immigrants arriving at bus stations, after they are released from detention and are making their way to their new homes in the U.S. Linda Alvarado-Arce, a leader of the Greyhound Connection in Toledo, told the Blade: […]