(CNN)Samuel Oliver-Bruno found sanctuary in a North Carolina church for nearly a year. Authorities detained him last week after he left the building for an appointment with immigration officials. Dozens of his supporters were arrested, too, as they sang "Amazing Grace" and tried to block an ICE van from taking him to a detention center. Days later, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported the 47-year-old undocumented immigrant to Mexico. His 19-year-old son and wife remain in the United States. "They are heartbroken. This will permanently alter who they are as a family, or the way they can be together as family," Rev. Cleve May of CityWell United Methodist Church told CNN on Friday. Members of the church in Durham are reeling, May said. And when they go back to church on Sunday, Oliver-Bruno's chair in the fourth row will be left empty as a tribute to him. "We will worship," May said, "but we will do so as a grieving family." Faith leaders and church members surrounded a … [Read more...] about An undocumented immigrant who lived for 11 months in a sanctuary church has been deported
Dottie Cannon had a free lifetime membership to Match.com after agreeing to be featured in a company commercial in 2012. Two years and 70 dates later, she was still searching. “Nothing really horrible ever happened on those 70 dates,” said Ms. Cannon, who was crowned Miss Minnesota in 2006. Though, she was starting to sense why a lifetime membership might be necessary. “Some guys were just sad. Some had bad manners.” Ms. Cannon wound up with the Miss Congeniality sash that year in the Miss USA pageant. (The title went to Tara Conner of Kentucky.) In 2011, six years after earning a degree in marketing from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Ms. Cannon moved to Manhattan to look for marketing work, retiring her pageant dresses. But her Midwestern pluck, which had clearly won over her pageant peers, would years later win over a young Polish immigrant named Konrad Bieniek. Ms. Cannon, 35, and Mr. Bieniek, 36, met in 2014 on Match.com. He had just signed … [Read more...] about Love American Style When a Polish Immigrant Matches With Miss Minnesota
On the morning of June 2, 2017, Odette Dureland woke to a loud knock on the door of the one-story bungalow that she shares with her husband and her children. She was recovering from minor surgery, so her 26-year-old daughter, Rebecca, rose to open the door. Outside, there was a group of federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rebecca was confused: Everyone in her family was a citizen. She told the officers there must be a mistake. They told Rebecca there wasn’t; they had a warrant for the arrest of her mother. One officer ordered Odette to dress and then led her out of the house and into a government vehicle. At that time, Odette, Gilbert and Rebecca had been American citizens for five years. They had lived in the United States for more than two decades, since political violence in their native Haiti forced them to flee in the mid-1990s. Gilbert had joined protests following the first overthrow of the Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, which made him a … [Read more...] about Is Denaturalization the Next Front in the Trump Administration’s War on Immigration?
A day after a federal judge denounced the former Trump adviser Michael Flynn, at a sentencing hearing, for lying to F.B.I. agents, the judge had a similar message on Wednesday for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Follow the law. It was one of two court decisions this week making clear that the administration was overstepping its powers to restrict the granting of asylum. The ruling on Wednesday involved then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s decision in June to bar immigrants from seeking asylum based on their fears of domestic violence and gangs, basically putting them on a fast track for deportation back to the dangers they had fled. Mr. Sessions had said that “the mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes” shouldn’t be grounds for asylum. The judge, Emmet Sullivan of the Federal District Court in Washington, all but accused Mr. Sessions of taking the law Federal law grants newly arrived migrants what is known as a … [Read more...] about Judges Check Trump’s Immigration Cruelty
Carson City, Nevada (CNN)Florence Phillips was born in New York to Jewish parents who fled Europe before the Holocaust. Growing up, she experienced first-hand the burden of being a child of immigrants who didn't speak English. Helping her parents interact with the outside world fell on her shoulders. CNN Hero Florence Phillips "I did all the translations for them," Phillips said. "I saw how they struggled being new to a country and not knowing the language." For most of her life, Phillips worked various desk jobs. Then, in her late-50s, she enlisted in the Peace Corps. She served three tours—in Kenya, Guatemala and Jamaica—working on community-building projects and teaching English. After returning to the US in 1999, at age 69, Phillips realized there were countless people in her own backyard in need of her support. Read More "It came to me that I didn't have to leave the US or my hometown to help. I could do here what I did overseas," she said. She became an … [Read more...] about At 87, her mission to help immigrants hasn’t slowed down