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An Undocumented Abuelita Of 10 Narrowly Avoided Detention With A 3-Month Reprieve

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An undocumented grandmother has avoided detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for at least three months after a recent check-in with ICE. According to CBS 2 Chicago, in 2013, Genoveva Ramirez was granted a stay of removal following a minor traffic stop and a two week detention. Since then, the abuelita has kept a low profile and attended her required ICE check-ins without incident. Yet, on Mother’s Day of this year, Ramirez got a call from ICE telling her that she needed to appear at ICE headquarters in Chicago for an “appointment.” As reported by NBC 5 Chicago, Ramirez appeared for her check-in with ICE as instructed. She was not detained, but immigration officials did say that her stay of removal is “under review.” Ramirez will be required to report back to ICE at the end of August.

“In the grand scheme of things we’re glad she wasn’t detained today,” Ruiz Velasco, who represents Ramirez, told NBC 5 Chicago. “But I still think it is a negative impact to our communities that they are taking these steps.”

Ramirez first came to the U.S. 16 years ago. According to CBS 2 Chicago, Ramirez fled Mexico City after her husband was the victim of a violent attack. Despite the fear of growing detentions and deportations in the U.S. in recent months, Ramirez told CBS 2 Chicago that she still feels safe.

“This country symbolizes safety and security for me, and this is a place where I’ve developed a life with my family,” Ramirez told CBS 2 Chicago.

(MORE: CBS 2 Chicago, NBC 5 Chicago)

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This Seattle Police Force Is Giving A Middle Finger To Trump's Immigration Demands

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This Seattle Police Force Is Giving A Middle Finger To Trump’s Immigration Demands

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As the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration increases, police around the country are having a harder time reassuring their undocumented population that they won’t be acting as defacto ICE agents. In some parts of the country, undocumented residents are refusing to report crimes out of fear they will be questioned about their immigration status. This lack of reporting can contribute to a rise in criminal activity, as witnesses and victims are less likely to help police locate perpetrators or provide testimony. To prevent this from happening in Bellevue, Washington (a suburb of Seattle), the police department released a video reassuring citizens that police officers would not cooperate with an immigration officer in any way that could threaten the safety or freedom of its law-abiding citizens, undocumented or otherwise.

There are two conditions citizens of Bellevue need to know, however.

If someone is arrested, a police officer could inquire about a person’s immigration status. Secondly, when an undocumented criminal is arrested for a serious crime, immigration could be contacted to have that person removed if they are a threat to the public safety. In the video, Corporal Antonio Romero explains that this condition would not apply to anyone arrested for a minor crime or even a traffic violation.


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