‘Kate’s Law’ battle shifts to the Senate, testing Dems

The fight over immigration enforcement is moving to the Senate, where Democratic opposition will be tested.

The House passed a pair of immigration bills late last week: “Kate’s Law” to increase maximum penalties for criminal aliens who attempt to re-enter the country, and a second bill cutting funding to cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws.

Republicans got an unexpected boost when two-dozen House Democrats voted for “Kate’s Law,” viewed by GOP supporters as a first step toward implementing President Trump’s campaign promises on immigration.

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Hispanic, Asian numbers increase

Despite anti-immigration rhetoric surrounding political campaigns, Indiana’s Hispanic population continues to grow, though not as fast as in past years.

And while its numbers are still relatively small, the Asian population continues to be the fastest-growing ethnic group in the state and nation, according to recently released census population estimates.

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Continuing School Segregation in Indiana

Segregation between white students and students of color in Indiana remains high, according to a new analysis from Indiana University.

This is true even as Indiana sees a growing share of non-white students. IU’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy conducted the study along with the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

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“It is important for Hoosiers to recognize that research shows that segregated schools are systematically unequal,” said Gary Orfield, UCLA professor and co-director of the Civil Rights Project. “History shows that Indiana did much more about this problem before the courts withdrew and needs to think again about positive strategies.”

The most decorated US WWI veteran from Texas was actually a Mexican immigrant

On April 26, 1896, in Chihuahua, Mexico, Marcelino Serna was born into a very poor family.  He left home at the age of twenty, and crossed the border into the United States, traveling to El Paso, Texas to find a job and improve his life.  Since he didn’t speak English, he had to take low-paying jobs and was soon working in Denver, Colorado on a sugar beet farm.

When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, Serna was in Denver working with a group of men who were picked up by federal officers checking the draft status of potential soldiers.  To prevent his deportation to Mexico, Serna volunteered to join the Army.

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These robotics students were told ‘to go back to Mexico.’

Just a few months ago, not many knew about these five fourth-graders from a low-income community in Indianapolis.

But now, the Panther Bots, a thriving robotics team at Pleasant Run Elementary School, have become the face of a success story about a group of kids who were taunted with racial slurs but were too determined to let that affect their confidence. Earlier this month, they found themselves being honored on the Senate floor of the Indiana Statehouse. The group travels to Louisville on Sunday to compete in a worldwide robotics contest.

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Bicultural students analyze Latino population

Bicultural students will hone research skills and study civic resilience of North-Central Indiana’s Latino communities this summer by analyzing data collected from surveys they create and distribute.

The students will travel to Fort Wayne, Frankfurt and other regions in Indiana beyond Tippecanoe County as part of a joint university operation between Ivy Tech Lafayette and Purdue University in a class titled “Latino Immigrants in the Crossroad of America.” The course will be led by Jay McCann, a Purdue professor of political science, and Randy Triplett, an Ivy Tech professor of political science.

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CLDC workshop focuses on community engagement

Seven people spoke about their fears in the current political climate and the future and discussed ways to be involved in community and create change even in the face of discrimination Thursday evening.

Members of the Community and Leadership Development Center led activities and discussions of community engagement during their program “Together We Rise” at La Casa Latino Cultural Center.

“It’s important to remind students that they have the power to engage and participate in democracy,” CLDC graduate assistant Alyssa Beauchamp said.

This program has occurred two times before, once with staff at the CLDC and once at the Indiana Latino Leadership Conference. Director of La Casa Lillian Casillas asked the CLDC if they could bring the program to La Casa.

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Partnership Aims to Tackle Diabetes Among Latinos

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced a research collaboration with the William Sansum Diabetes Center in California. The pharmaceutical company says the partnership aims to improve the lives of Latino people affected by diabetes.

Lilly says the collaboration will provide insight into the unmet needs of Latino diabetes patients and help with the development of interventions that could improve health outcomes.

“This is a great opportunity for us to further understand the significant impact of diabetes for Latino families,” said Dara Schuster, senior director of U.S. Medical Affairs for Lilly Diabetes. “Through this collaboration, we will learn where the gaps are so we can develop meaningful solutions for the unmet needs.”

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Army Vet Who Served Two Tours In Afghanistan To Be Deported

A Chicago immigration judge ruled last week that an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan be deported back to Mexico, according to a local ABC affiliate.

The decision comes after Miguel Perez Jr. served seven years in prison for a felony drug offense. Perez, 38, was born in Mexico but has lived in the United States since the age of 8. He enlisted in the Army as a legal permanent resident in 2001 and served two tours in Afghanistan with U.S. Special Forces.

“My son served for this country, not for Mexico,” Perez’s mother, Esperanza Medina, told reporters at a Pilsen church on Sunday. 

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Crowdsourcing Dataset Map of ICE Raids

Alternative journalism, and humor social commentary digital platform Latino Rebels launched a new crowdsourcing data campaign called MIGRAMAP that tracks and maps ICE raids. The new initiative allows everyone to pinpoint the location of these raids.

MIGRAMAP is a data tool, a social media platform and a global positioning system, all in one. The community reports the location immigration officers are raiding. The website will show a color-coded map with the data results. The tool is based on self-reports. It has the option for the community to post their own stories.

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San Jose, CA an immigration success story

Q: What have the waves of immigration meant for San Jose?

A: In Silicon Valley diversity and our immigrant community has been the secret sauce to our success. About half of our venture-funded start-ups are started by foreign born entrepreneurs. Obviously we have our share of challenges. But there’s an incredible story to tell about what immigration has brought to our community. I hope the rest of the nation will take heed.

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Immigrant rights group has ‘know your rights’ workshops

Nettie Garza said she wants to go visit her grandmother, whom she hasn’t seen in nine years, in Mexico. She has been saving up money to make the trip, but now, Garza, a green card holder, is scared to leave the country.

Garza, 29, attended Bloomington Immigrant Rights Coalition’s “Know Your Rights” workshop Tuesday evening. She wanted to be informed on what to do if her resident status is questioned in the wake of President Trump’s executive order on immigration and 
international travel.

Tuesday’s workshop was the second in a series of five workshops at the Monroe County Public Library that will teach immigrants their rights if questioned by Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement officers.

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Refugee center leaders discuss refugees and religion

Four panel members from refugee centers across Bloomington and southern Indiana gathered Tuesday evening at the Beth Shalom Congregation to discuss the refugee situation and how it related to the Bloomington community.

Heidi Smith, director of Indy Archdiocese Refugee Services; Cassandra Housley from Beth Shalom Task Force on Refugee Resettlement; Geshe Kunga from the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center; and Kadhim Shaaban, chair of the Arab American Association of Bloomington, were all 
members of the panel.

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Undocumented immigrants pay a higher taxes

Undocumented immigrants in the U.S. pay more than $11 billion a year in state and local taxes, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. In 42 states, undocumented immigrants pay in taxes a higher share of their income than do the wealthiest 1 percent in their respective states.

A common misconception is that undocumented immigrants avoid paying taxes. In fact, undocumented individuals pay sales and excise taxes, property taxes and, in some instances, personal income taxes. The study determined that at least 50 percent of undocumented households currently file income tax returns through the use of individual tax identification numbers, and many have taxes automatically deducted from their paychecks.

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Indiana Latino/a/x Leadership Conference

High school and college students from across the state will gather at DePauw University this Saturday, March 4th, for the 18th annual Indiana Latino/a/x Leadership Conference (ILLC). Presented in partnership with Indiana University – Bloomington, ILLC is a traveling, regional conference, typically hosted by IU campuses. This is the first time that DePauw has hosted the event.

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ICE Uses Gary Airport Weekly For Deportations

The Trump administration is laying out its plans for ramping up enforcement of illegal immigration. Memos released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security say the agency is changing the way it prioritizes people for deportation.

When people who’ve entered the country illegally are detained in the Midwest, some of them fly out of Indiana. Every week families say their goodbyes – not knowing when they’ll see each other again.

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Sabes tus derechos? – Do you know your rights?

¿Sabe usted sus derechos si es parado o detenido por La Migra o ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)? ¿Qué debe tener preparado en caso de que lo detengan?

Asista a uno de los siguientes talleres para informarse sobre lo que debe hacer para protegerse a sí mismo y a la familia si La Migra viene a su casa o su trabajo, o si lo paran en la calle o en un lugar público.
Con esta información usted va a tener un mejor entendimiento de sus derechos y los documentos que debe tener o llevar consigo. Después de la presentación sobre sus derechos usted tendrá acceso a asesoramiento legal para ayudarle a preparar los documentos que pueda necesitar en el peor de los casos. Además de eso, habrá profesionales de la salud mental para ofrecerle apoyo en estos momentos difíciles.

Todos los talleres se realizarán de 6:00 a 9:00 de la tarde en el Auditorio de la Biblioteca Pública (Monroe County Public Library, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington).

• El lunes, 27 de febrero (en español)

• El martes, 7 de marzo (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)

• El lunes, 20 de marzo (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)

• El lunes, 3 de abril (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)

• El lunes, 17 de abril (en inglés, con un intérprete si se solicita con anticipación)

Para solicitar un intérprete, llame al (812) 855-1740.

Para las últimas noticias, vaya al: https://www.facebook.com/Bloomingtonimmigrantrights/
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Do you know your rights if you are questioned or arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? What do you need to plan in case you are arrested?

Join us for one of the following workshops to learn how to protect yourself and your family if ICE comes to your home, work, or stops you on the street/public place. You will be able to have a better understanding of your rights, what documents you should have or carry with you, and develop a safety plan that includes the care of your family. After the presentation, you will have an opportunity to
meet with legal counsel to prepare the documents you should have for a worst case scenario as well as speak with mental health counselors.

All sessions are from 6-9pm in the Auditorium of the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington)

• Monday, February 27 (Spanish)
• Tuesday, March 7 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, March 20 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, April 3 (English with interpreters provided upon request)
• Monday, April 17 (English with interpreters provided upon request)

To request an interpreter, call (812) 855-1740

For updates see: https://www.facebook.com/Bloomingtonimmigrantrights/

Indiana Has 13th Highest Number Of Hate Groups In U.S.

There are 26 hate groups in Indiana, according to a new report from The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that fights bigotry and hate. That’s 13th highest in the country.

As NPR reported, hundreds of hate incidents were reported around the country following the presidential election in November. More than 300 were reported in six days. The SPLC says more than a thousand bias incidents were reported in the first 34 days after the presidential election.

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Spanish mental health support available

When she was growing up listening to Spanish soap operas in the background of her home, Patricia Gonzalez learned Spanish and English at the same time throughout her youth. Her bilingual background now allows her to be a counselor at the Center for Human Growth, a member of the Unidos team and a mental health consultant at La Casa Latino Cultural Center.

The CHG is a training clinic in the School of Education. The center works with master’s and doctoral students to become counselors. The Unidos team, part of the CHG, is made up of doctoral students that speak Spanish and are interested in Latino 
mental health.

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White nationalist posters found at Indiana University

Faculty on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of Ballantine came to work Monday to find their doors and bulletin boards covered with white nationalist, or “alt-right,” posters for a group known as “Identity Evropa.”

Stephanie Huezo, a Ph.D. student in Latin American history, said she came into work in Latino studies early and at first thought the posters were a joke. Then she said she saw they were pasted down the entire floor.

“Almost every professor’s office had one,” Huezo said.

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