Press Room

Family Separation Triggered by 'Remain in Mexico' Protocol

"It’s actually a more difficult situation in many ways than family separation from the point of view of the child, and from our point of view as legal advocates. As horrible as it was that parents were in detention, mostly at the border, we could find them, we could talk to them. It wasn’t easy, but it was possible. And with some of the kids we’re encountering now, they don’t know where their families are." - Susan Reed

(Michigan Radio - January 22, 2020)

Myth Busting on Undocumented People in Michigan

"There's approximately 100,000 undocumented people that live here in Michigan and more than 70,000 of U.S. citizens in Michigan [live with] one or more family member(s) who is undocumented." - Rebeca Ontiveros-Chavez

(Great Lakes Beacon - January 9, 2020)

Invasive and Unwarranted DNA Collection at the Border

"The practice is invasive, unwarranted, and has uncertain future privacy implications as the technology evolves." - Susan Reed

(Michigan Advance - January 7, 2020)

Man Wrongfully Detained by ICE Wins Settlement

"The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center filed the complaint on Ramos-Gomez’s behalf in April, saying VanderKooi discriminated against him based on his race, violating the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act."  (TIME) (mitú) (Remezcla) (Grand Haven Tribune) (WJHL 11) (WOODTV 8)

(Latin Post - November 22, 2019)

Lawsuit Filed to Stop Chaldean Deportations

"In addition to attorneys from the ACLU of Michigan and the national ACLU, the class-action suit is being litigated by the law firm Miller Canfield, Michigan law professor Margo Schlanger, the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and other ACLU cooperating attorneys."

(Valliant News - November 17, 2019)

Local Government Deny ICE Detainers, Federal Backlash

“We are very pleased to see Wayne County clearly defining its policy about detainers, which are really problematic because they’re based on less than probable cause.” - Susan Reed 

(Valliant News - November 16, 2019)

GR Community Pushes City to Support Driver's Licenses For All

"According to the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, undocumented immigrants were able to obtain driver's licenses until 2008."

(WZZM13 - November 12, 2019)

Bills Introduced to Ensure Driver's Licenses For All

"Chang first talked about introducing a form of this legislation back in August. She presented the names of a bipartisan coalition formed in support of the new package — the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) of Michigan, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Michigan League for Public Policy and the Michigan Farm Bureau, to name a few."

(Michigan Advance - October 31, 2019)

Anti-Sanctuary Resolution Moves in Muskegon

"[Welcoming Cities and Counties] aim to uplift and unite their communities." - Eva Alvarez

(Muskegon Times - October 23, 2019)

Hosting the National Immigrant Integration Conference

"The conference is sponsored by the National Partnership for New Americans. Co-sponsors include ACCESS, Michigan United and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center." (WILX 10) (Detroit News 9/3) (Value Walk 10/11) (Detroit News 10/20) (Value Walk 10/21) (Value Walk 10/28)


(Detroit Free Press - October 22, 2019)