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Early Arrival: NY Immigrants Looking for Fresh Start in Philly

Monday's Edition of Early Arrival: Two Sheriffs who Work with ICE in Different Ways – Woman in Domestic Violence Case Arrested by ICE – Tough Decision for Asylum Officers

A quiet wave of immigrants have been using New York as a waypoint before moving on to more affordable cities such as Philadelphia, WNYC’s Matt Katz reports. Philadelphia’s foreign-born population has grown 69 percent since 2000, according to Pew Charitable Trusts, and about 27,000 people move from New York to Philadelphia every year, according to the census. WNYC & The New York Times

NY Group Raises More Than $300,000 to Reunite Families
Julie Schwietert Collazo started a group to help reunite Yeni Gonzalez with her children, after hearing about her story on WNYC. Her goal was to raise $7,500 to bond Gonzalez out of detention. The group, Immigrant Families Together, has now raised more than $300,000, enough to cover the bonds of 12 women. They have now expanded their mission to also provide women with housing and pro bono attorneys. The New York Times

Does the 2nd Amendment Apply to Undocumented Immigrants?
Javier Perez was arrested in Brooklyn on the federal charge of owning a gun while being in the U.S. illegally. Perez, who is undocumented, is now arguing that that law is unconstitutional and violates his second amendment rights. Brooklyn federal prosecutors argue that the second amendment does not apply to him as he is a noncitizen but the precedent is unclear. The Daily News

Nadler Says Jail Trump Officials if They Don’t Reunite Migrant Families, WNYC

An Iranian Caricaturist Got a Visa Despite the Travel Ban. now She’s Drawing Trump, The New York Times

The Immigration Clampdown: a Threat to Brooklyn’s Economy, The Bridge

Gillibrand talks NY21, immigration, guns, meds, Adirondack Daily Enterprise


It has been 109 days since Memphis-based journalist Manuel Durán was detained by immigration authorities after first being arrested by the Memphis Police Department while covering a protest. Documented will keep a running tally of how long Durán remains in detention

Charlotte Woman Involved in Domestic Violence Case Arrested by ICE 
A woman and her 16-year-old son who were involved in a domestic violence dispute were arrested at a courthouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, by ICE. The mother, who was referred to as Maria, was scheduled to appear in court on July 9 as a defendant in a misdemeanor criminal complaint filed by a former fiance. Prior to that, her 16-year-old son had accused the former fiance of severely beating him, their lawyer said. Maria had also taken out a protective order against him and moved with her two sons to a domestic violence shelter. She was arrested by ICE at the courthouse on July 9, shortly before her son was scheduled to testify against the former fiance in the case her lawyers believe was retaliatory. The Charlotte Observer

Asylum Seekers Endure Horribly Conditions in Prison
120 asylum seekers are enduring horrible living conditions in an Oregon prison, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday. “We are dying day by day inside here,” one detainee said in the court filing. The detainees complain of medical neglect, strip searches, and overcrowded cells. Hindu inmates were given pork and beef to eat despite it being against their religion. The Federal Public Defender’s office filed the complaint and began looking into the issue after they learned of a suicide attempt at the prison. Associated Press

Border Towns Scramble to Help Families
Migrant families who are released by the federal government have found themselves stranded in border towns in the Rio Grande Valley where locals have been scrambling to help them. A loose network of volunteers and officials have been helping house undocumented immigrants in the Valley for years, and they’ve now switched their focus to the reunited families who are getting released into their cities. The New York Times 

Immigrant Parents Struggle to Communicate
Parents who were separated from their children through the administration’s zero-tolerance policy are struggling to communicate with their children. With their children kept in government contracted buildings, they are limited to waiting for their children to call them at unscheduled times. Calls they cannot return. Associated Press

Migrant Parents in Limbo
Parents waiting to be reunited with their children who are held at ICE’s Port Isabel detention center in South Texas are in a limbo, advocates say. The government intends to reunite them with their children — a court order says they must do so by July 26 — but until then, they have limited or no access to phones or commissary accounts that are usually afforded to detainees. The Texas Tribune

Occupy ICE Faces Armed Counter-Protests
A group called American Action Force 3% has reportedly been staging armed counter-protests at Occupy ICE encampments. At least 11 Occupy ICE encampments have appeared around the country in the past month, mostly outside of ICE buildings. Fifty armed counter-protesters from the group reportedly appeared at an encampment in Louisville. The group argues the encampments are interfering with constitutional rights. The Guardian

Asylum Claims for Victims of Gang Violence are Uncertain
A woman who suffered a miscarriage while in ICE detention moved back to El Salvador, where she said she was fleeing gang members who raped her, BuzzFeed News reports. The woman, who spoke under the pseudonym E. in the article, still hoped to gain refuge in the U.S. and had passed her credible fear interview, but her chances of making it back are slim as Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled that gang violence and domestic violence are no longer grounds legitimate grounds for asylum. BuzzFeed News

For Immigration Reporters, Objectivity and Compassion Don’t Have to be Mutually Exclusive, By New York Times Immigration Reporter Miriam Jordan [Opinion]

Agencies Investigate Conditions for Separated Migrant Children, Washington Post

A Mother Describes her Experience in Migrant Detention, NPR

Americans in Blended Families Cope with Toll of Deportation, Associated Press

American Policies Have Complicated Life Along the Often Remote and Haphazard Line Dividing the United States and Canada, The New York Times [Opinion]

D.C. Attorney General Demands Information from ICE After Recent Arrests, Washington Post

Hillary Clinton To Help Immigrants Reuniting with Children, Associated Press

Rafting Across a Mexico River to Make a Living, and Remake a Life, The New York Times

Washington – DOJ’s New Asylum Guidelines at Work

Anecdotal accounts from lawyers suggest that new guidelines on asylum cases from the Department of Justice have begun to go into effect.

Attorney General Sessions ruled last month that people who are victims of gang violence or domestic violence no longer have grounds for asylum claims. The ruling was left up to asylum officers at the United States Customs and Immigration Services to enforce.

In its most recent guidance, USCIS placed the burden of proof heavily on the asylum seeker and insisted on proof of government persecution, effectively ruling out claims of domestic or gang violence.

However, asylum officers still have the ability to use their own discretion. Some who spoke anonymously to Vox said that they do not share Sessions’s view on asylum. Vox

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