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Ukrainian Communities in the U.S. Organize Demonstrations and Fundraisers

Plus: Wisconsin bill aims to enlist DACA recipients in law enforcement, and a settlement will prevent ICE from making unlawful arrests 

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People of Ukrainian ancestry in the U.S. and Canada, including many who have families and loved ones still in Ukraine, have been demonstrating, holding fundraisers, speaking out on social media, and calling on elected officials to act as Russia attacks their home country. Since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion last Thursday, more than 350 people have been killed including 14 children. Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Liashko wrote on his Facebook page that a further 1,115 people have been wounded, including 33 children. Here’s a list of organizations helping to support the people in Ukraine and how you can help

In other national immigration news…

Immigrant Activists Condemn Bill Aimed to Enlist DACA Recipients in Law Enforcement

Immigrant activists are fighting against a bill in Wisconsin that would permit law enforcement agencies to recruit people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as Dreamers. Over 6,000 people in Wisconsin are enrolled in DACA, which protects immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation. Immigrant rights groups say the bill is hypocritical and divisive. “Dreamers like me have built careers, started families, contributed to our communities and paid taxes,” said Alejandra Gonzalez, a DACA recipient and development director at Voces de la Frontera. “Wisconsin is our home, and we condemn this anti-immigrant bill that would only serve to further divide, criminalize, and incarcerate immigrant communities.” Wisconsin Examiner

New Class Action Settlement Will Prevent ICE From Making Unlawful Arrests 

A federal court in Illinois recently approved a final settlement in a case that will prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement from conducting unlawful arrests. The ruling in Castanon Nava v. ICE will mandate the agency adopt new policies related to warrantless arrests, re-train its officers, and release people from detention if the settlement is violated. The settlement agreement is nationally binding and is based on a case that was filed in response to a four-day raid in Chicago in May 2018. ICE agents, without having warrants for people they arrested, often targeted particular neighborhoods, types of vehicles, work places, and commercial spaces where immigrants lived, worked, and spent time. Immigration Impact

Migration Policy Institute Co-founder Who Designed “Grand Bargain” for Mexican Immigrants Dies at 75

Demetrios Papademetriou, a key immigration scholar and adviser to several world governments and organizations on migration issues, died of a heart attack at a hospital in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26. He was 75. When Papademetriou was a director of the international migration policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he designed the “grand bargain” on immigration issues between the U.S. and Mexico in 2001. He also co-founded the Migration Policy Institute in 2001, which has been a key organization in conducting nonpartisan analytical and data-driven research on issues such as the impact of immigration on domestic wages, and how climate change affects immigration patterns. New York Times

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