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Strategies for Resisting Immigration Detention in Rural America

Strategies for Resisting Immigration Detention in Rural America

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
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CNJG is pleased to extend an inviation from our colleague PSO, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for two sessions devoted to rural power building.

Immigrants and refugees are diversifying and reviving rural America, yet the prevalence of immigration detention centers continues to create fear and harm in immigrant communities. According to a recent analysis by the National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy, 52% of immigrant detainees in the country are being detained in rural areas, creating a burden for their families, many of whom are forced to travel hundreds of miles to see their loved ones. The isolation of these centers has also made it difficult for detainees to receive legal representation and language interpretation. Because of this, detained individuals in rural areas are denied asylum and deported to their countries of origin at much higher rates (87%) than detainees in urban areas (54%).

This phenomenon is not new. The perception that rural areas have cheap labor and cheap land contributed to the creation of hundreds of new prisons in rural parts of the country in the 1990s. In 2018, the Southern Poverty Law Center sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), alleging that the federal agency was deliberately detaining people in rural areas far from legal resources.

In this webinar session – a part of GCIR’s series on rural power building – we will explore how detention in rural areas is harming communities; challenges to obtaining legal representation; and how local, state, and national organizations are confronting the harmful impacts of immigration detention on communities across the country.

Cost: Free for CNJG Members
You will need to register for a free web account on GCIR’s website (much like the process to register for an account on CNJG’s website).

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