Most news stories of ICE raids on undocumented immigrants end with a headcount of people caught in the government's net. What's not seen on the evening news is the impact on communities where deportations tear families apart and create an environment of insecurity for those left behind. As deportations continue to occur in the Portland area, local communities are coming together to understand the issues driving these federal policies and to find solutions that are just and create true security.
The constant threat of deportation makes the lives of immigrants insecure. CAUSA, Oregon's immigrant rights organization, is holding an Insecure Communities Forum this Friday, April 13, at 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 13th Avenue in Portland. Erica Steinbauer talks here with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the event and the issues faced by immigrants.
Speakers at the forum:
Prof. Rene Sanchez, University of Portland
Prof. Elliott Young, Lewis and Clark College
Shizuko Hashimoto, ACT for Justice and Dignity
Kushlani DeSoyza chats with Catherine Chung, author of Forgotten Country. Forgotten Country is Catherine's debut novel and she uses her own history to write the pieces of the tale of two sisters, and how this relates to Korea's past.
Sarika Mehta spoke with Samip Mallick, founder and president of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) about the importance of archiving our communities' histories. They also discussed lesser-known histories of the first wave of South Asian immigrants into Washington state, and the language surrounding the sentiments of immigrants even in the early 1900s.
Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, April 6, 2012, at 9 A.M. We'll have a provocative roundtable discussion about the Coalition of Communities of Color's "Unsettling Report" on the Asian Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County. Surprisingly, the local API community is worse off than that of Seattle or the nation, and we'll discuss why with Prof. Ann Curry-Stevens, June Arima Schumann, and Rev.
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker, as part of an on-going series we call The Left and The Law, discussion Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Multnomah County. Specifically, a resolution was passed recently that calls on the ICE to exercise prosecutorial discretion in managing deportation cases. They talk about the kind of random, petty offenses that land undocumented workers in an unaccountable deportation system.