Former DHS official: Plot against Whitmer was ‘reminiscent’ of ISIS

BY: - October 26, 2020

Miles Taylor is one of several former President Trump administration senior officials who has now endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Taylor served as chief of staff to former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting Secretary Chad Wolf from 2017 to 2019. Taylor joins Olivia Troye, a former coronavirus adviser to Vice […]

Congress launches inquiry into claims about gynecological procedures at immigrant facility

BY: - September 23, 2020

Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center, said women at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility […]


Column: We must advocate for international and undocumented students 

BY: and - July 21, 2020

On July 6, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to international student regulations, mandating that international students must leave the United States if they are registered solely in online courses during the fall semester.  This was a drastic change from the past two semesters in which, due to the increasing rates of coronavirus in […]

Trump admin. rescinds policy to deport international students

BY: - July 15, 2020

The President Trump administration rescinded a recent policy that would have deported hundreds of thousands of international students had their classes remained online during the COVID-19 pandemic.  On July 6, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students would need to return to their home countries if classes remain virtual this fall. The […]

Nessel sues ICE for threats to deport international students if classes are online

BY: - July 13, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with 17 other attorneys general, filed a lawsuit on Monday to stop a new federal rule that threatens to deport international students if college classes move online in the fall. “International students play an incredibly valuable role in the learning process at Michigan’s colleges and universities, and contribute not only […]

ACLU sues ICE to release medically frail detainees in Calhoun Co. jail

BY: - April 27, 2020

Updated, 1:07 p.m. 4/27/20 The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) has leveled its third federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this month seeking the immediate release of immigrant detainees at high risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19. With the backing of a firm of more than 1,000 lawyers, […]

DACA, deportations and Trump: The year in the Advance’s immigration reporting

BY: - December 24, 2019

Quotable of the Year: “I don’t want my father to die. You have the power to save his life. He is not a flight risk. He has made good faith efforts to comply with all requests asked of him.” — Dearborn Heights resident Mariam Charara on her father’s pending deportation to Lebanon In the last […]

‘I don’t want my father to die’: Dearborn Heights woman pleas for ICE to halt deportation 

BY: - December 2, 2019

On the day before Thanksgiving, Mariam Charara received a call from her lawyer, who told her that despite her father’s dire health, he will be deported back to Lebanon. Median El-Moustrah, Charara’s father, has been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody since Nov. 12. El-Moustrah is living with liver damage, hepatitis B, diabetes and […]

Immigration and Customs Enformcement

Report: 250 students arrested by ICE after sting at fake metro Detroit university 

BY: - November 27, 2019

About 250 students of a fake university in Farmington Hills have been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since January as part of a sting operation.  According to the Detroit Free Press, the University of Farmington was created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to entice foreign-born students and take away their […]

ACLU sues ICE over attempted deportation of U.S. citizen in Grand Rapids

BY: - November 20, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and a Chicago civil rights law firm have teamed up for a lawsuit against the federal immigration agency that sought to deport an American citizen and Marine veteran in Grand Rapids last year.  The two-part lawsuit filed by the ACLU with attorneys from the Loevy & Loevy […]

MSU students demand support for immigrants, sanctuary school status

BY: - November 11, 2019

Some Michigan State University students are demanding the administration declares it a sanctuary school and provide more support and resources for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.  On Friday, students rallied outside the university’s Hannah Administration building to bring awareness to immigration issues. The rally, hosted by student organization DreaMSU, was timed […]


Column: Trump’s relentless assault on immigrants threatens their futures, and even their lives

BY: - October 6, 2019

The impeachment inquiry against President Trump has quickly become the greatest challenge to his presidency, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed his relentless push to radically restructure our nation’s immigration system. Trump has flipped U.S. immigration policy on its head and the fate of millions of people is at stake. In some cases, the […]