undocumented immigrants

A doctor's office.
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In a small house in South Bend, Ind., a family is getting ready for Christmas. The tree is up and everyone is laughing together, drinking something they call “Christmas Punch.”

Immigration arrest at a garden center in Ohio.
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Ohio’s immigrant communities were on edge this weekend as the Trump administration planned to conduct mass roundups of undocumented families. ICE promised sweeps in 10 areas of the country Sunday, and though the closest city targeted was Chicago, residents of Northeast Ohio fear their time is coming.

Amid the current headlines about migrant caravans and an "invasion" of unauthorized immigrants, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally actually fell to its lowest level in more than a decade, a new study finds.

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Attorneys with the Dayton firm Advocates For Basic Legal Equality, or ABLE, are suing the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles for discrimination.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
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An effort to push Columbus to issue municipal ID cards is gaining steam, with Columbus City Council members agreeing to study the issue.  

Immigration Policy Separating Parents from Children

May 10, 2018
Edith Espinal speaks to an audience at Columbus Mennonite Church.
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On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy for immigrants entering the country without documentation. 

As a result of similar recent federal actions, immigrant parents have been separated from their children -- often U.S. citizens -- and have been forced to turn to other avenues for support, including churches.

One such religious institution includes the Columbus Mennonite Church, which recently allowed Edith Espinal of Mexico to be the first undocumented immigrant to take sanctuary in Ohio's capital. 

Today we discuss the consequences of the new administration's immigration policies on families and on U.S. attorneys who anticipate a further decrease in the amount of time they can spend prosecuting major crimes.