News and Annoucements
We are migrants, undocumented, green card holders, workers, and students from diverse racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds who are directly affected by unjust and inhumane U.S. immigration policies that tear us apart from our families. With our allies we strongly believe in human rights for all, the right to mobility across continents, family unity, and an end to the current inhumane detention and deportation systems that has deported over 1.6 million people in the last 4 years and which incarcerates millions of people in the U.S. every year.
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As usual when Black History Month comes around, there are articles and programs on the struggles and victories of people of African descent in the USA. Most extol the great names and good deeds of Black folks, but there is a gap on Black immigrants and Black immigration. Thankfully, the development of the Black Immigration Network (BIN) is working to address some of the current gaps. Families For Freedom is proud to be a member of BIN.
In the Media
February 01, 2013
Families for Freedom made the cover of the Daily News! Collars for Dollars! There was an outpouring of media attention about our report denouncing USBP bonus programs and policing practices. Of course we don't like their use of the word illegal but are glad that our report got such prominent coverage and hope it will lead to an end to these abusive practices

The Fight for Our Lives/ La Lucha de Nuestras Vidas February/ March 2013

The monthly newsletter of Families for Freedom, a NY based multi-ethnic defense network by and or immigrants facing and fighting deportation. This month features articles about US Border Patrol and Cash Bonuses, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Black Immigrant History and Women's History.

In the Media
February 08, 2013
WASHINGTON — The highest-ranking official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection is retiring. Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar says he will be leaving the federal law enforcement agency at the end of March. He had spent more than 30 years with the Border Patrol when he became deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection in 2010.
In the Media
February 07, 2013

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Border Patrol’s Buffalo sector has stepped up its efforts to arrest illegal immigrants, it may also have vastly expanded a bonus system that can reward agents with cash, extra vacation time and even Home Depot gift cards.

In the Media
February 06, 2013
In the wake of Barack Obama’s re-election and as the winds of immigration reform increasingly blow across the political landscape, the mantra of “border security” is becoming louder in some quarters. In late January, for example, the so-called “Gang of Eight”—a bipartisan group of U.S. senators—announced its proposal. It insists upon “success in securing the border” before any “path to citizenship” be opened for the millions of unauthorized immigrants already present in the United States. Among its champions, border security is assumed to be an unadulterated good—or at least the price “we” have to pay for “our” collective wellbeing. That price is costly for both the benighted “us”—the federal government has spent more than $200 billion dollars (in 2012 dollars) on immigration and boundary policing since 1986—and the menacing “them,” thousands of whom have perished in the borderlands since the mid-1990s.
News and Annoucements

This is audio from our press conference releasing our new report That Uncovers Wrongful Arrests by Border Patrol and Cash and Other Incentives.

Featuring the voices of
Anetta, US Citizen, Families for Freedom member
Abraham Paulos, Executive Director, Families for Freedom
Nancy Morawetz, NYU Professor and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic
Christian Ramirez, Human Rights Director, Southern Border Communities Coalition
Ryan Bates, Co-Chair, Northern Border Coalition
facilitated by Esther Portillo-Gonzales, Organizer, Families for Freedom

and the audio from the question and answer section.