US to Reform Immigration Detention Policy, and Other News

By The News Aug 06, 2009

Obama Announces Slight Reforms to Detention System The changes to the system include creating a new office that overlooks the detention system and sending detained families to a detention facility in Pennsylvania instead of Texas. “This isn’t about whether or not we are going to detain people. This is about how we detain those people,” said John Morton, assistant secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. NY Muslim Protest Terrorism Sentences The Muslim Solidarity Committee organized a protest after Mohammed M. Hossain and Yassin Aref were sentenced to 15 years in prison for offenses attorneys say were preemptive convictions based on their race and religious beliefs. Broadcasters of Color to Meet with Administration A group of people of color-owned broadcasting stations are meeting with Obama officials about receiving stimulus money so they can continue broadcasting. They say the transition to digital has left many low-income families without access to information and corporate-owned stations limit the information that is broadcast to those who can afford the transition.