8 Ways to Support Ohio Families Impacted by the Immigration Crisis

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

If you think the ongoing immigration and refugee crisis impacts only those living near the U.S./Mexico border, think again: Immigration advocates say Ohio is one of the worst states in the country in which to be an immigrant or refugee. An estimated 107,000 undocumented immigrants live in Ohio, and statistics show that our state has the third highest rate of immigration arrests in the country – behind only Pennsylvania and Michigan.

In mid-July, President Trump ordered ICE raids to detain and ultimately deport undocumented immigrants, targeting new immigrants as well as those who have been in the country for years. In Ohio, more than 90 percent of those deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are of Hispanic descent – and that includes individuals whose spouses and children are U.S. citizens, who work and live in our communities, and who have long called Ohio home.

Though July’s announced raids didn’t take place on as large a scale as initially anticipated, they are expected to continue and even escalate in the foreseeable future. Here’s how you can support local immigrants and families impacted by the current political climate.

Read the rest of this piece - including eight action items - at WISH Cleveland.

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