Sehvilla Man / WMUK

Kalamazoo is joining Ingham and Wayne counties in officially declining to detain undocumented immigrants on behalf of the federal government.


(MPRN-Detroit) The ACLU was in court today trying to get a federal judge to issue an order that immigration officers cannot threaten or coerce detained Iraqis into signing a document that could help deport them.


(MPRN-Detroit) The ACLU of Michigan wants a Detroit judge to order immigration authorities to stop coercive tactics against Iraqi immigrants in its custody. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

For Saheeda Nadeem, Kalamazoo is home. It's the city where she raised her children and where she buried one of them. But Nadeem overstayed her visa after she came to the United States, and the government has ordered her to leave. In the hopes of avoiding deportation she has moved into a local church.

Kalamazoo residents Erum and Seema Shah rallying for immigrant and Muslim rights at Bronson Park - file photo
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The Managing Attorney for the Kalamazoo-based Michigan Immigrant Rights Center says there are many ways to come to the attention of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Susan Reed says that includes applying for citizenship or a green card.