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Laura Sanders Promotes Illegal Immigration in Michigan.

Laura Sanders

Michigan has a severely depressed job economy. Illegals should not be taking jobs from Americans. Title 8 Section 1300 of the Federal Code of Regulations makes it a felony to aid and abet people who commit Federal crimes. Moreover, the Social Work Code of Ethics says social workers should not participate in, condone, or be associated with dishonesty, fraud, or deception.

Here is the original article from the Ann Arbor News

Sunday, March 23, 2008
By Geoff Larcom
The Ann Arbor News

Her voice cracked and tears welled in her eyes as she spoke in Spanish, her children by her side.

"They took my husband away last Wednesday and left me alone with my children,'' the woman said through a translator. "I don't understand. I just came here to work. Please help me find a way so my children can see their father again.''

The woman said she doesn't want to be sent back to El Salvador. Her family had fled poverty and unemployment for a chance to work in the United States.

"It's not about me,'' she said. "It's about my children. I don't want my children to suffer.''

The emotional moment crystallized the concerns voiced by a group of more than 100 people who gathered for an emergency meeting Saturday morning at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ypsilanti.

The contingent included members of area religious groups, immigration rights organizations, activists and University of Michigan Law School students who form the Washtenaw County Interfaith Coalition for Immigration Rights.

They gathered to raise awareness and plan a response to a series of recent raids on area immigrants' homes by federal agents from the U.S. Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

U-M law student Josh Ludmir, a member of a student group that educates about immigrant rights, translated during the meeting, which lasted about two and a half hours.

"There is a huge, diverse community in Washtenaw County that won't tolerate these violations of human rights,'' said Laura Sanders, a longtime Ann Arbor social worker who helped to organize the event.

Sanders spoke of what she called several "horrific'' violations of human rights that have occurred in Washtenaw County in recent weeks.

About two dozen immigrants attended the meeting, where about a half-dozen shared their concerns or stories with the audience.

A man who works in an auto shop tearfully spoke of his fears after officials came by and took down employees' license plate numbers.

"The only reason we are here is because of our families,'' Ludmir quoted him as saying. "I hope at some point to be able to obtain documentation and (we'll have) immigration reform.''

Minsu Longiaru, an attorney with the Washtenaw County Workers' Center, said that in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the federal government has greatly stepped up its efforts to detain immigrants and is pressuring local law enforcement officials to get involved. About 300,000 undocumented immigrants were detained last year, Longiaru said.

Last week, four members of the coalition went to Detroit to speak with immigration officials in a failed attempt to post bond for an area man recently detained by agents.

Margaret Harner, a member of the First Congregational Church who also helped organize Saturday's event, said the group was well-received. But they hope federal officials will come to a future public meeting of the coalition to discuss the treatment of immigrants.

The group discussed strategies to help, including talking to politicians, writing an economic impact statement, fundraising and establishing a sanctuary for those affected by raids.

"The most important thing is to listen and learn what is happening,'' Sanders said.

Geoff Larcom can be reached at 734-994-6838 or

Immigrant Information

For more information, to help out, or to donate, contact the following people from the Washtenaw County Interfaith Coalition for Immigration Rights:
• Laura Sanders: or 734-355-2707.
• Margaret Harner: or 734-417-6532.
• Spanish speaking people can contact Minsu Longiaru: or 734-355-1164.
• Rally: A march to support immigrant rights is planned for 10 a.m. May 1 in Detroit. The march will run from Patton Park at Vernor and Patton roads to Clark Park. Similar rallies will occur in other major cities like Chicago and New York.
• Web site: For more information, visit


Laura Sanders, L.M.S.W.
Creative Counseling- Ann Arbor, MI
Business Phone: 734-662-3509

Training, Certification & Professional Associations:
M.S.W., Interpersonal Practice, University of Michigan, 1988 Licensed Master Social Worker (Clinical & Macro Practice) #6801061563, State of Michigan, 1990- Present
Member, Academy of Certified Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers, 1996- Present

Areas of Practice/Specialty:
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy - 19 yrs. exp.
Child Sexual Abuse Treatment for Adults, Teens & Children- 19 yrs. exp.
Adoption Issues for Children & Families - 16 yrs. exp.
Gender & Sexuality Identity - 16 yrs. exp.
Transexual & Transgender Issues - 16 yrs. exp.
Insurance Information: Adoption Medical Subsidy- State of Michigan.

With a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan, Laura Sanders has been an adjunct instructor in U of M's graduate program since 1996. In addition to directing Creative Counseling for Families and Youth, a group of therapists who treat children and families identified by the child protection system, she provides private therapy, consultation, training, supervision, and expert witness testimony in the areas of sexual abuse and other trauma, attachment and adoption, and issues of gender and sexuality. She finds effective therapy to be eclectic in nature, grounded in a combination of evidence-based approaches and enhanced by creative interventions designed to address the needs of individual clients and families. Advocacy and community activism are fundamental to her role as a clinical social worker and integrated into all of her work. Her presentation style is dynamic, including case examples and experiential activities that invite participation.

Here are names and emails for The University of Michigan School of Social Work and the Michigan State University School of Social Work.

Laura Lein (new School of Social Work Dean)

John Tropman
Kimberly Bender
Letha Chadiha
Linda Chatters,
Barry Checkoway
Sandy Danziger
Jorge Delva
Ruth Dunkle
Kathleen Faller
Dale Fitch
Briggett Ford
Larry Gant
Liz Gershoff
Andy Grogan-Kaylor
Lorraine Gutierrez
Joe Himle
Leslie Hollingsworth
Berit Ingersoll-Dayton
Siri Javaratne
Joe Sean
Edie Kieffer
Sherrie Kossoudji
Edie Lewis
Lydia Li
Susan McDonough
Robert Ortega
Daphna Ovserman
Julia Paley
Brian Perron
Tom Powell
Beth Reed
Michael Reisch
Julie Ribaudo
Katie Richards-Schuster
Larry Root
Mary Ruffolo
Dan Saunders
Laura Sanders
Brett Seabury
Luke Shaefer
Trina Shanks
Beth Sherman
Kris Siefert
Mike Spencer
Karen Staller
Jose Tapia Granados
Robert Taylor
Rich Tolman
John Tropman
David Tucker
Diane Vinokur
Betsy Voshel
Kathleen Wade
Michael Woodford
Mieko Yoshihama
Frank Zinn
Peg Whalen
Gary Anderson
Agbenyiga DeBrenna L.
Ama Agyemang
Mary Barron
Martha Beuerle
Susan Bowden
Michele Brock
Linda Campbell
Hyunkag Cho
Suzanne Cross
Angelique Day
Margaret Dimond
Monaca Eaton
Julie Farman
Victoria Fitton
Paul Freddolino
Arnold Greenfield
Ronald Hall
Rena Harold
John Herrick
Joan Llardo
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This article from the May 17, 2008 edition of the Michigan Daily (University of Michigan student newspaper) says Laura Sanders asked Ann Arbor City Council members to forbid the Ann Arbor Police from taking part in federal immigration raids. Laura Sanders said “ICE officials have thrown people on the ground, left blood on the floor, chased women into rooms.”

A2 City Council Pressed On Immigrant Raids
The Michigan Daily

Residents ask city not to let police assist in illegal immigrant searches
By Sara Lynne Thelen, Daily Staff Reporter on 4/8/08

During last night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting, Washtenaw County residents asked the council to forbid city police officials from taking part in federal immigration raids.

The trio, representatives of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, requested that the council revise a 2003 resolution that allows members of the Ann Arbor Police Department to be involved in U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement raids.

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, who met with WICIR members Friday, said review of the resolution is needed to address community concerns. Some have voiced concerns of unnecessary violence during the raids.

WICIR representative Alicia Alvarez called immigration law "complex," saying federal officials should deal with such cases.

"It is not necessary for local police to be involved in enforcing immigration laws because ICE has the power and the resources to enforce its orders and its wards," she said. "By enforcing local immigration law, the police risk losing community support, and create problems with racial profiling."

Councilmember Mike Anglin (D-Ward 5) agreed with the mayor and called for a "stronger resolution" that limits the AAPD's role in federal arrests.

Hieftje said city residents became concerned after the AAPD assisted federal agents in the apprehension of an illegal immigrant who was resisting arrest. After the arrest, AAPD officers followed federal agents to a raid that the Ann Arbor officers observed but didn't participate in.

Anglin said the incident made residents suspicious of the local law enforcement.

"It was perceived by those viewing that the police were involved in some form," Anglin said. "We don't want people to fear the police."

WICIR member Laura Sanders said the ICE raids instilled fear and distrust in Latino communities.

"ICE officials have thrown people on the ground, left blood on the floor, chased women into rooms," she said.

Greg Palmore, a spokesperson for Michigan's branch of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, denied allegations ICE officers are violent during arrests. He said accusations of brutality on behalf of ICE officers are "an exaggeration."

"This is probably, in fact, this is the most humane enforcement entity for fugitives," he said.

Palmore said ICE provides medical and translation services for all detainees. He said a "humanitarian enforcement component" ensures that children won't be left alone if their sole caregivers are detained.

WICIR members also questioned a recent increase immigrant raids in the Ann Arbor area. There have been 14 raids in Washtenaw County in the past two weeks, but none have occurred in Ann Arbor, AAPD Chief Barnett Jones said.
Barnett said that a law enforcement raid - "when you kick the door in and you rush inside" - is not allowed under Ann Arbor's current city ordianance and has never happened.

Barnett said although many people may not understand the local law enforcement's role in handling the raids, AAPD involvement is beneficial for both federal officers and community members.

"One of the things we can guarantee right now if ICE comes into our community is that they're contacting us to be there so that we have an officer who knows this community, who know the citizens, who knows about our resolution, who's duty-bound to protect and serve all the citizens here, the illegal citizens and the legal citizens," Barnett said.


Here are the names and emails for Ann Arbor City Government:

Jacqueline Beaudry
Ann Arbor City Clerk

Lisa Wondrash
Ann Arbor Unit Manager
Communications Office

Ann Arbor Customer Service Center

Ann Arbor Police Department

Ann Arbor Mayor’s Office

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation

Ann Arbor Planning & Development

Ann Arbor City Treasurer

Ann Arbor Council Member
Sabra Briere
1418 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 995-3518

Ann Arbor Council Member
Sandi Smith
515 North Ashley Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 302-3011

Ann Arbor Council Member
Stephen Rapundalo
3106 Bluett
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 476-0648

Ann Arbor Council Member
Tony Derezinski
1345 Glendaloch Circle
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-2686

Ann Arbor Council Member
Leigh Greden
2860 Gladstone
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 975-0840

Ann Arbor Council Member
Christopher Taylor
1505 Brooklyn Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 604-8770

Ann Arbor Council Member
Marcia Higgins
1512 Marian Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 662-0487

Ann Arbor Council Member
Margie Teall
1208 Brooklyn Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 213-5811

Ann Arbor Council Member
Christopher Easthope
800 West Davis Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 862-4412

Ann Arbor Council Member
Mike Anglin
549 South First Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 741-9766

Ann Arbor Council Member
Carsten Hohnke
1714 Abbot Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 369-4464,,,,, parks&,,,,,srapundalo@a2g,,, ,,,cea,manglin@a2gov .org,


Laura Sanders also has a web site:

Therapy with Laura Sanders is available to children, adolescents, families and adults seeking to heal from the effects of sexual, physical, emotional abuse and/or neglect, attachment trauma, PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), adoption difficulties, depression, addictive coping, behavior problems, and oppressions based on issues of gender, sexual identities and other diversities.

Abuse-specific therapy is victim- and survivor-centered and eclectic, combining numerous interventions from trauma and attachment theories and cognitive and behavioral models. Given the precognitive, sensory and intense nature of sexual abuse and other trauma, healing also diverges from traditional approaches in order to reach the brain, body, senses and psyche where traumatic memory is stored. These interventions, rooted in sound theory and practice protocols, include sensori-motor approaches, attachment-oriented methods, activity and movement, play, art, writing, story, metaphor and ceremony.

Laura Sanders’ therapy methods utilize a variety of modalities including individual, couples, family and group sessions, and honor how the healing process unfolds differently for each person. In the context of a solid therapeutic relationship, people learn to regulate strong emotions, increase self-compassion, honor their own survival, relieve shame and fear, enhance self-confidence, become personally empowered, increase feelings of connectedness to themselves and others, and experience more peace and joy in their daily lives.

* Child and Adolescent Victims of Trauma
* Adults Effected by Trauma
* Children and Families with Troubled Attachment
* Families Struggling with Difficult Adoption Issues
* Abuse Reactive Children and Youth
* People Struggling with Identity Issues
* People Suffering from Discrimination and Marginalization
* Non-offending Parents
* Juvenile Offenders

Special Treatment Group for Therapists and Helping Professionals:
Laura Sanders offers a specialized therapy group to therapists and other helping professionals who work with people who have been abused, and who are also survivors of abuse or other trauma themselves. Therapy focuses on deep personal recovery and the management of the professionals’ reactions to working with traumatized people.

This is Laura Sanders’ letter about immigration raids in addition to Barbara Stahler-Sholk’s letter to the Ann Arbor City Council. =clnk&cd=1&gl=us

March 18, 2008
Hi all, I was at this meeting yesterday. Please attend the meeting on Saturday if you are able. As you all know, this kind of public support and outrage is the only way to stop this. Take care,
Laura Sanders

Dear Friends, Family and Coalition Members,

Last night , 3/17/08, about 50 people attended an emergency meeting to respond to the horrific raids of our Latin American community members by ICE (immigration and Customs Enforcement). There have been numerous raids just in the last week in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti where ICE(Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has unlawfully entered private residences, used violence and threats in detaining people, terrorized young children by attacking their parents in front of them, separated families, yelled at and verbally abused people, stolen identification, ransacked people's private property, used excessive intimidation, etc. After hearing peoples' testimonies we are disturbed and outraged by these abuses and agreed that we will not accept or tolerate this inhumane treatment of anyone in our community!

Last night, 3/17/08, 50 people met within 12 hours of being informed of these horrific raids. We officially formed the Washtenaw County Interfaith Coalition for Immigration Rights. We are a largely-networked, morally-conscious group of people, and many of us are people of faith from a multitude of area churches and organizations. We are diverse in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, abilities, etc. We believe these raids are morally unjust and a clear violation of human rights. We are deeply disturbed that this is going on in our community and will respond to these violations publicly and passionately. We are motivated to action by the God-given rights of all people to live in a safe and just society.

We have sent a group to the Immigration office today to post bond and request the release of one of our community members so he can re-join and make plans to protect his family. We have written a letter to immigration officials using much of the same language as is in this email (it is attached).

We are meeting again, in urgency, this Saturday morning, March 22nd at10:00 at the First Congregational Church of Christ. All concerned people are welcome and needed in this struggle and there are still many faith-based and social justice organizations that are yet unrepresented. If you are a personal friend or family member of mine, I have added your name to this list so that you can stay informed about what we are doing, and/or so you can get involved. If you want your name removed from the list, please let me know.

On Saturday, the coalition will be working on a first and rapid response protocol to help victimized families including immediate safe haven, legal consultation, meeting immediate needs, collection of resources, provision of support, press and media releases, etc. There are families who have been raided, are not safe, and are in need of support right now!! Soon, and in the long-run, we will plan a public meeting with immigration officials, implement political actions, work toward policies that identify Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and other Washtenaw County towns as Sanctuary Cities, and creating a sanctuary refuge in an area church or temple.

Thank you for reading this email and feel free to send it on. We would love to have your help and if you would like to talk to me, please call me at 734-355-2707. I have attached the letter we sent to immigration officials today.

Please note the impressive list of organizations who are already involved:

The First Congregational Church of Christ in Ypsilanti
Latinos Unidos of Michigan
The Ann Arbor Friends Quaker Meeting
The American Friends Service Committee
The First Methodist Church of Ypsilanti
The Washtenaw County Worker’s Center
The First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor
The Washtenaw Faith Action Coalition
St. Mary's Catholic Student Parish
The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor
St. Francis Catholic Church of Ann Arbor
Webster United Church of Christ
Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc.
Pineview Church of Ypsilanti
Faculty and students of the University of Michigan School of Social Work

Peace and justice to all.
Sincerely, Laura Sanders


From: Barbara Stahler-Sholk at
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 2:03 PM
To: Anglin, Mike; Easthope, Christopher
Subject: Please put on the 4/7 city council agenda the issue of immigration raids in Ann Arbor and other places in Washstenaw County

Dear Mr Anglin and Mr Easthope,

Thank you very much for serving on City Council.

I have just left telephone messages for you both and I thought I would also send you emails. I am a constituent of yours-- I live in Ward 5, next to the Bach School and I have voted for both of you.

I would like to request that you put the following issue on the Monday, April 7 City Council Meeting.

As a long-time resident of Ann Arbor and a member of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR), I am outraged about the fact that in the last few weeks, agents from the federal agency, ICE (Immigrant and Customs Enforcement of Homeland Security) have been coming into our city and county and conducting immigration raids and in an illegally violent manner which is targeting mostly but not exclusively our Latino community which contributes greatly to our city and county. So far, we have documented 13 cases which involve numerous people and often with their families. These people are having their human rights violated and I feel this is something that cannot be tolerated in our community.

WICIR has formed in the last few weeks in emergency response to these egregious acts. We are a coalition of 17 churches, faith-based, university and grass roots organizations. The five areas on which we are concentrating our efforts are immediate response, political action, community education, legal counsel, and fundraising. Please see the email below and the attached letter to the Immigration Office in Detroit which describe the Council and situation in more detail. For your information, the group that visited the Detroit immigration office was not allowed to post bond for the immigrant in custody. (Please note that the organization is now called Washtenaw Interfaith Council for Immigration Rights and not Washtenaw County Interfaith Council for Immigration Rights).

I would like to request that this issue be brought to the attention of City Council and I would like City Council to consider what actions can be taken. I hope that you will put this emergent issue on the April 7 agenda.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.


Barbara Stahler-Sholk
425 5th Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 741-0573 (home)
(734) 717-9589 (cell)


Barbara Stahler-Sholk (third from left)

Barbara Stahler-Sholk is a demonstrator in Ann Arbor Michigan. She is married to Richard Stahler-Sholk. Richard Stahler-Sholk is noted for his activism and global approach. His new book is Latin America, Social Movements in the Twentieth Century: Resistance, Power, and Democracy.

Richard Stahler-Sholk
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Eastern Michigan University
601 Pray-Harrold
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197 U.S.A.
Tel. (734) 487-3113
Fax (734) 487-3340

Richard Stahler-Sholk
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Old 03-06-2017, 03:54 AM
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Default Laura Sanders has a phone number to call to fight detainment

Laura Sanders has a phone number to call:

ICE detaining immigrants in Ypsilanti, rights group claims, February 23, 2017
ICE confirms four 'illegally in U.S.' detained in Ypsilanti |

"[Laura] Sanders' said her information comes from reports to WICIR's call line, where people can provide details on detainments."

"To report information to WICIR, call 734-355-2707. The organization has fielded about 600 calls since it was founded in 2008, Sanders said, and half those calls reported the detainment or deportation of at least one adult."
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