Category Archives: immigration

Deaths of Migrant Children Reflect Inhuman Detention Conditions | La Prensa San Diego

The recent deaths of Guatemalan children in migrant detention centers in the United States and Mexico are “the most forceful expression that these places generate cruel and inhuman conditions, where life itself seems to be the least important”, said Rafael Alonso Hernández, coordinator of the migration studies doctoral program at Tijuana’s Colegio de la Frontera Norte institute.

Source: Deaths of Migrant Children Reflect Inhuman Detention Conditions | La Prensa San Diego

Release unjustly detained pastor and grandmother | Faithful America

ICE agents forced their way into Betty Rendón’s home with guns drawn, “violently” shook her husband, and were reportedly “jubilant” after the arrest.   Pastor Rendón, who fled to the U.S. from Colombia after armed guerrillas attacked the school where she taught, now serves a church in Wisconsin as a student pastor while studying for her doctorate. Her bishop says the Rendóns have “been a blessing to every community that they’ve ever been a part of.”   Local religious leaders just held an interfaith prayer vigil outside the detention center where Pastor Rendón is being held, and national Lutheran leaders have called on federal officials to release her from detention.

Source: Release unjustly detained pastor and grandmother | Faithful America

Immigration activist in ICE detention after Sundance film debut | Miami Herald

Weeks after a documentary exposing injustices at a South Florida for-profit immigration detention center debuted at a national film festival, Claudio Rojas— the film’s inside source— was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miramar during his annual visa check-in, records show. The film, “The Infiltrators,” also will premiere at the Miami Film Festival on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Silverspot Cinema. Rojas was planning to attend. Records show Rojas remained detained at Krome detention center in South Miami-Dade as of Sunday. His attorneys say he was apprehended Wednesday without cause and is now facing immediate deportation.

Source: Immigration activist in ICE detention after Sundance film debut | Miami Herald

Trump proposes wall-for-DACA in bid to end shutdown | Reuters

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said he could not support such an offer. “First, President Trump and Senate majority leader McConnell must open the government today,” Durbin said in a statement. “Second, I cannot support the proposed offer as reported and do not believe it can pass the Senate. Third, I am ready to sit down at any time after the government is opened and work to resolve all outstanding issues,” Durbin said.

Source: Trump proposes wall-for-DACA in bid to end shutdown | Reuters

Migrant caravans are making their way to the US border — but the journey is far from easy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

We spent three days with that boy. His name is Daniel and he’s one of perhaps 10,000 people from Central America who’ve arrived at the US border since November. He can’t go home because the gangsters would likely murder him. And he can’t cross the border because Donald Trump calls asylum seekers invaders. But this child is still glad he’s escaped what used to be his home.

Source: Migrant caravans are making their way to the US border — but the journey is far from easy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security : Immigration Impact

In years past, most arrivals were Mexican migrants who came into the United States for seasonal work. However, as Mexico’s economy improved, migration patterns began to change and fewer Mexicans  chose to come to the United States. This change from economic migrants to refugees and asylum-seekers requires a new response. Many arriving today are children and families fleeing extreme levels of violence and political corruption in their native countries and risk persecution and death if they are forced to return. Our laws make clear that anyone arriving at the border has the right to apply for asylum. Yet, asylum seekers are being turned away as if they were not fleeing for their lives. Worse, many are met with tear gas and are illegally refused access to the asylum process. We owe it to ourselves to have a discussion around what these changes mean for border security, how we should respond to instability in Central America, and how we keep America safe and prosperous. The discussion on the border wall relies on an over-simplistic and expensive solution to economic migration and a cruel response to asylum-seeking migration. Instead of focusing on erecting a largely symbolic struct

Source: Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security : Immigration Impact