CHILDREN CROSSING THE BORDER
Since the year 2000, many children have been coming to the United States with their parents because the U.S. made it very difficult for people to return home at the end of the "season" to be with their wives and children. In the photos above, see (reading across):
1. Sr. Cortez-Rivera with migrant child in Nogales, Sonora IN 2007
2. Salvadoran woman wih her two children crossing in Texas in 2019
3. Mother and child doing paperwork in Naco, Arizona IN 2009
4. Stretcher used to carry a dying woman in Southern Arizona IN 2004.
The phenomenon of children crossing the border is not new--just more horrific because of what they find when they get here.
"Public Charge" Ruling Shows the Supreme Court Won't Save Us From Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda, Natasha Lennard, The Intercept,Lennard writes: "Expanding the 'public charge' rule, rightly described as a 'wealth test' for immigrants, has long been on the Trump administration's fascistic agenda wish list."
How Cruelty at the Mexican Border Became an American Export , Josue De Luna Navarro, BuzzFeed, Navarro writes: "In the early weeks of 2020, hundreds of Central American families once again woke up and started a long northward journey together."
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Mexico Deports More than 2000 Caravan Migrants to Honduras
Immigration Blog (blog), Mexico's National Migration Institute (INM) published a press release Monday announcing the deportations of approximately 2,303 Honduran migrants ...
2019: A deadly year for migrants crossing the Americas
UN News, Data from the Missing Migrants Project (MMP), collected at the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) Data Analysis Centre in Berlin, indicate ...
'I don't want to be deported': Inside the tent courts on the US-Mexico border
Forcing migrants, many of whom are from Central America, to Mexico marks an unprecedented shift in US asylum policy. Instead of living in the US as ...
Matamoros Residents Protest Growing Migrant Tent Encampment - HPPR
The Human Rights of Undocumented Migrants
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Migrants In Mexico Face Crackdown, But Officials Say They're Being 'Rescued'
Advocates for migrants dispute this and say they are worried about Mexico's new, increasingly draconian policies toward those fleeing chronic poverty ...
Mexico Migrant Agency's Access Ban Draws Fire From President - The New York Times
Mexico president criticizes immigration agency's access ban - Houston Chronicle
Migrant-smuggling networks believed widespread in Mexico
Mexico News Daily
The National Immigration Institute (INM) is investigating 20 internationally active migrant-smuggling networks believed to be operating in Mexico.
Mexico Deports Over 2000 Caravan Migrants Back To Honduras - The Daily Caller
Activist visits to Mexico's migrant centers up in air - Daily Inter Lake
Activist visits to Mexico's migrant centers up in air - Wichita Eagle
Immigration judges' association calls for independence from DOJ
The head of the immigration judges union asked a House panel Wednesday for the "urgent creation" of independent immigration courts, separate from ...
Threats to Due Process in US Immigration Courts - Project On Government Oversight
Immigration Judges Association Argues For Courts Independent Of Attorney General
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Ashley Tabaddor of the National Association of Immigration Judges, which has struggled with burnout. The union is ...
Daily Immigration News Clips – January 29, 2020
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 29, 2020.
THIS VERY IMPORTANT POST IS BORROWED FROM IGNATIAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK.
Saturday, January 25 was the one year anniversary of the implementation of the Migration Protection Protocol (MPP), widely known as Remain in México. This policy has forced asylum seekers to return to México and wait there as they apply for asylum in the United States. Migrants in Northern Mexican border cities report
facing violence, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault. Remain in México also makes it incredibly difficult for migrants to receive legal support for their asylum cases. Over 56,000 asylum seekers have been sent to Mexican border cities this year.
Remain in México is an unjust policy that does not uphold the inherent dignity of asylum seekers and criminalizes them for following international asylum law. Take action and tell both Congress and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to revoke Remain in México and discontinue the expansion of this program.
Last week, superiors of Jesuit communities in Texas spoke out on behalf of refugees coming to their state through resettlement programs. On Friday, January 10, Texas became the first U.S. state to block refugee resettlement under President Trump’s September executive order requiring written consent from state and local jurisdictions prior to refugee resettlement. The Jesuit superiors sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott denouncing his decision.
IGNATIAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK is always working to develop additional ways for our network to stand in solidarity with the Jesuit Conference, the Texas Jesuit superiors, and many others as advocates for those who migrate. On May 20, 2020, we'll have our first Jesuit Parish Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. All Jesuit parish members and key social ministry partners are welcome to participate. ISN has designed this event as a space for members of our network to advocate for immigrant rights to members of Congress and to create a space for parishioners to network. Thanks to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grant, scholarships are available for impacted immigrants who are members of a Jesuit parish. Both registration and the scholarship application are now open.
José Arnulfo Cabrera
Director of Education and Advocacy for Migration FEATURED RESOURCES: ()
Trump Plans to Divert Additional $7.2 Billion from Military to Wall (The New York Times)
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Will this nonsense never end???
Border Patrol's incoming chief was also a member of racist and violent Facebook group.
Supreme Court Allows Trump’s Wealth Test for Green Cards, By ADAM LIPTAK. The new policy revised the so-called public charge rule, making immigrants ineligible for permanent legal status if they use public benefits like Medicaid and food stamps.
Group agrees not to harass churches that aid illegal immigrants, Arizona Capitol Times. Members of Patriot Movement AZ have agreed to change the tactics they use to protest the practices at some Arizona churches of helping migrants.
Covering immigration in the time of Trump, Columbia Journalism Review. In 2019, news outlets detailed the origins of America's “zero-tolerance” immigration policy and the ways in which it fractured families. They revealed ...
Helen Raleigh: Legal immigration reform needed, too – THIS system would ensure a better future ... - Fox News
Paul must have stayed up nights gathering these articles. Fortunately, he shares them with us. Thanks, Paul. Sue
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VIDEO: Trump Pushed Mexico to Block Its Border. A Migrant Caravan Tests It. Video by BRENT McDONALD and ORA DeKORNFELD. Pressured by threats from President Trump, Mexico beefed up security on its border with Guatemala. We witnessed a confrontation with the first migrant caravan of 2020.
DNA Collection at the Border Threatens the Privacy of All Americans, By DANIEL I. MORALES, NATALIE RAM and JESSICA L. ROBERTS. We’re one step closer to the “genetic panopticon” that Antonin Scalia warned us about.
ICE Dangerously Lowered Its Standards for Immigrant Detention Centers and Hoped You Didn't Notice, Peter Wade, Rolling Stone. Wade writes: "Immigration and Customs Enforcement has lowered its standards for detaining migrants, the Texas Observer reported."
'No Human Rights': Mexico Blocks Migrant Caravan Headed North, Jeff Abbott, Al Jazeera. Abbott writes: "The Mexican National Guard and immigration officials stopped a caravan of hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers on Thursday as they walked towards the southern city of Tapachula."
Trump's Best Means for Stopping Migrants Is Mexico's Government, Wall Street Journal. Most of the migrants in the caravan have been arrested and sent to crowded detention facilities, from where most of them will be deported to their ...
Silence at the Border: Telling the Hard Stories of Undocumented Immigration
Literary Hub. Silence. Silence has plagued me since the day I left my country on April 3, 1999. I was nine years old. There was no parent around. I've never spoken ...
Second Arizona group agrees to stop yelling at churches helping immigrants
CBS46 News Atlanta. (CNN) -- An Arizona group that was accused of harassing and intimidating churches and pastors helping immigrants has agreed to stop their actions ...
Mexico Breaks Up a Migrant Caravan, Pleasing White House, MEXICO CITY — For generations, Mexico served as a relatively open thruway for undocumented migrants traveling to the United States. Tens of ...
Use of 'Rescues' by Mexican Migration Officials Criticized - The New York Times.
Migrants Stranded in Mexico Cling on to Hopes of Reaching US Border - U.S. News & World Report
Migrants stranded in Mexico cling on to hopes of reaching US border - Reuters.com.
Priest helping migrants, staff in Guatemala receive death threats, The Catholic Spirit. A Catholic priest helping feed and shelter migrants in Central America has filed a complaint with Guatemalan authorities after he and his staff received
Last Saturday night we met three attorneys and four volunteers from Rockland County, New York (north west of New York City), at Mi Patio Mexican restaurant in downtown Phoenix. These folks from Proyecto Faro (Lighthouse Project) had spent a few days in Tucson, Arizona visiting Keep Tucson Together (KTT). KTT is a legal clinic in Tucson that helps migrants, refugees, and young people navigate the US legal system to gain status in our country. The Rockland people had opened a similar program in their home area just six months ago and were seeking ideas for further development of their services.
They reported their positive response to the community effort to respond to the local needs and “fix the world.” For one volunteer, her thoughts, perceptions, and intuitive knowledge all chrystalized in her mind as she spent time with attorney Margo Cowan at KTT, addended the court proceedings in Operation Streamline, and met with migrants who shared their stories.
Another participant keenly felt the responsibility of meeting the needs in Rockland County. She determined to go home and work harder. Another person cherished the moments when things became clear, such as when Margo mentioned that the goal of KTT is to stall the court proceedings until a better time.
Finally, the group sentiment was summarized by one volunteer who felt humbled by the many people who work together to find solutions to problems that seem at times insoluble.
In addition to the Rockland folks, three Phoenix No More Deaths volunteers added to the discussion: Niko, from the Phoenix chapter of the International Rescue Committee (IRC); Becky, a volunteer who just started medical school; and Chris Fleischman, volunteer par excelence.
We send good wishes to all. Gene and Sue Lefebvre
Casa Alitas new program will bring more medical assistance to migrants
KVOA Tucson News
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Why Hostility to Immigration Runs So Deep
Public opinion about immigration is hard to understand. Americans express more favorable views toward immigration since Donald Trump was ...
New Data: Legal Immigration Has Declined Under Trump
New data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) show legal immigration declined by almost 87,000, by more than 7%, between FY 2016 ...
New migrant caravan leaves Honduras for US despite tougher policies
Daily Inter Lake
MEXICO CITY — About 1,000 migrants on Wednesday left Honduras for the United States, defying tougher anti-migration measures in the region, ...
Arizona authorities say woman posed as immigration attorney
The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona said Contreras falsely told victims that she worked for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement or that she ...
Tucson woman sentenced to 18 months, fined $90k for defrauding immigrants with pending cases - TucsonSentinel.com
US sending Mexican migrants 1000 miles from border
PHOENIX (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday it will start deporting about 250 Mexicans a week on flights from Tucson, Arizona, ...
US Sending Mexican Migrants 1000 Miles from Border - KRGV
Immigrants To America Drop Sharply From China, India and Mexico
The number of immigrants to the United States from China, India and Mexico declined sharply between FY 2016 and FY 2018. If current immigration ...
Here are Paul articles from the weekend. Don't forget to get my book: "NO MORE DEATHS: Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime" to learn more about humanitarian work in Arizona and the amazing people who make it happen. amazon.com
Migrant Apprehensions at Border Plateau After 6 Month Drop
The apprehension of migrants crossing the southwest border from Mexico fell just slightly in December compared to last month. A CBP report issued ...
5 things Catholics should know about asylum seekers at the border - U.S. Catholic magazine
Trump says most asylum seekers don't show up for their court hearings. A new study shows 99% do.
President Donald Trump has often claimed that the only way to ensure that migrants show up for their court hearings rather than vanish into the US is ...
Border arrests decline; Trump's dramatic reshaping of immigration policy
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of people arrested or stopped entering the United States on the Mexico border fell for a seventh straight month in ...
The number of migrants arrested at the border dropped again in December
The number of migrants arrested or turned away by immigration officials at the southern border declined for the seventh straight month in December, ...
Arrests at US Border With Mexico Drop for Seventh Straight Month - Wall Street Journal (blog)
Drop in apprehensions along the US-Mexico border continued in December - CBS News
Drop in border apprehensions continued in December - WCBI
Mexican Migrants Removed From Border Camp After Family Separation Threat
The New York Times
CIUDAD JUAREZ — Mexican authorities on Tuesday removed almost 100 Mexican migrants seeking asylum in the United States from a camp in ...
Outgoing Guatemala leader denies agreeing to take Mexican migrants from US - Reuters.com
Outgoing Guatemala Leader Denies Agreeing to Take Mexican Migrants From US - The New York Times
The Trump administration will start sending Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala - Vox
US collecting DNA samples from some migrants — including teens — in first stage of program
Washington — The Trump administration began implementing a pilot program Monday to collect DNA samples from certain migrants and immigrants ...
The Trump administration will now take DNA from immigrants to send to the FBI - Mic
Here is another wonderful reminder by Ignatian Solidarity Network that many asylum-seekers are in danger. Please watch the news regarding the asylum issue. Thanks, Sue
As many of us are slowly easing back into our regular routines after the holidays, the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is getting ready for an eventful and busy year!
In 2020, we must continue advocating for asylum seekers at the border and DACA and TPS holders, and working to protect undocumented communities from aggressive ICE raids. This summer, the Supreme Court will announce their ruling on DACA, and thousands of DACA recipients could be in danger of losing their status.
These issues are not easy to tackle, but ISN is prepared with a host of programs to equip our network to advocate—including summits for impacted immigrants and allies at colleges, universities, and parishes, a Jesuit Parish Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, opportunities for encounter, and more.
The 2020 Election will allow us to reevaluate who is representing us on a local and national level. All those who are able and eligible to vote must be registered to do so! Do you need to register to vote or update your registration? If so, check out vote.gov. This nonpartisan site operated by the U.S. Federal Government provides information in English and Spanish for anyone seeking to register to vote, including those turning 18, in the lead-up to the 2020 primary and general elections.
Last month, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and the U.S. Jesuit provincials released a video on the Jesuit Migrant Solidarity site where they expressed the importance of advocating for our migrant siblings at the border. In the video, Fr. Santarosa, provincial of Jesuits West, shares how we often speak about migrants as "them," but in reality, it's us. "It's all of us together, and that's the image that God has for his Kingdom," says Fr. Santarosa. Make sure to WATCH THE VIDEO and then join the Jesuits, ISN, Jesuit Refugee Service, and the Kino Border Initiative by taking action for migrants with this Action Alert.
We must keep advocating this year for our immigrant siblings, and we must hold our elected officials accountable. I can't wait to see all the blessings we receive this year.
José Arnulfo Cabrera
Director of Education and Advocacy for Migration