Friday, August 19, 2022

Michelle Lujan Grisham pushes back against border wall legislation

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) is pushing back against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) recently proposed legislation aimed at fully funding a wall along the southern border. “Despite evidence showing the negative economic and environmental impact of Trump’s border wall and overwhelming opposition by border communities and national security experts, Republicans […]

Hispanic Caucus demands answers on detention of immigrant children

The leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) called yesterday for the top federal official in charge of refugee resettlement to explain the administration’s policies on detention of immigrant minors. In a letter to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd obtained by The Hill, the CHC asked for a meeting with its members “to discuss […]

Trump Administration targeting Texas Latinos by questioning their citizenship

The Trump administration is engaging in an immigration crackdown in South Texas against people who have birth certificates showing they were born in the United States. According to a Washington Post report published Wednesday by Kevin Sieff, immigration lawyers in the area are reporting that “hundreds, even thousands” of Latinos born near the border are being […]

More than a dozen ICE agents and a senator call to eliminate ICE

More than a dozen U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents have signed a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling to eliminate ICE and shift its work to another bureau. Investigators “have been perceived as targeting undocumented aliens, instead of the transnational criminal organizations that facilitate cross border crimes impacting our communities and […]

Separated parents will be able to reunite with their children after signing voluntary deportation

As focus intensifies on reuniting immigrant families separated by the government, parents are being offered another option: sign voluntary departure orders to speed up their cases — and they’ll be reunited with their kids before they are deported if they do. While the option is not unique to parents and is not the only option, […]

Guatemalan mother reunites with her son after he was taken away at the border

The mother rushed toward her son the second he stepped off the jetway. Then she teared up. “I love you,” she said in Spanish, between sobs. In the waiting area of Gate C14 at Baltimore Washington International Airport, she wrapped a blanket around him, cradled his head in her arms and wept. It had been […]

In audio clip children at the border can be heard desperately crying for their parents

“I don’t want them to stop my father,” a child whispers in Spanish. “I don’t want them to deport him.” And so begins an excruciating audio clip of children howling for their parents after being separated from them at the US-Mexico border. The audio which was published Monday by the investigative nonprofit ProPublica adds a […]

Tent City to be built in Texas to house Immigrant children

The Trump administration has selected Tornillo, Texas, for the construction of tents to house immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under the new “zero tolerance” policy. The Department of Health and Human Services will build a “tent city,” full of large tents, that is estimated to hold 450 beds for […]

Despite what Trump says, arrests at the Mexican border are at a historic low

The number of people caught trying to cross the border with Mexico increased for a third straight month in April, but overall apprehension numbers remain at historic lows, according to data released last Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The increase comes as more than 150 people from Central America have reached the border and applied for […]

Pueblo Sin Fronteras: The group behind the migrant caravan heading to the U.S.

As he stood among the mothers, children and LGBT youths who had been walking through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border, Rodrigo Abeja found it hard to believe that President Trump had deemed these people dangerous. “About 80 percent of them are from Honduras,” Abeja said in Spanish in an interview with NBC […]