Police: Worker at Child Immigration Facility Molested Teen

A worker at a nonprofit organization that houses immigrant children separated from their parents at the border has been booked on suspicion of molesting a 14-year-old girl at its one of its facilities in Phoenix, police said Wednesday. Southwest Key, which operates the facility, declined to say whether the 14-year-old girl was an immigrant who was separated from her parents at the border.

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6-Year-Old Girl Separated From Family Was Allegedly Sexually Abused at Immigration Detention Center

A young girl separated from her family by the Trump administration’s immigration policy has been sexually abused twice by an older child in a government-funded facility, according to a new report.

The Nation was informed of the abuse by immigrant-rights activists and the girl’s parents. The magazine also obtained detention center documents appearing to show that the girl was told to stay away from her abuser after the first incident.

Read more at Fortune

10-Year-Old Girl Describes Life in Immigration Detention: ‘I Began Crying All of the Time’

A 10-year-old girl separated from her mother at the border described being kicked by a male officer, denied water, sleeping on the floor and crying “all of the time” while in immigration detention facilities in Texas, as part of a major lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“I didn’t cry the first day when I was at this facility, but I began crying all of the time on the second and third day because I missed my mother,” Dixiana, 10, said in her sworn declaration. “The majority of the other girls in my cell were also crying the whole time I was there.”

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‘I Want Her Back’: Some Migrant Families Reunite, but Other Parents Grow Desperate

The Trump administration said Thursday that it had complied with a judge’s order and reunited all of the eligible children under the age of 5 that it had in custody with their migrant parents. But Nazario Jacinto-Carrillo’s desperate voice and haunting questions, repeated over and over on a phone line from Guatemala, made clear that the crisis over child separations remained far from resolved.

“When are they going to give them back?” Mr. Jacinto-Carrillo asked of the thousands of children still in custody. He had trekked to the United States with his 5-year-old daughter, Filomena. He was deported. She remains in foster care in New York, where she recently turned 6. “I want her back in Guatemala,” he pleaded.

Administration officials told reporters that the government had reunited 57 of the 103 migrant children under the age of 5, complying with a judicial order. The other 46 were deemed “ineligible” for a variety of reasons. Some of their parents had been accused of crimes. One parent had a communicable disease. In a dozen cases, the parents had been deported already without their children, making their reunification more challenging.

Read more at The New York Times


Teen Taken at U.S. Border Tells of ‘Icebox’ Cages With 60 Girls

A 15-year-old girl who was forcibly separated from her mother after fleeing to the U.S. from El Salvador described to a Washington State investigator how she was crammed into a windowless room with 60 other girls and deprived of proper sleep or food for three days.

The room was divided by wire fencing into three cages, with each one holding 20 separated girls — some as young as 3 years old, according to an affidavit filed late Monday in federal court in Seattle. The girls, who weren’t told when they’d see their parents again, called it the “icebox.”

“The place was freezing because they kept the air conditioner on all the time, and each child was given a mat and an aluminum blanket,” the investigator for Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson wrote. “The girls placed their mats in the floor very close to one another, since there was not enough space.”

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Protests Across U.S. Call for End to Migrant Family Separations

Protesters marched into Lafayette Square opposite the White House on Saturday and chanted “families belong together” to counter President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, and were joined in declaring that message by dozens of other rallies from New York to California. While the occupant of the White House was away for the weekend at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, images of the rallies were broadcast by cable news networks throughout the day.

Animated by what they view as the cruel treatment of migrants seeking refuge in the United States from violence in their home countries, the crowds turned out Saturday bearing homemade signs that read “Abolish ICE” — the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — and “Zero tolerance for family separation.”

For two sisters, Claudia Thomas and Monica Escobar, the sight of immigrant children being taken from their parents hit close to home. When they were young, they immigrated to the United States from Guatemala, one of several Central American countries that is a source of migrants today. They said they were out at Saturday’s protest in the nation’s capital to stand up for “human decency.”

Read more at The New York Times 

Thousands across U.S. join ‘Keep Families Together’ march to protest family separation

Hundreds of marches took place across the United States on Saturday as thousands of people demanded the Trump administration reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The protests, marching under the banner “Families Belong Together,” are hoping to push the Trump administration to reunite thousands of immigrant children separated from their families after crossing into the United States.

More than 600 marches occurred throughout the country, from liberal, immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to more conservative regions like Appalachia and Wyoming. American expats even gathered across from the U.S. consulate in Munich.

Read more  at NBC

Take Action for Families

Over the last several weeks, El Pueblo’s community has been horrified by the acts of the United States government along our border with Mexico. Thousands of immigrant families seeking asylum and safety have instead been subjected to a nightmare that will leave long-lasting trauma for children and parents alike. The decision to halt the separations and instead create indefinite detention facilities for families is a continuation of policies by this administration that are rooted in white supremacy, and have resulted in starvation, deaths and irreparable damage to the mental health and wellbeing of individuals who came here seeking safety and opportunity. El Pueblo condemns the racist actions of the President, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and will continue to speak out and take direct action against hateful acts by our government.

Durante las últimas semanas, la comunidad de El Pueblo se ha horrorizado por los actos del gobierno de los Estados Unidos a lo largo de nuestra frontera con México. Miles de familias inmigrantes que buscan asilo y seguridad han sido víctimas de una pesadilla que causará trauma permanente en las vidas de dichos niños y sus padres. La decisión de poner alto a las separaciones y en su lugar crear centros de detención indefinidos para familias es una continuación de las políticas de esta administración que están basadas en la supremacía blanca, y han resultado en inanición, muertes y daños irreparables de salud mental y del bienestar de las personas que vinieron aquí en busca de seguridad y oportunidad. El Pueblo condena las acciones racistas del presidente, así como de I.C.E. o la migra, y continuará expresando y tomando acción directa contra los actos de odio por parte de nuestro gobierno.

What you can do – Lo que tú puedes hacer

Sign our petition! – ¡Firma nuestra petición!

Senator Tillis has proposed legislation to keep families together, but this is not enough. Sign the petition now to demand he incorporate the full integration and inclusion of immigrants, asylees, and refugees into our communities.

El Senador Tillis ha propuesto legislacion para mantener a las familias unidas, pero no es suficiente. Firma nuestra petición para exigirle que incorpore la integración e inclusión total de inmigrantes, asilados y refugiados en nuestras comunidades.


Sign now – ¡Firmar ahora!

How did this happen? – ¿Como paso esto?

We have put together a timeline of recent events that led to the current crisis. You can see it here and contains links to articles that contain information found in the timeline.

Hemos elaborado una breve cronología de los acontecimientos recientes que generaron la crisis actual. Puedes verlo aquí y contiene enlaces a artículos que contienen información que se encuentra en la línea de tiempo.


“Abolish ICE” is becoming more than just a protest cry

Hundreds of women protested against family separation and detention on Thursday in Washington, DC. They were also calling for the abolishment of ICE.

Calls to “abolish ICE” have been building in recent weeks, as the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policies have pushed the platform into the mainstream among some Democrats.

ICE is shorthand for US Immigration Customs and Enforcement, and many activists on the left see the agency as emboldened and out-of-control under Trump. (It’s also separate from US Customs and Border Protection, which acts as the border patrol; ICE acts as an interior patrol.)

Just this week Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) announced he was introducing a House bill to dismantle ICE in favor of a more “humane” border enforcement. In New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — who upset Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the 14th District’s congressional primary — has called for the abolishment of ICE, and she’ll almost certainly be elected to Congress in the fall.

Read more on Vox

Muslims grapple with SCOTUS ruling that redefines their place in America

Ramy Almansoob’s children have been asking every day for weeks: “Do we have a decision yet? Do we have a decision yet? Do we have a decision yet?”

The girls, ages 6, 9 and 13, still live in the war-torn capital of Yemen, where the seeming randomness of airstrikes has taught them to brace for a painful end. Last year, they mourned their grandmother, killed by a stray bullet through the head as she sat inside her home.

The girls knew that the U.S. Supreme Court would soon decide whether President Trump’s ban on entry into the United States by citizens of seven countries, five of them majority-Muslim, including Yemen, would stand. They knew that the ruling would determine whether they and their mother — whose visas were granted on the eve of the ban and then revoked — could finally join their father, a U.S. citizen, in America.

Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling felt like a hammer’s final blow to Almansoob’s lingering hopes. For him and the thousands of other American citizens and permanent residents who have been waiting anxiously for the court’s word, the justices’ decision to uphold the ban presented a verdict not just on the fate of their families, but also on what it means to be American.

Read more at The Washington Post