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Jared Kushner Makes the Case for Merit-Based Immigration

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 12:04pm
Jared Kushner Makes the Case for Merit-Based Immigration


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Judge, Court Officer Charged with Obstructing ICE

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 12:04pm
Judge, Court Officer Charged with Obstructing ICE

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A Robot in Every Field

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 12:04pm
A Robot in Every Field

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Agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has dispatched a top aide,

On Stephen Moore?s ?Brainiac? Immigrants

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 12:04pm
On Stephen Moore?s ?Brainiac? Immigrants

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In praising the "brainiacs" who hold H-1B visas, Stephen Moore

A Bipartisan Panel Reports Alarming Findings on the Border Crisis

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 12:04pm
A Bipartisan Panel Reports Alarming Findings on the Border Crisis

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The bipartisan report on the border emergency gives President Trump the ...

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Central American women fleeing violence experience more trauma after seeking asylum

Borderzine - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 10:46am

Laurie C. Heffron, St. Edward’s University

The number of Central American women who make difficult, often harrowing, journeys to the United States to flee domestic and gang violence is rising.

I’m a social science researcher and a social worker who has interviewed hundreds of women after they were detained by immigration authorities for my research about the relationship between violence against women and migration. I find that most female asylum seekers experience trauma, abuse and violence before they cross the U.S. border seeking asylum.

What these women go through while detained by Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement can take an additional physical, social and emotional toll.

What they’re escaping

Most Central American asylum-seekers come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. These three countries are among the most dangerous places in the world to be female, with some of the world’s highest murder rates, including for women and girls. There are few repercussions for the perpetrators.

As they make their way north, these women are often subjected to sexual violence or held hostage. They may also fall victim to human trafficking – which could entail being made to cook and clean for other migrants or forced into prostitution – on their journeys.

Amid rising levels of violence, the number of Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans who have sought asylum here has increased almost eight-fold between 2012 and 2017 to about 107,000 according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The government does not disclose how many women are apprehended. But there are clear signs that the number of female migrants is growing. The roughly 189,000 people who arrived with their families, rather than on their own as adults or minors, whom U.S. immigration officials stopped along the border with Mexico during the six months ending in March 2019 were mostly mothers and their children. In contrast, only 75,622 people arrived with their relatives in all of 2017.

ICE is detaining more than 50,000 immigrants at any given time. Most detainees are men, although the percentage of women and girls, and specifically asylum-seeking women and girls, is rising.

Detaining asylum-seekers

The right to seek asylum in the United States due to persecution or fear of persecution back home stems from the 1951 Refugee Convention and U.S. immigration laws. The Trump administration has responded by detaining more asylum-seekers, a policy it casts as a deterrence strategy.

Once apprehended, women may remain detained for months. In some cases they are detained indefinitely as they pursue their claims. New guidance from Attorney General William Barr could lead to more long-term detention for asylum seekers.

In June 2018, former Attorney General Sessions announced that people fleeing domestic violence or gang violence would no longer be eligible for asylum in the U.S. A federal judge struck down that policy change six months later.

According to many studies by scholars like psychologists Katy Robjant and Kalina Brabeck, locking immigrants up can damage their mental health by increasing risks of depression, post-traumatic stress and anxiety. The effects can last years and even a lifetime. For parents, the damage extends beyond detention and may harm children of the detained.

Because detention relies on control, coercion and containment, it inherently makes frightened people more fearful, disrupts sleep and restricts access to medical, legal and social services.

Experiencing more trauma

During the past two years, together with psychologists Gabriela Hurtado and Josephine Serrata, I sought to understand and document what immigrant women who have experienced violence and abuse need while they are detained and once they are released.

Many detained women say they have been abused while being held by U.S. immigration authorities in what appear to be inhumane conditions marked by incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The Department of Homeland Security itself has documented dangers that include the provision of food that isn’t safe to eat, like moldy bread and rotten meat, and delayed medical care.

There are signs of threats and intimidation as well. A woman I’ll call Adelia told my research team that when she asked an immigration official how much money she would have to pay to be released, she was told “stop asking me, or I’ll raise the amount.”

Investigative media outlets, immigrant rights advocates and researchers have documented that ICE detainees often face threats, insults, humiliation and stress brought on by constantly changing rules and expectations.

ICE itself has disclosed that 28 women had miscarriages while in detention during the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years.

I have heard directly and through media reports that these immigration detention centers sometimes isolate detained women, either in response to perceived mental health issues or as punishment, leaving them unable to interact with one another, their own children or the volunteer lawyers who are trying to help them.

These practices echo and exacerbate survivors’ experiences with past abuse and violence. That is, detention settings may resemble control tactics used by abusers, traffickers or other perpetrators, compounding previous trauma.

A previously detained woman I’ll call Lourdes described what she experienced as dehumanizing. “You feel like an animal, as if you aren’t worth anything,” she explained.

One problem is how these facilities are set up.

Sandra, another former detainee, spent more than a month in the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. Having heard it would be shelter for families, she and her daughter were surprised by the barbed wire and razor wire surrounding the facility.

“At the entrance, there were nice glass doors that said, ‘Karnes Residential,’ but that was just a facade,” Sandra said. “It is a jail, a jail for families, families like mine that don’t have anyone in the United States, who come just to stay alive and because they want to see their children alive and well, for things to be better in the future.”

Lasting repercussions

We found that the problems don’t end once women are released from detention.

Rather, survivors face considerable immediate and long-term needs and risks. Right after being released from detention, they may simply be left at a bus station with little or no money, supplies or information about reuniting with relatives. This leaves communities across the country scrambling to fill gaps.

Many of these women, understandably, need help finding medical care, counseling, jobs, lawyers and social services. The rough start they get off to increases their risks of becoming homeless and having trouble making ends meet. It also reduces their ability to pay back the thousands of dollars they borrow to escape violence and to cover their bonds – money the authorities collect upon a detainee’s release that is similar to bail in criminal cases.

What might work better?

Federal agencies such the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as advocacy organizations such as National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health and Casa de Esperanza, propose approaches that aid healing.

They oppose the current detainment practices that seclude, isolate and restrict the ability of survivors of sexual violence to move around freely and to make their own decisions.

Immigrant rights advocates and mental health professionals argue that asylum-seekers should not be held in detention centers. Community-based alternatives would cost less and be more humane. They also advocate for training staff to work with people who have experienced trauma as the victims of violence and coercion.

Laurie C. Heffron, Assistant Professor of Social Work, St. Edward’s University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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Lost Dog Land Thieves will cost you millions now and millions more later

Refuse the Juice - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 8:32am
I know most of you don't read the El Paso Times anymore, so this may be news to you... but they reported on the Lost Dog Land Theft and they stated some facts. The biggest fact you need to know... Brad Kanus
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Cesar Blanco: Double Standard?...Cont'd

Max Powers - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 5:56am
You know what is funny about Blanco? It is the press coverage he does get. When the Texas House passed its version of the budget what did local media outlet KTSM do? Did it reach out to House Appropriations committee member Mary Gonzalez? Nope. It reached out to Cesar. If... Max Powers
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Facebook

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 5:00am

Last week I tried to use two different web based commercial services that required that I log in through Facebook.

I declined.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Space Force Ha!

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:00pm
Donald Trump promised most of you reading this today that he would “Make America Great Again”. He promised […]
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A Negative Hat Trick of EB-5, Charter Schools, and a Marginal Accountant

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 6:28pm
A Negative Hat Trick of EB-5, Charter Schools, and a Marginal Accountant

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As a rule of the thumb the chances of financial problems increase...

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Are Gun-Toting Border Vigilantes So Different from the Border Patrol?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:15pm
Are Gun-Toting Border Vigilantes So Different from the Border Patrol?


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We Won't Make America Great Again by Scaring Off Foreign College Students

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:15pm
We Won't Make America Great Again by Scaring Off Foreign College Students


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New Federal Immigration Guidance Says Stoners Lack 'Good Moral Character'

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:15pm
New Federal Immigration Guidance Says Stoners Lack 'Good Moral Character'

[html]Today the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency, which processes citizenship applications and is part of the Department of

California's Sanctuary Laws Survive Another Trump Challenge

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:15pm
California's Sanctuary Laws Survive Another Trump Challenge

[html]California can keep all its sanctuary cities and limit local both law enforcement cooperation and private employer cooperation with immigration

Ideas para reducir su tiempo de espera en los cruces internacionales

Borderzine - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 7:47am

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Cruzar de Ciudad Juárez a la ciudad vecina de El Paso, es un fenómeno necesario; ya sea para estudiar, trabajar o incluso por motivos personales como visitar a familiares. Algunas personas solo dan uso de los puentes internacionales solo para aprovechar precios y/o servicios no disponibles en su ciudad de origen.

El hecho de tener todos los documentos necesarios y en línea para cruzar, no te garantiza un viaje cómodo y rápido. Para eso, existen varias opciones disponibles para los viajeros internacionales: Santa Fe (Centro), Zaragoza (Ysleta), Santa Teresa y Córdova-Américas, mejor conocido como “El Puente Libre” A diferencia de los demás cruces internacionales en esta frontera, El Puente Libre se distingue por ser gratuito. Eso es una de las razones por lo que los tiempos de espera suelen ser más pesados con una espera de 20 a 25 minutos más en comparación de a los demás cruces internacionales.

Imagen del puente libre con un lleno total en un viernes por la tarde.

De acuerdo con información de U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, los tiempos de espera en puente suelen variar dependiendo del tiempo, con un promedio de 25 a 40 minutos y en horas pico con un promedio de 1 hora y media o más.

En la actualidad del mes de abril el tiempo de espera en algunos puentes es aún más largo, incluso de tres a cuatro horas; esto debido a la falta de oficiales de CBP. Un total de 750 oficiales CBP han estado brindando ayuda a la patrulla fronteriza para facilitar y agilizar el proceso de asilo politio a centenares de familias Centroamericanas que han llegado a esta frontera en busca de una mejor forma de vida.

Hay algunas maneras de agilizar el tiempo de espera según Roger Maier, vocero de CBP. “Recomendamos abiertamente que aquellas personas que cruzan rutinariamente se registran en el programa Sentri ya que los tiempos de espera en las líneas Sentri son de 5 minutos o menos,” compartió Roger.

“Mi experiencia con el puente libre es que yo antes cruzaba muy frecuentemente y la verdad es que a veces duraba de una a dos horas, y la gente siempre muy estresada,” relataba Fernanda Aguirre, una contadora que decidió facilitar su viaje al trabajo. “Fue entonces que yo opte por otras opciones. La línea sentri ha sido una bendición, la verdad que si la gente va y viene todos los días, pienso que es una inversión porque no gastas tanto tiempo”. Finalizo Fernanda.

La opción Sentri tiene un precio de $122.25 USD por 5 años lo cual es una suma de 50 centavos por semana. También hay un costo del lado mexicano de $5,783.29 pesos anuales or el equivalente de 307.00 usd para gozar de este servicio.

Imagen del puente libre con un lleno total en un viernes por la tarde.

Hay otras recomendaciones por parte de la comunidad internacional que cruza la frontera frecuentemente. “Formarse a las 8:30 de la mañana en el puente libre y se hace máximo 40 minutos para cruzar sin parar de avanzar por Ready Lane.” Comento Antonio Andrade, un trabajador residente en Juárez. La Ready Lane es un carril acordado por los gobiernos de México y Estados Unidos, el cual cuenta con una nueva tecnología de radio frecuencia que ya está incluida en las visas láser, micas de residentes y ciudadanos, pasaporte y Sentri.

Según Antonio de la Fuente una de las mejores maneras para evitar las líneas es utilizar moto como el lo ha hecho desde hace ya tres años.

Si no hay necesidad de acudir a la escuela o trabajo, los horarios más cómodos pueden ser de martes a jueves evitando las horas pico (6:30 A.M-9:00 A.M) así como los horarios de salida laborales y escolares. Esto según la experiencia de Selene Franco, una mujer nacida en Ciudad Juárez.

También es importante tener todos los documentos necesarios listos y vigentes y evitar el uso de los certificados de nacimiento en las líneas (Ready lanes) donde solo se aceptan pasaportes en tarjeta.

El estar preparado para declarar objetos adquiridos en México, evitar el uso del teléfono a minutos de llegar con un agente de CBP, tener los documentos en mano y dar uso a los sitios de internet oficiales que monitorean los tiempos de espera en tiempo real y el reporte oficial de líneas totales y abiertas. Esa misma información puede ser también encontrada en las aplicaciones oficiales para celular conocido como el “Border Wait Time app.”

Las soluciones para tener una mejor experiencia en dicho puente no han sido puestas en práctica por parte de mucha de la población fronteriza. Hay innumerables razones por las cuales viajeros no tienen más que otra opción más cruzar a la ciudad vecina, pero existen maneras de facilitar la experiencia y tiempos en los viajes internacionales de Ciudad Juárez a El Paso.

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Some say it’s an obligation

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 5:00am

Early voting for the May 2019 election is from Monday, April 22, 2019 through Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Follow this link for a list of the early voting places:

https://epcountyvotes.com/quick_links/early_voting

Please exercise your right to vote.

We deserve better

Brutus

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The Feds' Special Opioid Task Force Spent 8 Days Harassing Arizonans, Found 0.2 Grams of Heroin

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 3:58am
The Feds' Special Opioid Task Force Spent 8 Days Harassing Arizonans, Found 0.2 Grams of Heroin

[html]A special federal law enforcement task force dedicated to stopping the flow of opioids into the United States was deployed

Steve Bannon's 'Economic Nationalism' vs. Libertarian Globalism Is the Battleground of 21st Century Politics

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 3:58am
Steve Bannon's 'Economic Nationalism' vs. Libertarian Globalism Is the Battleground of 21st Century Politics

[html]The Brink, a documentary about the former Trump adviser, delivers an interesting insight.
      

If you want to understand ...

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