Rosamaria Hernandez, the 10-year-old special needs child explicably targeted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and taken into custody following emergency gallbladder surgery, was released earlier today after more than a week in detention:
“We’re just thrilled — it’s such a relief,” said one of her lawyers, Michael Tan, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s actually quite overwhelming. This was the first time in her life she was separated from her family.”
Of the next step in her case, he added, “There’s really no reason to be targeting Rosa Maria for deportation,” given her age and condition.
“Finally, Rosa Maria has been released to her family where she belongs,” Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat who represents the San Antonio area, said in a statement on Friday evening. “This young girl and her loved ones have been through a traumatizing ordeal.”
He added: “The United
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After near-silence on a domestic terror attack in Charlottesville that killed one and a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed dozens and injured hundreds, Donald Trump finally found an incident of terrorism he was willing to get shouty and red-faced about. He made no call for the perpetrator of the Charlottesville attack to be summarily put to death, as he has for the New York attacker. He offered up not a single damn bit of legal change that would prevent future mass murderers from, next time, killing even more Americans, but he insisted that the New York attacker could be pinned on a specific immigration program.
This is because Donald Trump is a blustering xenophobe and racist, a half-senile old man who reliably only offers up outrage when the perpetrator of a violent attack is an immigrant, non-white, Muslim, or any combination of the three.
So here’s a story
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An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tells Broadly that government officials have now twice blocked 10-year-old Rosamaria Hernandez from two follow-up medical visits with her primary doctor and surgeon following her emergency gallbladder surgery last week. Rosamaria’s doctors recommended that she be discharged to relatives and allowed to recover at home after the procedure, but Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents ignored the advice of medical professionals and have instead kept the girl, who has cerebral palsy, locked up in a Texas detention center for unaccompanied minors. The child’s “doctors, lawyers, and family have maintained that her health and safety are in danger at the facility where she’s been detained … the government has yet to comply with multiple requests for the child’s release”:
When Rosa was discharged, Border Patrol officers violated doctor’s orders to return the child to her family and instead took her to a child housing facility in San Antonio operated by
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Donald Trump doesn’t just go on Twitter to get his unfiltered message out to America. After all, Twitter can be out for five minutes. But Fox News never pauses in their effort to not just spread the gospel of Trump, but help Glorious Leader when he hits tricky patches with language, or math, or logic. On Thursday, it was Lara Ingraham’s turn to prop Trump up for the evening, and their wide-ranging discussion covered immigrants (how to not have them), the State Department workers (how not to have them), and of course, Hillary (how would we live without her). And many, many things were said.
Trump on who’s really important around here:
INGRAHAM: And there—there’s a concern that the State Department currently is undermining your agenda.
TRUMP: So we don’t need all the people that they want. You know, don’t forget, I’m a businessperson and I tell my people,
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United Farm Workers, Farmworker Justice, and other immigrant rights advocates are opposing a GOP-led migrant guest worker proposal that “would gut protections for workers, substantially lower wages for migrants, and expose even more workers to exploitation.” The bill’s Republican author is suspect enough: in the past, he’s sought to turbo-boost Donald Trump’s mass deportation force by hiring thousands more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and them arming them with “M-4 rifles or equivalents”:
The latest attempt is a bill by Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and one of the biggest proponents of reforming the H-2A. The bill,which narrowly cleared the committee last Wednesday, would overhaul the current guest worker program and replace it with a new H-2C visa for bringing in foreign agricultural workers to the US. In contrast to the current H2-A visa, the new program, called the Agricultural Guestworker
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Nextgov reports that the Department of Homeland Security is on the hunt for new technology to identify people driving over the border—without even requiring them to leave their car.
The Homeland Security Department wants technology that can passively scan the faces of foreign nationals crossing the U.S. border by car, ensuring that the individuals who enter the country are the same ones who leave it.
DHS’ Silicon Valley outpost is hosting an industry day Nov. 14 to solicit solutions that would let Customs and Border Protection scan people’s faces, even if they’re wearing sunglasses, hats or are looking away from the camera, without requiring them to slow down or exit the car.
If you’re a bit worried about this technology, that’s a reasonable reaction. They did pay some lip service to privacy. In DHS’s official request for the technology they mention:
In addition, innovative approaches that allow for
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Democrats are weighing an option of last resort if Republicans fail to protect some 700,000 Dreamers from deportation by year’s end—forcing a government shutdown. Politico writes:
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a prospective 2020 presidential hopeful, raised the specter of a year-end showdown last week when she declared she wouldn’t vote for a spending bill that doesn’t help children of undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors. Republicans will need Democratic votes — definitely in the Senate and almost certainly in the House, too — to pass legislation to keep the government funded. […]
But a number of other Democratic senators said they aren’t willing to go there — at least not yet.
“It is a topic which we are not raising at this point, because we hope we don’t even need to think about it,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a party
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Over one hundred companies from the tech industry—including Facebook, IBM, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Twitter—have filed a legal brief supporting a lawsuit filed by California, Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine over Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and put 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth at risk of deportation.
“Just as DACA sent a powerful message of inclusion, its rescission tells the immigrants who have been integral to the growth and development of our society and economy for decades that they are no longer welcome here,” the brief notes. “As a result, DACA’s rescission will reduce the future ability of U.S. companies to attract individuals from around the world to support America’s continued economic growth and prosperity.”
In its own brief, Apple wrote the company “and its customers have benefitted greatly from their intelligence, ambition, creativity, resilience, and hard work. These
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During a press conference in support of the bipartisan DREAM Act, California Sen. Kamala Harris said she’s prepared to not back a key spending bill if it doesn’t include a congressional fix protecting undocumented immigrant youth stripped of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections by the Trump administration:
“I will not vote for an end-of-year spending bill until we are clear about what we are going to do to protect and take care of our DACA young people in this country,” Harris said. “Each day in the life of these young people is a very long time, and we’ve got to stop playing politics with their lives.”
No other state stands to feel DACA’s rescission like California, where one-quarter of the nation’s 800,000 DACA recipients live, work, and go to school. And they’re afraid. Sen. Harris said she’s heard first-hand from these young immigrants, who approach her in public “to talk
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For the second time since May, Border Patrol agents have reportedly skirted their own “sensitive locations” policy—which says that hospitals are generally off-limits, excluding “exigent circumstances”—to target yet another immigrant family seeking urgent medical care. This inhumanity will lead to even more devastating consequences, with families becoming too afraid to access medical care because of the deportation force:
A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had gall bladder surgery at Driscoll Children’s Hospital is under threat of deportation after crossing a Customs and Border Protection checkpoint to get to Corpus Christi for the surgery.
The girl’s mother, Felipa Delacruz, told the Caller-Times on Tuesday she received a call from the Mexican Consulate about her daughter, Rosamaria Hernandez. She was told her child faces deportation or could be sent to a detention center after she is released from Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Delacruz, who also lacks legal immigration status,
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Yesterday, the federal appeals court in Washington, DC, ruled that Jane Doe, a 17-year-old immigrant woman in federal custody, had the right to obtain an abortion. This ended a month-long battle with the Trump administration, who repeatedly attempted to block her from terminating her pregnancy. While in a detention center for unaccompanied minors, Doe sought and received a judge’s permission to have an abortion without parental consent. Because the administration felt it perfectly acceptable to make this decision for her, they filed appeal after appeal to delay the abortion. Yet, a state judge, a federal judge, a panel of appeal judges and the full appeals court all said the same thing—Jane Doe is entitled to have the abortion she seeks and it’s absolutely none of the government’s business.
While many of us were worried that the administration would appeal the most recent decision and try to take an appeal to
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Politico reports that Texas Sen. John Cornyn is part of a Republican group “privately discussing the contours” of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal, but color me skeptical. Now, advocates would be glad to be proven wrong, but there’s a reason why Cornyn has been awarded the “Biggest Hypocrite on Immigration” trophy by immigrant rights group America’s Voice.
For example, Cornyn’ll offer up optimistic words—or say he’s working on a DACA deal—but when humane immigration proposals have come up, he’s helped derail them. When the DREAM Act passed the House and went to the Senate in 2010, Cornyn opposed it. Then at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference a month later, he “had the audacity to portray himself as a dedicated supporter of immigration reform.” So, take this report with a grain of salt:
“There’s a solution to be had there,” Cornyn said. “But we just need to get on
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After several weeks of attempted delays by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. ruled on Tuesday that a 17-year-old immigrant woman in custody must be allowed to have the abortion she requested last month.
A U.S. appeals court has cleared the way for a 17-year-old immigrant held in federal custody to obtain an abortion.
The ruling Tuesday by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overruled a decision by a three-judge panel of the court that at least temporarily blocked the teen from having the procedure.
Jane Doe, whose name is not being released in the press, is currently in a detention facility for unaccompanied minors in Texas. She has requested that she be permitted to have an abortion without parental consent since she is in the country without guardians. Though she made the request on September 11, the
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There are currently around 100 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients enrolled in medical school. They’ve had none of daddy’s connections or money to help them get ahead. Facing a wall of obstacles due to their immigration status, it was hard work, determination, and grit that got them to where they are now. But because Donald Trump has rescinded the program and Congress has yet to pass a clean DREAM Act to put them on a path to citizenship, these students are in limbo:
Zarna Patel, 24, is a third-year student at Loyola who was brought to the U.S. from India as a 3-year-old without any legal documents. Her DACA permit expires in January, and she’s trying to renew it so she can continue medical school rotations that require clinical work. If she’s able to work in U.S., Patel will work in disadvantaged areas of Illinois for four years,
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Hundreds of thousands of people will find out in just a matter of weeks if they’ll be able to continue to live their lives in the United States, or be torn from their homes or driven underground:
The Department of Homeland Security is considering whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to designees whose home countries are recovering from natural disasters or civil wars.
“These are folks that have been in this country for years. Some have been here for almost two decades,” said Armando Carmona, a spokesperson for the National TPS Alliance, which is leading a campaign to maintain the protection. “They work here, they’ve built families here, they have U.S. citizen children.”
Expiration dates for the protection vary by country, with Nicaragua and Honduras facing Jan. 5 expiration dates. DHS decisions on whether they’ll get extensions are expected by Nov. 6.
About 50,000 Haitians have
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More than 22,000 people have signed a petition in support of Melecio Andazola Marquez, an undocumented father who went into a USCIS appointment earlier this month for what he thought was a routine visit, only to be arrested by ICE agents. His daughter, Yale University senior Viviana, spurred to action, organizing an ICE phone banking station that drew hundreds of her classmates.
But while Melecio is not alone in spirit, he remains in detention, separated from his family—including four U.S. citizen kids—and at risk of deportation. “What happened to him is not an appropriate application of the law — it is cruelty,” Viviana writes in her New York Times op-ed. “It’s not just my dad’s story. Under President Trump, every undocumented person living in the United States is a target, a deportation priority”:
My father is undocumented but has lived in the United States since 1998. He has raised four children,
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It’s been more than three weeks since Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing nearly 60 Americans and injuring over 500 others. According to Mother Jones, more than half of all mass shootings since 1982 have been committed by white men. But that fact doesn’t fit in this racist administration’s white supremacist narrative, which is why Reuters reports that the Trump regime is instead considering taking more steps to make it even more difficult for refugees to come to the U.S.
Refugees are already among the most vetted group of individuals entering the U.S., so the administration’s red tape is intentional. “When you put in additional security checks you can basically halt the system,” said Robert Carey, the former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under Obama:
The administration also may expand the use of intensive security checks by multiple federal agencies, called
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Are we headed for a Hanukkah government shutdown? If Congress doesn’t pass a spending bill—requiring eight Democratic votes in the Senate—by midnight on December 15, the federal government will shut down. Thanks to Donald Trump, though, the list of legislative priorities that must be resolved just keeps growing:
Once Obamacare repeal failed, the only major item on Republicans’ agenda for the rest of the year was supposed to be tax reform. But then Trump announced his administration planned to sunset the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, putting upward of 600,000 unauthorized immigrants in limbo; and that it would end the Affordable Care Act’s subsidy payments, a move that will increase premiums for Americans and dig a deeper hole in the national deficit. Trump is forcing Congress’s hand to act, but he hasn’t given a clear or realistic policy directive on immigration or health care.
Congress also keeps putting
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Humanitarian group Border Angels estimates that since 1994, some 10,000 migrants have lost their lives attempting to cross the U.S./Mexico border, dying of dehydration and exposure in the searing desert sun, where temperatures can climb as high as 127 degrees during the day. In Brooks County, Texas, “the bodies and remains of more than 550 undocumented migrants have been discovered.” Hundreds of unidentified bodies, with no way for them to be claimed, are buried in graves in California, Arizona, and Texas, some with markers from Border Angels reading “Not forgotten” and “In our hearts.” But just as important as bringing dignity to the dead is the work Border Angels does for the living. Mother Jones’ Al Kamalizado:
Border Angels is an immigrant-advocacy group that organizes hikes into the southern California desert to distribute water along various routes for migrants crossing the US-Mexico border. Last month, along
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On Friday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit’s U.S. Court of Appeals entered an order preventing a 17-year-old undocumented woman in federal detention from exercising her constitutional right to choose. This happened despite the fact that she had already sought and received an order from a Texas state court judge confirming that she was mature enough to make this decision on her own, and that all she needed was the same freedom to visit her doctor for the purposes of terminating her pregnancy, which the Trump/Sessions Department of Justice (DOJ) would readily grant if she were continuing her pregnancy.
Over the weekend, the ACLU filed an emergency petition calling for for the entire D.C. Circuit to review this case, and it makes the same strong arguments as Judge Patricia Ann Millett’s dissent on Friday: time is of the essence, given that Jane Doe is 15 ½ weeks pregnant, her constitutional rights are clear,
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