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lawyers say indian asylum seekers on hunger strike ‘will die’ if not released soon
despair among migrants in juarez after u.s. supreme court upholds trump asylum policy
Our Executive Director, Linda Rivas, testified at the House Judiciary Committee Field Hearing in El Paso, Texas on Friday, September 6, 2019. Las Americas has been helping asylum seekers forced to wait under Remain in Mexico in Cd. Juarez for 24 weeks now. Our Executive Director testified regarding violations of the government’s own policies and the horrors our clients are facing while the US evades their obligations under the law towards asylum seekers. Here are some highlights.
revealed: man force-fed in ice custody at risk due to ‘substandard care’, doctor says
the u.n. is flying and busing migrants through mexico back to central america
undocumented immigrants who are victims of mass shootings pursue special visa
Our Former Board President, and Immigration Attorney, Pamela Munoz, speaks on immigration relief that undocumented victims of the mass shooting that rocked our community, the domestic act of terror that ended 22 lives, may qualify for.
Stuck in Mexico due to trump’s policy, asylum seekers face a dangerous wait
thousands of central american migrants take free rides home courtesy of u.s. government
SOME SURVIVORS OF EL PASO SHOOTING MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR U VISA
Christi Garcia, Las Americas’ Crime Victims Program Director, and Pamela Muñoz, El Paso immigration attorney, discuss circumstances surrounding El Paso shooting survivors’ eligibility for U-VISA.
‘living in the shadows’: visa could give undocumented mass shooting victims chance to help
us: cease force-feeding migrant hunger strikers
el paso strong: a portrait of a defiant city
Watch BBC’s Cut Through the Noise Episode 36 which covers El Paso Strong as told by the people.
an el paso immigration lawyer advocates for the victims of mass violence
Linda Corchado, Las Americas’ director for legal services, is highlighted in an article highlighting her advocacy for the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
An American Citizen Is Released From Immigration Custody After Nearly a Month
Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18, was born in Dallas and, according to his birth certificate, is an American citizen. But he was held in federal immigration custody for nearly four weeks after he was detained at a Border Patrol traffic checkpoint in South Texas.
No More Family Separations, Except These 900
Family separations have been imposed with greater frequency throughout the last year despite the current executive administration’s official end to family separation at the southern border.
ICE Force-Hydrating Indian Asylum Seekers in El Paso, Texas in Violation of Constitution, Say Immigrant Advocates
Linda Corchado, Managing Attorney at Las Americas, is representing three of four Indian asylum seekers who are being force-hydrated through intravenous drips by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the El Paso Detention Center in El Paso, Texas.
linda rivas awarded crossing borders award
The Crossing Borders Award celebrates individuals whose outstanding work has contributed to the improvement of communities within the border region. Linda Rivas, the executive director of Las Americas, was awarded it this year in recognition of her fantastic work with the border community.
parents of slain parkland, florida teen to honor son by painting mural in el paso on his nineteenth birthday
Oliver, one of the 17 students who were slain inside Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida, was a native of Venezuela who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 3 with his family. He had just become a citizen months before he was killed during his senior year of high school.
central american migrants in limbo after shift in us asylum policy
There has been a drop in Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Analysts said it’s due to reasons like the dangers of the summer season’s heat, and Mexico’s crackdown on migrants.
LAs Americas and families belong together partner to fight against the remain in mexico policy
The Remain in Mexico policy forces vulnerable asylum seekers to await their court hearings in Mexico. Reports of kidnappings, extortion, and even rape put asylum seekers in fear of returning to Mexico. Las Americas and Families belong together join forces to help 5 women seeking asylum.
How Manuel Oliver Turned Grief Into Action After Parkland
Manuel Oliver has dedicated his life to activism, largely through art, after losing his son one year ago in the Parkland shooting. “Here's what his year of fighting for gun reform has looked like. "
border protection disputes account of 3-year-old asked to choose between parents
Customs and Border Protection officials are denying that a Border Patrol agent asked a 3-year-old girl to choose which of her parents would be sent back to Mexico.
trans asylum seekers assaulted, abused in u.s., u.k., norway detention
LGBT+ people “can find themselves locked up alongside people with the exact same prejudice, hostility and harassment that they are trying to escape.”
advocates face more restrictions in immigration courts
Immigration advocates are expressing concern over limitations placed on legal support for those in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program.
groups urge inter-american commission on human rights to investigate administration’s remain in mexico policy
Human Rights First, in partnership with five other human rights and non-profit legal services organizations, requested the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hold a hearing on the Trump Administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico.
“REMAIN IN MEXICO” POLICY EXPOSES MIGRANTS TO RAPE, KIDNAPPING, AND MURDER IN DANGEROUS BORDER CITIES
The MPP, rather than protect migrants, puts them in grave danger. It mandates that they remain in crime-ridden Mexican border cities for months, even years, waiting for U.S. courts to decide their asylum claims.
hundred attend ‘lights for liberty’ vigil in downtown el paso
Hundreds attended a rally and vigil in Downtown El Paso Friday night demanding the end of detention centers used to house migrants.
Americans protest immigrant detention centers across the U.S in vigil: “Lights for Liberty”
Last Friday, a nationwide vigil protesting migrant treatment in detention centers took place, one being here in El Paso.
asylum seekers at our southern border face egregious human rights violations daily
Minnpost reporter recounts everything they saw and heard while visiting an El Paso detention center.
asylum-seekers waiting in mexico navigate a shifting u.s. court system
Months after witnessing the slaying death of her mother, a Honduran woman is finally getting a chance to make her case for asylum in the United States.
mexican federales suspected in kidnapping, extortion of five cuban migrants
A complaint was made this week by five Cuban migrants, who allege they were kidnapped and extorted out of thousands of dollars by Mexican Federal Agents.
Booker shares 'profoundly alarming' stories of women seeking asylum
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Wednesday traveled across the southern border with Las Americas to help five women present themselves for asylum in the U.S.
Fear, Confusion And Separation As Trump Administration Sends Migrants Back To Mexico
NPR reports on the conditions and psychosocial detriment that faces migrants under the Remain in Mexico program.
here’s how you can help migrant children at the border, a list of organizations
Go San Angelo, part of the USA Today Network, publishes a list of organizations helping migrants on the Texas/Mexico border.
democratic presidential candidate cory booker escorts migrants in juarez to el paso
Alongside Las Americas, democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker walked five asylum seekers over the Paso Del Norte between Juárez and El Paso Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
how you can help children at the border
Refinery29 outlines tactics to help migrant children at the border, including donating/volunteering at helpful organizations, attending protests, and contacting elected officials.
A Transgender Asylum Seeker Has Died After Being Released From ICE Custody
A transgender asylum seeker has died just days after being released from a U.S. immigration detention center where advocates say detainees are mistreated.
Trump Administration to End Schooling, Recreation, Legal Aid for Migrant Children in Shelters
The Trump administration on Wednesday instructed shelters that house undocumented children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border that it would no longer pay for English-language instruction, recreational activities, including soccer, and access to legal aid.
A Surge Of Migrants Strains Border Patrol As El Paso Becomes Latest Hot Spot
As thousands of migrant parents and children continue to stream across the U.S.-Mexico border every day, the Border Patrol is bringing in more agents and asking the Pentagon for additional help.
The Border Patrol says it needs more manpower to care for the migrants — more of whom are coming with infectious illnesses. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says agents are on track to stop nearly 100,000 people crossing illegally this month — far exceeding last month's total.
Gay, transgender detainees allege abuse at ICE facility in New Mexico
Gay and transgender people held at a large Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in New Mexico have faced physical and verbal abuse and were placed in solitary confinement after complaining about it, according to a complaint civil rights groups sent to the U.S. agency Monday.
The letter from lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and the Santa Fe Dreamers Project alleges that 12 gay and transgender detainees at the Otero County Processing Center, a 1,000-bed facility about 30 miles north of this border city, routinely suffered sexual harassment and abuse from other detainees, that guards verbally assaulted them and that ICE officials violated their own regulations in denying hormone therapy to transgender detainees. They also allege that they were placed in solitary confinement after complaining about their treatment.
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center Demands Release of Hunger Striker Jasvir Singh
Las Americas’ client, detained in the El Paso Processing Center, was force-fed during a 74-day hunger strike. Singh, along with eight other men, began the hunger strike in January to demand being released on bond while the government hear their asylum cases. Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center denounced the dehumanizing practice of force feeding its client, and demanded the release of Jasvir Singh.
Amid immigration debate, top teachers gather to protest child detention
Some of the nation's top teachers recently gathered in El Paso, Texas, to speak out against the government’s practice of detaining children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Dismissing the notion that they shouldn't get involved in political advocacy, teachers said they see some U.S. policy and procedures as "abusive."
No Way In: Trump’s Stranglehold on Asylum
Asylum seekers at official ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border are running into countless obstacles and rejections, part of a “horrendous and blatantly illegal” effort to discourage those seeking safe haven.
Asylum Seekers Face Long Odds In West Texas And New Mexico
Mallory Falk discusses the troubles immigration attorneys face when representing asylum seekers in the Borderland.
Denied Asylum, But Terrified To Return Home
Joel Rose discusses the spike in asylum seekers being turned away in the earliest stage of the asylum seeking process; the credible fear interview.
Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn't Get The Care They Needed
Pregnant women in immigration detention under the Trump administration say they have been denied medical care, shackled around the stomach, and abused.
What Border Officials actually think of trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy
Cara Santana returns to her native town of El Paso, Texas seeking answers to a variety of questions regarding immigration policy and its impact on the community
Immigrant advocates’ need for support doesn’t stop now
Despite court order to reunite families in 14 to 30 days, advocates such as Linda Rivas, the executive director of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, urge that we must keep our eyes on the issue.
why reuniting migrant families is so difficult
NPR's David Greene talks with Linda Rivas, an immigration attorney in El Paso, Texas, about the difficulties of reuniting parents separated from their children.
Trump admin ran ‘pilot program’ for separating migrant families in 2017
The numbers show the government was separating migrant kids from their parents prior to the zero tolerance policy implemented in May.
lawyer for separated families fears there are horrors to come in trump’s new order
An interview with Lawyer Linda Rivas highlights the horror and fear that come with family separation under the Trump administration.
all of the profits from this liquid lipstick help reunite migrant families
Cosmetic line, Lipslut, seeks to use the beauty industry as a vehicle for social activism by donating 100 percent of the proceeds of one of their liquid liptsicks to charities that support families who have been separated at the border.
In ice detention, a honduran woman fears deportation without her son
Ana Rivera, who is in ice custody in El Paso, Texas, and awaiting deportation, has not seen her five-year-old son since they were separated by Border Patrol agents, six weeks ago.
Local groups work where trump fails to reunite kids with parents
Rachel Maddow points out the failure of the Trump administration to put together a system for reuniting migrant families after Trump immigration officials forcibly take the children from their parents, and notes that small local groups are trying to pick up and do the work where the Trump administration falls short.
Mother and son are reunited after months of separation by immigration authorities
When Jocelyn entered the country illegally to seek asylum, she didn’t know immigration authorities would separate parents from children.
protesters across the U.s. decry policy of separating immigrant families
Protesters gathered across to condemn the Trump administration’s practice of separating families.
separated at the border: a mother’s story
The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” against immigration separated a mother and son for eight months.
INsight- immigration panel, el paso
Melissa Lopez of Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Service (DMRS), Alberto Mesta of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), Linda Rivas of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center discuss the importance in providing services and a voice to migrants and their families in the wake of changing governmental policies.
asylum seeker wins release from texas detention center; collaborative advocacy instrumental
One case of unlawful detention of an asylum seeker is victorious and sheds light on the lack of access to representation for immigrants in detention centers.
report finds asylum seekers in el paso face violence and delay
The Trump administration aims to make request for asylum increasingly difficult and dangerous for immigrants.
Study: detention centers holding more women than ever before
October 31, 2017
borderland immigration council denounces trump’s orders
mexican journalist gets asylum hearing 8 years after fleeing to the U.s. out of fear for his life
along the border, immigration and trade are on the minds of voters
Listen to Christi Garcia, our Crime Victims Program Director, discuss issues along the border prior to the 2016 election