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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.
democratic congresswoman sending staff into mexico to instruct asylum seekers: report
A congresswoman has been sending staff members to Mexico to coach asylum seekers on a loophole in the immigration system, according to a new report.
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.
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Study: detention centers holding more women than ever before
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