Showing posts with label Illegal Immigration. Show all posts
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February 15, 2017

ICE Arrests Mexican Youth in Seattle from Obama Dreamer’s Program


 (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have arrested an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and later given a work permit during the Obama administration in what could be the first detention of its kind under President Donald Trump.
Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old with no criminal record, was taken into custody last week at his father's home in Seattle by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The officers arrived at the home to arrest the man's father, though court documents did no make clear the reason the father was taken into custody.
Ramirez, now in custody in Tacoma, Washington, was granted temporary permission to live and work legally in the United States under a program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, established in 2012 by Democratic President Obama, according to a court filing. The program protects from deportation 750,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children, sometimes called the "dreamers," and gives them the temporary right to work legally in the United States.
Trump, a Republican who took office on Jan. 20, has promised a crackdown on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of whom come from Mexico and other Latin American countries. A move against DACA recipients like Ramirez would represent a significant broadening of immigration enforcement under Trump.
Ramirez filed a challenge to his detention in Seattle federal court on Monday, arguing that the government violated his constitutional rights because he had work authorization under the DACA program.
Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher who is one of the lawyers representing Ramirez, said he is not aware of any other DACA recipient who has been arrested.
“We are hoping this detention was a mistake,” Dettmer said.





A BROKEN PROMISE?
Another one of his lawyers, Mark Rosenbaum of the legal advocacy group Public Counsel, characterized the DACA program as a promise from the federal government's executive branch that DACA recipients would not be targeted for deportation.
"We have no reason to believe that promise will be broken. This case should not see the inside of a courtroom," Rosenbaum said.
Ramirez was in custody and unavailable for comment. Representatives for Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined immediate comment on the lawsuit.
Emily Langley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle, said the Justice Department is still reviewing the case.
U.S. immigration officers last week arrested more than 680 people in the country illegally. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the operations, conducted in at least a dozen states, were routine and consistent with regular operations. But immigrant advocacy groups and Democrats have expressed concern that the Trump administration will escalate immigration enforcement efforts in line with the president's tough stance toward illegal immigrants.
Trump campaigned on a promise to roll back Obama's executive actions on immigration, but since assuming office he has kept his public comments on DACA vague.
In an interview with ABC News last month, Trump said his administration was devising a policy on how to deal with people covered by DACA. "They are here illegally. They shouldn't be very worried. I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody. We're going to have a very strong border," Trump said at the time.
Under DACA, the government collected information including participants' addresses that potentially could be used to locate and deport them if the program is reversed.
Ramirez was brought to the United States from Mexico in about 2001 at about age 7, according to the lawsuit. The government granted him a DACA card in 2014 and renewed it in 2016, finding that he was no threat to public safety. He has a 3-year-old son, according to the complaint.
Ramirez in his lawsuit is seeking his immediate release and an injunction forbidding the government from arresting him again. A hearing in the case has been scheduled for Friday.
According to the lawsuit, Ramirez was asleep at his father's home last Friday morning when ICE agents arrived and arrested the father. When they entered, they asked Ramirez if he was in the country legally, and Ramirez said he had a work permit, the lawsuit stated.
ICE agents took Ramirez to a processing center in Seattle and he again disclosed his DACA work permit, the lawsuit stated.
"It doesn't matter, because you weren't born in this country," one of the agents said, according to the lawsuit.
Ramirez was fingerprinted, booked and taken to a detention center in Tacoma where he was still in custody on Tuesday, Rosenbaum said.

January 25, 2017

Polling on Stance For Building Mexican Border Wall



August 26, 2016

Trump Reverses Course on Immigration but Finds No Takers on New Pitch






Trump having been made aware by his new advisors there is one thing the American electorate will not do and that is to elect someone they think is a bigot. This is a label that the Donald was wearing very well but he decided to apply the brakes at full force and go in reverse trying to find the part in which he got lost in his own mind. The only problem is that as he goes back he is going to find out it was the beginning of his campaign for the GOP nomination and that is what made him popular with the white uneducated racist vote and a win with 14 million votes.

He turned millions of people who felt unhappy for various reasons but had one thing in common and that was being pissed off at the government. They were blaming their lack of jobs, lack of raises, lack of keeping a job at immigrants,  particularly at the undocumented immigrants. They hated the government because they saw it as too liberal with domestic issues like backing gay rights and Transexual civil rights for Transexuals using the bathroom of their accepted gender. Also for not winning the war in Iraq, Libya and all the places were the US is involved in a minor or major way  and probably for a tornado or two.

They were mad even though the numbers showed the world economic down turn was barely affecting Americans. Low unemployment rates and with major industries like car sales and even a return of certain industries which had gone abroad for cheaper wages found out that customers don’t like to talk with people that have heavy accents or cannot mastered their english real well. 

Telecommunication like Verizon, TWC, Apple started coming back and hiring Americans and training for positions which do not require a college degree. Despite of all these there was like Ex-President Carter would say a certain “malaise” in certain parts of the electorate. Trump swept with them promising all the things short of a revolution they thought they would never get. America with the biggest best equipped and best trained military in the world with expenditures way more than any country in the world  was not good enough. Trump said we don’t even have a military and they agreed, we have to make America great again! Doing what? Getting the immigrates out and all will be better, America would be great again. But for Trump to start back pedaling on the centre of his making American great again is making his supporters head to shake and their mouth to drop wide open. Would they take what ever this rich man dishes out to them because he is so, so Trump???

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Donald J. Trump, who captured the Republican nomination with a hard-line approach to immigration, faced anger and disgust from across the political spectrum on Thursday after he indicated he might retreat from his vow to deport all 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

In a town hall-style appearance broadcast on Fox News on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump appeared to suggest that he would now be open to some kind of path to legal status, if not citizenship, for undocumented immigrants.

“No citizenship,” Mr. Trump said. “They’ll pay back taxes. They have to pay taxes,” he added. “There’s no amnesty, but we will work with them,” he said at another point.

Mr. Trump said that while his supporters wanted to “get the bad ones out,” he also had heard from voters who took a less absolutist view. “They’ve said, ‘Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person that has been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and the family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump,’” he said.

Several times, Mr. Trump turned to the audience in what he told his host, Sean Hannity, was “like a poll.”

“Number one, we’ll say throw out. Number two, we work with them,” Mr. Trump said.

Liberals who support an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws expressed horror at the spectacle.

“It’s not a small issue. It’s 11 million people,” said Angie Kelley, executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “He’s reducing a serious policy discussion to a pep-rally vote and cheering the loudest for your team. It’s insulting. It’s dangerous. It’s unprecedented.” 

But for conservatives who have vocally opposed comprehensive immigration reform, and who had admired Mr. Trump’s calls for a border wall and mass deportations, Mr. Trump’s words sounded dismayingly similar to those of former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, whom Mr. Trump drove from the Republican primaries in large part by deriding him as weak on immigration.

In an interview with Rita Cosby of WABC radio, Mr. Bush called Mr. Trump’s shifting speech “abhorrent.”
“I don’t know what to believe about a guy who doesn’t believe in things,” Mr. Bush said.

Mr. Trump’s shifting locutions also prompted some conservatives to compare Mr. Trump to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” in the Senate who led a failed attempt at immigration reform in 2013.

“For me, the two phrases that were the last straws were, ‘It’s not amnesty,’ and ‘back taxes,’” said Mark Krikorian, of the conservative Center for Immigration Studies. “Those things are terms of art for the Gang of Eight-type crowd.”

“Betraying his base and making clear that, a year after he launched his campaign, he still doesn’t know really what he wants to do on immigration, is really the last straw, it seems to me,” Mr. Krikorian added of Mr. Trump.

For Mr. Trump, the new, moderate talk on immigration could help convince some on-the-fence voters, particularly whites, that he has more compassion for Hispanics and other minorities than his previous, hard-line positions would suggest.

But whatever the possible gains, Mr. Trump risks offending millions of conservatives. A first-time candidate, he made himself a hero of the Republican right wing in large part by casting himself as more hard-core on the immigration issue than any of his rivals. He vowed to build a wall, called immigrants “rapists,” promised to establish a “deportation force” and said every immigrant in the country illegally would be forced out.

That fired up a part of the Republican base that had been frustrated with the party leadership in Washington, whom they saw as too willing to compromise and negotiate with President Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats.

Mr. Trump’s most devoted supporters have ignored his many other inconsistencies. But if they perceive Mr. Trump to be backing away from what drew them to him in the first place, they could stay home.

Ann Coulter, the conservative author — who is promoting a new book titled “In Trump We Trust” — seemed almost apoplectic Wednesday night during Mr. Hannity’s broadcast with Mr. Trump.

In her book, Ms. Coulter writes that the only unforgivable sin Mr. Trump could commit would be to shift on immigration.
Watching as Mr. Trump appeared to do just that, Ms. Coulter erupted in a series of Twitter messages. “It’s not ‘amnesty.’ It’s ‘comprehensive immigration reform’!!!! Trump: ‘they have to pay taxes, there’s no amnesty,’” she wrote in one post.

(On his daily radio show, the conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh choked over his laughter at Ms. Coulter’s expense, noting the timing of what he called Mr. Trump’s “near flip-flop” on immigration. “Poor Ann!” he said. Ms. Coulter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

As aghast conservatives publicly warned Mr. Trump against any policy retreat — “Once you become an immigration enforcement hard-liner, there’s no going back!” the hard-line activist William Gheen told The Washington Times — Mr. Trump’s aides insisted that his policy proposals remained unchanged.

A spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, said on CNN that Mr. Trump was merely changing the “words” he was using, not the proposals themselves.

Democrats and immigration-overhaul advocates made the same point.

“Details matter, and we have seen no actual policy shift to date,” said Todd Schulte, the president of FWD.us, the immigration-reform group backed by the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Mr. Trump has frequently dangled vague phrases suggestive of policy shifts, only to accuse the news media of having wrongly interpreted them.

Still, Mr. Trump has been softening his language on immigration for several days, as he courts an electorate far less receptive to his harsher proposals, like for a wall along the Mexican border, than he faced in the primaries.

A new poll by the Pew Research Center, conducted from Aug. 9 through 16, found that while 91 percent of strong Trump supporters advocate building the wall, 61 percent of Americans are against it.

Mr. Trump has said he will give a speech on immigration next week in Arizona — an address originally set for this week, but that was delayed as he grappled with precisely what he would say.

Mr. Trump’s latest remarks would also appear to align him more closely to the policies pursued by Mr. Obama and endorsed by the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

His suggestion that he would deport only “the bad ones” while letting law-abiding, but undocumented, immigrants stay in the United States is quite similar to the approach announced by Mr. Obama in November of 2014, when he directed the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize its immigration enforcement on violent criminals and people who have repeatedly violated immigration laws by crossing the border multiple times.

In a Fox News interview Monday night, Mr. Trump praised Mr. Obama for having aggressively deported immigrants in the United States illegally during his tenure in office, a reality that has long angered immigrants and Latino activists. “Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws.,” Mr. Trump said. “Well, I’m going to do the same thing.”

It is unclear what Mr. Trump meant by that. Many of the deportations during Mr. Obama’s tenure were conducted under a program that often abruptly separated longtime undocumented residents from spouses or children who are American citizens. In 2014, Mr. Obama pledged to shift away from that approach to focus more on criminals.

But Mr. Trump has not said that he has reversed his opposition to Mr. Obama’s programs that aim to keep families together by allowing some immigrants to remain in the United States and work legally.

The statement about payment of “back taxes” in Mr. Hannity’s Wednesday night broadcast is very similar to the president’s “deferred action” proposals, which would have required millions of immigrants in the country illegally to pay taxes, among other things, in exchange for legal protections.

At the White House, officials who have spent years trying to find ways to overhaul the nation’s immigration system declined to be drawn into an examination of Mr. Trump’s latest comments.

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said Thursday that the challenge for American voters as they consider the immigration positions of the two presidential candidates “is to listen carefully to the promises, agenda and priorities, as articulated by the two candidates.”

August 5, 2016

Trump’s Rhetoric Drops Wife Under the Boss since it Seems She was Illegal


  Wives from Russia, Husbands from the Philippines or Cooks from China, among other places. They come by air and ships.   Models, dancers, security people,hackers, prospective killers like in 9/11. This is the way they came here.  Look at the wall all you want but don’t just look there, that is if you have a thing for illegals. Or may be is just for some illegals?                                                                   
 They come by tourist or visitors visas or fake documents and stay with their prospective caretakers. And you thought it was only Walmart that brought in good made in china :)
I’ve learn living in  NYC, FL.,etc. that most of immigrants don’t use walls or tunnels
 instead walls are used to redirect attention like the case in Melania-adamfoxie
Donald Trump's No Good, Very Bad Week continued this morning when Politico published an exhaustive report on whether or not his wife, Melania, was actually an illegal immigrant when she first came to the United States. The conclusion? That the potential future First Lady may well have come to work Stateside as a model under a tourist visa—something that could have constituted "visa fraud," according to an immigration law expert, and could even call her current citizenship into question.

Both Melania Trump and her husband have always contended that she entered the country legally, and most reports indicate she used what's called an H-1B work visa. But Politico's report found a number of instances where her own statements make that unlikely. In interviews with Harper's Bazaar  and MSNBC's Morning Joe, Trump repeatedly said she had to travel back to her home country of Slovenia "every few months" to renew her U.S. visa.

However, as immigration law experts told Politico:

"An H-1B visa can be valid for three years and can be extended up to six years—sometimes longer—and would not require renewals in Europe every few months. If, as she has said, Trump came to New York in 1996 and obtained a green card in 2001, she likely would not have had to return to Europe even once to renew an H-1B."
That Trump continually had to return to her home country to renew her visa indicates it was more likely a B-1 Temporary Business Visitor or a B-2 Tourist Visa, "which typically last only up to six months and do not permit employment." According to Andrew Greenfield, an immigration law expert consulted by Politico, entering the country on either of those with the intention of working could constitute "visa fraud." Another immigration lawyer said that if Trump was indeed using a B-1 visa, she may well have had to lie to border officials about why she was entering the country in order to avoid being sent back to Slovenia.

To make matters worse, visa fraud can call into question subsequent green card and citizenship applications, "thus raising questions about Melania Trump's legal status, even today, despite her marriage to a U.S. citizen."

All this might seem a bit harsh on Trump—after all, she's not running for president. But the issue is dragged into relevance by the campaign her husband has run. Donald Trump has been perhaps the biggest illegal immigration hardliner in modern history over the last year, repeatedly characterizing people who enter the country without proper documentation as violent criminals threatening the very fabric of our society. (The Trump campaign and Trump Organization's response to Politico was limited to a statement from Hope Hicks: "Melania followed all applicable laws and is now a proud citizen of the United States.") But Melania Trump is, in fact, a representative example of immigrants to America, legal and not, who are less likely to commit violent crime than native-born citizens and often become productive members of society.

Unfortunately, Trump's rhetoric has thrown his wife under the bus. Politico also questioned whether the timeline she has given for her arrival is accurate, and cited reports from CBS News and GQ that "Trump falsely claimed to have obtained a college degree in Slovenia." Moreover, even if Trump—then Melania Knauss—used a legal H-1B work visa, it would run contrary to her husband's rhetoric in this campaign. He has pledged to "end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first."

Sometimes, it's not that Donald Trump does not conform to his own rhetoric or follow the rules he would impose on others. It’s that he's so damn obvious about it.

JACK HOLMES

You can find the full report at Politico.

August 25, 2015

Assylum Seekers in Germany Face Violence from right Wingers


                                                                       

Preamble
I don’t know if what’s happening in Germany could happen here but based on the right wings antics it surely could. I like to think that there are more moral and good people in this nation than close minded bigots who believe that people that live in any one nation are natural of that land. It is a lack of knowledge and understanding of the species to think that the world has always been the wait is now. 
Some of us that have studied the geology and human history know that even the continents at one point used to be united where now are divided by water. The Grand Canyon and countless pieces of nations show the fossils of fish and rocks in mountains which show the carving of the waves. Since the beginning of time we know that the thinking of certain close minded people that they belong here and no one else has led Civilizations and kingdoms to fall.

Germany has always been on the out fronts of bigotry perhaps because in the past they have retain a certain kind of Caucasians. These particular divisions of skin type have been explored and used even by people that did not possess such qualities of pureness. An example of that is A. Hitler and his henchmen. They were not always looking as good as the troops they segregated at the beginning of their bloody term in power. At the end it didn’t matter what you look like or how old you were as long as you could walk. If we don’t learn from this period of blood by blood type then we surely re lived again. 

ISIS a group that exists to support it self like the HIV virus or any virus for that fact. No reason for being except to multiply and be. The sad part is that we have them here, in our country too. We have some gays that hate other gays because where they are from. Make no mistake I am not talking orientations but preferences to be a certain way and believe in certain things. You could prefer to partner with a blue eye caucasian as you could prefer to partner with someone looking like a black slave that just arrived from Africa 200 yrs ago. That doesn’t mean they wont break bread with them. There are some that have determined that some people are inferior to them and they have the right to treat them as less than humans. This is the ISIS in all our races and this is the ISIS born in the most religious and bigot group of people. Those that believe that due to a book most know nothing about or how it came to be it has to be interpret as an excuse to divide some people from each other. 

The problem with the immigrants in the US is not financial with most. How would we know that?
When you question someone who do not want immigrants due to financial hardships the nations might face…( no proof of that but there is proof of the opposite since this country is a country built by immigrants) when you talk to these economically conservative folks about how they feel about immigrants they will give you a Donald Trump speech.” As a matter of fact those that have followed Trump do not know how he really feels about immigrants because he has said the opposite not too long ago. But as an experienced bull shit’r he says what gets him closer to his objective.

Just as we judge the ISIS inhumanity to Christians and gays and I wonder if Christians know they are together in this with gays like they were together with the six million jews killed in the ovens and gas chambers? Yet we sometimes don’t even get credit as victims of murder and discrimination when a cake maker does.


                                                                     
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has strongly condemned violence at an asylum seekers' shelter that injured dozens of police officers.
Mrs Merkel described the behaviour at some in the eastern town of Heidenau as "abhorrent" and "shameful".
Security was increased at the newly-opened centre near Dresden at the weekend after two nights of protests.
Left-wing activists staging counter-demonstrations have clashed with the right-wing protesters.
Germany says it expects up to 800,000 people to seek asylum by the end of 2015.

German police officers patrol after renewed clashes near a migrant shelter, in Heidenau, Saxony, Germany (22 August 2015)
Anti-asylum demonstrators clashed with police on Friday and Saturday nights

German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that the violence on Friday night followed a demonstration earlier in the evening, called for by a Facebook group linked to the far-right NPD party.
The group later distanced itself from the violence that followed.

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Germany shocked by riot - by BBC Berlin correspondent Jenny Hill

"The Nazi shame of Heidenau" is how Bild described what happened near Dresden. There was outrage too that the German chancellor did not immediately condemn the violence. "Merkel must break her silence," ran one headline.
And this morning she did. Her spokesman described the far-right demonstrations as "disgusting" and "shameful" - sentiments with which most Germans agree. 
Attacks on asylum seeker accommodation are rising but the numbers are still relatively small. The neo-Nazis who hurled bottles and fireworks in Heidenau are a despised minority. 
A recent poll revealed 67% of Germans were "very worried" by attacks on refugee homes. In another survey 93% said it was right to give asylum to those fleeing conflict. And an extraordinary number of people here are giving up their time or their possessions.
All over the country there are warehouses stacked with second-hand clothes, toys, supplies for the refugees.

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Protesters opposed to asylum centre march in Heidenau (21 August 2015)
The violence followed this demonstration opposing the asylum centre in Heidenau on Friday

Speaking ahead of talks with the French President Francois Hollande, Mrs Merkel said it was "abhorrent how right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis attempt to spread their idiotic message of hatred".
It was equally shameful, she added, that citizens, including families with children, "support these things by marching along".
In a statement President Hollande called for the creation of a "unified system for the right to asylum."
He added that Europe's migrant crisis was "an exceptional situation that will last for some time."

Asylum-seekers arrive at a refugee centre in Heidenau (22 August 2015)
Asylum seekers are being put up in a building that was formerly a DIY store

Police had to use tear gas and pepper spray in the early hours of Saturday morning to lift a blockade of the asylum seekers' shelter. Hundreds of people, some alcohol-fuelled, hurled bottles and stones at police, injuring 31 officers, reports say.
A further night of violence followed on Saturday, and two police officers were injured.
German media report that a police "control zone" introduced in the area immediately around the centre on Sunday appears to be working. The violence between left and right-wing groups on Sunday night took place outside this zone.

Hooded left-wing protesters arrive near the security zone around a former hardware store that has been turned into an emergency shelter for refugees in Heidenau, Germany (23 August 2015)
Late on Sunday masked left-wing protesters were in the area around the former hardware store

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, visiting Heidenau on Monday, praised the town's mayor for his courage in speaking out against the violence.
Mr Gabriel was also due to speak to the refugees on Monday and tour the building where they are being lodged, which is in a former DIY store.
About 300 asylum seekers have already arrived at the reception centre, which is due to take 600 people.
Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has promised to use "the full force of the law" against those who carry out anti-refugee violence.

Sigmar Gabriel (at right) talks to a resident in Heidenau (24 August 2015)
Sigmar Gabriel (right) talked to residents as well as visiting the asylum seekers' shelter

November 17, 2014

USA is not the only one with Border problems, Spain is got hands full with Moroccans


Moroccans don’t have a good reputation in  Europe. They are seen as lazy and untrustworthy.
The work that Moroccans due can be compared to the work of immigrants here. But unlike immigrants that work hard at what ever work they can get here Moroccans don’t have 
that reputation. Instead they will clean your house totally, if you know what I mean.

The video and pics you are about to see is my way to compare Spain’s predicament with ours and the states with borders in the US. Spain does have a compassionate law for immigrants that once they hit spaniard’s 
soil they cannot be just deported. They are given free lawyers and an expensive waiting period of 
litigations and appeals before they can be deported. Spain not doing great economically lately, see
these influx of undocumented men jumping the border as a thread to their economic security.

On the video and pic you will see the Moroccans climbing and the police trying to get them down. 
Spain is being criticized for using force to get them down but I don’t know what they can use out of guns which is out of the question there to get these men to change their minds. Pleading obviously has not worked. This issue is so contentious that even the reporter who wrote the original post covered up his picture afraid from reprisals. Giving you this  background now I give you the story. Adam Gonzalez
Many African migrants, like Danny (in the centre of the photo), regularly try to scale the three fences separating Morocco from Melilla. Screen grab from a video filmed by the NGO  Prodein (Pro Derechos de la Infancia) on October 15. 

A video has emerged showing police beating up African migrants at the Spanish border. About 200 African migrants who were trying to get into Melilla - a Spanish enclave in northwest Morocco - were reportedly beaten up by Spain’s Guardia Civil (police) on October 15.

Nearly all of them were then illegally sent back to Morocco.

The immigrants, who hail from Sub-Saharan Africa, had tried to get past the triple fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave at about 6 am. Two men were beaten particularly badly by the Spanish Guardia Civil, including one named Danny, aged 23, from Cameroon. On a video broadcast by Prodein, a children’s rights NGO, policemen can be seen beating the young man with their batons as he climbs down a ladder. After being beaten over the head, Danny falls to the ground. He is then dragged off by the police, apparently unconscious.

“The images could not be clearer or more appalling,” said Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch, after viewing the film.
Danny, a young man from Cameroon who tried to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla, was injured by Spanish policemen. Video by  Prodein (Pro Derechos de la Infancia).
CONTRIBUTORS

"When migrants are injured but conscious, they're sent directly back to Morocco"

Robert Bonet is a freelance photographer. He witnessed the police’s brutal treatment of the migrants last Wednesday.
I arrived on the scene at 9 am, three hours after the migrants started to rush the border. I learned that 200 people had set out to try to get into Spanish territory. But only about 100 of them were scaling the fences when I got there; the Moroccan police had blocked the others.

The border is composed of three Spanish fences. Just a few metres away, another fence is being built on the Moroccan side. When it’s finished, it will become even harder for migrants to get through and the Moroccan police will have more time to intervene.

On Protein’s video, you can see migrants – for the most part from Cameroon – who have reached the third Spanish fence. Danny, who was severely beaten, was taken to the hospital unconscious. Thankfully, he survived. Migrants who lose consciousness are always taken to the hospital by the police. However, those who are severely injured but still conscious are generally carried directly back to the Moroccan side. The police almost always use violence against migrants who try to scale the fences. On Wednesday, at least 40 of them were injured.

To justify this use of force, Melilla’s authorities issued a statement denouncing the migrants’ “extreme violence”, saying they carried “stones, sticks, ropes, hooks, knives and other sharp objects”. It also stated that some migrants had set fire to their clothes in order to throw them on the Spanish Guardia Civil. Five policemen were reportedly injured on Wednesday. However, only hooks, ropes, and a few sticks can be seen in the video published by the government (below) that shows what was confiscated from the migrants.

Bonet believes that the Spanish Guardia Civil are trying to portray the migrants as criminals.
“The ropes and hooks that you see in this video are used by the migrants to climb the fence, not to hurt the policemen. The Spanish Guardia Civil often try to distort the truth. They have never presented any proof that the migrants are violent. As for the fires, I didn’t see any when I arrived, so I can’t speak to that.

A video published by Melilla's authorities that show what was confiscated from migratns on October 15. 

"Once migrants are on Spanish soil, they can't immediately be deported"

Beyond the question of violence, sending migrants back to Morocco is contrary to the law, as Bonet explains:
Once they have crossed over the first fence, they’re in Spanish territory, according to a bilateral agreement signed by Spain and Morocco. This means that legally, they can’t immediately be deported back to Morocco, according to the Ley de Extranjeria [Editor’s Note: Spain’s law on foreigners entering its territory]. This law stipulates that once they’ve arrived on Spanish soil, migrants have the right to a lawyer and a translator, and to ask for asylum. They can only be deported once they’ve been refused asylum.

However, if the migrants haven’t gotten over all three fences, the Guardia Civil deems that they’re not yet in Spain and sends them back to Morocco. This is completely illegal. Moreover, they claim that they don’t send migrants back once they are over the third fence, but they still do it.

This protocol, which was signed by the head of the Spanish Guardia Civil, Ambrosio Martin Villasenor, thus goes against the Ley de Extranjeria. One month ago, a Melilla judge accused him of prevarication, meaning that he signed the document knowing full well that it was contrary to the law.

On October 17, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, wrote on his Facebook page that “it is now necessary that an investigation is opened to establish accountability for police violence”. He added that “Spain has failed to uphold its international obligations in this field – sadly, this is not the first time.” On October 20, the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) called on the authorities to “adopt the necessary measures” so that migrants’ rights are respected.

In the last few months, more and more migrants have tried to illegally enter Spain. In 2013, 4,235 of them managed to enter Melilla and Ceuta, Spain’s two enclaves in Morocco.
Another video filmed by the NGO  Prodein on October 15, showing an African migrant being illegally sent back to Morocco. He is carried by Guardia Civil officers who have tied his hands and feet.

Post written with FRANCE 24 journalist Chloé Lauvergnier (@clauvergnier).

May 26, 2013

Criminal Prosecutions from Illegal Migrants at The Border Are Carrying a High Human Cost


The report below comes from the Human Rights Watch, The reason Im bringing it fourth is because I worry about those kids and those families that are detained and some prosecuted at the border. People caught and arrested there will not be able to participate in any current immigration plan like  “A Path” to citizenship. In order for that you have to be  clean and I think that is smart but only when we are talking about criminals. To be making criminals at the border and creating a problem in the future  of then asking   What do we do with these people? I am just asking, the following isn’t there a better way to deal with these families, a humane fair way. The HRW has ideas and so do other watch groups. I hope that someone in the government sees that. We have no reason to make kids and moms pay the highest price of this problem.                                          {{Adam}}
The skyrocketing criminal prosecutions of migrants for illegally entering or reentering the United States carry huge human and financial costs, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Imprisoning migrants with minor or no criminal records before deporting them often affects people seeking to reunite with their families in the US or fleeing persecution.
The 82-page report, “Turning Migrants Into Criminals: The Harmful Impact of US Border Prosecutions,”documents the negative impact of illegal entry and reentry prosecutions, which have increased 1,400 and 300 percent, respectively, over the past 10 years and now outnumber prosecutions for all other federal crimes. Over 80,000 people were convicted of these crimes in 2012, many in rapid-fire mass prosecutions that violate due process rights. Many are separated from their US families, and a large number end up in costly and overcrowded federal prisons, some for months or years.
“The US government is turning migrants into criminals by prosecuting many who could just be deported,” saidGrace Meng, US researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “Many of these migrants aren’t threats to public safety, but people trying to be with their families.”
The Senate immigration reform bill, proposed by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” calls for an additional US$250 million for increased prosecutions of these cases in Tucson, Arizona, and increasing the maximum penalties for many categories of people charged with illegal entry and reentry. The US government should instead end unnecessary prosecutions for illegal entry or reentry.
The report is based on a thorough analysis of US government data and interviews with more than 180 people, including migrants and their families, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.
The rapid growth in federal prosecutions of immigration offenses is part of a larger trend in which criminal law enforcement resources have been brought to bear on immigration enforcement, traditionally considered a civil matter. Illegal entry – entering the country without authorization – is a misdemeanor. Illegal reentry – reentering after deportation – is a felony

February 23, 2013

Texas Wont No Longer will Shoot Immigrants from Copters Anymore




          A Texas state trooper firing from a helicopter killed at least two people along a rural dirt road near the Mexican border when he opened fire on a car loaded with suspected illegal immigrants that was evading authorities, The Monitor reports.
The shooting occurred along an isolated road north of La Joya Thursday afternoon.
The Associated Press reported that seven other Guatemalans in the car were arrested. One of them was injured in the shooting and sent to an area hospital.
The Monitor of McAllen said the red pickup had refused to stop at the order of a Texas state game warden.
The Department of Public Safety helicopter carrying the sharpshooter was then called in to assist in the chase, McAllen newspaper reports, quoting two unidentified law enforcement sources.
DPS spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said only that a DPS officer "discharged a weapon" during the chase, theSan Antonio Express-News reports.
According to the revised policy later released by DPS, "a firearms discharge from an aircraft is authorized only when an officer reasonably believes that the suspect has used or is about to use deadly force by use of a deadly weapon against the air crew, ground officers or innocent third parties."
The Guatemalan consul in McAllen, Texas, said her government is looking into the matter, the AP reported.
A suspect driving aggressively or recklessly does not constitute use of a deadly weapon, the new policy states.
The American Civil Liberties Union quickly applauded the move.
"We are relieved that Texas is ending this extreme practice, which no other Southwestern border states have ever allowed," said Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas. "We hope that this decision is a step, if only a small one, toward ending the culture of violence that pervades enforcement of border security in Texas."

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