US Marine arrested on charges of smuggling undocumented immigrants across border
A U.S. Marine was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on charges of smuggling undocumented immigrants across the southern border outside of San Diego. "On December 2, 2019 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a junior-enlisted Marine with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel for allegedly bringing in undocumented immigrants at the San Ysidro port of entry," the Marine Corps said in a statement. "The Marine is currently being held in civilian custody. The determination as to the adjudicating authority has not yet been made.
Desperate Asylum-Seekers Stuck In Mexico Are Sending Their Children Across The US Border Alone . After asking the US for asylum, thousands of parents like Emma and their children have been sent back to Mexico to wait while their immigration cases are completed under a Trump
Send Children Across Border Alone Some migrant parents who were told to wait in Mexico under President Trump' s asylum policies are sending their in Matamoros, Mexico , are sending their kids across the border and taking advantage of the rule that unaccompanied children can't be returned to
A few times a week, attorney Jodi Goodwin walks across the bridge from Brownsville, Texas, to a refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico, to meet with asylum-seekers. Her clients are among the more than 2,500 immigrants crammed into tents while they wait for U.S. immigration hearings ― often stuck for months in dirty and dangerous conditions.
The forced return to Mexico of migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. is one of President Donald Trump’s most inhumane immigration policies, yet it hasn’t received nearly the attention that his family separation and prolonged detention practices have.
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So the kids come across the border by themselves—and their numbers are increasing, even as illegal immigration trends down or stays flat. A little under half, about 10,500 young border crossers, came from Mexico in 2012. Most Mexican kids are quickly repatriated, says Elizabeth G. Kennedy, a
MATAMOROS, Mexico — Shortly before dawn one Sunday last August, a driver in an S . U .V. picked up Christopher Cruz at a stash house in this A smuggler took a smartphone photograph to confirm his identity and sent it using WhatsApp to a driver waiting to pick him up on the other side of the frontier
Since January, under Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” initiative ― also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) ― the U.S. government has sent at least 54,000 immigrants to wait for their court dates in Mexican border towns. Instead of staying with relatives in the U.S., families are sleeping in tents for up to eight months, in unprotected areas where infections spread within crowded quarters and cartel kidnappings are commonplace. Family separation ended a year ago. But Trump’s mistreatment of asylum-seekers continues in a different form.
Some parents are so desperate that they’ve resorted to sending their children across the bridge alone, since unaccompanied kids who arrive at the border cannot be turned away under MPP. Since October,have crossed back into the U.S. by themselves after being sent to wait in Mexico with their parents, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Border arrests fell in November for sixth consecutive month, data shows
Mark Morgan, the acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said tighter asylum rules and foreign partnerships have slashed migration numbers 70 percent since the peak of the border crisis in May.The number of people U.S. authorities took into custody fell nearly 6 percent from October to November, to 42,649, the latest figures show. Arrests have dropped 70 percent since May, when U.S. authorities detained 144,116 amid a record influx of Central American families.
“It is great that this border allows us each day to go to school there.” x Lizett and her family moved to Palomas from Colorado after her mother, Rosa Maria “I felt really bad, really badly, because I have my four children that are citizens of the United States and my husband was a resident,” Preciado said.
Border authorities in South Texas have been overwhelmed by a recent surge of young illegal The level- four alert is the highest for agencies handling children crossing the border illegally, and Last weekend alone , more than 1,000 unaccompanied youths were being held at overflowing border By law, unaccompanied children caught crossing illegally from countries other than Mexico are treated
In Mexico, many of these migrants don’t have access to lawyers and are forced to plead their cases in makeshift tent courts set up along the U.S. border where overwhelmed judges conduct hearings via video teleconference. The courts have― lawyers and translators say that they have been barred from attending hearings. Migrants’ advocates argue that the tent courts violate due process, and immigrant rights organizations have filed a federal over the use of videoconferencing.
Goodwin, who has 42 clients, said there is a serious shortage of lawyers willing to represent immigrants staying in another country where crime is rife. She spoke with HuffPost about why the Remain in Mexico policy is even more traumatic than separating thousands of families and why it hasn’t sparked public outrage.
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Troop levels at the border have at times surpassed 5,000 since President Donald Trump began deploying them there in the fall of 2018. The current tally is 6,500, a number that will drop once a troop transition is complete, a Pentagon spokesman said.Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and 29 other members of the Congress wrote to Fine in September expressing concerns over the legality of sending thousands of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border."We refuse to allow our servicemembers in uniform to become pawns in the President's unnecessary and dangerous anti-immigrant political agenda," the letter says.
In squalid Mexico tent city, asylum seekers are growing so desperate they’re sending their children over the border alone . MATAMOROS, Mexico — In the middle of the largest refugee camp on the U . S . border — close enough to Texas that migrants can see an American flag hovering across the
Ways to help kids at the U . S .- Mexico border : The latest crackdown at the U . S . southern border has The Young Center for Immigrant Children’ s Rights. Kids In Need Of Defense (KIND). This organization works to ensure that no child appears in immigration court alone without representation.
HuffPost: Immigrant parents forced to wait in Mexico are making the heart-wrenching choice to send their kids to the U.S. alone. What are the conditions like at the camp in Matamoros?
Jodi Goodwin: It smells like urine and feces. There’s not enough sanitation. There’s 10 port-a-potties for thousands of people. Up until recently, there was no potable water available at all. People were bathing in the Rio Grande river, getting sick and, in some cases, drowning. People were seriously dehydrated.
The camp sounds completely unfitting for any human being, let alone children.
It’s a horrific situation to put families in. It’s great to live in a tent for the weekend when you’re going to the lake. It’s not great to live in a tent for months at a time where you don’t have basic necessities.
Are kids getting sick?
The kids are sick every day. I’ve seen all kinds of respiratory illnesses and digestive illnesses. I’ve seen chronic illnesses like epilepsy. I saw a baby that appeared to have sepsis who was forced to wait on the bridge for more than three hours before being taken to a hospital.
US to send asylum-seekers to Honduras, bypassing American asylum
The U.S. is preparing to send asylum-seekers to Honduras who are not from the Central American country, effectively ending their chances of seeking asylum in the United States, according to documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. © Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/TNS A mother comforts her crying child while joining over 200 asylum seekers in the parking lot of an immigration check-point in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on Aug. 1, 2019. The U.S. is preparing to send asylum seekers to Honduras. Under an agreement signed in New York on Sept.
Many children and parents say the rush of new migrants stems from a belief that United States “The first thing we can think of is to send our children to the United States,” said a mother of two in La He said the gangs operated with total impunity. “They killed all those kids and nobody did anything about
U . S . Border Patrol Southwest Border Apprehensions FY 2020. **Accompanied Minor Child represents a child accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and the parent or legal guardian is either a U . S . Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, or admissible alien, and the child is determined to be
And what about the kidnappings? Have you heard of families being taken by cartel members who then try and extort an immigrant’s U.S. relatives for money?
About half of the people I’ve spoken to in Mexico have been kidnapped. The cartel knows if they can grab an immigrant, they’re likely to be able to work out a ransom. If they don’t, then they just kill them.
Any specific examples?
I dealt with one case where a mom from El Salvador and her 4-year-old son were kidnapped within an hour of being sent back to Mexico under MPP. They were taken for eight days before her brother in the U.S. paid the kidnappers $7,000.
The lady was terrified. She was sleep-deprived, food-deprived and water-deprived. She said that the people who had kidnapped her were extremely violent and hit her kid. They were drinking alcohol and raping people at a stash house where several other people were being held.
The last time we spoke, you were on the frontlines of family separation, visiting detention centers where mothers were hysterically crying after being ripped apart from their children. How does the trauma of MPP compare, particularly for parents who are sending their kids across the border alone?
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DUIs, drug paraphernalia possession, and unlawful receipt of public benefits would be among seven triggers barring migrants from even applying for asylum.The rule, if finalized, would give asylum officers seven requirements with which to deem an immigrant ineligible to apply for asylum.
Border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents at the U . S . border Almost half of those 300 children are younger than 12, according to the document, meaning they are classified by the Department of Homeland Security
Migrant parents in the tent camps in Matamoros, Mexico , are sending their kids across the border and taking advantage of the rule that unaccompanied children can't be returned to Mexico . Here, Alexis Martinez holds a cellphone photo of his 7-year-old son Osiel. John Burnett/NPR hide caption.
It’s way worse. I can’t with any confidence say that they will ever see their children again.
I knew there were legal ways to get out of family separation. We were able to talk with our clients and didn’t have to go off to another country. And for those parents who got through their interviews or their court hearings, we were able to get them back with their kids.
With MPP, the assault is not only on human rights but also on due process within the court systems, which has completely hijacked the ability to be able to fix things. The parents can’t even get into the country to try to reunify with their kids.
Nearly 3,000 children were separated from their parents under Trump’s zero-tolerance policy. Do you think a similar number of families will be ripped apart because of Remain in Mexico?
It could be more. Over 55,000 people have been sent back to Mexico. I’ve talked to so many parents who have sent their kids across. It’s a heart-wrenching decision process that they go through. How do you give up your baby?
It reminds me of Jewish parents who were captives in Nazi Germany and had to convince their kids to get on a different train or go in a different line to save their own lives.
Have you witnessed these separations firsthand?
In November I saw a little boy and his 4-year-old sister sent across the bridge with an older child, who was about 14 years old. The teenager carried the baby boy, who still had a pacifier in his mouth, and the girl was holding onto the older kid’s belt loop.
I was standing on the bridge between Matamoros and the U.S. and I turned around to look down at the bank of the Rio Grande river. Every single parent who has sent their kid to cross tells me the same thing: As soon as they say goodbye and hug their kids, they run to the bank to watch them. [Her voice breaks] I knew there was somebody probably standing on that bank hoping those kids made it across.
Mexican children shiver in tents at U.S. border as temperature freezes
Mexican children shiver in tents at U.S. border as temperature freezesIn recent months, Ciudad Juarez has seen a rapid increase in Mexicans seeking to apply for asylum in the United States, leading to a backlog in the city as U.S. border officials limit the number of asylum cases they receive at the port of entry each day.
A Border Patrol agent talking with migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the United States near McAllen, Tex.Credit Loren “Children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or their parents ’ migration status. Detention is never in the best interests of the
Riding 'The Beast' Across Mexico To The U . S . Border . While the number of children traveling alone has surged in recent months, officials say so has the number of single mothers with kids . The young man next to her, Kenny Rodriguez, says he hopes the U . S . feels the same way about single fathers.
Do you still think about those kids?
Oh yeah. The green binky that the little baby was sucking on is knitted in my mind.
You’ve been working hundreds of hours a month to try and help people stranded in Matamoros. This work must take a toll on you personally.
I’ve been practicing law for 25 years and the last four to five months of practicing law has broken me.
I don’t want to fucking do this anymore. [Her voice breaks again] It sucks. How do you explain to people that you know they thought they were coming to a place where there’s freedom and safety and where the laws are just, but that’s not the situation? I’m very mad.
Family separation resulted in massive outcry from the public, which eventually pressured the government to end the zero-tolerance policy. Why is MPP not getting the same attention?
There is no public outrage because it’s not happening on our soil. It’s happening literally 10 feet from the turnstile to come to the U.S. But because it’s out of sight and out of mind, there is no outrage. What ended family separation was public outrage. It had nothing to do with lawsuits. It had everything to do with shame, shame, shame.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.This article originally appeared on .
Repatriation of Mexican deportees to interior begins with first U.S. flight .
The U.S. government on Thursday began sending Mexican deportees to the interior of Mexico starting with a flight to the city of Guadalajara, U.S. and Mexican officials said, in the latest step by both nations to restrict migration flows. The officials declined to be identified because they were not authorized to talk to the media.In recent years, Central American migrants and asylum-seekers have comprised a large percentage of deportees. Mexicans sent back to their country have usually been returned to U.S.-Mexico border crossings.U.S.