Tag Archives: Detention

14 Die in crash at border, Mrs. Obama decries shattered families, Guatemalan mother loses child while in detention, DOJ sponsors FAIR attendee, 7/16-7/23

26 Jul
Crashed Truck at Southeastern Border

Photo by: CNN

Another tragedy due to increased border enforcement
As the border becomes more militarized, migrants put themselves into more dangerous situations. One such situation had a tragic ending this weekend as a truck loaded with passengers veered off the road and crashed into a tree in Southeastern Texas. Among the 14 who died. two were children. Authorities in Texas are having a difficult time identifying victims because many of the carried little more than toothpaste and a change of socks.

First Lady speaks out against shattered families
Mrs.Obama spoke with Univision, where she said, “There is nothing more critical than keeping families together and that is why Barack has been fighting so hard for comprehensive immigration reform.” This would be the same Barack Obama who has deported over 1 million immigrants since he arrived in office. Many who are parents themselves.

Courts deny parental rights to Guatemalan mother
In a travesty of justice, a Missouri juvenile court denied a Guatemalan mother parental rights this past week. Her son was adopted by another family while she was held at a detention center after ICE raided the poultry plant where she worked. Her son became one of the many who lost their parents because of detention and deportation. The case made national headlines, but even with the raised attention, the boy was not returned his biological mother. The decision is an example of a family devastated by detention. It also demonstrates that lack of recognition for the rights of immigrant parents and their ability to raise their own children.

Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina use federal funds to attend event sponsored by hate-group FAIR
As reported by pro-immigrant blog, Imagine 2050, sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina have used federal funds from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to attend meetings held by the notorious anti-immigrant group FAIR. The deputies have frequent interaction with FAIR, despite having open racial profiling cases against them by the DOJ. By allowing federal funding from the DOJ to pay for FAIR events, the United States government is supporting the anti-immigrant sentiments that these group support. This is what institutional racism looks like.

Economic strategy in Georgia welcomes immigrants*. [*Only applies to detention centers]

18 Apr

Irwin Detention CenterGeorgian economic strategy welcome immigrants*.( *Only applies to detention centers), The Nation, 4.10.12
As Georgia’s state legislature advances anti-immigrant laws, one small impoverished county tried to stake its future on immigrants. The annual per-capita income in Irwin county is just under $15,000, creating a need for any type of economic growth. However, they are not talking about bringing in immigrant labor to work in poultry processing or in farming. Local leaders wanted to bring in the immigrant detention business. County leaders tried to sell the idea of a detention facility to ICE, even though the location is less than ideal. Irwin County is far removed from legal services and other similar facilities in rural Georgia have been plagued with human rights abuses. With millions of dollars at stake, leaders of Irwin County are only considering the bed-spaces they might be renting to ICE. Illustrating the how the detention industrial complex pits a poor community against immigrants.

Nine Undocumented Immigrants Die in Car Crash, AP, 4.12.12
Last week, a teenager crashed a van with undocumented immigrants in Southern Texas. The teen was stopped at a border checkpoint, at which point several passengers escaped, leading border agents on a chase. The teen drove away in the van, only making it three blocks before crashing, tossing the remaining passengers from the van. Three went to hospital, nine died in the accident. In court proceedings he said that he was forced to drive the van because of threats by smugglers. The tragedy demonstrates the intersection of two immigration policies: 1) the economic situation that drives immigrants to enter hazardous situations, 2) militarized border leading to dangerous border crossings. The 15 year old boy has been charged with 9 counts of murder.

Camouflaged men gun down two immigrants at the border, LA Times, 4.13.12
In another demonstration of the danger at the border, two men in camouflage opened fire on a Chevy pick-up truck Northwest of Tucson, Arizona. The truck was carrying 20-30 undocumented immigrants when attacked. Two of the men in the truck died: one was from Toluca, Mexico, and the other from Guatemala. Although exact cause for the attack has not been determined, authorities are pointing blame to the lawless nature of the drug smuggling and border crossing common in the area.

Obama pledges to do more comprehensive immigration reform in his second term, The Hill, 4.14.12
“I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term,”  said Obama when interviewed by Univision on comprehensive immigration reform. He faces the challenge of building support among Latinos, while explaining immigration policies, such as deporting over one million immigrants in the first three years of his presidency. Candidate Obama made a similar promise about enacting immigration reform his first year of office while he was running for president in 2008.