Daily Dispatch 12/14/18


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December 14, 2018


Top Stories:

CBP is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 7 year old girl from dehydration while in CBP custody. The girl arrived last week with her father, who remains in El Paso. More coverage from WaPo here.

The Office of the Inspector General released scathing report on CBP’s contract with Accenture, which was paid $13.6 million to provide the agency with thousands of new hires, but so far has only hired 2 people.

Other Stories:

After ankle monitoring, bi-weekly ICE check-ins, and threats to be put on a plane to El Salvador without her U.S. citizen children (one of whom has Downs Syndrome), Rosa Gutierrez Lopez decides to seek sanctuary in Unitarian church in South Kensington, MD.

Lawmakers pack-up for the holidays with no indications of solving border wall showdown.

Trump tweets that USMCA = Mexico pays for border wall.

Friday Bonus: Tucker Carlson rants about immigration.


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Daily Dispatch 12/13/18


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December 13, 2018


Top Stories:

Nancy Pelosi responds to White House meeting on government shutdown and Trump’s obsession with the border wall:

It’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him.”

In FY 2018, ICE workplace arrests increased 666% over FY 2017 and employer audits increased 361%.

Due to the information sharing rule that uses kids as bait, ICE has arrested 109 people with no criminal records after they came forward to sponsor unaccompanied or separated children.

68 judges send letter to ICE Acting Director Ronald Vitiello asking that courthouses be off limits to ICE arrests.

Letter From Former Judges -… by on Scribd

Other Stories:

From Politico:  “How the Migrant Caravan Built Its Own Democracy”

From NYMag: “Why Do Libertarians and Left Have Such Similar Views on Immigration”

From the New Yorker: “Trump’s Ongoing Disinformatin Campaign Against Latino Immigrants”

From Vox: “The hypocrisy of Trump’s immigration agenda is getting harder to ignore”

From the Atlantic: “Trump Keeps Invoking Terrorism to Get His Border Wall”

 


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Daily Dispatch 12/11/18


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December 11, 2018


Top Stories:

General John Kelly will be freed from the White House through Trump’s early-release program (aka Twitter), having served only 18 months of his 3-and-a-half year sentence as White House Chief of Staff. With Kelly out, most expect DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to be next on the chopping block. While Kelly made his fair share of derogatory comments about America’s immigrant population, he and Nielsen represented the less extreme faction in the administration, butting heads with Stephen Miller on issues like deploying military to the US-Mexico border. Trump has never been a fan of Nielsen (e.g., this infamous encounter) and despite her recent efforts to placate the “president,” Kelly was likely solely responsible for her remaining in her post at DHS. Odds are good she’ll also be gone by the end of year.

Remember our buddy Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III – also recently fired by tweet? His likely replacement, William Barr, has been to this rodeo before, serving as AG in the early 1990s. Vox looks at his record on immigration during his first go ‘round in the DOJ.

Trump met with “Chuck and Nancy” yesterday, the latter hoping to avoid a government shutdown over border wall funding. Let’s just say, things got heated. Despite the cameras, Pelosi complained that open debate and transparency could not take place if both parties don’t accede to a set of facts. Afterwards, Pelosi told Trump to “pray about it” before shutting down the government, while Schumer talked of Trump’s “temper tantrum.” 

 

Public comment period has ended for the “public charge” rule. 210,889 comments were received (17,073 are available to view), including these, signed by 28 sitting Senators.

Local Papers:

From ABC7 (Denver, CO): “Judge: Sheriff can’t hold people for immigration authorities”

From the TimesUnion (Albany, NY): “Albany County receives millions for immigrant detainees”

From the News & Observer (Raleigh, NC): “New sheriffs in Wake and Durham will no longer cooperate with immigration agency”

From the Boston Herald (Boston, MA): “Maura Healey, Brigham and Women’s protest proposed immigration rule”

Other Reads:

From NYT: “Life in Tijuana Means Negotiating ‘La Linea,’ an Always Present Wall”

From WaPo: “Is the UN’s new migration compact a major breakthrough?”

From Bloomberg Businessweek: “This Obama-Era Agency Is Trying to Speed Immigration Under Trump’s Nose”

From Politico Magazine: “How Atlanta Is Turning Ex-Cons Into Urban Farmers”


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Daily Dispatch 12/7/18


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December 7, 2018


Top Stories:

The one everyone’s talking about: Undocumented immigrants talk about working for Trump.

Related (sort of): WaPo article on “unlawful immigrant” soldier deployed on southern border.

White House wants another $190 million for HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement to deal with detained children, but one Dem says “over my dead body will we provide another nickel.” New leadership in House Appropriations Committee plan to increase oversight of detention facilities.

Related: Tornillo tent city contract between HHS and BCFS soon to expire, but no one knows what happens next.

As New Jersey creates new rules limiting local cooperation with immigration enforcement, ICE responds with threats: “As a result of limited cooperation with local and state authorities, ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites.”

Massachusetts church puts a baby Jesus (a doll, not the real one) in a cage for a nativity scene that highlights family separation, immigrant detention, and deportation. Fox News reacts in typical end-is-nigh fashion, claiming “CHRISTMAS IS UNDER SIEGE.”

Nativity Scene at Saint Susanna Parish, Dedham MA

Other Stories:

From In These Times: “The Troubling Link Between Attacks on Immigrants and Repression of Labor Activists”

From Reuters: “Trump, without evidence, says Arizona ‘bracing’ for surge of immigrants”


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Daily Dispatch 12/04/18


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December 4, 2018


Top story…

400 former Department of Justice officials send letter denouncing Whitaker’s appointment as acting Attorney General. As Attorney General Whitaker potentially has the authority to make unilateral decisions on immigration rules. Michael Cohen writes in the Boston Globe that Whitaker must go.

 

Asylum…

Asylum denials at an all time high.

 

In the courts…

A federal appeals court has struck down a portion of federal law that makes it a crime to encourage foreigners to enter or reside in the United States illegally.  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that the provision violates the First Amendment by covering speech that is constitutionally protected.

A judge in Boston is under fire from the governor. She is accused of helping a defendant avoid arrest by ICE agents who sought to detain him after criminal hearing.

 

Fact checking….

Trump tweets that illegal immigration costs the United States $250 billion a year…it doesn’t.

 

Around the world…

Danish government presents plan to relocate some immigrants to a mostly deserted island, also the site of a research facility for infectious animal diseases.

 


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Daily Dispatch 12/3/18


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December 3, 2018


 

Top Story:

Expose of Southwest Key and its Executive Director, Juan Sanchez (from the New York Times): “He’s Built an Empire, With Detained Migrant Children as the Bricks.”

House Dems hop on board with calls to censure Steve King (R-IA). (Note: Quixote Center is among the 140 signing organizations mentioned in this report.)

House and Senate Democrats battle over border wall funding. Meanwhile, the government shutdown showdown has been delayed, according to comments made by the president to reporters on Saturday.

DHS head sends memo to State, Labor, Energy, Transportation, Interior, and Justice departments asking them to send “any available law enforcement personnel… to the Southwest Border.” This is in addition to the active military troops deployed to the border area last month.

Federal judge rules against Trump’s intention to withhold federal grant money from sanctuary cities.

Other Stories:

In depth piece from the New York Times: “Hazing Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison”

From HuffPo: “Texas Sues San Antonio In First Test Of Sanctuary City Immigration Crackdown”

 


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Daily Dispatch 11/30/18


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November 30, 2018


 

Top Stories:

Reporters Report that Other Reporters Are Reporting on Deporting by Resorting to Exporting from ICE’s Own Distorting Purporting:

Audio from NPR’s On the Media: “many news outlets are reporting on deportations simply by lifting text verbatim from I.C.E. press releases.”

Baltimore files suit against Donald J. Trump, Michael R. Pompeo, and the U.S. Department of State over the now-infamous “public charge” rule change, saying that “Baltimore is left to sort through the mess Defendants have made.” The city of Baltimore’s “Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief” can be found here.

Quixote Center joins with 140 national and regional organizations in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting censure of Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his use of incendiary and racist rhetoric and his endorsement of white supremacist and other far right causes.

 

Other News:

Texas’s 3rd Court of Appeals issues a ruling that forbids challenging “a state agency rule that permits unrelated adults to be assigned to children’s bedrooms” after advocacy groups attempted to prevent jails from being licensed as child care centers. Ruling here.

Churches react against ICE arrest of undocumented immigrant taking sanctuary in NC church.

A Very Sad Tweet From the Border:

More Recommended Reads:

From Mother Jones: “A Private Prison Company Says Georgia’s Investigation Into a Detainee’s Death Must Stay Secret”

From CityLab: “What Border Security and Police Violence Have In Common”

From The New Yorker: “The Long Wait for Tijuana’s Migrants to Process Their Own Asylum Claims”

 


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Daily Dispatch 11/29/18


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November 29, 2018


 

Top Stories:

Congressional Hispanic Caucus sends letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees, demanding (a) a decrease in ICE detention beds, (b) reduced funding for ICE agents, and (c) zero funding for the border wall.

Chief agent for San Diego CBP has asked Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate use of tear gas at the border.

The Texas Tribune and Reveal report on the gag orders placed on those allowed inside Tornillo tent city.

With cotton fields in the foreground and the border fence in the back, young boys walk with staff
inside the tent city in Tornillo on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.
Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for Reveal.

Detainee Deaths:

ICE and GEO Group claim another victim, as detainee on hunger strike dies after hanging himself with handmade rope and being placed on life support.

Private autopsy reveals transgender asylum seeker, in custody of ICE and CoreCivic, was shackled and beaten with ASP baton before dying of dehydration.

Other News:

From the BBC: “Six charts on the immigrants who call the US home”

Opinion piece from NBC News: “Trump’s border wall is both the cornerstone of his immigration policy, and the dumbest thing about it”

From Vox: “The US has made migrants at the border wait months to apply for asylum. Now the dam is breaking. By limiting the number of asylum seekers allowed to come legally, Trump made his own immigration crisis”

 


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Daily Dispatch 11/28/18


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November 28, 2018


 

Top Story – Tornillo detention camp, now holding 2,300 children

From Las Vegas Review Journal:

The Trump administration announced in June it would open a temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers — and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent.

By Tuesday, 2,324 boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17, largely from Central America, were sleeping inside the highly-guarded facility in rows of bunk beds in canvas tents, some of which once housed first responders to Hurricane Harvey. More than 1,300 teens have arrived since the end of October alone.

Meanwhile…

Trump administration waives FBI background checks for caregivers and staff at Tornillo

And….

Families are still being separated!

Fighting back in court..

San Diego courts, attorneys and grassroots groups push back against “zero-tolerance” policies.

U.S. Prisons…

The Marshall Project investigates the death of Karl Taylor in a New York prison, and discusses systemic weaknesses in caring for those with mental illness.

 


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Daily Dispatch 11/27/18


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November 27, 2018


 

Today in Federal Contracts: 

CBP rents 34 port-o-potties and 7 sinks due to “increase in detainees at the Centralized Processing Center,” extending a contract with Rockwell American Services by $228,870 (damn, those are some pricey potties!).

Top Stories:

Migrants at the border have second thoughts about seeking asylum in the U.S. after clashes with CBP.

Fact checking Trump’s latest claims on immigration.

As he prepares to move from Ranking Member to Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) demands answers from Trump on the use of military personnel at the border. Among his demands: a detailed justification, a list of authorized equipment and weapons, details on foreign language training, and cost-to-date. Here’s the full letter:

 

Other Stories:

From CBS’s 60 Minutes: “The Chaos Behind Donald Trump’s Policy of Family Separation at the Border” (video)

From the Los Angeles Times: “I resigned from the Department of Justice because of Trump’s campaign against immigration judges”

 


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  • Quixote Center
    7307 Baltimore Ave.
    Ste 214
    College Park, MD 20740
  • Office: 301-699-0042
    Email: info@quixote.org

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For driving: From Baltimore Ave (Route 1) towards University of Maryland, turn right onto Hartwick Rd. Turn immediate right in the office complex.

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For public transportation: We are located near the College Park metro station (green line)