ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO FIGHT FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
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Supreme Court Won’t Revive Obama Plan to Shield Illegal Immigrants from Deportation
The Washington Post (June 23, 2016)
The US Supreme Court split 4-4 in United States v. Texas, leaving in place a lower-court injunction which halts the implementation of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the proposed Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs. The programs could have provided temporary relief from deportation to up to 4 million undocumented immigrants and granted them work permits.
To read more, visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-wont-revive-obama-plan-to-shield-illegal-immigrants-from-deportation/2016/06/23/6cea5f1e-3950-11e6-9ccd-d6005beac8b3_story.html?tid=a_inl.
How the Supreme Court’s Immigration Decision Hurts All of Us (Opinion)
The Washington Post (June 23, 2016)
Roberto G. Gonzales, assistant professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of Lives
in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, writes that the US Supreme Court’s split
in United States v. Texas means that “states stand to lose billions of dollars in earnings and in state
and local tax revenue.” He adds, “Many immigrants who would have qualified for the program have made tremendous investments in education, job training and relevant experience. Their wasted talent is a huge loss for our nation.” Looking at the success of the existing DACA program which has helped nearly 730,000 undocumented youth come out of the shadows and integrate into their communities, Professor Gonzales writes that one need only multiply the success of the original program by the millions of undocumented parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to see the potential success of the blocked programs. He calls on the United States to pass comprehensive immigration reform so that undocumented immigrants can come out of the shadows and create a stronger American society.
To read more, visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-the-supreme-courts-immigration-decision-hurts-all-of-us/2016/06/23/0a99e032-3955-11e6-9ccd-d6005beac8b3_story.html.
Can Obama Pardon Millions of Immigrants? (OpEd)
The New York Times (July 6, 2016)
Peter Markowitz, Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, calls on President Obama to issue unconditional pardons to the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. He writes that the Supreme Court has upheld the President’s right to pardon people for “offenses against the United States” for over one hundred years. While pardoning millions of undocumented immigrants would not make them eligible for work permits, Markowitz writes that pardons could protect immigrants from
To read more, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/opinion/can-obama-pardon-millions-of-immigrants.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0.
Reveal Radio: When Border Watchdogs Become Criminals
Texas Tribune (July 9, 2016)
In this podcast, Reveal Radio and the Texas Tribune investigate federal border watchdogs turned criminals. The narrators report that, in the past twelve years, “more than 130 federal law enforcement officials tasked with protecting US borders have been arrested, charged or convicted of corrupt acts.” Officials have allowed people, drugs, and arms to illegally enter the country. According to the report, standards for recruiting agents for the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were so low at one point that some members of the Gulf drug cartel applied to join CBP. Part of the problem appears to be that CBP has been unable to effectively investigate, vet, train and incorporate the huge number of agents that have joined the bureau since 2004 when Congress authorized increasing the number of CBP agents on the border.
To read more, visit https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/09/when-border-watchdogs-turn-criminal/.
Obama’s Death Sentence for Young Refugees (OpEd)
The New York Times (June 25, 2016)
In this article, Nicholas Kristof recounts the story of Cristobal. After fleeing death threats by gangs, the
16-year-old was arrested in Mexico and may be forced to return to his native Guatemala due to an agreement between the United States and Mexico to have Mexican authorities intercept and deport migrants and refugees fleeing Central America. Kristof accuses the Obama Administration of
“deadly hypocrisy.” According to Kristof, while Obama claims to support the protection of refugees, his
administration’s policy to intercept and deport Central Americans fleeing violence “betrays some of the world’s most vulnerable people” – families and unaccompanied children. People like Cristobal, he writes, should not be sent back “into mortal peril.” In addition, the policy has not stopped people from trying to flee Central America to seek protection in the United States. Rather people are seeking more dangerous routes in order to avoid being arrested and deported. Kristof calls on the Obama administration to engage with Central American governments to address the root causes pushing people to flee.
To read more, visit http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/obamas-death-sentence-for-young-refugees.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&referer=.
Southern Baptist Convention Urges Churches to Welcome Refugees
National Public Radio (NPR) (June 16, 2016)
During their annual meeting in June, the Southern BaptistConvention passed a resolution calling on churches to acceptrefugees. In addition, Baptist leader Russell Mooredefended the rights of Muslims to worship. Reporter Sarah McCammon suggests that the resolution is in part a push back against Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from the United States. McCammon reports that church groups are opposed to a religious-based test for entry into the United States and fear that such a test would also bar Christians and religious minorities.
To read more, visit http://www.npr.org/2016/06/16/482362969/southern-baptist-convention-urges-churches-to-welcome-refugees.
A Lesson From ‘Brexit’: On Immigration, Feelings Trump Facts
The New York Times (June 26, 2016)
On June 23, 2016, citizens of the United Kingdom voted to withdraw from the European Union (i.e., “British Exit” or “Brexit”). While voters “were well warned about the economic risks,” it appears that many were nevertheless more concerned about immigration and voted against remaining in the European Union due to anxiety about foreigners living in their midst. Author Emma Taub writes, “Halting
immigration, even if the actual effect is to worsen their own economic situation, seems like a way of staving off those larger changes.” She adds that the “Leave” campaign played to the anxieties of people who were already destabilized by economic strain or felt threatened by social change. Even though immigration may be an economic positive for a country, “the gains of immigration often feel elusive, whereas the costs can be perceived as heavier than they really are.” According to Taub, the feeling among voters that immigrants and immigration are the causes of economic problems may trump any facts that prove otherwise.
To read more, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/world/europe/brexit-economy-immigration-britain-european-union-democracy.html.
What Does Brexit Mean for Refugees?
Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) (June 27, 2016)
Although Britain took in only a fraction of the asylum seekers who arrived in the European Union last year, Brexit proponents portrayed migration via the European Union to the United Kingdom as “uncontrollable.” As a result, many were motivated to vote for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Siegfried asks what impact the UK’s exit from the European Union will have on
refugees and asylum seekers. Because the UK was mostly exempt from EU asylum requirements, little will change in terms of how the country deals with asylum seekers and refugees. However, refugee support groups fear the UK will shift right politically which may result in more restrictions on the rights of asylum seekers. Alexander Betts, director of Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre, fears that right-wing parties in countries like the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, and France may use Brexit as a model “to pander to the worst sentiments of fear and alienation, and scapegoating the EU and immigration” via
similar referendums for their countries to withdraw from the European Union. Betts states that more exits from and fragmentation of the EU may leave asylum seekers and refugees among the losers.
To read more, visit http://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2016/06/27/what-does-brexit-mean-refugees?utm_source=IRIN+-+the+inside+story+on+emergencies&utm_campaign=74ac7ad89b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ENGLISH_MIGRATION&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d842d98289-74ac7ad89b-75432421.
What Stands Between Trump and a US Brexit Effect
NBC New York (June 25, 2016)
After the United Kingdom voted to withdraw from the European Union, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump praised the results and drew parallels between the Brexit vote and the upcoming US presidential election. Trump stated, “They [the UK] took their country back, just like we will take America back. However, migration experts caution against using Brexit as an indication that the presidential election will lead to similar results. “It doesn't mean that we'll have the same result on this side of the pond as Britain did, because I think our nation is different in a lot of ways," stated Kevin Appleby,
CMS’s Senior Director of International Migration Policy. According to Appleby, “American voters are more diverse and the country’s history is one of immigrants building the country.”
To read more, visit http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Brexit-Effect-in-US-UK-Trump-Immigration-384329851.html.
Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the Context of the Jubilee for Mercy:
Panel: Innovative Solutions
Remarks by Rev. J. Cletus Kiley, Director for Immigration Policy, UNITE HERE International Union, Senior Fellow, Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies,
The Catholic University of America, and Special Advisor to the Archbishop of Chicago
At a conference in Rome hosted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Rev. Clete Kiley discussed the communities offering innovative solutions – through the practice of mercy – to the daily challenges faced by workers. Among the six innovative solutions identified by Rev. Kiley is Pastoral Migratoria, a program in the Archdiocese of Chicago that brings together undocumented immigrants “for solidarity and study.” The program has grown to over 60 parish communities throughout the Archdiocese. As “agents of their own development,” the groups mentioned by Rev. Kiley engage in acts of solidarity with undocumented immigrants to reinforce their human dignity.
To read more, visit http://cmsny.org/wp-content/uploads/Kiley-Address-Pontifical-Council-Justice-Peace.pdf.
CMC’s Secretary General Speaks About Dignity of Refugees at Conference in DRC
International Catholic Migration Commission (July 5, 2016)
Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General for the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), addressed Catholic bishops at the Regional Conference on Human Mobility in the Great Lakes Countries, held in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from June 25-27, 2016. Speaking to bishops from the DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda, Msgr. Vitillo acknowledged the “urgent challenges posed to the global human family, and to our own Church, by the massive numbers of people on the move.” These challenges include the lack of hospitality in the international response to the 250 million migrants and refugees worldwide in 2015. In addition to the special status long afforded to migrants and refugees through legal instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights and the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, Catholic doctrine and tradition promotes “welcoming the stranger.” Msgr. Vitillo concluded his address by describing some practical actions that the international community could take in order to address global migration challenges, such as agreeing to create a global comprehensive system to respond to refugee movements and to protect the human rights and human dignity of migrants and refugees.
To read more, visit http://www.icmc.net/newsroom/church-news/icmc-secretary-general-speaks-about-dignity-of-refugees-at-conference-in-drc.
To read the full address, visit http://www.icmc.net/sites/default/files/documents/dignity-rights-refugees-migrants-social-humanitarian-pastoral-approaches.pdf.
'I was a stranger and you welcomed me'
Catholic News Agency (July 5, 2016)
In this article, Tony Magliano, Social Justice and Peace columnist for the Catholic News Agency, writes about the plight of unskilled undocumented migrants in the United States. These migrants are unable to enter legally because of the limited number of visas available to low-skilled temporary workers and the bureaucratic challenges hindering employers from sponsoring them. Nevertheless, because they
are extremely poor and cannot find work in their native countries, unskilled undocumented migrants illegally enter the United States and take low-skilled jobs that US citizens do not want (such as agricultural work) to support their families. Kevin Appleby, CMS’s Senior Director of International Migration Policy, comments on a system in which undocumented workers have virtually no rights yet
employers benefit from their labor. Magliano urges readers to contact the Democratic and Republic US presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump respectively, as well as US senators and congressional representatives to urge their support of comprehensive immigration reform
“that would grant all hard-working undocumented persons and their families legal status.”
To read more, visit http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column/i-was-a-stranger-and-you-welcomed-me-3562/.
Refugees Encounter a Foreign Word: Welcome
The New York Times (June 30, 2016)
In this article, Jodi Cantor and Katrin Einhorn examine how private citizens in Canada are joining together to sponsor refugee resettlement in the country. According to Cantor and Einhorn, “In Toronto alone, hockey moms, dog-walking friends, book club members, poker buddies and lawyers have formed circles to take in Syrian families.” For one year, sponsors “provide financial and practical support, from subsidizing food and rent to supplying clothes to helping [refugees] learn English and find work.” Sponsors are partly responsible for helping these “New Canadians” integrate into the country. After one year, the refugees are expected to become self-sufficient. The authors recount the stories of some Syrian refugees and their sponsors and the issues that arise in helping refugees integrate in Canada.
To read more, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/world/americas/canada-syrian-refugees.html.
Senate Report Reveals 'Quiet Suffering' Of Syrian Refugees In Canada
The Huffington Post Canada (July 5, 2016)
After receiving testimony from several witnesses, including refugees, during hearings in Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa, the Canadian Senate’s standing committee on human rights issued an interim report to spur the government to provide more resources for the integration of Syrian refugees. Among
the committee’s six recommendations is the request that the government collaborate with the provinces and territories to address refugee mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The committee also recommended the government allocate more money to language classes and youth programs to improve integration. Committee member Senator Jim Munson stated, “We are looking at this
as a long-term investment...Whatever the government can do to ease the transition and nurture new Canadians is a worthwhile investment in the future of the country.” The full committee report is expected this fall.
To read more, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/07/04/senate-report-syria-refugees-canada-jim-munson_n_10804708.html.
Time to Reprioritize: Four False Assumptions in the Administration’s Response to the Central American Refugee Crisis
LATIN AMERICA WORKING GROUP (JUNE 20, 2016)
In this article, blogger Emma Buckhout urges the Obama Administration to stop focusing on immigration enforcement to address the flow of refugee families and unaccompanied children from Central America, and instead prioritize their protection. According to Buckhout, the Administration must reconcile its conflicting immigration enforcement actions and its rhetoric on protection of immigrants. This requires that the Administration correct four false assumptions: (1) Crossing the border in search of protection is illegal; (2) Enforcement will work as a deterrent; (3) Enforcement is part of the solution to humanitarian crises and root causes driving people out of the Northern Triangle, and (4) Medium and long-term refugee and protection programs will address short term needs. Buckhout rebuts these four assumptions and also calls for the Administration to take immediate action to protect “the thousands of children and families fleeing spiraling violence.”
To read more, visit http://lawg.org/action-center/lawg-blog/69-general/1674-time-to-reprioritize-four-false-assumptions-in-the-administrations-response-to-the-central-american-refugee-crisis.
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Edomex.- En conferencia de prensa, realizada en el Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez, defensores de derechos humanos de migrantes, denunciaron que el pasado 23 de noviembre fueron asesinados Adrian y Wiliam, voluntarios que se dedicaban a llevar todos los días alimento a los migrantes que esperan el paso del tren de carga -mejor conocido como La Bestia- en el basurero de Tesquixquiac.Señalaron al crimen organizado de estar coludido con el gobierno del estado, así como de ser los principales autores de este doble homicidio. Desde hace más de seis años Adrian y Wiliam se dedicaban a brindar ayuda a las personas que cruzan Tesquixquiac en el Estado de México, hecho que ocasionó acoso y amenazas de muerte hacia su persona.