This Week in South Florida
June 24, 2018
June 23, 2018
El [Fiscal General] Sessions ha hablado de cambios en las solicitudes de asilo político y una experta analiza este panorama.
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June 23, 2018
On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump traded one border crisis for another: instead of separating immigrant children from their parents, it appears that the U.S. government will now detain moms and dads indefinitely alongside their sons and daughters. New questions will now be asked. Can Trump really get the courts to dismantle the Flores agreement, a legal settlement from 1997 which enshrined protections for kids held in the government’s care? (Flores requires, for starters, that kids be held in the “least-restrictive setting” possible, and currently limits their detention to twenty days.) How will the Administration insure that kids who have been separated get swiftly reunited with their parents? And what legal fate will meet those kids whose mothers and fathers cannot be located, long after the news crews pack up their bags?
ICE Detention Center Is Creating Obstacles to Ramadan Observance for Muslim Detainees, Lawyers Say - The Intercept
By Maryam Saleh
June 7, 2018
When an inmate at the Glades County Detention Center requests a Bible, the turnaround is about as rapid as one would expect, often with the chaplain’s personal involvement.
Ask for a copy of the Quran, and be prepared to wait.
Thanks to an ill-fated airplane flight that made international news when it failed to deport 92 Somalis, the detention center has no shortage of Muslim occupants. The difficulty of getting a Quran is just one of many indignities being meted out by the prison brass and guards during the month of Ramadan, a time of heightened spiritual reflection during which Muslims abstain from food and water between sunrise and sunset.
Even that, though, has become its own battle for devotees at the Glades facility, a Florida jail that doubles as an immigration detention facility. Most Muslims get to decide of their own volition whether or not they want to participate in the fast, an exercise in self control. But for those at Glades, there is an external barrier that can get in the way: an officer’s arbitrary decision whether or not to place them on the facility’s “Ramadan list,” according to a letter sent by lawyers from Muslim Advocates and Americans for Immigrant Justice to officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.
South Florida ICE Detention Center and Jail Won't Let Muslims Observe Ramadan, Lawyers Say - Miami New Times
By Jerry Ianelli
June 7, 2018
When 92 Somali detainees were flown from Louisiana to Dakar, Senegal, and then inexplicably taken to Miami at the end of 2017, immigration lawyers representing the group were particularly worried about one thing: While some of the detainees were being held at Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Krome Processing Center in West Miami-Dade County, others were shipped slightly north, to the Glades County Detention Center west of Lake Okeechobee. Though staying at Krome is far from a cakewalk (New Timesuncovered shocking allegations of abuse there in 2015), Lisa Lehner, a lawyer for Americans for Immigrant Justice, told New Times earlier this year that conditions at the Glades facility are worse. Many Somali detainees at the facility were being abused, denied medical care for gruesome injuries, and pepper-sprayed.
Now, in a disturbing letter sent to Glades County Sheriff David Hardin, who runs the jail, and Miami's ICE office, immigration and civil rights lawyers contend that Muslim detainees at Glades are being forcibly prevented from observing Ramadan. The legal advocates say this treatment is a violation of the detainees' human rights.
May 25, 2018
Trump may not have built his wall but he is effectively deterring immigration through detentions, deportations, separations, threats and a culture of fear, writes Bette Browne.
WITHOUT putting up a single brick of his proposed wall against immigrants, US President Donald Trump is deterring them from entering the country by deporting thousands of other immigrants already in America for decades.
More than 1m immigrants, many among the poorest in the US, have now been told they face deportation because the White House wants to end their protected status.
By Cheryl Little
May 14, 2018
Fifteen months after taking office, President Trump is fulfilling his pledge to build a “great, beautiful” wall to keep immigrants out. Even if no concrete is ever poured, the wall is effectively being built through executive orders, procedural changes, detentions and deportations.
The government is chipping away at fundamental laws and policies that protect immigrants’ basic rights. Each week, there are new hurdles for immigrants and the advocates who represent them.
This month, Americans for Immigrant Justice is releasing a comprehensive report, “Building the Wall: A New War on Immigrants.” The report describes the systemic dismantling of immigrants’ due-process rights, much of which is occurring under the radar. Policies are in constant flux, the pace of the changes is staggering and the damage being done is incalculable.
This year barely 20,000 refugees are expected to be allowed into the U.S., compared to more than 100,000 in past years. As a result, the Trump administration is cutting funding to non-profit groups who help resettle them.
By David Adams
April 24, 2018
The Trump administration's policy to curtail the flow of refugees into the U.S. is causing refugee resettlement centers around the country to close their doors or slash staff due to a lack of clients and federal funding, groups say.
Church World Service, one of nine agencies responsible for refugee resettlement, has cut ten of its centers nationwide while the U.S. Catholic Church has had to lay off staff at its 75 centers. The International Rescue Committee (IRC), which runs a nationwide network of 28 resettlement offices, has already closed one center in Midland, Texas and is closing two more this summer in Miami, and Garden City, Kansas.
Florida has closed 12 or its 25 refugee resettlement offices in recent months, according to the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which oversees refugee resettlement in coordination with the State Department and private, non-profit groups.
As a result, some states that have for decades received refugees, now worry that a vital infrastructure of social services built up over decades will be lost, and will be hard to rebuild if refugee numbers recover.
11 de mayo de 2018
En los últimos meses el presidente Donald Trump ha retirado protecciones legales a cientos de miles de inmigrantes que tienen el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS).
La cancelación del TPS a hondureños, salvadoreños, haitianos y nicaragüenses, ha sumido a estas familias en la incertidumbre sobre su futuro. ¿Deben marcharse a sus países de origen o tienen alguna otra posibilidad de permanecer en Estados Unidos?
La respuesta pueden encontrarla reuniéndose con un abogado de inmigración que analice su caso particular para indicarle qué otras opciones tiene. Y la consulta no tiene costo alguno, gracias a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro Americans for Immigrant Justice y Servicios Legales Católicos que realizarán talleres diagnósticos a lo largo de mayo, junio, julio, agosto y septiembre en varias ciudades del Sur de Florida.