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Inmigrantes indocumentados tendrían alivio gracias a organizaciones en Florida - Diario Las Americas

MIAMI.- El cambio en el clima migratorio en Estados Unidos explica que haya organizaciones como IMPAC (The Inmigration Partnership and Coalition Fund), que en este momento financia un programa de apoyo a la familia inmigrante, llevado a cabo por otra organización (Americans for Immigrant Justice, AIJ), con un trabajo de más de veinte años en la Florida con la comunidad indocumentada.

DIARIO LAS AMERICAS habló con Wendi Adelson, directora ejecutiva del fondo de inmigración IMPAC, y con Adonia Simpson, directora del programa de defensa de la familia de AIJ.

Las dos abogadas especializadas en el tema migratorio coincidieron en afirmar que hay bastante incertidumbre en qué pasará con los “dreamers” –los jóvenes indocumentados– y con DACA, el alivio migratorio para quienes fueron traídos a Estados Unidos cuando eran niños, por sus padres indocumentados.

Pero, sobre todo, cómo enfrentar las nuevas políticas migratorias del gobierno del Donald Trump e, incluso, del Condado Miami-Dade, con los llamados “detainers”, es decir, el pedido que hace ICE (la agencia de policía migratoria) a las autoridades carcelarias del condado para que retengan a un indocumentado durante 48 horas y, eventualmente, lo conduzcan por el camino de la deportación.

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What to do if an Immigration or Border Patrol officer confronts you - The Miami Herald

By Daniel Shoer Roth

January 26, 2018

The anti-immigrant rhetoric and some decisions of the Donald Trump government have revived the fear of immigration raids and mass deportations in the United States. Recently, agents of the Office of Immigration and Customs (ICE) raided a dozens of 7-Eleven stores nationwide on suspicion of hiring undocumented immigrants.

And in South Florida, U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped a Greyhound bus en route to Orlando and demanded citizenship documentation, taking a Jamaican citizen in custody.

In confrontations like these, whether in public spaces, places of employment or private homes, legal and undocumented immigrants can exercise basic constitutional rights to respond to the authorities.

“These enshrined rights are applicable to all people regardless of their immigration status and are a muscle that people should use,” says Adonia Simpson, director of the Family Defense program of Americans for Immigration Justice, based in Miami. However, the lawyer emphasizes, that “does not guarantee that the rights are not violated; that immigrants are not detained.”
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Trump deals Haiti another blow, ending participation in guest worker program - The Miami Herald

By Jacqueline Charles

January 17, 2018

The Trump administration has slapped Haiti again.

As of Thursday, Haitian farmers and other laborers seeking to come to the United States as temporary, seasonal workers under the federal H-2A and H-2B guest worker program, will no longer be eligible.

The temporary workers’ visa has for decades allowed hundreds of U.S. farmers, hoteliers and other business owners to hire thousands of foreign seasonal workers.

But citing Haitians’ "extremely high rates of refusal...high levels of fraud and abuse and a high rate of overstaying the terms of their H-2 admission," the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Haiti’s inclusion on the lists of eligible countries for 2018 "is no longer in the U.S. interest." It also announced that the English-speaking Central American country of Belize will be banned, as well as Samoa in the central South Pacific Ocean.

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Trump's disparaging remarks bring some Miami Haitians to tears - CNN

By Kevin Conlon, Kaylee Hartung and Ray Sanchez

January 13, 2018.

On a week during which Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood remembered thousands of Haitian earthquake victims, racially tinged remarks attributed to America's President brought some to tears.

"I felt so outraged ... I cried," Farah Larrieux said. "This is the real face of Donald Trump -- the face of hate, racism."

Trump this week voiced frustration behind closed doors about people coming to the US from what he said were "shithole countries," according to sources.

The remarks -- which Trump denied amid wide condemnation in the United States and abroad -- came during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers. Trump asked why the US needed more people from Haiti and Africa. A person familiar with talk at the meeting told CNN that Trump also said: "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out."

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Somalis Alleging Abuses by ICE Personnel Seek More Time in US - Daily Business Review

By: Celia Ampel

Somalis who allege they were beaten on a deportation flight asked a Miami judge Monday to allow them to stay in the United States while they seek review of their removal orders.

Plaintiffs attorneys argue it would be dangerous for the 92 detainees to return to Somalia, particularly after widespread press coverage of the December flight that led to a lawsuitagainst U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An October bombing killed more than 300 people in Mogadishu, and Al-Shabaab militants are waiting to target the “Westernized” plaintiffs, attorney Lee Gelernt argued.

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Keep the Fight Against Trump Alive With a Generous Donation This Holiday Season - The Nation

These organizations are fighting the pernicious effects of his administration. Now’s the time to give them a boost.

By Katha Pollitt

December 21, 2017

2017 was just the worst, wasn't it? But we got out of bed, girded our loins, and got to work—hurray, Alabama! Whether at home or in the developing world, these excellent organizations need your generous help to climb the mountain that is 2018.

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Somalis mistreated during US deportation effort, lawsuit alleges - CNN

By Jennifer Hansler and Sophie Tatum

December 20, 2017

A Florida judge has issued a temporary stay of deportation for 92 Somali immigrants who, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday, were subjected to "inhumane conditions and egregious abuse" during a failed deportation effort by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The order signed Wednesday by District Judge Darrin Gayles prohibits the Somalis involved in the case from being deported and requires ICE to provide medical treatment for any injuries they might have sustained.
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Miami Federal Judge Orders ICE to Halt Somali Deportation Flight - The Daily Business Review

By Catherine Wilson

December 20, 2017

A Miami federal judge ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to halt its planned deportation of 92 Somalis after what was described as a harrowing two-day ordeal on an initial attempt.

“The judge acted just in time,” Rebecca Sharpless, lead attorney on the lawsuit and director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law, said Wednesday. ”The government confirmed that our clients would have been on a flight to Somalia” Wednesday morning if not for the order issued late Tuesday following a hearing by phone.

class action lawsuit claimed the Somalis were bound and shackled on an airplane for nearly two days, some urinating on themselves, during a botched U.S. deportation attempt that began Dec. 7.

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Detained Somalis in Miami faced ‘slave ship experience,’ suit arguing for asylum says - The Miami Herald

By Howard Cohen

December 19, 2017

The University of Miami’s immigration law clinic has sued federal immigration officials, seeking to prevent the deportation of 92 Somalis being held at two Miami detention centers, who said they were shackled, beaten and prevented from going to the bathroom on a plane for 48 hours while in U.S. custody, the clinic’s director said.

“I think the conditions they described — hands tied to waist and legs and being forced to sit for 48 hours, coupled with the abuse that occurred are conditions reminiscent of a slave-ship experience,” Rebecca Sharpless, director of the UM Immigration Clinic, said Tuesday.

The clinic, working with Legal Aid Service of Broward County, the James H. Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School and Americans for Immigrant Justice, filed the class-action suit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Miami federal court on Monday. They sought to bar the immigration agency from deporting the Somali men and women, contending U.S. immigration law prohibits the forcible return of those who would be subject to persecution in their home countries.

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Somalis in South Florida Deported by ICE on "Slave Ship" File Class-Action Suit - Miami New Times

By Jerry Ianelli

December 19, 2017

In the early-morning hours of December 7, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Louisiana woke up 92 Somali detainees and shackled them by their wrists, waists, and ankles. The Somalis were then loaded onto a chartered airplane that was supposed to return them to Somalia. But then, for reasons the government has not yet explained, the plane landed in Dakar, Senegal. It sat on the ground for 23 hours and then headed back to the United States, landing in Miami.

The deportees were kept shackled in the airplane for at least 48 hours straight. ICE agents allegedly beat them, restrained them, and dragged them down the aisle. The agents laughed as toilets overflowed and some men urinated on themselves.

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