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Seven Miami Organizations to Support on International Women's Day - Miami New Times

By Taylor Estape

March 6, 2018

Since the earliest iteration of the feminist movement, the fight for femme equality and justice has been a push-and-pull of progress and setbacks. Even as activism claimed victories in legislation for suffrage, birth control, and equal pay, issues that specifically affected women of color, immigrant women, and transgender women, among others, have consistently been silenced and ignored.

It's 2018. We should be doing better. Below are seven organizations you can support for International Women's Day that make an effort to serve women and femmes in ways that account for the varied intersections of oppression and privilege.

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EXCESSIVE FORCE: ICE Shackled 92 Somalis for 40 Hours On a Failed Deportation Flight - The Intercept

By Maryam Saleh

March 4, 2018

For a brief moment in December 2017, the international spotlight shined on the case of 92 deportees who were on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement-chartered flight to Somalia. Most such flights unload their human cargo once they land, but this flight, for logistical reasons, returned home — and brought witnesses back with it.  

The Somalis told of abuse on the flight, saying they were shackled with chains on their wrists, waists, and legs for more than 40 hours; forced to urinate in bottles or on themselves; and that ICE officers beat and threatened some passengers. (ICE has denied that it mistreated detainees on the flight.)

But even after the spotlight dimmed, the abuse continued. The Somalis are still being held at the Krome Detention Center and the Glades County Detention Center in Florida, as their lawyers try to fight their deportations. At Glades, where half the group is being held, they have complained of a litany of abuses, including violent assaults by guards, denial of medical care, lack of access to their lawyers, and racism.

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Symposium Explores DACA’s Legal and Policy Implications - Duke Today

By Pablo Mino

March 4, 2018

While immigration activists have focused on the implications of ending DACA and its political, legal and humanitarian consequences, scholars at a Duke panel Friday cautioned that the DACA concerns were part of a larger, troubling move against immigrants who are long-time residents of the United States.

The symposium organized by the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, “After DACA/Más Allá de DACA: Perspectives from the U.S. and Mexico,” reflected on the future of immigrants who have lived in the United States for years and whose families include members with DACA status or U.S. citizenship.

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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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