By ALEJANDRA MARTINEZ & CHRIS REMINGTON
JUN 25, 2019
Democratic candidates are in South Florida ahead of the first Democratic presidential debates taking place Wednesday and Thursday nights in Miami. The topic of immigration is already front and center.
Candidate Beto O'Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, and Eric Swalwell, a representative from California, have planned visits to the Homestead Childhood Detention Facility, the largest for-profit child migrant shelter in the United States.
While much of the debate over immigration policy has focused on the southern U.S.- Mexico border, in South Florida the detention centers hold thousands of migrant children in what is decribed as 'prison-like' conditions. There have also been significant changes in immigration policy regarding Cuba and potential changes to the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Hondurans, and other groups.
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By The Editorial Board
June 24, 2019
The United States needs an immigration policy that combines border security, justice and humanity. No one with a conscience can look at the photo of an asylum seeker and his 23-month-old daughter lying dead on the bank of the Rio Grande and accept the status quo.
That single tragedy, reminiscent of the photo of a drowned Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach in 2015, has the power to clarify a vast, long-running problem that has already claimed many lives. What it should also do is prompt urgent action from the country’s elected representatives to compromise over their many differences and resolve a stalemate that is no longer tolerable.
JUN 24, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likened detention centers at the U.S. border to "concentration camps" during an Instagram live last week and followed up her statement with a series of tweets calling to #CloseTheCamps and #AbolishICE. Her comments ignited a debate over whether the term "concentration camp" was the appropriate nomenclature for the facilities where migrant children are being taken from their families and made to sleep on concrete floors in freezing and overcrowded cells with no access to soap or toothbrushes or showers.
According to NBC, at least seven migrant children have died since last year after being apprehended by federal authorities—four of them while being held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
By Daniel Alvarenga
June 20, 2019
AI Justice Detention Program Director, Jessica Shulruff Schneider discusses the inhumane conditions inside immigration detention facilities with Daniel Alvarenga from AJ+.
Watch via AJ+ here.