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He went to an immigration interview and wound up detained by ICE - The Miami Herald

October 01, 2018 07:25 AM

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Fue a su entrevista de matrimonio en una oficina de inmigración y terminó detenido por ICE - El Nuevo Herald

POR BRENDA MEDINA

28 de septiembre de 2018

María Eugenia Hernández y su esposo Oscar Hernández fueron el martes a las oficinas del Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración en Miami, para una cita que habían esperado por casi tres años. Se trataba de una entrevista de matrimonio, uno de los pasos en el proceso de ajuste de estatus de Oscar, un inmigrante nicaragüense.

Usualmente, en esa entrevista un agente de inmigración busca corroborar que el matrimonio es legítimo. Los Hernández trajeron un pequeño álbum con las fotos de su boda y su vida familiar, su certificado de matrimonio y una prueba de su cuenta de banco en común.

Llevan cuatro años juntos, tres casados, y Oscar es el soporte principal de la familia, así que todo debía salir bien, pensó María, quien es ciudadana de Estados Unidos. Pero en un momento durante la entrevista, a María le pidieron que saliera de la oficina. Veinte minutos después un agente le informó que su esposo, sobre quien pesa una vieja orden de deportación, había sido detenido por la Policía de Inmigración y Aduanas ICE.

Desde entonces Oscar, de 42 años y que entró al país indocumentado al cruzar la frontera desde México en el 2004, permanece en un centro de detención de inmigración en Broward. Podría ser deportado en cualquier momento.

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Políticos de Miami protestan propuesta de Trump de negar la green card a estos inmigrantes legales - The Miami Herald

POR BRENDA MEDINA

bmedina@elnuevoherald.com

24 de septiembre de 2018 06:40 PM

Actualizado 25 de septiembre de 2018 06:07 PM

Una propuesta del gobierno de Donald Trump que busca negar la residencia permanente a inmigrantes legales que reciban ciertos beneficios públicos ha generado preocupación entre políticos, activistas y abogados de Miami-Dade, que el lunes denunciaron el potencial cambio como “un ataque a nuestra comunidad”.

Tras meses de especulaciones y de que se publicaran varios borradores filtrados a los medios, el gobierno finalmente anunció el sábado su propuesta de cambio a la llamada regla de “carga pública”, que determina si un inmigrante que esté buscando obtener la residencia permanente (green card) ha utilizado ciertos beneficios públicos y por lo tanto es una carga económica para la sociedad. La regla de carga pública también aplica a personas que estén solicitando ingresar a Estados Unidos como residentes permanentes y que pudieran depender de los beneficios.

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South Florida Leaders Reject 'Public Charge' Policy That Denies Green Cards For Welfare Recipients - WLRN

By ALEXANDER GONZALEZ

SEP 24, 2018

Several Miami-Dade County commissioners and immigration advocates protested Monday the Trump administration's proposed policy change that would deny green cards to welfare recipients. 

"This new rule is forcing legal immigrants to make an impossible choice between following the process to permanent residency and providing for their families," said Commissioner Eileen Higgins, whose district includes Little Havana, during a press conference.

Announced over the weekend by the Department of Homeland Security, the rule change would broaden a current federal requirement in which immigrants show they're not a "public charge." Under the policy, a "public charge" would be someone who receives certain social benefits, including food stamps, public housing and Medicaid.

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ICE Can’t Be Trusted to Care for Detainees During Hurricanes - The Daily Beast

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After being separated at the border, they began a quiet life in Miami. What’s next? - The Miami Herald

BY BRENDA MEDINA

bmedina@miamiherald.com

September 13, 2018

Sitting on a sofa-bed in the small room where she lives with her son in a quiet Miami-Dade neighborhood, Morena Mendoza talks about the months she spent in an immigration lockup, not knowing the whereabouts of the 12-year-old.

The mother is interrupted occasionally by the boy’s laughter as he watches videos on his new tablet.

Mendoza, 30, said it’s been a long time since Antonio laughed so much. Their lives are now very different, far from the dangers they left behind in El Salvador, one of the most violent countries in Latin America.

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Aqua Foundation for Women to host immigration panel, film screening - The Miami Herald

September 05, 2018

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¿Cómo explicar a un niño cuáles son los derechos de los inmigrantes? - Univision

VILMA TARAZONA

28 Ago 2018 – 7:02 PM EDT

Una organización ideó un sistema para enseñar a los niños inmigrantes sobre sus derechos. A través de un relato adaptado, conocen los pasos de las personas que llegan a Estados Unidos y el complejo entramado legal que los envuelve.

Véalo en Univsion aquí.

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Staying focused: Justice Jam keeps immigrant families front and center - Tallahassee Democrat

Rev. Candace McKibben, Guest columnist

Published 6:44 p.m. ET Aug. 24, 2018

I have heard it diagnosed often in the so-called “information age.” It seems the more we develop the ability to communicate and shrink the globe with awareness of people, places and events, the less we are able to remain focused on important issues that concern us. Information overload or information fatigue syndrome, as some have called it, leads to distraction, dilution, and sometimes a sense of debilitating despair.

I was so moved by the students from Parkland who developed a plan for remaining engaged in an issue that has altered their lives forever. At each supportive event they scheduled, they were strategically announcing the next step. They kept the limelight longer than most because of their strong intention.

And while they continue to advocate for what they believe will make our schools safer, they, as many before them, have gradually lost momentum. As important as school safety is, it seems other issues crowd in and take the focus away from a crucial matter that is far from resolved.

The same is true of the critical issue of children separated from their parents at our nation’s southern border. While acknowledging the complexity of the issues surrounding immigration, it was and is unthinkable to so many of us that our nation would separate young children from their parents. I found the news reports, the images, and the recordings of children crying for their parents shockingly disturbing.

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Acusan a ICE de retener a menores indocumentados para enviarlos a centros de detención de adultos - Univision

By VILMA TARAZONA

24 Ago 2018 – 6:59 PM EDT

En vez de ponerlos en manos de familiares o guardianes, muchos jóvenes inmigrantes fueron detenidos y llevados a centros de menores. Según grupos de derechos de migrantes, ICE habría esperado hasta que cumplan los 18 años para luego llevarlos a centros de detención de adultos.

 

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