Spring 2016 National Immigrant
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Remember March 25 2006 Los Angeles No
March! Look Forward For Our New Fight At May
Lee Siu Hin
National Coordinator - National Immigrant Solidarity Network
Last week we marked the 10th anniversary of Los Angeles Grand Marcha March 25th million people immigrant rights march against HR4437 to criminalized the immigrant community, our victory had changed the U.S. for ever!
As part of the March 25th and May Day 2016 organizing, we had many great memories, and tense moments, at the following years we had limited achievement on immigrant rights; mass immigrant raids and deportations, the so-called anti-terrorism bill, and now the racist Donald Trump's anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric.
We should never forget the great historical moment of 2006, but also need to continue mobilize at 2016, calling for May Day 2016 to fight for our human and civil rights!
In This Issue:
1) Remember March 25 2006 LA No HR4437 March
2) A Shocking Glimpse Inside Privatized Detention Facilities
3) Educators, Legal Aid Providers and Members of Congress Urge Federal Government to End Immigration Raids Targeting Unaccompanied Children
4) DHS and State Dep. Prepare Mass Deportation of Hundreds of Muslims
5) Meeting to Discuss High-Tech H1-B Immigrant Workers Rights
6) 8 Biggest H-1B Employers
7) ICE Has “Accidentally” Deported Thousands of American Citizens
8) Border patrol union endorses Trump
9) Private Prisons are Cashing in on Refugee Desperation
10) New Report Shows Poor Medical Care Led to Deaths at U.S. Detention Centers
11) Austin Immigrant rights activists confront mayor over deportations
12) 2016 2016 NISN Planning
13) Updates, Please Support NISN! Subscribe the Newsletter!
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3/10: A Shocking Glimpse Inside America’s Privatized Detention Facilities For Immigrants
Tom Benning and Dianne Solis – Dallas Morning Post
The opening of Maribel Zelaya’s letter was bleak.
“I cannot bear this punishment any longer,” she began. “I’m dying of desperation, of this injustice, of this cruelty. We are immigrants, not criminals. To treat us like this, it’s as if they must not have hearts, as if we weren’t human. They treat us like dogs.”
Zelaya was fed up. For more than six months, the 29-year-old asylum seeker had been locked inside the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, an immigrant detention facility in rural Texas. The building, formerly a medium security prison, is a bleak concrete complex surrounded by a wall of chain link fence. Zelaya found the conditions inside the center disturbing; her health began to deteriorate and she fell into a deep depression. At the end of October, she released a searing letter in Spanish describing life inside Hutto, the nation’s only all-women’s detention center.
Like so many of the women at Hutto, Zelaya — whose attorney asked that her full name not be used to protect her safety — was fleeing abuse and a city held hostage by gang violence. But she soon became disillusioned with the grim reality of detention, and decided to stop eating in protest. “I am glad to participate in this hunger strike,” she wrote. “It’s an insult, I came here to find shelter but what I got instead is punishment.”
Read the rest of the article:
Part One http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/cgi-bin/datacgi/database.cgi?file=Issues&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=1703
Part Two http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/cgi-bin/datacgi/database.cgi?file=Issues&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=1704
Part Three http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/cgi-bin/datacgi/database.cgi?file=Issues&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=1705
2016 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Planning
For 2016, we’ll continue organize different activist events to support immigrant worker communities
1) May Day 2016 National Immigrant Rights March
- Anywhere in the U.S.
2) June-October: Immigrant Heath Justice and Cancer Discussion
- Los Angeles, CA
- In conjunction with e-TeamMed Foundation, bi-monthly meetings focus on health issues, health support and heath justice.
To Join the Meetup, Please Sign-In to the MeetUp Group:
3) September: Immigrant Rights Teach-In
- Los Angeles, CA
- Topics: Immigrant detention and deportation, upcoming November U.S. Presidential election impact on immigrant rights.
4) December: immigrant rights conference
- Los Angeles, CA
- A one-day conference includes workshops, performances. Topic includes: post-election analysis, immigration detention and deportation, labor rights, heath care.
3/11: ICE Has “Accidentally” Deported Thousands of American Citizens
Kevin Mathews Care2
Stories of immigration detention centers are already upsetting enough, but can you imagine how traumatic it must be for legitimate U.S. citizens to be put through this process? It happens more often than you’d think. As Vice News reports, since 2003, over 20,000 U.S. citizens have been either wrongfully detained or outright deported from the country by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Let’s be perfectly clear: U.S. citizens are absolutely protected constitutionally from being deported or even detained in this manner. However, the system we have in place is such a mess that a large number of Americans slip through the fairly wide cracks and become unjust victims of ICE.
Jacqueline Stevens, director of the Deportation Research Clinic at Northwestern University, has studied these accidental detentions and deportations and found them to be surprisingly, and horrifyingly, common. Since there’s no official citizenship database, even U.S. citizens can have trouble proving they were born in the country, as even the current president can attest.
On top of that, immigration courts are overwhelmed, meaning many cases are pushed through quickly without proper research. People accused of being in the country illegally aren’t even guaranteed legal representation; As such, many go through the process without understanding their own rights or someone to help verify their citizenship. Essentially, the system is so flawed that wrongful deportations are the natural conclusion. “It would be truly shocking if this did not result in the deportation of U.S. citizens,” Stevens said.
Link to the article: http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/cgi-bin/datacgi/database.cgi?file=Issues&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=1706
3/30: Border patrol union defies AFGE, endorses Trump
Carten Cordell - Federal Times
An affiliate of the American Federation of Government Employees decided to break ranks with the union and endorsed Donald Trump for president.
The National Border Patrol Council, which represents approximately 18,000 border patrol agents, said that the issue of security led it to make its first presidential endorsement for the outspoken Republican on March 30.
“We think it is that important: if we do not secure our borders, American communities will continue to suffer at the hands of gangs, cartels and violent criminals preying on the innocent,” the group said on its website. “The lives and security of the American people are at stake, and the National Border Patrol Council will not sit on the sidelines.”
The move could be seen as bewildering to some, especially since AFGE endorsed Hillary Clinton in December 2015. The pick didn’t sit well with the NBPC at the time, as it said AFGE acted without its endorsement and didn’t address its concerns over border security.
“We recognize that our agenda is not always AFGE’s agenda and so do our supporters on Capitol Hill. This is why, our strategy to work both sides of the aisle to advance legislation has benefited agents and their families as well as border security,” the group said in a Dec. 11, 2015 release.
In its release, the NBPC said Trump’s outsider, populist appeal has drawn attention to the challenges its members face in enforcing border security. It also took shots at President Barack Obama and Trump's primary rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
“America has already tried a young, articulate freshman senator who never created a job as an attorney and under whose watch criminal cartels have been given the freest border reign ever known.”
AFGE officials directed inquiries to the NBPC.
Link to the article:
Video Just for Laugh.. Last Week Tonight
with John Oliver: Border Wall (HBO)
Donald Drumpf wants to build a wall on the U.S-Mexico border. Is his plan feasible? (3/20/2106)
Link to the Video: http://www.activistvideo.org/views.asp?id=4564