When Bullies Come to Power

As the nation focuses on former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s fall from favor, Stephen Miller is steadily climbing the rungs of success and influence.

Miller came into the spotlight after it was revealed that he was the mastermind behind the president’s cruel family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border and when his uncle, Dr. David Glosser, wrote a piece for Politico titled, “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.”

Now, the president has put Miller in charge of the administration’s immigration policy following the forced resignation of Nielsen, who the president considered to be too lax in her policies.

Continue reading
Advertisements

More Family Separation

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services reports that thousands more families were separated by the administration than previously thought.

In a report released Thursday, the HHS inspector general concluded that the Trump administration not only separated thousands more children than previously thought, but that there is no effective system in place for tracking those children.

The inspector general’s findings come months after a federal judge ordered the administration to reunite all immigrant children with their families or guardians and shows that the administration may have never known exactly how many families it separated.

Tornillo Tent Camp Shut Down

The Tornillo tent camp which up until recently held thousands of immigrant children has been shut down.

The tent camp that has been the target of sustained direct action on the part of immigrant rights activists has finally been shut down.

The “Christmas at Tornillo” protesters had blocked entrances to the detention center and staged ongoing demonstrations to voice their oppposition towards the policy of immigrant detention and family separation.

Continue reading

Tornillo Tent Camp Targeted by Activists

Immigrant rights activists in Texas have shut down the entrance of the Tornillo tent camp that is currently detaining several thousand immigrant youth.

The group of activists has been organizing for the past two weeks around the tent camp under the banner, “Christmas in Tornillo.”

The Tornillo detention center, which is operated by Baptist Child and Family Services, has been a focus of immigrant and human rights activists as well as health professionals, and is expected to close sometime this month.

Continue reading

Immigrant Boy Dies on Christmas Eve

Customs and Border Protection, which had custody of the boy and his father, announced the child’s death Tuesday around midday.

UPDATED 12/27/18 1:00 PM PST

The 8-year-old boy apparently fell ill Monday and died in a New Mexico hospital Tuesday, early on Christmas morning.

His name was Felipe Gómez Alonso, and was reportedly of Guatemalan origin. The government has been notified of his passing.

Continue reading

Asylum Ban Blocked by SCOTUS

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the block on the administration’s ban against immigrants who cross the border outside a legal port of entry and their ability to apply for asylum.

It was a narrow 5-4 decision with Chief Justice John Roberts again siding with the liberal faction of the court as the deciding vote.

Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas all voted in support of the ban.

Continue reading

House Buckles to Trump’s Demands

After a tumultuous day of many back-and-forth decisions, the House passed a funding bill with $5 billion allocated for the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The vote was 217 to 185; funding for multiple government agencies will expire at midnight tonight.

The bill will now return to the Senate where it is widely expected to fail due to extreme opposition to such immense funding.

Continue reading

All Asylum Seekers to Stay in Mexico

The Trump administration has announced that all asylum seekers attempting to enter the country through the southern border will be kept in Mexico while their claim is processed.

The policy will apply to all asylum seekers regardless of whether Mexico is their country of origin or not.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen indicated that part of the reasoning behind the policy has to do with the Flores settlement, which prevents the U.S. government from detaining children for an extended period of time.

Continue reading

Statue of Liberty Protester Found Guilty

Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty on July 4 in protest of immigrant detention, has been found guilty of multiple federal crimes.

Okoumou famously climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the Trump administration’s separation and detention of immigrant children.

While her lawyers argued that the moral imperative compelling her to take action against the detention of children should outweigh the illegality of her actions, the court decided otherwise.

Continue reading

Asylum Seeker Dies of Hunger Strike

Russian asylum-seeker Amar Mergansana had been on an 86-day hunger strike when he lost consciousness and eventually died.

He was transferred from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and taken to a hospital earlier this month before passing away Saturday at the age of 40.

An asylum-seeker from Russia, Mergansana entered the United States via the U.S.-Mexico border and was intercepted there by ICE and taken into custody where he ultimately died.

Continue reading