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Central America/Mexico Migration News Brief for March 10, 2017

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This week’s MNB focuses on updates on the U.S. immigration and refugee executive orders and raids, as well as top articles and reports related to issues of migration from Central America and Mexico (articles in English and Spanish). Please feel free to send us recommendations or requests for upcoming news briefs: ebuckhout@lawg.org.

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U.S. Immigration Updates

Travel and Refugee Ban 2.0

•  Trump’s New Ban Leaves Few Spots for Refugees, Even the Hunted
Frances Robles and Kirk Semple, The New York Times, March 7, 2017
“Officials and immigrant advocates in Central America fear that as the Trump administration cites the danger of admitting potential terrorists cloaked as refugees from nations like Syria, it is disregarding the tens of thousands of people here who are being terrorized by street gangs that actually originated in the United States.”

•  Trump Admin Quietly Made Asylum More Difficult in the US
Tal Kopan, CNN, March 8, 2017

“But advocates for immigrants say the changes could block people fleeing genuinely violent situations — especially vulnerable women and children — from getting protections or even adequately having their cases heard.”

•  A Look at Legal Issues With Trump’s Revised Travel Ban
The Associated Press, The New York Times, March 10, 2017

“Some of the states that helped derail President Trump’s first travel ban are mounting efforts to block his second one, saying that while the new order applies to fewer people, it’s infected with the same legal problems.”

•  Washington State Asks Judge to Declare that Freeze of First Trump Travel Ban Applies to New Order
Matt Zapotowsky, The Washington Post, March 9, 2017

“Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who sued successfully to block President Trump’s first entry ban, asked a federal judge Thursday to affirm that the suspension of the initial ban applies to the new one.”

•  States Ask Court to Stop Trump’s New Travel Ban From Ever Taking Effect
Josh Gerstein, Politico, March 9, 2017

“At least five states are banding together in a legal drive to block key elements of President Donald Trump’s second travel ban.”

•  US: Immigration Memos Will Wreak Havoc on Rights
Human Rights Watch, March 2, 2017

“The Trump administration’s new immigration enforcement memorandums outline striking and sweeping changes to immigration policy that will have a dire impact on the rights of immigrants and their families and hurt the communities they live in, Human Rights Watch said today”

•  EE.UU. suspende expedición inmediata de visas para extranjeros altamente calificados
Faith Karimi, CNN,  4 de marzo de 2017

“Estados Unidos ha suspendido temporalmente el proceso de expedición inmediata de visas H-1B, eliminando la opción de un menor tiempo de espera en el programa que ayuda a extranjeros altamente calificados a trabajar en compañías estadounidenses.”

•  An Afghan Family, With Visas in Hand, Is Detained in Los Angeles
Nicolas Kulish, The New York Times, March 4, 2017

“An Afghan family of five that had received approval to move to the United States based on the father’s work for the American government has been detained for more than two days after flying into Los Angeles International Airport, a legal advocacy group said in court documents filed on Saturday.”

•  Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Excludes Iraqis
Glenn Thrush, The New York Times, March 6, 2017

“President Trump signed an executive order on Monday blocking citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, the most significant hardening of immigration policy in generations, even with changes intended to blunt legal and political opposition.”

•  What’s Changed in Trump’s Travel Ban
Melanie Zanona, The Hill, March 6, 2017

“President Trump issued a new travel ban on Monday with changes aimed at ensuring the controversial policy stands up in court.”

•  New Travel Ban Opens the Door to More Countries on Blacklist
Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast, March 6, 2017

“On Monday morning––and weeks later than expected––President Donald Trump signed a new version of his travel ban, blocking nationals of six majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. And on a call with reporters before the signing, senior administration officials hinted that more countries could be added to the ban in several months.”

•  Trump Administration Drops Appeal over First Travel Ban
Josh Gerstein, Politico, March 7, 2017

“The Trump administration has withdrawn its appeal of the injunction against President Donald Trump’s first travel ban executive order, despite the president’s vow that government lawyers would continue to defend its legality.”

•  Hawaii Plans to Fight President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Washington Post, March 8, 2017

“The state wants to amend its existing lawsuit challenging Trump’s previous order to contest the revised one, according to a motion filed Tuesday in federal court in Honolulu.”

•  States ask Court to Stop Trump’s New Travel Ban from ever Taking Effect
Josh Gerstein, Politico, March 9, 2017

“At least five states are banding together in a legal drive to block key elements of President Donald Trump’s second travel ban.”

•  Experts: New Travel Ban More Palatable, Still Problematic
Gene Johnson and Sadie Gurman, The Washington Post, March 7, 2017

“The version released Monday is much narrower and eases concerns about violating the due process rights of travelers.”

U.S. Border Enforcement

  Immigrant Families Are Separated At US Border As Form Of Punishment, Groups Say
Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, March 9, 2017

“The Trump administration has said it is considering separating illegal immigrant families at the border as a deterrent, but authors of a new report say agents are already engaged in the practice as a form of punishment.”

•  Exclusive: Trump Administration Considering Separating Women, Children at Mexico Border
Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, March 4, 2017

“Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to three government officials.”

•  Kelly: DHS is Considering Separating Undocumented Children from their Parents at the Border
Daniella Diaz, CNN, March 7, 2017

“A senior DHS official had previously told CNN that the department was considering a proposal to separate children from adults when they are trying to enter the country illegally at the southern border.”

•  Mexico Concerned by US Plan to Separate Detained Families
Associated Press, The Washington Post, March 7, 2017

“The Mexican foreign minister says Mexico’s government has informed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of its concern over a proposal to separate immigrant parents from their children in detention.”

•  Homeland Security Chief Admits He’s Considering Splitting Children From Parents At Border
Elise Foley, The Huffington Post, March 6, 2017

““I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America to getting on this very, very dangerous network that brings them up through Mexico into the United States,” Kelly said on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” confirming a report that the policy shift was under consideration.”

•  February Marks Fewest Arrests at Border in Recent Years
Alicia Caldwell, AP, The Washington Post, March 7, 2017

“Arrests of people crossing the border illegally dropped roughly 44 percent during President Donald Trump’s first month in office, according to Homeland Security data….It is not clear exactly what prompted the steep declines.”

•  SBCC Statement on New Data Showing a Decline in Apprehensions of Border Crossers
Andrea Guerrero, Southern Border Communities Coalition, March 9, 2017

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently released data showing a decline in the apprehension of unauthorized border crossers.”

  This May Be America’s Worst Immigration Detention Center
Madison Pauly, Mother Jones, March 9, 2017

“When federal inspectors stopped by the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange County, California, for a surprise check-in last November, they found spoiled meat and broken telephones, showers laced with mold, and immigrants held in solitary confinement for 24 hours a day. That’s according to a horrific report released Monday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, laying out serious health and safety risks for detained immigrants held in the facility.”

•  Design Competition — or Ideological Crisis?
Allison Arieff, The New York Times, March 10, 2017

“Still, the Trump administration has wasted no time in fast-tracking a bigger and costlier wall (2,000 miles’ worth), in what could amount to the largest and most costly infrastructure project since the Works Progress Administration.”

•  Illegal Border Crossers, Turned Away on America’s Doorstep
Ramon Taylor, VOA, March 9, 2017

“It’s these words that guided her most recent – and hardest – decision, one that no mother would take lightly: to leave her children behind in Mexico to provide them with opportunities she never had.”

•  “Disappeared” on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Gabriel Schivone, NACLA, March 9, 2017

“How U.S. border policies constitute a new kind of state-led ‘disappearance.’”

•  Trump’s Border Wall Will be Even More Useless Than Previously Thought
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald, March 10, 2017

“But a new study by the Center for Migration Studies, or CMS, titled “The 2,000 Mile Wall in Search of a Purpose,” shows that the real percentage of visa overstayers is 66 percent, much more than previously thought.”

•  Dem Rep to Introduce Bill to Block Use of Federal Funds for Trump’s Border Wall
Paulina Firozi, The Hill, March 9, 2017
“Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) plans to introduce legislation Thursday that would block President Trump from using federal funds to pay for his border wall with Mexico.”

•  The Underground Railroad for Refugees
Jake Halpern, The New Yorker, March 13, 2017

“At a safe house in Buffalo, asylum seekers from around the world prepare to flee the U.S. for Canada.”

U.S. Interior Enforcement

•  Reps. Torres and O’Rourke Introduce Bill to Protect Dreamers
Press Release, Congresswoman Norma J. Torres, March 9, 2017

“Today, Reps. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) introduced legislation that would protect DACA recipients from the Trump Administration’s executive orders. The bill, entitled ‘Dreamer Protection Act,’ would prevent the administration from spending taxpayer dollars to apprehend, detain, or deport Dreamers who lose their status as the result of potential changes to the DACA program by the President or other officials.”

•  Una nueva semana, más arrestos de ICE y una gran mentira de Trump sobre la reforma migratoria
Pilar Marrero, La Opinión, 03 de marzo de 2017

“Flirteos vanos con ‘reformas migratorias’, discursos que pintan a los indocumentados como delincuentes, más arrestos de ‘dreamers’ y de padres de familia, y más activismo, esta semana tuvo de todo en el tema migratorio.

•  Secretary Kelly Is Missing in Action on Immigration
The Editorial Board, The New York Times, March 8, 2017

“Instead, Mr. Kelly is giving every indication that he and his vast department are fully on board with executing Mr. Trump’s fixation on protecting the nation from an imaginary siege at the southern border, while waging an all-out deportation campaign against millions of unauthorized immigrant workers and families who pose no threat to the nation.”

•  Trump Administration More Interested in its War on Immigrants than the War on Terrorism
AV Press Releases, America’s Voice,  March 8, 2017

“The federal budget proposal that will be released in the coming days will reportedly slash funding for TSA, the Coast Guard, rail security and FEMA in order to pay for a war on immigrants — involving an unneeded border wall and vastly expanded deportation forces.”

•  Asylum-seekers Held Without Clear Reason in Pa. Facility, Advocates Say
Anna Werner, Luisa Garcia, Laura Strickler, CBS News, March 3, 2017

“Dozens of women stood with their children at the fence line of a Berks County, Pennsylvania detention center in August, to protest. They came seeking asylum, mostly from Central America, but were held there for months, their lawyers say, without explanation.”

•  How Did We Get To 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants?
Robert Siegel, NPR, March 7, 2017

“An estimated 11 million immigrants live and work in the United States illegally. Their fate is one of the big policy questions facing the country. The story of how that population grew so large is a •  long one that’s mostly about Mexico, and full of unintended consequences.”

•  The Real-Life Consequences Of The President’s Interior Immigration Enforcement Policies
Heidi Altman, National Immigrant Justice Center, March 1, 2017

“The administration’s immigration agenda promises to resurrect the programs that enlist local police and federal immigration agents and put anyone living in the United States without authorization at risk of arrest and deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

•  Ocho temas clave del programa “Inmigración: las nuevas reglas”
Univision,05 de marzo de 2017

“Durante dos horas Univision recibió, en un programa especial, más de 4,000 preguntas de miles de inmigrantes que tienen dudas crecientes en torno a cómo hacer frente a las nuevas reglas migratorias del gobierno de Donald Trump.”

•  Detenidos de ICE dicen que fueron forzados a trabajar: ahora un juez convierte el caso en una demanda colectiva
Univision, 05 de marzo de 2017

“”Limpiar el bloque de la celda, los pasillos, lavar tu ropa y la de los otros, los baños…”. Es el testimonio a Univision Noticias de un inmigrante indocumentado que se queja de supuestamente haber sido forzado a trabajar en un centro de detención en Aurora, Colorado. “Si te negabas, ya no te dejaban salir a la yarda””

•  Immigration Courts: Record Number of Cases, Many Problems
Kate Brumback, Associated Press, March 4, 2017

“The backlog and insufficient resources are problems stretching back at least a decade, said San Francisco Immigration Judge Dana Marks, speaking as the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.”

  Un cortometraje recrea operativos de ICE para que los migrantes conozcan sus derechos
Isaias Alvarado, Univison, 6 de marzo de 2017

“Las historias de tres indocumentados que por distintas circunstancias terminaron bajo la custodia del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) han sido recreadas en el cortometraje America; I Too con el fin de educar a la comunidad sobre sus derechos, esto ante un plan de redadas y deportaciones masivas que ha esbozado la nueva administración federal.”

•  In Line for Paperwork, Immigrants Are ‘Scared They’ll Take Away Our Children’
Deborah Acosta, The New York Times, March 8, 2017

“Out of concern for recent changes to United States immigration policies, immigrants have been lining up around the block in New York City to collect their children’s birth certificates. We spent a week in line hearing their stories.”

  He Dropped His Daughter off at School. Minutes Later, Immigration Agents Took Him Away.
Avi Selk, The Washington Post, March 4, 2017

“In the wake of President Trump’s orders to crack down on illegal immigration, the arrest of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez left teachers trying to console students — even as they began to prepare some for the possibility of their own parents’ sudden deportation.”

•  Georgian Arrested in Immigration Raid says She is U.S. Citizen
Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 8, 2017

“A Gwinnett County woman who spent a month in a south Georgia immigration detention center despite insisting she is an American citizen was released on Wednesday by federal authorities.”

•  Meet 3 Dads Detained by ICE This Week
Esther Yu Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress, March 3, 2017

“Under the Trump administration, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has become emboldened to send a message of its own to undocumented immigrants living in the country: We are watching you, and we may detain you regardless of the situation you are in.”

•  Joy, Then Heartbreak: What Happened at One Woman’s ICE Check-In
Rosa Flores and Michelle Krupa, CNN, March 8, 2017

“She worries what deportation would do to her relatives, who are “hoping for a miracle””

•  Cónsul de México: ICE ha detenido más de 160 inmigrantes mexicanos en Los Ángeles
Araceli Martínez Ortega, La Opinión, 04 de marzo de 2017

“Desde que comenzó la administración de Donald Trump, el Servicio de Migración y Aduanas (ICE) ha detenido 167 inmigrantes mexicanos en el área de Los Ángeles.”

•  US immigration: 50 Extra Judges to Help Tackle Backlog
BBC News, March 10, 2017

“Now the Department of Justice has confirmed that a letter was sent requesting the deployment of extra judges. They will work from detention centres to speed up the process of determining whether asylum is granted or deportation orders should be issued.”

•  Ninth Circuit, Sitting En Banc, Overturns Gay Man’s Deportation to Mexico
MetNews Staff Writer, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, March 9, 2017

“A gay man who claims to have been physically abused in Mexico as a child because of his sexual orientation, but did not seek the protection of authorities there, may be eligible for asylum, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday.”

•  Class Action Suit: Immigrants Held in Aurora Required to Work for $1 a Day, Threatened With Solitary If Refused
Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, March 2, 2017

“About 62,000 people who were held in an Aurora immigration detention center and required to work, sometimes for $1 a day, while they awaited possible deportation have been certified as a class in a lawsuit alleging violations of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.”

•  Hardline Immigration Policies Will be the Top Driver of Human Rights Risks in 2017: Report
Luke Graham, CNBC, March 9, 2017

“Hardening immigration policy in the U.S. will increase the risk of modern slavery and labor abuses against undocumented workers, creating human rights risks for businesses in 2017, warns a new report from global risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft.”

Mexican Enforcement, Migrants in Transit

•  Facing A New ‘Villain,’ Mexican Politicians Are Rediscovering The Plight Of Undocumented Migrants
Jorge Valencia, Fronteras, March 7, 2017

“As Mexico prepares for a presidential election next year, it has recently become popular for politicians here to stand up for their fellow country-people, even though the country began seeing a spike in voluntary returns and deportations in 2008.”

•  Mexico Slams US Plans to Separate Undocumented Migrant Children From Their Parents
EuroNews, March 3, 2017

“The gulf between Mexico and the USA grows wider. The Mexican government has slammed the Trump administration’s plans to separate undocumented children from their parents if they try to cross the US border.”

•  This Is How Mexico Is Preparing for a Wave of Deportations
Brendan O’Boyle, Americas Quarterly, March 7, 2017

“Two bills in Mexico’s Congress seek to help reintegrate deportees – and take advantage of their talent.”

•  Parish on Mexico-Guatemala Border Prepares for New Wave of Asylum Seekers
Catholic News Service, InterMountain Catholic, March 10, 2017

“The tradition of serving migrants continues in the diocese and in parishes like Santo Nino de Atocha, where a migrant ministry of more than 20 lay members helps those arriving.”

•  Mexico Beefs Up Consular Protection for Expats in US
Latin American Herald Tribune
“Mexico’s consulate in Miami inaugurated on Friday a new section to enhance protections for Mexicans in the United States as they face new challenges posed by the policies of President Donald Trump.”

•  Mexico Opens Legal Aid Centers To Protect Human rights in U.S
Staff Writer, Latin Post, March 7, 2017

“Mexico has recently opened legal aid centers in the 50 US cities in a move which was designed to protect human rights in U.S from the tough immigration enforcement.”

•  Mexico’s Ascendant Cartel is Making a Deadly Addition to a Trafficking Hub on the US Border
Christopher Woody, Business Insider, March 4, 2017

“The arrival of the ascendant Jalisco New Generation cartel, taking up space in the city alongside the resurgent Juarez cartel and the fracturing Sinaloa cartel, leads many to believe that another vicious cartel fight is looming — if it hasn’t already started.”

Root Causes, Country Conditions

•  Cancilleres de México y Centroamérica acuerdan atender la migración más allá de controles fronterizos
Univision, 2 de marzo de 2017

“Los cancilleres de México, Belice, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, República Dominicana y El Salvador, acordaron este jueves en San José atender las causas estructurales de la migración de sus connacionales, ya no solo desde una perspectiva de control migratorio. Pero no aportaron detalles sobre cómo planean hacerlo.”

•  LGBT Migrants Flee Violence, Poverty in Central America
Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade, March 2, 2017

“Three trans women have been murdered in San Luis Talpa, a municipality near El Salvador International Airport that is roughly 25 miles southeast of San Salvador, since Feb. 18. Guevara told the Blade this violence is among the reasons that LGBT Salvadorans leave the country.”

  Fracking, Mining, Murder: The Killer Agenda Driving Migration in Mexico and Central America
Adriadna Estevez, The Wire, March 3, 2017

“My argument is that criminal violence, while potent, is just part of a dangerous cocktail that serves to “cleanse” places where local communities are defending their home territory.”

•  De la transfobia al asesinato
Elena Cabrera, El País, 07 de marzo de 2017

“La persecución por transfobia no es algo nuevo en El Salvador ni tampoco en la región centroamericana, pero la concentración de ataques en el pasado mes de febrero ha aterrorizado incluso a las líderes de los movimientos activistas LGBTQI (Lesbianas, Gais, Bisexuales, Trans, Queer e Intersex).”

•  MS-13 obligaba a mujeres a casarse para cobrar seguro
Ezequiel Barrera, La Prensa Gráfica, 28 de febrero de 2017

A los hombres los engañaban para casarse con mujeres que supuestamente les ayudarían a conseguir visa. Tras las bodas civiles, la estructura “Viudas de negro” asesinaba a los hombres. Tres mujeres fueron enviadas a prisión.”

•  Honduras Narco Testifies Ex-President Took Bribes from Traffickers
James Bargent, InSight Crime, March 7, 2017

“One of the leaders of Honduran drug trafficking network the Cachiros has testified in court that he repeatedly bribed former President Porfirio Lobo, adding to the evidence suggesting drug traffickers corrupted Honduras’ state institutions at the highest levels.”

•  Guatemala Riot: at Least 22 Girls Dead as Home for Abused Teens Catches Fire
Reuters, The Guardian, March 9, 2017

“Fire broke out when residents set mattresses ablaze after an overnight riot and attempt to escape from the overcrowded government-run center, officials say”

•  Guatemalan Peasants Call President Morales Incapable, Call for Resignation
Latin American Herald Tribune
“Thousands of Guatemalan peasants demanded on Tuesday the resignation of President Jimmy Morales, calling him “incapable” of governing and insisting upon the investigation of more than 100 lawmakers who allegedly took bribes from Brazil’s Odebrecht construction firm”

•  Assistant Secretary Brownfield Travels to Guatemala and Colombia
Office of the Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State, March 6, 2017

“Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield travels to Guatemala and Colombia from March 6-8. In both countries, he will review INL programs and demonstrate support for counternarcotics and rule of law efforts.”

•  We’re Sending Guns, Crime to Mexico
Sarah Kinosian and Eugenio Weigend, Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2017

“Since then, Trump has continued to complain that Mexicans bring crime northward, while studiously ignoring the very real threat that U.S. firepower flowing in the other direction poses to Mexicans.”

•  UN Expert on Torture: it’s Widespread in MX
Mexico News Daily, March 3, 2017

“A United Nations report charges that Mexico’s police forces repeatedly use torture and ill-treatment to obtain confessions or as a punishment.”

•  Still No Justice for Mexico’s Missing Students
Francisco Goldman, The New York Times, March 1, 2017

“The problem with Mexico’s approach to fighting violence isn’t one of fear — that Mexican authorities are afraid of organized crime — but of complicity, as the unsolved case of the September 2014 disappearance of 43 students at a teachers college in Ayotzinapa, in the Pacific state of Guerrero, distressingly illustrates.”

•  Mexico: Reporter’s Murder Revives Debate about Effectiveness of Protection
Reporters without Borders, March 9, 2017

“Last week’s murder of a journalist in the southwestern state of Guerrero raises many questions about the protection of media personnel in Mexico.”

  Mexico City Sex Workers in an Endless Battle against Oppression
Latin American Herald Tribune
“Madrid said that sex workers generate almost 2 percent of GDP in Mexico, and though there are victims of sexual slavery, ‘there are women who do it day by day to survive,’ and asked that people ‘not look at sex workers as objects, but as women struggling to survive.’”

•  Aumenta la violencia en 9 de los 12 estados que eligieron nuevo gobernador hace un año
Arturo Angel y Manu Ureste, Animal Politico, 7 de marzo de 2017

“El cambio de gobierno en los estados en los que hubo elecciones el año pasado estuvo acompañado en un aumento en los principales delitos: en nueve de esos estados subieron las averigüaciones previas por homicidios dolosos, en siete crecieron los secuestros y en cinco se dispararon hasta 700% las extorsiones.”

•  Mexico: Communities Denounce Lack of Consultation, Negative Impacts on Livelihoods & Intimidation by Elecnor
Business & Human Rights Resource Center
“An article documents the possible negative impacts of solar projects and wind farms in Yucatán, Mexico. Among the grievances related to the wind farm project of the Spanish company Elecnor, local people have denounced: the lack of consultation, inadequate access to information, pressures for selling their land, and the negative impacts the wind farm could have on their livelihoods.”

Resources and Actions

•  Urgent Action: Reject Discrimination, Protect Refugees & Immigrants
Emma Buckhout, Latin America Working Group, March 6, 2017

“On March 6th, President Trump issued a new version of his refugee and travel ban executive order. While the White House made minor changes to evade the media outcry and court arguments against the original version, its core message of fear-mongering and discrimination against refugees, immigrants, and Muslims remains the same. And it denies protection to some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals and families—overseas as well as in Central America.”

•  Press Release: LAWG Condemns Second Cruel Attempt at Banning Refuge-seeking Families & Children from Entering United States/Comunicado de Prensa: LAWG condena segundo intento cruel de prohibir la entrada a familias y niños buscando refugio en los Estados Unidos
Latin America Working Group, March 6, 2017

“This order will also mean that asylum-seeking unaccompanied children and families seeking refuge from violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will face greater obstacles to their already limited chances for receiving protection.”

•  LAWG Disturbed by DHS Claims on Deterrence and Enforcement Against Asylum-seeking Families & Children
Latin America Working Group, March 9, 2017
“The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) is disturbed by the Trump Administration’s conclusion that its executive orders have successfully deterred migrants and created an ‘unprecedented decline in traffic’ of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, justifying the need for future enforcement actions. These numbers are only one data point of the overall situation of migration to the United States.”

•  Amnesty International USA Launches Campaign to Free Young Children and Mothers Detained by ICE for Over 500 Days
Amnesty International, March 10, 2017

“Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is launching a campaign today urging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release several families with young children being detained at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania. Four of the 35 children currently detained at Berks – aged three, four, seven and 16 –  have been at the Center for over 500 days, despite having pending applications for legal permanent residency.”

•  Betraying Family Values: How Immigration Policy at the United States Border is Separating Families
Women’s Refugee Commission, Kids in Need of Defense, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, January 10, 2017

“This report documents the ways in which family separation is caused, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the U.S. government’s immigration custody and enforcement decisions…. Because the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies currently have little policy guidance on humanitarian considerations during enforcement actions, many families are needlessly torn apart.”

•  The 2,000 Mile Wall in Search of a Purpose: Since 2007 Visa Overstays have Outnumbered Undocumented Border Crossers by a Half Million
Robert Warren, Donald Kerwin, Center for Migration Studies, 2017

“The Trump administration has made the construction of an “impregnable” 2,000-mile wall across the length of the US-Mexico border a centerpiece of its executive orders on immigration and its broader immigration enforcement strategy.”

•  Seeking a Rational Approach to a Regional Refugee Crisis: Lessons from the Summer 2014 “Surge” of Central American Women and Children at the US-Mexico Border
Karen Musalo and Eunice Lee, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies University of California Hastings College of the Law, 2017

“Responses to this ‘surge,’ and explanations for it, varied widely in policy, media, and government circles. Two competing narratives emerged, rooted in two very disparate views of the ‘crisis.’ One argues that ‘push’ factors in the home countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala drove children and families to flee as bona fide asylum seekers; the other asserted that “pull” factors drew these individuals to the United States.”

•  Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families
Appleseed, May 2012

•  Southwest Border Migration
U.S Customs and Border Protection, March 8, 2017

“From January to February, the flow of illegal border crossings as measured by apprehensions and the prevention of inadmissible persons at our southern border dropped by 40 percent.”

•  Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States
The White House, March 6, 2017

•  Fact Sheet: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States
American Immigration Lawyers Association, March 5, 2017

“DHS fact sheet regarding the Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017, revising the previous January 27, 2017, Executive Order on the travel ban.”

•  DHS Q&As: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States
American Immigration Lawyers Association, March 6, 2017

“DHS Q&As regarding the Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017, revising the previous January 27, 2017, Executive Order on the travel ban.”

  Summary of Second Trump Executive Order on Visa Issuance/Screening and Refugees
American Immigration Lawyers Association, March 6, 2017

“AILA issued a summary of the 3/6/17 Executive Order issued by President Trump, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Effective 3/16/17, this Order revokes and replaces the Executive Order with the same name dated 1/27/17.”

TAKE ACTION TODAY: Tell Congress & the White House that you OPPOSE the Administration’s executive order that suspends refugee resettlement & discriminates against people from certain countries

Church World Service
“President Trump has rewritten his executive order to ban travelers from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days; suspend refugee resettlement for 120 days; and drastically reduce the number of refugees the United States welcomes from 110,000 to 50,000, a historic low. Make no mistake – this new order is concocted to have the same impact as the original executive order, while avoiding court proceedings.”

•  Trump’s 120 Day Pause Will Hurt Vulnerable Refugees #MuslimBan2
Center for American Progress, March 6, 2017

•  STATEMENT: Any Version of Muslim Ban Is Unconstitutional, Says CAP’s Michele Jawando
Tanya Arditi, Center for American Progress, March 6, 2017

“But not only is the ban unconstitutional, it does nothing to protect the lives of Americans. Both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a memo shared with the press and the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency indicated as much. In fact, by antagonizing Muslim communities at home and abroad, it could have the opposite effect.”

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*The Central America/Mexico Migration News Brief is a selection of relevant news articles, all of which do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the Latin America Working Group.