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Central America/Mexico Migration News Brief for March 3, 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

•  US Immigration: Waiting for Chaos
Walter Pincus, The New York Review of Books, March 1, 2017
“One thing however is clear. Trump’s recent efforts to use blunt executive power to close our borders and prepare the way for deporting large numbers of undocumented immigrants are confronting far-reaching problems. Not only is there opposition from federal judges, the business sector, civil liberties groups, and others. There is also a major roadblock from another quarter: our already broken system of immigration laws and immigration courts.”

•  Trump Offers Mixed Messages on Immigration
Jill Colvin and Erica Werner, AP, The Washington Post, March 1, 2017
“While some in his party could welcome a new push for comprehensive immigration reform, it’s far from clear exactly what that might entail. Trump spent his campaign whipping his supporters into a frenzy on the issue, painting a picture of a nation overrun by violent people living here illegally, committing crimes and stealing American jobs.”

•  Graham to Trump: Send the Senate an Immigration Bill
Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call, March 1, 2017
“The three-term senator said that he thought Democratic votes could be mustered for funding Trump’s proposed wall along the border with Mexico if it came as part of a comprehensive package akin to the gang of eight plan.”

•  Why Deporting Undocumented Immigrants Could Slow US Economy

Paul Wiseman, The Washington Post, March 1, 2017
“That’s the view of many economists, who say the United States can’t afford to suddenly lose vast numbers of the immigrants who work illegally picking fruit and vegetables, building houses, busing tables, staffing meat-packing plants and cleaning hotel rooms.”

•  How Trump’s Punitive Immigration Policy May Affect Industries Built on the Backs of Undocumented Workers
Deepa Iyer, ColorLines, February 28, 2017
“According to the Brookings Institution, immigrants comprised only 13 percent of the population in 2010, but made up 16.4 percent of the total labor force. The Pew Research Institute finds that in arming and construction, undocumented workers outnumber those with legal status.”

•  White House Orders The Hiring Of 15,000 New Immigration Agents
NPR, February 22, 2017
“Steve Inskeep talks to James Tomsheck, former head of internal affairs for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who worries hiring the agents at one time could lead to corruption and misconduct.”

•  Trump Open to a Compromise Immigration Bill, Official says
Ted Hesson, Seung Min Kim, and Hadas Gold, Politico, February 28, 2017
“In his address to a joint session of Congress, Trump made the case for the idea that expanding high-skilled immigration while choking off the arrival of undocumented immigrants would help lift more American families into the middle class.”

•  This Is What Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Doing To School Kids
Roque Planas and Jessica Carro, The Huffington Post, February 27, 2017
“After an immigration sweep this month led to dozens of arrests here, a group of elementary school students looked to their teacher for an explanation. The teacher, who is forbidden from taking political stances in the classroom, asked them to write or draw what they were feeling.”

•  The Real Goal of Trump’s Executive Orders: Reduce the Number of Immigrants in the U.S.
Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2017
“Behind President Trump’s efforts to step up deportations and block travel from seven mostly Muslim countries lies a goal that reaches far beyond any immediate terrorism threat: a desire to reshape American demographics for the long term and keep out people who Trump and senior aides believe will not assimilate.”

•  La letra pequeña del plan migratorio de Trump
Efe, La Opinión, 26 de febrero 2017
“El Gobierno de Donald Trump ya ha comenzado a dar forma a un agresivo plan migratorio destinado a acelerar la deportación de inmigrantes y que en su letra pequeña incluye arbitrariedad, inexactitud e incluso un potencial riesgo para la seguridad del país, según expertos consultados por Efe.

•  Un mes de Donald Trump: enfoque intenso contra la inmigración
Pilar Marrero, La Opinión, 24 de febrero 2017
“mes y pocos días después de tomar posesión de la Casa Blanca, el presidente Donald Trump ha dictado órdenes ejecutivas amplias para la ampliación de deportaciones, reafirmado su compromiso con el uso de cárceles privadas para inmigrantes, iniciado el proceso de buscar constructores para el muro fronterizo y prácticamente ha eliminado el uso del español en su gobierno, a excepción de una pírrica cuenta de Twitter (@LaCasaBlanca) que no ha tenido una actualización desde hace 24 días.”

U.S. Interior Enforcement

•  Video: Hija de 13 años filma la detención de su padre por agentes de ICE
Redacción, La Opinión, 2 de marzo de 2017
“La detención se dio en la ciudad de Highland Park, cuando el padre llevaba a su hija a la escuela.”

•  Police Chiefs’ Immigration Task Force Outlines Opposition to Trump Policy
Tom Jackman, The Washington Post, March 1, 2017
“A group of 63 police chiefs and sheriffs from around the country, who formed a Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force in 2015, has issued a letter saying they do not want their officers acting as federal immigration officers and they do not want to lose federal funding if their cities and counties are defined as immigrant “sanctuaries.”

  Are U.S. Immigration Centers the Next Abu Ghraib?
Thomas E. Ricks, The New York Times, February 27, 2017
“Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are operating aggressively under President Trump, feeling, as The New York Times reported, ‘newly emboldened’ and ‘newly empowered.’ Officials’ use of detention powers is widening, with some people being held who have no criminal history at all.”

•  Dreamer Arrested after Speaking to Media Will Be Deported without Hearing, Attorney Says
Elise Foley , Dana Liebelson, The Huffington Post, March 2, 2017
“But Abby Peterson, Vargas’ attorney, said ICE agents told her on Thursday that they would instead pursue immediate deportation without a court hearing or bond because Vargas entered the country through the visa waiver program, which allows certain foreign nationals to enter the U.S. for under 90 days without a visa”

  ICE Nabs Young ‘Dreamer’ Applicant after She Speaks Out at a News Conference
Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post, March 2, 2017
“Vargas’s detention shocked and angered immigrant rights advocates, who feared ICE officials may have retaliated against her for speaking publicly about her case. It also heightened existing anxieties that “dreamers” registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama could now be targeted for deportation.”

•  Por qué no me voy
Jeanette Vizguerra,The New York Times, 1 de marzo de 2017
“Para muchos, esto suena como una acusación seria, pero lo que algunos pueden considerar criminal es una cuestión de supervivencia para la mayoría de las personas que construyen sus casas y las mantienen limpias.”

•  After ICE Stakes Out a Church Homeless Shelter, Charities Worry Immigrants Will Fear Getting Help
Alex Emmons, The Intercept, February 27, 2017
“As soon as the men stepped onto the opposite sidewalk, a dozen federal agents burst out of the cars, forced them up against a wall, handcuffed them, and interrogated them for at least half an hour.”

•  The Court Fight Over A Detained DREAMer Could Have A Major Effect On All DACA Holders’ Rights
Chris Geidner, Buzzfeed News, February 27, 2017
“The lawyers challenging Daniel Ramirez Medina’s detention are asking a federal court to issue an order barring the federal government from detaining DREAMers on the basis of their immigration status.”

•  Juez de inmigración “duerme” durante audiencias de asilo, otros expresan prejuicios contra inmigrantes
Pilar Marrero, La Opinión, 2 de marzo de 2017
“Jueces de inmigración en Atlanta, una de las ciudades con más alto rechazo de casos de asilo en el país (98%), tienen comportamientos ‘faltos a la ética’ que requieren una investigación inmediata, alegaron abogados en una carta dirigida a la agencia federal que monitorea los casos de inmigración, la Oficina Ejecutiva de Revisión Migratoria (EOIR).”

•  The Two Union Leaders Driving Trump’s Rabid Immigration Enforcement Crackdown
Jefferson Morley, Alternet, February 27, 2017
“As the detention of law-abiding undocumented U.S. residents spreads across the country and throughout the nation’s airports, no small part of the blame (or credit) belongs to two union leaders who have backed Trump to the hilt. They are Chris Crane, the president of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, a union that represents some 5,800 ICE officers nationwide, and Brandon Judd, head of the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Council, which represents 16,000 CBP agents.”

•  EEUU: Nuevas medidas migratorias alteran rutina de migrantes
Deepti Hajela y Amy Taxin, AP, Yahoo News, 22 de febrero de 2017
“En todo Estados Unidos, las nuevas medidas del presidente Donald Trump dirigidas a los cerca de 11 millones de inmigrantes que viven sin autorización en el país han creado temor y ansiedad, y han hecho que muchos se preparen para ser arrestados y alteren sus rutinas diarias con la esperanza de evitar la deportación.”

•  Parents Fearing Deportation Pick Guardians for U.S. Children
Reuters, The New York Times, March 3, 2017

“The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) advocacy group has been receiving about 10 requests a day from parents who want to put in place temporary guardianships for their children, said spokesman Jorge-Mario Cabrera. Last year, the group said it received about two requests a month for guardianship letters and notarization services.”

•  Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do
Tory Johnson, American Immigration Council, February 24, 2017

“DHS has stated that the sensitive locations guidance remains in effect and has not changed. But elected officials and community organizations, as well as immigrant and domestic violence advocates, have publicly questioned this assertion—pointing to the courthouse arrest and incidents near churches.”

•  Chicago Schools Take a Stand on Immigration Enforcement
Don Babwin and Carolyn Thompson, The Washington Post, February 23, 2017

“As educators around the United States wonder whether a crackdown on immigrants will reach their schoolhouse doors, principals in Chicago have been given a simple order: Do not let federal immigration agents in without a criminal warrant.”

•  Texas County Pulls Out of Program for Local Police to Act as Immigration Agents
Tom Dart, The Guardian, February 27, 2017

“The announcement from the county’s new sheriff comes as Donald Trump has escalated the pressure on local police to work more closely with immigration officials. In an executive order signed in January, he cited 287(g) to say that he would “empower State and local law enforcement agencies across the country to perform the functions of an immigration officer”.

Refugee/Travel Ban

•  TRMS Exclusive: DHS Document Undermines Trump Case for Travel Ban
The Rachel Maddow Show, March 2, 2017

“The document, from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, makes the case that most foreign-born, U.S.-based violent extremists are likely not radicalized when they come to the U.S., but rather become radicalized after living in the U.S. for a number of years.”

•  Here’s the Truth of the Timing on Trump’s Travel Ban
Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, March 3, 2017

“The Trump White House sold the president’s travel ban as an urgent measure to protect the nation against an attack that could be perpetrated at any moment. But with the original version suspended by a federal judge, the administration suddenly appears less anxious about terror threats and more concerned about maximizing media exposure for a yet-to-be-released revision.”

•  Officials: New Trump Travel Ban Removes Iraq from List
Matthew Lee and Vivian Salama, AP, The Washington Post, March 1, 2017

“President Donald Trump’s new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, American officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days.”

•  Donald Trump’s New Travel Ban Is Delayed, Would Likely Exempt Existing Visa Holders
Laura Meckler, The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2017

“President Donald Trump will soon sign a revised executive order banning certain travelers from entering the U.S., but unlike the original version, it is likely to apply only to future visa applicants from targeted countries, according to people familiar with the planning.”

•  People From 7 Travel-Ban Nations Pose No Increased Terror Risk, Report Says
Ron Nixon, The New York Times, February 25, 2017

“But an internal report written by intelligence analysts at Mr. Kelly’s department appears to undercut the assessment that people from the seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — pose a heightened threat of terrorism. The three-page report found that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.”

•  Refugees Trek to Canada as U.S. Tightens Rules on Immigration
Paul Vieira, Wall Street Journal, March 2, 201
“More asylum seekers are crossing illegally into Canada from the U.S., many trekking across snow-covered fields along unguarded stretches of the border, in the wake of the Trump administration’s push to tighten immigration rules.”

U.S.-Mexico Border, Wall

•  Gobierno de Trump no sabe explicar qué hará con los detenidos en la frontera que no sean mexicanos
Melvin Félix, Univision Noticias, 27 de febrero de 2017

“Hace una semana el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) anunció que los enviaría a México sin importar su país de origen, pero el secretario de Seguridad Nacional, John Kelly, aseguró dos días más tarde que los expulsaría directamente a sus países de origen.”

•  How Trump’s Wall is Affecting Those at the Borders
Massoud Hayoun,
“The shelters are struggling to cope with what people familiar with the border-crossing industry – people-smugglers known here as ‘coyotes’ – tell Al Jazeera is a wave of migrants and deportees coming to and from the US since Trump made calls to heighten deportations of undocumented people and signed an executive order calling to build the newer, stronger border wall.”

•  Life and Death on the Mexican Border
William Atkins, The Guardian, March 1, 2017

“The friends he lost in the desert? They too survived. They are in Indiana, working as roofers. He’s saving for a bus ticket to join them. A car pulls in, and Ereberto is calling him, but he doesn’t stand up. “I’m feeling like I am in the middle of my road,” he says. “God is the only one. The only one. The one who chooses. If God wants me to go back, I’ll go back.”

•  The Troubling, Deadly History Of Bipartisan Efforts To Militarize The Mexico-US Border
Whitney Webb, Mintpress News, March 3, 2017

“Though the border wall is emblematic of Trump’s presidency and political persona, it has long been a bipartisan effort that long precedes Trump’s rise to power.”

•  The Wall Comes Tumbling Down?
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, March 2, 2017

“Spending gobs of money on the wall (there is just $20 million there now for it, a pittance) and ICE raids while slashing programs that have wide appeal (e.g., national parks, NIH) will look, to put it mildly, peculiar to plenty of voters.”

•  Trump Administration Has Found Only $20 Million in Existing Funds for Wall
Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, March 2, 2017

“But so far, the DHS has identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the multi-billion-dollar project, according to a document prepared by the agency and distributed to congressional budget staff last week.”

•  Trump’s Budget Plan has Billions for Border, Cuts Elsewhere
Alicia A. Caldwell, AP for The Washington Post, February 28, 2017

“If Congress ultimately approves Trump’s budget plans, Homeland Security would see an overall budget increase of about $2.7 billion to roughly $44 billion. That would include nearly $2 billion more for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s efforts in locating, arresting and deporting immigrants in the country illegally.”

•  Opinión: El muro de Trump impactará más en el ambiente que en la inmigración
Juan Pablo Mayorga, Expansión, 25 de febrero 2017

“El muro que el presidente de EU planea construir en la frontera con México es una vejación flagrante de leyes nacionales y acuerdos internacionales sobre protección de la vida silvestre.”

•  ‘My Husband’s Life Does Not Have a Price’: Wife of Man Slain in Border Patrol Custody in 2010
Astrid Solorzano and Rafael Avitabile, 7 San Diego, March 3, 2017

“The moment Hernandez-Rojas was killed was captured on cell-phone video by two pedestrians on a now non-existent pedestrian bridge above where his skirmish with CBP agents took place. It has not been released, but his family hopes that the release of supplemental footage will send a message nationwide.”

•  Supreme Court Hears Case on Shooting of Sergio Hernandez by U.S. Border Patrol Agent
Walter Ewing, American Immigration Council, February 22, 2017

“Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the federal agency which includes the Border Patrol—are rarely held accountable for their actions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of Sergio Hernandez, a 15-year-old boy shot dead in 2010 in Mexico by a Border Patrol agent who fired on him from the U.S. side of the border.”

•  Ryan Makes Trip to U.S.-Mexico Border as Lawmakers Mull Building Trump’s Wall
Lisa Rein, The Washington Post, February 22, 2017

“House Speaker Paul D. Ryan led a delegation of House Republicans on a six-hour tour of the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday, seeing firsthand by helicopter, horse and boat the security challenges of keeping out undocumented immigrants President Trump wants to block with a costly wall.”

•  Border Apprehensions Drop in January
Rafael Bernal, The Hill, February 27, 2017

“Apprehensions of undocumented immigrants dropped 27 percent from December to January, but were still up significantly from the same period a year ago.”

Mexico Enforcement

•  Mexico Says It Won’t House Non-Mexicans Pending Outcome of Asylum Cases in US
Latin American Herald Tribune
“Mexico’s government said on Friday it would not allow the United States to send undocumented migrants of other nationalities back to Mexico to await the outcome of their asylum proceedings in the US.”

•  Luis Videgaray dice que contratarán abogados fuera de los consulados para proteger a sus compatriotas en EEUU de las amenazas de Trump (Video)
Univision, 1 de marzo de 2017
“El gobierno de México trabaja en dar una mayor protección a los mexicanos que viven en Estados Unidos ante las amenazas de la administración de Trump.”

•  Mexico Says It Will Defend Rights of Its Migrants, Cooperate with U.N.
Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters, March 2, 2017

“Miguel Ruiz Cabanas, undersecretary for human rights, did not name the United States but he was clearly referring to the row with U.S. President Donald Trump over his proposed wall and U.S. hardline immigration policies.”

  Migration the Main Issue for Mexico, C. America Talks
AFP for Yahoo News, March 2, 2017

“Central America — particularly its violence-prone nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — are the main source of undocumented migrants to the US. The region is also a transit point for migrants from elsewhere.”

•  On the Other Side of The Wall: Mexicans on the Border are ‘Psychologically Traumatized’
Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2017

“Along the border, dejected recent deportees and new arrivals from the south headed for the U.S. are weighing whether to vault for the north or just go home — essentially, admitting defeat.”

•  As US Closes Borders, Thousands of Haitian Refugees Trapped in Mexico Lose Hope
Ariadna Estévez, The Conversation, February 27, 2017

“While public attention is distracted with the travel ban’s current legal struggles and the US president’s bombastic anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric, refugees have been building up at border crossing points between the US and Mexico, trapped in a legal limbo.”

•  Tres estados mexicanos frente al impacto del retorno de paisanos
Gardenia Mendoza, La Opinión, 02 de marzo de 2017

“Durante décadas, los estados de Guanajuato, Jalisco y Michoacán se acostumbraron al éxodo de sus comunidades, a ser expulsores de migrantes y a recibir remesas; luego, al retorno masivo antes de la era Trump: cada uno de ellos recibio hasta 1,500 deportados mensualmente durante el gobierno de Obama, pero prevén aún más en los próximos meses o, al menos, un incremento de los que ya no intentarán reingresar.”

•  Mexico City’s Deportee Work Program Hopes to Help Ousted Migrants Resettle
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, March 2, 2017

“Sanctuary city is first to take action to find jobs and provide retraining courses for growing number of US undocumented immigrants forced to leave.”

•  Trump’s Taunts are Stirring a Level of Nationalism Mexico Hasn’t Seen in Years
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post, February 25, 2017

“Instead, the public outrage at Trump has sunk those relations to their lowest point in decades. It has inspired a campaign to boycott U.S. chains such as Starbucks and buy “Made in Mexico” products. Protesters marched in a dozen cities this month, carrying grotesque effigies of the American president.”

•  Mexico Moves to Recognize Dreamers’ US Education
Rafael Bernal, The Hill, February 27, 2017

“The Mexican Senate will discuss a bill Monday to help people deported from the U.S. to Mexico cut through red tape to get their American educational degrees recognized in the country.”

Root Causes, Country Conditions

•  Centroamérica no puede atender a los deportados
Giuliana Bottari, La Prensa Grafica, 26 de Febrero de 2017

“Un estudio de FUNDAUNGO reveló que ninguno de los países del Triángulo Norte está preparado para atender deportaciones masivas procedentes de EUA.”

•  Central American Countries are Losing a Generation Because of Gangs
Julie Turkewitz, The Atlantic for SBS, February 22, 2017

“Wander is part of a new surge of immigrants crossing into the United States: young Central Americans fleeing swelling violence in countries where the state is too weak or too corrupt to protect them. In fiscal year 2009, just over 6,000 immigrants under the age of 18 were taken into custody by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, which provides services for unaccompanied immigrant youth after their apprehension. In 2014, the government is planning for 60,000.”

•  Desplazamiento forzado: el saldo oculto de la guerra
Paris Martínez,
Animal Politico
“En la última década la tendencia de crecimiento de población en México comenzó a cambiar en 691 municipios del país: en ese 28% del total de ayuntamientos la población disminuyó.”

•  Forced Displacement in Mexico: The Hidden Toll of the War
Paris Martínez, Insight Crime, February 27, 2017

“Mexico’s violence-induced forced displacement crisis is only beginning. Almost a third of the country’s municipalities have fewer inhabitants than they did before homicides became widespread across the country.”

•  Veracruz: reformar el estado de terror mexicano
International Crisis Group, February 28, 2017

“El tercer estado más poblado de México ha sufrido una ola de violencia sin precedentes. El nuevo gobernador de Veracruz debe cumplir sus promesas de acabar la colusión estado-crimen y la impunidad. Se necesitará un fuerte apoyo internacional para encontrar los cuerpos de los desaparecidos y transformar la policía y la legislatura estatal.”

•  How to Turn off the Latin Refugee Flood at the Source
Roger Noriega, New York Post, February 24, 2017

“Unless governments are compelled to deal with rampant public corruption, security forces and criminal-justice systems will never resolve the problem.”

•  A Year Without Berta
Moira Birss, Gustavo Castro, NACLA, March 2, 2017

A year after the assassination of renowned activist Berta Cáceres, Gustavo Castro reflects on the impunity that continues in the investigation of her murder.

•  An Idealist’s Martyrdom Fails to Move Honduras
Silvio Carrillo, The New York Times, March 2, 2017

“But in Honduras, justice is elusive. In recent years, hundreds of social activists have been killed here. Very rarely are the killers caught. Corruption and criminality are widely believed to reach into the highest levels of government.”

•  Berta Cáceres Court Papers Show Murder Suspects’ Links to US-trained Elite Troops
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, February 28, 2017

“Leaked court documents raise concerns that the murder of the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres was an extrajudicial killing planned by military intelligence specialists linked to the country’s US–trained special forces”

•  In Targeting Powerful Drug Clan, Honduras Follows Familiar Script
Tristan Clavel, InSight Crime, February 28, 2017

“The Attorney General’s Office published a press release on February 27 announcing the seizure of 40 properties, based on money laundering charges against members and associates of the Montes Bobadilla clan.”

•  US Indicts Fmr Guatemala VP, Fmr Interior Minister on Drug Charges
Parker Asmann, InSight Crime, February 24, 2017

“A US federal court has indicted the former vice president and the former interior minister of Guatemala on cocaine trafficking charges, suggesting US officials are skeptical about the ability of the Central American country’s justice system to successfully prosecute these powerful figures.”


•  ‘They Need to Give Us a Voice’: Lessons from Listening to Unaccompanied Central American and Mexican Children on Helping Children Like Themselves
Susan Schmidt, Center for Migration Studies, 2017

“This article analyzes the responses of Central American and Mexican migrant children to one interview question regarding how to help youth like themselves, and identifies several implied “no-win” situations as potential reasons for the migration decisions of unaccompanied children.”

•  The CMS US Immigration Reform Project
Center for Migration Studies

“The papers will be released over the next six months, made available online, and published both in CMS’s public policy journal, the Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) and as shorter CMS Essays.”

•  Discretion to Deny
“Hope Border Institute and the Borderland Immigration Council (BIC) launched the groundbreaking report, Discretion to Deny: Family Separation, Prolonged Detention, and Deterrence of Asylum Seekers at the Hands of Immigration Authorities along the U.S.-Mexico Border.”

•  Map the Impact
New American Economy
“New American Economy brings together more than 500 mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today.”

•  Event: Migration, Trafficking, and Organized Crime in Central America, Mexico, and the United States
The Wilson Center, March 1, 2017

“Please watch our webcast for an in-depth discussion about the current dynamics in the movement of people from Central America to the north and how they are impacted by criminal organizations.”

•  Event: Obstacles and Avenues to Immigration Reform
Bipartisan Policy Center, March 2, 2017

“What opportunities are there in the current political environment for broad-based bipartisan immigration reform?”

•  Petition: Release DACA recipient Daniela NOW! #FreeDany
United We Dream, March 2017

“We are asking you, Secretary Kelly, to release Daniela immediately, grant her DACA renewal and declare to your agents in no uncertain terms that DACA will remain the strong protection from deportation.”

•  Train the Trainer Workshop
Immigrant Defense Project
How to Give a Know Your Rights Presentation for Immigrants
Wednesday March 29, 2017 1pm – 3pm ET

•  ¿Quiénes corren el peligro de ser deportados? Esto es lo que debes saber si eres indocumentado en Estados Unidos
Al Punto por Univision, 26 de febrero de 2017

“Clarissa Martínez, la vicepresidenta adjunta del Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR), habla con Jorge Ramos sobre el temor que viven miles de inmigrantes en Estados Unidos y de lo que está cambiando bajo el gobierno de Donald Trump”

•  Indocumentados tienen derechos de representación, alerta abogado
“A pesar del temor ante las nuevas directrices migratorias del presidente Trump, muchos indocumentados aún desconocen sus derechos”

•  ¿Cómo pueden los inmigrantes pelear su caso?
“Crece el temor entre los jornaleros por posibles deportaciones”

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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.