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Central America/Mexico Migration News Brief for March 7, 2018

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A compilation of recent top articles and reports related to issues of U.S. immigration and enforcement policy and migration from Central America and Mexico (articles in English and Spanish). Please feel free to send us recommendations or requests for upcoming news briefs: lfolkerts@lawg.org.

Source: Eduardo Verdugo


U.S. Enforcement

Trump’s DACA Deadline May Be Void, But Dreamers Must Stay On Alert
Juan Escalante, Huffington Post, March 4, 2018

“The trouble with this strategy is that Congress is blindly trusting that court decisions invalidating Trump’s March 5 deadline for DACA legislation ― a date he set back in September ― will keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement from retaliating against DACA beneficiaries whose permits have expired and are in the process of being renewed.”

Protestas y arrestos en Washington cuando vence el plazo para que el Congreso actúe sobre DACA
Melvin Félix, Univision, 5 de marzo de 2018

“La policía indicó que 87 manifestantes fueron arrestados durante una protesta frente al Capitolio este lunes 5 de marzo, fecha límite que había dado el presidente Donald Trump al Congreso para crear una legislación que reemplace el programa de Acción Diferida para Llegados en la Infancia (DACA)”.

Gratuitous cruelty by Homeland Security: Separating a 7-year-old from her mother
The Washington Post, March 4, 2018
“The Trump administration has said that it is considering separating parents from their children as a means of deterring other families, most of them Central American, from undertaking the perilous trip necessary to reach the United States and seek asylum. Now, without any formal announcement, that cruel practice, ruled out by previous administrations, has become increasingly common, immigrant advocacy groups say.”

This Is Your Daughter? When Was She Born?’ U.S. Border Agents Test Migrants’ Claims of Family Ties
Laura Meckler, Alicia A. Caldwell, and Dudley Althaus, The Wall Street Journal, March 2, 2018

“’This is your daughter?’ an agent asked Jose Alfaro, 42, a street vendor from El Salvador, who said he came to the U.S. with his 3-year-old girl after gang members tried to kill him for the third time.’”

Denuncian nueva táctica de ICE para obtener información de indocumentados
 La Opinión, 4 de marzo de 2018

“La carta de la autoridades migratorias fue recibida por la empresa a mediados de enero, relató el portavoz de la compañía eléctrica, Scott Thomsen, al portal de noticias Crosscut.  ‘La carta era vaga y no especificaba para qué se requería la información’ dijo Thomsen alegando que la ley estatal exige que la persona de la que se requieren los datos sea sospechosa de un crimen, la compañía pidió una aclaración a ICE sobre la solicitud, pero hasta ahora no ha obtenido respuesta”.

Trump says American workers are hurt by immigration. But after ICE raided this Texas town, they never showed up.
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post, March 4, 2018

“The Trump administration already is putting its economic theories to the test, tightening immigration at a time of historically low unemployment. The number of refugees admitted into the United States has dropped by about 70 percent since Trump took office, and his administration is phasing out the provisional residency permits of more than 250,000 Haitians and Central Americans who have worked legally in the United States for years under temporary protected status.”

Jared Kushner se entrevistará con Peña Nieto mañana
El País, 7 de marzo de 2018

“Jared Kushner, yerno y asesor del presidente de Estados Unidos, visitará México este miércoles y se entrevistará en la capital mexicana con el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto y con el canciller y amigo personal, Luis Videgaray, según un comunicado hecho público hoy por la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores mexicana… tampoco tiene ningún cargo oficial en el Gabinete, llegará al país norteamericano en calidad de enviado especial y que estará acompañado por funcionarios del Departamento de Estado y del Consejo Nacional de Seguridad de Estados Unidos”.

Trump administration sues California over laws protecting immigrants
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2018

“The laws make it a crime for business owners to voluntarily help federal agents find and detain undocumented workers, prohibit local law enforcement from alerting immigration agents when detainees are released from custody, and create a state inspection program for federal immigration detention centers… The case will test the power of the Trump administration to force California police departments and local governments to cooperate with deportations and other aggressive enforcement actions…”

Department Of Justice To Sue California Over ‘Sanctuary’ Policies
Elise Foley, Huffington Post, March 6, 2018

“The lawsuit, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions will formally announce on Wednesday, is the latest in a string of moves by the White House, Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to combat local efforts to limit police cooperation with deportation. Thus far, this has largely involved condemnations and threats, including the withholding of federal funds and prosecuting public officials.”

San Francisco dio el derecho al voto a indocumentados, pero esto podría ponerlos en manos de ICE
La Opinión, 5 de marzo de 2018

“En 2016 la ciudad de San Francisco otorgó el derecho al voto a los padres y tutores indocumentados de alumnos en sus escuelas públicas. Tras la aprobación de la Propuesta N, ellos podrán emitir sus votos por primera vez en noviembre de este año”.

US Ambassador to Mexico to Resign, Amid Strained Relations
VOA News, March 1, 2018

“She did not say why she made the decision, but tweeted later Thursday that she is leaving ‘in search of other opportunities’.”
“Diplomatic ties between Washington and Mexico city have been strained under the Trump administration amid the president’s tough stance and sharp rhetoric on migration and trade, and repeated vows to build a border wall and force Mexico to pay for it.”

Temporary Protected Status: Rosa’s story
Heidi Harris, CU Independent, March 5, 2018

“De Gutierrez is one of 15 university employees who were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from El Salvador… Her fourth, a 13-year old daughter, was born in the U.S. Her three sons are DACA recipients who also face uncertainty regarding their legal presence, given the uncertainty with the future of DACA and congress’ inability to pass a permanent solution.”

Las luchadoras, una red de madres solteras que enfrenta a la máquina de deportación de EU
Haloren Mellendorf, Animal Político, 6 de marzo de 2018

“Mientras que las detenciones de inmigrantes indocumentados aumentaron un 38 por ciento a nivel nacional durante los primeros 100 días de la presidencia de Trump, la tasa de arrestos en Georgia aumentó 75 por ciento en el mismo período”.

Honduras busca ampliar en 2018 servicios a connacionales en EEUU con dos nuevos consulados
Departamento 19, 6 de marzo de 2018

“El gobierno de Honduras a través de su red consular en Estados Unidos busca ampliar los servicios ofrecidos la comunidad inmigrante, informó la directora de Asuntos Consulares y Migratorios de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores y Cooperación Internacional, Flavia Zamora”.

Mexican Enforcement

UN Experts on Torture Denounce Mexico, Honduras over Abuses
Telesur, March 4, 2018
“Both speakers expressed their concern about torture in the context of migration, since migrants are especially vulnerable. For them, poverty and unemployment were the major reasons for migrating and addressing the ‘widespread and systematic human rights violations’ against migrants has already become a global responsibility.”

Asesinan en Ciudad de México al Shyboy, el vocero de la MS-503
Roberto Valencia, El Faro, 3 de marzo de 2018

“El asesinato del Shyboy, de quien las autoridades no tenían conocimiento de su presencia en México, ocurrió a las 4 de la tarde en el cruce de la avenida Víctor Hugo y la calzada de Tlalpan, muy cerca de la parada de metro de Portales, colonia de clase media y media-alta conocida por su popular mercado y ubicada en el centro-sur de la ciudad, en la delegación Benito Juárez”.

Root Causes

Espacios seguros en Guatemala ofrecen un refugio a las personas en movimiento
ACNUR, 6 de marzo de 2018

“El albergue es parte de una red de espacios seguros administrados por organizaciones locales, con el apoyo del ACNUR. La Alta Comisionada Adjunta, Kelly T. Clements, visitó este albergue durante su misión al Norte de Centroamérica. La señora Clemments vistió México, Guatemala y Honduras, países afectados por la grave violencia y el creciente número de personas en movimiento”.

El Salvador’s Gangs Are Targeting Young Girls
Molly O’Toole, The Atlantic, March 4, 2018

“While a majority of El Salvador’s homicide victims are young men from poor urban areas, the gangs’ practice of explicitly targeting girls for sexual violence or coerced relationships is well known. Since 2000, the homicide rate for young women in El Salvador has also increased sharply, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization. To refuse the gangs’ demands can mean death for girls and their families.”

Deportaciones de hondureños se incrementan en 14.11 % en 2018, según datos oficiales
Proceso Digital, 4 de marzo de 2018

“El Observatorio Consular y Migratorio de Honduras (Conmigho), adscrito a la Cancillería, informa este día que en los primeros dos meses de 2018 han sido deportados nueve mil 792 connacionales, un aumento de mil 382 frente a los ocho mil 410 retornados en el mismo periodo del 2017”.

Families of Mexico military abuse victims fear new security law
Simon Schatzberg, Aljazerra, March 5, 2018

“More than nine years later, and still without answers, Moran and human rights groups fear that the recently passed Internal Security Law, which formally regulates the use of the military in police roles, will only lead to more cases like that of Dan Jeremeel.”

Mexico: Environmental Activists Face Growing Danger
Telesur, March 7, 2018

“Twenty-nine environmental activists were killed in Mexico between July 2016 and December 2017, according to a new report published by the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (Cemda) on Tuesday.”
“During this period we could observe a greater level of violence in comparison with previous years in the attacks against defenders, with physical violence, criminalization and murder cases increasing. Regarding murder, 17 cases were identified, in which 29 people were killed,” says the report.”

Ayotzinapa arrests are imminent: prosecutor
Mexico News Daily, March 3, 2018

“The students’ disappearance triggered mass nationwide protests and an international outcry. It also damaged the reputation and popularity of President Enrique Peña Nieto more than any other single event.”

En español:México: Preparan 30 detenciones por el caso Ayotzinapa
Chron, 2 de marzo de 2018

“Casi tres años y medio después de la desaparición de 43 estudiantes de magisterio en el sur de México en 2014, su paradero sigue sin conocerse, pero la fiscalía mexicana afirmó el viernes en una audiencia ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos celebrada en Bogotá que prepara más de 30 nuevas detenciones de personas implicadas en el caso”.

Salvadoreños elegirán a alcaldes y diputados
Beatriz Benítez, La Prensa Grafica, 4 de marzo de 2018

“Más de 5 millones de salvadoreños tienen en las manos la elección de más de 3,000 cargos de elección popular, entre 168 diputados propietarios y sus suplentes, además de los alcaldes. Son 10 partidos políticos los que compiten en esta elección: ARENA, FMLN, GANA, PCN, PDC, PSD, FPS, PSP, CD y DS”.

After Honduras’ Election Crisis, Protesters Are Still in the State’s Crosshairs
Heather Gies, World Politics Review, March 2, 2018

“Eduardo Enrique Urbina Ayala was shocked to see his face and name making the rounds on social media, in posts that framed him as the person responsible for setting fire to a military truck during a protest at the height of Honduras’ post-election crisis in December. The 22-year-old activist had left the country five days before the vehicle went up in flames.”

Berta Cáceres murder: ex-Honduran military intelligence officer arrested
Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, March 2, 2018
“Before her death, Cáceres had said that she was scared of Castillo Mejía because of his military intelligence background. She told close friends and family that Castillo Mejía hounded her with texts, phone calls, and in person, appearing without warning at her home, work events and even the airport.He was arrested at San Pedro Sula international airport trying to leave the country, the public ministry confirmed in a tweet alongside a photo of Castillo Mejía in custody.”

Berta Cáceres Murder Unveiled Network of Impunity for Honduras Elites
Parker Asmann, InSight Crime, March 2, 2018
“While there have been some signs of progress in tackling corruption and impunity under the MACCIH, the Cáceres case has made clear that Honduran elites generally have little interest in addressing the systemic factors that contribute to these problems.”

Actions, Reports, and Resources

Trump wants immigrants to be afraid. 2 new studies show it’s working.
Dara Lind, Vox, March 5, 2018

“Two new studies offer evidence for a disturbing reality: The fear is real — but it isn’t limited to unauthorized immigrants. It’s affecting other immigrants who have reason to feel their immigration status isn’t secure. And it’s trickling down to US citizen children of immigrants, and even their children’s classmates. It’s shaping their behaviors and weighing down their inner lives.”

Estados Unidos: TPS y DACA
Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, 22 de febrero- 2 de marzo de 2018
“The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held its 167th session in Bogotá, at the invitation of the State of Colombia, from February 22 to March 2, 2018. Holding sessions outside its headquarters allows the IACHR to bring its mechanisms for the defense, protection, and promotion of human rights closer to victims and peoples under its competence, broadens the institution’s public presence in the region, and promotes democratization of access to the inter-American human rights system.”

Honduras Contexto Post Electoral
Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, 22 de febrero- 2 de marzo de 2018
“The IACHR and the Offices of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Central America, South America, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico held meetings in Bogotá and agreed to step up joint actions to move forward with the effective implementation of the Joint Action Mechanism to Contribute to the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in the Americas.”

 

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