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Central America/Mexico Migration News Brief for November 13, 2017

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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: lfollkerts@lawg.org.

Source: The Intercept

Spotlight: TPS Decision

Press Release: LAWG Strongly Opposes DHS’ Decision on TPS, Urges Extensions for Honduras, El Salvador & Haiti
Latin America Working Group, November 7, 2017
“The decision to end TPS for Nicaraguans who have lived lawfully in this country for many years only hurts our economy and communities and presents them with an inhumane choice—to continue to reside in the U.S. without legal status or to be forcibly returned to a country they likely no longer know. This decision also fails to acknowledge the situation of insecurity, corruption and impunity in Honduras which has been extensively documented and which justifies an extension of TPS for Hondurans.”

DHS ends protected immigration status for Nicaraguans, but Hondurans get extension
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post, November 6, 2017
“The Trump administration has given 2,500 Nicaraguans with provisional residency 14 months to leave the United States, announcing Monday that it will not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation that has allowed them to remain in the country for nearly two decades. But Trump officials deferred a decision for the much larger group of 57,000 Hondurans who have been living in the United States with the same designation, saying the Department of Homeland Security needed more time to consider their fate.”

White House chief of staff tried to pressure acting DHS secretary to expel thousands of Hondurans, officials say
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post, November 9, 2017
“As DHS officials prepared to make that announcement, Kelly made an urgent call from Japan, where he was traveling with President Trump. He was ‘irritated,’ administration officials said, and didn’t want his handpicked nominee for DHS Secretary, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, to face potentially uncomfortable questions about TPS during her confirmation hearing…Duke held her ground, the official said. ‘She was angry. To get a call like that from Asia, after she’d already made the decision, was a slap in the face.’”

Protected status no longer justified for Central Americans and Haitians in U.S., State Dept. says
Nick Miroff and Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post, November 3, 2017
“On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to acting DHS secretary Elaine Duke to inform her that conditions in Central America and Haiti that had been used to justify the protection no longer necessitate a reprieve for the migrants, some of whom have been allowed to live and work in the United States for 20 years under a program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS).”

Let TPS recipients stay and give them a pathway to become permanent residents
Miami Herald, November 6, 2017
“Last week, Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo introduced the Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees with Established Residency Act, which would establish a route to permanent legal status for some Haitians, Nicaraguans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans who arrived in the United States before Jan. 13, 2011.”

5 Ways Ending TPS Could Impact Central America Security
Héctor Silva Ávalos, InSight Crime, November 7, 2017
“Should the US government decide to lift TPS for nationals of [Honduras and El Salvador], nearly 260,000 individuals would either be at risk of being deported back to their violent home countries, or would be living in the United States without authorization. Such a development could have considerable impacts on security and organized crime throughout the region. InSight Crime looks at five of these potential crime and insecurity ripple effects.”

Exembajador de EE.UU en Honduras pide a su gobierno extender el TPS
Redacción Confidencial HN, 5 de noviembre de 2017
“El exembajador de EE.UU en Honduras, James Nealon, pidió el domingo que se renueve el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, en inglés) para unas 300 mil personas que viven en la nación del norte. El exdiplomático destacó que ‘si bien el TPS siempre fue destinado a ser temporal, los no ciudadanos tienen trabajos en Estados Unidos y tienen una tasa de participación laboral muy alta, mucho más alta que el promedio nacional’”.

Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans
Nancy Pelosi, November 7, 2017
“With this act of senseless prejudice, the Administration is once again putting bigotry over our nation’s values and security.  This is a dark night of heartbreak and tears for thousands of families targeted by this decision and all the others fearful of losing their Temporary Protected Status because of President Trump.”

U.S. Enforcement

Trump Administration Suddenly Cancels Refugee Program That Saved Lives of Central American Children
Cora Currier and Danielle Marie Mackey, The Intercept, November 10, 2017
“While CAM was limited in scope and slow moving, Lilian Alba, who works with the refugee resettlement agency, International Institute of Los Angeles, said, ‘There is no question in our mind that this program saved lives.’ As of August of this year, 1,627 youth had been brought to the United States as refugees through CAM. Another 1,465 had come on temporary parole.”

The deportees who want to ‘Make El Salvador Great Again’
Jessica Weiss and Andrea Patiño, Univision, November 11, 2017
“Ticas speaks fluent English, owing to his childhood in Los Angeles. He was deported to El Salvador when he was 24, in 2000. Now he teaches English to young Salvadorans who are trying to figure out how to get ahead in a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world, where most young people are either drawn into gangs or touched by their violence. At the school, “English Cool,” all the English teachers are deportees. They don’t just want their students to learn English; they want them to dream of a better future.”

New Trump immigration efforts aim to stop child border crossers
Mica Rosenberg, Reuters, November 3, 2017
“The White House also announced this fall it will end a program allowing Central American minors to apply for U.S. asylum while still living abroad. At the same time, the administration is exploring ways to scrap legal protections that limit how long and under what conditions children can be held in immigration detention centers.”

U.S. program for Central American child refugees to end Thursday
Reuters, November 8, 2017
“New applications will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday (0459 GMT on Friday), the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday night. The CAM program started at the end of 2014 under former President Barack Obama as a response to tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and families from Central America who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum in the United States.”

The Trump administration’s pursuit of MS-13 may be feeding ‘institutional schizophrenia’ in the Justice Department
Christopher Woody, Business Insider, October 28, 2017
“The transnational gang MS-13 — founded in the US, helped spread by US deportations, and now present in much of North America — has become a recent focus of the president’s anti-crime campaign. Despite the public attention from the president and his administration, the threat posed to the US by MS-13 may not be the same as that posed by groups like Mexican drug cartels.”

Gang Stats Aren’t Remotely Reliable, But Voters Keep Hearing About Them Anyway
Jeff Asher, FiveThirtyEight, November 3, 2018
“Gillespie has repeatedly asserted that there are over 2,000 MS-13 gang members in Fairfax County, Virginia, and that the group’s membership is growing. But there’s a major problem with this claim: Gang membership and levels of gang violence are virtually impossible to quantify with any certainty, in Virginia or anywhere else.”

The nominee to replace John Kelly at Homeland Security shouldn’t get a free pass
Clara Long, The Washington Post, November 6, 2017

“We have a 10-month track record of immigration enforcement practices that are as bad as promised. Now that Kelly is White House chief of staff and his deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, has been nominated to replace him at Homeland Security, senators know what to expect. They shouldn’t give Nielsen a pass at her confirmation hearing this week.”

No es necesario un muro fronterizo de costa a costa: Kirstjen Nielsen
El Periódico de México, 8 de noviembre de 2017
“‘No es necesario un muro que vaya de costa a costa’, afirmó Nielsen en una audiencia de confirmación en el Comité de Seguridad Nacional del Senado. Nielsen, que ha sido designada para sustituir a John Kelly después de que éste fuese nombrado jefe de gabinete del presidente Trump, remarcó que “la tecnología debe jugar un papel importante”, unas declaraciones similares a las expuestas por su predecesor”.

Immigration Arrests Are Up, But Actual Deportations Are Down
Maya Srikrishnan, Voice of San Diego, November 6, 2017
“More undocumented immigrants are being arrested by border and immigration agencies under an enforcement push by the Trump administration, but that has yet to translate into increased deportations. Immigration courts are fighting severe backlogs that are preventing cases from moving through the system. Experts say much of that is because the administration’s zero-tolerance policy for undocumented immigrants is loading more cases into the court system that might have previously been dismissed as low priorities.”

At Least 20 Female Immigrants Fainted Or Vomited Because Of A Chemical Used At An Immigrant Detention Center
Adolfo Flores, Buzzfeed, November 12, 2017
“The unit of 118 immigrants, including at least one woman who was pregnant and one who had a recent kidney transplant, were initially kept in their cells by guards at the Otay Mesa Detention Center despite complaints about fumes from the chemicals, said Luis Guerra, a legal representative with the United Farm Workers Foundation who visited the facility Saturday. The female detainees had been using the chemical for cleaning, he said. ‘They only moved them out once the guards started coughing, even though the women had been telling them they couldn’t breathe,’ Guerra told BuzzFeed News. ‘It never ceases to amaze me how irresponsible they act.’”

Border Patrol losing agents faster than it can hire new ones
Greg Moran, Los Angeles Times, November 11, 2017
“Compounding the problem is that agents are leaving faster than they can be replaced. Auditors say that between 2013 and 2016 the Border Patrol hired an average of 523 agents each year — and saw an average of 904 leave. Reasons include better pay at competing agencies, a hiring process that requires applicants to pass a polygraph exam (which other agencies don’t require) and assignments that often send new agents to remote locations along the border.”

US Immigration Enforcement Agency Seeks to Double in Size by 2023
Victoria Macchi, Voice of America, November 10, 2017
“In a ‘Request for Information’ Wednesday seeking input from the private sector about staffing services to support such an increase, ICE stated it could hire as many as 25,700 staff members by 2023, beginning in early 2018. The agency currently employs about 20,000 people and has a well-documented struggle with finding and keeping new hires.”

Alrededor de 7,900 “dreamers” ya no tienen la protección de DACA
La Opinion, 11 de noviembre de 2017
“Cada día que el Congreso demore su actuación en el Dream Act desde ahora hasta el 5 de marzo de 2018, aproximadamente 122 personas perderán a diario su protección de Acción Diferida para Llegadas en la Infancia (DACA). Estas son 851 personas cada semana, y más de 7,900 desde que el gobierno de Trump realizó el anuncio. La lógica detrás de este número es clara: los 22,000 beneficiarios elegibles de DACA que no se postularon exitosamente para renovar su DACA verán, como resultado, que sus protecciones DACA vencen en los 181 días entre el 5 de septiembre de 2017 y el 5 de marzo de 2018”.

Post Office Fails to Deliver on Time, and DACA Applications Get Rejected
Liz Robbins, The New York Times, November 10, 2017
“José was not alone. According to lawyers from across the New York region, in at least 33 other cases, unusually long Postal Service delays resulted in rejections of DACA applications, throwing the lives of their clients into frantic limbo. Lawyers in Boston and Philadelphia, which also send their applications to the Chicago processing center, say they have not seen evidence of an issue with the mail.”

We will fight for our DREAMers
Reps. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-ILL), Raul M. Grijalva (D-ARIZ), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), The Hill, November 8, 2017
“We are confident that if the Speaker allowed a vote tomorrow on the DREAM Act as it stands, without poison pill amendments, the majority in the House of Representatives would support it by a comfortable margin. So call a vote, Mr. Speaker, or deal with a clear choice: work with Democrats on a proposal with broader appeal – that includes a clean DREAM Act – or opt for a hardline Republican-only budget that excludes the DREAM Act and forgo Democratic votes.”

More than a dozen Republicans demand a legislative solution for Dreamers
Alex Daugherty, Miami Herald, November 9, 2017
“The pro-Dreamer Republicans also included those who are trying to hold on to their seats in the face of well-funded Democratic challengers ahead of the 2018 elections. Issa ranks as the most vulnerable House incumbent in a recent analysis by Roll Call, while New York Rep. John Faso, who also spoke at the press conference, ranks third on Roll Call’s list.”

Robert Gates: Ending DACA Will Hurt Immigrant Troops
Robert Gates, The New York Times, November 8, 2017
“More than 800 so-called Dreamers who received temporary authorization to stay and work in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, recently revoked by President Trump, are now serving in the armed forces. They are able to serve because of a program I authorized in 2008 aimed at recruiting immigrants with medical, foreign language or other specialized skills. The program was extended when we found that these recruits had lower attrition rates than other recruits and, in particular, contributed invaluable language skills to Special Operations units. More than 350 additional DACA recipients have signed contracts with the Army and are awaiting basic training. If Congress fails to act, these recruits’ permits will expire. They will not be eligible to serve and will instead be at risk of deportation.”

Princeton, a student and Microsoft file federal lawsuit to preserve DACA
The Office of Communications, Princeton University, November 3, 2017
“Princeton University, one of its students and Microsoft have mounted a legal challenge to the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as announced on September 5, 2017.  The complaint, filed on November 3 in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges that DACA’s termination violated both the United States Constitution and federal law.”

Students Stage Walkouts, Rally in Congress to Demand Dream Act
Patricia Guadalupe, NBC News, November 9, 2017
“‘The walkout is a signal to Congress that they need to do something,’ said Distinto, who at the moment does not have a ‘Plan B’ if DACA expires before any congressional action. ‘I’m here to stay; we’re not going anywhere, this is my home. I really don’t remember much about Bolivia; I’m not going anywhere,’ she said.”

Undocumented special-needs girl in federal custody is released
Steve Almasy and Tony Marco, CNN, November 4, 2017
“‘Rosa Maria is finally free. We’re thrilled that she can go home to heal surrounded by her family’s love and support,’ ACLU attorney Michael Tan said. ‘Despite our relief, Border Patrol’s decision to target a young girl at a children’s hospital remains unconscionable. No child should go through this trauma, and we are working to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’”

Mexico says upcoming U.S. execution of national is ‘illegal’
Reuters, November 6, 2017
“Senior Mexican diplomats on Monday condemned the upcoming execution of a Mexican inmate on death row in Texas, calling his sentence ‘illegal’ and vowing to exhaust all possible efforts to prevent him from being killed later this week.”

5 Arrested at Arizona Border for Human Smuggling
Associated Press, November 7, 2017
“Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona say four Phoenix residents are among five people accused of smuggling citizens from Mexico. According to agents, two Phoenix women, both 20, were taken into custody last Friday when a 23-year-old man from Mexico was found in their vehicle’s trunk.”

We Are America. Immigrants Are Us.
Alison Leal Parker, The Huffington Post, November 7, 2017
“Our animated film by the illustrator Molly Crabapple, narrated by comedian Samantha Bee, highlights how rhetoric conflating illegal immigration with crime is as dangerous as it is divisive.”

Mexican Enforcement

Incongruencia del Gobierno mexicano frente a su tradición de asilo
Sin Fronteras, 10 de noviembre de 2017
“Dichas solicitudes vienen de familias, niños, niñas y adolescentes huyendo de violencia y persecución en sus países de origen. Los firmantes pedimos cumplir con la promesa del gobierno de brindar protección internacional–una promesa que el mismo Presidente hizo ante los Estados Miembros de las Naciones Unidas en la Cumbre de Líderes sobre Refugiados en septiembre de 2016”.

INM contrata privados para violar derechos
Ricardo Raphael, El Universal, 6 de noviembre de 2017
“Las víctimas de este atropello son muchachos centroamericanos de entre 14 y 16 años, quienes fueron privados ilegalmente de su libertad por el INM. A pesar de que la ley advierte que los menores migrantes deben ser remitidos al DIF, en un plazo no mayor a las 24 horas, se les encerró en esta estación durante más de quince días”.

Emite CNDH recomendación al INM, por revisiones ilegales a 17 adolescentes en contexto de migración realizadas por elementos de seguridad privada en la estación migratoria de Puebla
Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, 5 de noviembre de 2017
“El 9 de noviembre de 2016, personal de la CNDH efectuó una visita a la citada Estación Migratoria para verificar el respeto a los derechos humanos de las personas alojadas, donde entrevistó a 17 adolescentes de origen centroamericano quienes refirieron haber sufrido abusos”.

Cada vez más migrantes optan por el cruce seguro que les ofrece el crimen organizado
La Jornada, 4 de noviembre de 2017
“Cada vez más indocumentados usan el denominado cruce seguro en su meta por llegar a Estados Unidos sin ser detectados por la Patrulla Fronteriza. Los grupos del crimen organizado les ofrecen guiarlos, a cambio de que ingresen una mochila cargada con droga y, de tener éxito, reciban un pago al final de la travesía”.

Migración: Ven a México seguir haciendo ‘trabajo sucio’ a EEUU
Agencia Reforma, Hoy Los Angeles, 4 de noviembre de 2017
“Tanto México como EEUU, refirió, encasillan a la región del Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica (Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador) en una categoría de problema, que tiene que ver con violencia y con migración irregular, lo que se ha combatido con mayores controles y presencia militar”.

Rescatan a 98 migrantes de tractocamión en México
Agencia El Universal, Mundo Hispánico, 6 de noviembre de 2017
“Elementos de la Agencia de Investigación Criminal (AIC) de la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) de México rescataron a 98 migrantes, entre ellos 36 menores de edad, provenientes de Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras y República Dominicana, en el municipio de Cárdenas, Tabasco”.

Root Causes

Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos visitará El Salvador
América Central Oficina Regional de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, 12 de noviembre de 2017
“El Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, visitará El Salvador el 15 y 16 de noviembre por invitación del Gobierno de El Salvador para discutir los avances y los retos en materia de derechos humanos. Durante su visita, Zeid se reunirá con el Presidente de la República, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, además de otras autoridades del Estado y del Sistema de las Naciones Unidas en El Salvador”.

La violencia forzó a 394 personas a huir de sus hogares
Xenia González Oliva, El Diario de Hoy, 2 de noviembre de 2017
“Huyen de las pandillas, en algunos casos de la Policía; amenazados y muchos ya cargan consigo la realidad de haber sido víctimas de otros crímenes; estas son las condiciones de las víctimas de desplazamiento forzado atendidas por la fundación Cristosal. Hasta septiembre de este año la organización no gubernamental ha atendido a 394 personas que han sido víctimas del desplazamiento forzado interno”.

GOES prepara nuevo plan de atención a retornados
Ezequiel Barrera, Gabriela Cáceres y Susana Peñate, La Prensa Grafica, 12 de noviembre de 2017
“‘Para los que no logren tener oportunidades, estamos preparando un plan de retorno, muchos de ellos tienen sus ahorros en Estados Unidos y van a querer invertir en El Salvador, queremos buscar proyectos que los liberen de pagar impuestos y, además, que tengan incentivos fiscales para que puedan poner su producción aquí en el país’, comentó el presidente, quien añadió que para los Estados Unidos ‘es un problema’ pensar en la deportación de más de 190,000 salvadoreños que trabajan en el país del norte”.

Asesinatos de niñez y adolescencia preocupan al CONNA
Iliana Rivas, La Prensa Grafica, 11 de noviembre de 2017
“‘Los asesinatos de niños y de niñas, que además es un crimen aberrante, son crímenes de odio, son situaciones que deben llamar no solo a la reflexión de la sociedad salvadoreña, sino que debe generar un repudio de toda la sociedad, porque los niños y las niñas no solo son víctimas inocentes en esta situación, sino que viven a diario violencia psicológica en la medida en que tienen terror de acompañar a sus familias a movilizarse en determinados lugares’, expresó Navas”.

El Salvador: Suspected MS-13 Members Kill Family of 4
teleSUR, November 6, 2017
“According to authorities, several gang members intercepted the children when they walked in the middle of a coffee plantation with their mother and father. Gabriel was shot in the forehead while his younger brother was shot in the stomach. Their mother was shot twice in the abdomen and once in her right knee. The father, who was a member of the Barrio 18 gang, received a gunshot wound to the head and later his chest was carved with the initials “MS,” which stands for Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.”

Symbiosis: Gangs and Municipal Power in Apopa, El Salvador
Felipe Puerta, Héctor Silva Ávalos and Steven Dudley, InSight Crime, November 2, 2017
“The Attorney General’s Office insists that Hernández is one of the cases that best illustrates how political power — in this case, local government — and the country’s violent gangs formed a mutually beneficial relationship. For the gangs, this relationship brought money, work, free gasoline and even fried chicken. But above all, it brought influence in the municipal government. For Hernández, it brought votes, resources and a stranglehold on power.”

At Least 62 Women Killed Every Month in Guatemala: Report
teleSUR, November 3, 2017
“Almost 590 women were murdered in Guatemala between January and September this year, bringing the total femicides over the past nine years to 7,273. An average of 62 women are murdered every month – equal to 15 per week – in Guatemala, according to a damning new report released by the National Institute of Forensics. The victims were either shot (373), asphyxiated (144), stabbed (63) or dismembered (8).”

Hundreds block Guatemala roads to demand president step down
AFP, Daily Maverick, November 7, 2017
“The demonstrators were mostly from rural and indigenous communities. The national roads authority said main roads in the Central American country were blocked at at least seven locations. A leader of the rural group organizing the protest, Neftali Lopez, said the demonstrators wanted Morales to resign ‘for corruption’ and facilitating organized crime, a purge of Congress, and graft investigations against Guatemala City’s mayor and a former president, Alvaro Arzu.”

En Honduras han asesinado 26 mujeres cada mes en este 2017
Criterio Honduras, 12 de noviembre de 2017
“A estas estadísticas hay que sumar otras de no menos impacto y es que en los primeros ocho meses de 2017, cerca de un centenar de personas fueron encontradas embolsadas o encostaladas y otras 22 víctimas desmembradas”.

ONU Derechos Humanos y CIDH urgen a Honduras a investigar crímenes contra defensores y defensoras de derechos humanos
Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, 7 de noviembre de 2017
“Como lo han planteado en sus diferentes pronunciamientos sobre el caso la OACNUDH y la CIDH, el asesinato de Berta Cáceres constituye un dramático ejemplo del contexto de hostigamiento e intimidaciones en el que los defensores de derechos humanos desarrollan su trabajo en Honduras. La investigación eficaz y sanción de los responsables del asesinato Berta Cáceres constituirá un importante precedente para evitar la repetición de este tipo de ataques”.

Mexico Reforms Failing to Prevent Rights Abuses by Military: Report
Parker Asmann, InSight Crime, November 7, 2017
“A major reason for the low success rate is the ability of military authorities to obstruct or delay civilian investigations, for instance, by witholding, falsifying or tampering with evidence and testimony… In addition to obstacles put in place by the military, the report found a lack of political will on the part of the Attorney General’s Office has also impeded investigations and prosecutions of soldiers accused of wrongdoing.”

Mexico report flags shortcomings in fight against corruption
Stefanie Eschenbacher, Reuters, November 4, 2017
“The undated government report estimated that the drug trade, tax fraud and other crimes were worth at least 1.13 trillion pesos ($58.5 billion) a year in Mexico, with all of that money susceptible to money laundering… Part of a broader investigation into illicit wealth in Mexico, the government concluded that Mexico needed “more efficient mechanisms” to prevent graft, including new laws that would complement the national anti-corruption architecture.”

Mexico drug cartel’s grip on politicians and police revealed in Texas court files
David Agren, The Guardian, November 10, 2017
“‘We’ve become numb to excessive violence. There’s no leadership in government or in the streets and Mexican media is practically useless for holding power accountable.’ Allegations that Mexican politicians have acted in cahoots with drugs cartels have been common for decades, though such accusations have seldom resulted in thorough investigations, let alone criminal convictions. Even after sworn testimony in US courts has described corruption, Mexican officials appear unwilling to act.”

Sociology professor shares research on climate change and migration in Mexico
Noah Zucker, CU Independent, November 8, 2017
“Hunter said that the agricultural industry, which depends heavily on climactic changes, draws more migrants during warmer times. This trend, which Hunter said applies exclusively to undocumented immigration, is clear evidence that climate change is already having a notable impact on agricultural markets, on the local level and the global stage.”

Actions, Reports, and Resources

Public Security in Honduras: Who Can Citizens Trust?
Lisa Haugaard, Latin America Working Group, November 6, 2017
“In both countries, tough public security strategies seem to have resulted in a reduction in the homicide rate but are failing to protect many citizens, including children, teenagers, young adults, journalists, human rights activists, indigenous people, women, and members of the LGBTI community. Today’s blog will focus on the challenges to developing rights-respecting public security in Honduras. In the next blog, we will look at El Salvador.”

What’s Next for TPS Webinar
Dialogo sobre el futuro del TPS
Alianza Americas, 7 de noviembre de 2017

Extending Temporary Protected Status for Honduras: Country Conditions and U.S. Legal Requirements
CLALS Working Paper Series No. 16, November 7, 2017
“This report provides a background on TPS, and also undertakes a detailed examination of the justifications offered over the years for extending TPS for Honduras. Each of these past extension decisions concluded, as required by the TPS statute, that Honduras is not able to adequately handle the return of its nationals who are residing in the U.S. with TPS. Our analysis reveals that the U.S. government has premised these past extension decisions on six categories of factors: climate and environment; economy; infrastructure; public health; safety and security; and governance.”

Overlooking Justice: Human Rights Violations Committed by Mexican Soldiers against Civilians are Met with Impunity
Español: Justicia olvidada: La impunidad de las violaciones a derechos humanos cometidas por soldados en México
Ximena Suárez-Enríquez and Maureen Meyer, WOLA, November 2017
“This militarized public security model has negatively impacted Mexico’s criminal justice system. The civilian justice system faces challenges—including military authorities’ actions resulting in the obstruction or delay of investigations—which limit civilian authorities’ ability to sanction soldiers implicated in crimes and human rights violations.”

A Profile of Current DACA Recipients by Education, Industry, and Occupation
Jie Zong, Ariel Ruiz Soto, Jeanne Batalova, Julia Gelatt, and Randy Capps, Migration Policy Institute, November 2017
“With the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program moving into full force in spring 2018, an average of 915 young unauthorized immigrants will lose their work authorization and protection from deportation each day beginning on March 6, 2018 through March 5, 2020, according to MPI estimates.”

Thousands of DACA Recipients Are Already Losing Their Protection From Deportation
Tom Jawetz and Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, Center for American Progress, November 9, 2017
“Each day that Congress delays acting on the Dream Act from now until March 5, 2018, approximately 122 people will lose their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection. That is 851 people each week, and more than 7,900 since the announcement. The logic behind this number is straightforward: The 22,000 eligible DACA recipients who did not successfully apply to renew their DACA will, as a result, see their DACA protections expire in the 181 days between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.”

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