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Migration News Brief for January 8, 2021

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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: lalvarez@lawg.org.

COVID-19

General

Cifras y planes de vacunación en América Latina
Gabriel González Zorrilla, January 4, 2021
“Algunos países en América Latina ya iniciaron sus campañas de vacunación contra COVID-19. Algunos de ellos tienen planes elaborados, otros menos”.

United States

Migrant expulsions at southern border shoot up as pandemic drags on
Salvador Rivera, WWLP, January 5, 2021
“The number of people expelled from the United States in 2020 ended with an upswing, according to statistics from the National Immigration Institute in Mexico. Through November, there had been 29,753 Mexican nationals sent back to Mexico through the state of Baja California, directly south from California, most arriving in the city of Tijuana. Overall, the numbers show expulsions are up by 400 percent since June.”

Citing The Pandemic, CBP Has Expelled Newborn U.S. Citizens With Their Migrant Mothers
Felipe de la Hoz, The Intercept, January 2, 2021
“In interviews with The Intercept, three asylum-seeking mothers who crossed the border while pregnant described giving birth in U.S. hospitals, only to be swiftly sent back under false pretenses and without an evaluation of their particular humanitarian circumstances or claims or danger. The Intercept has reviewed medical and immunization records for the women and their infants, which prove U.S. hospital births, and is referring to the mothers by pseudonyms due to their precarious status as asylum-seekers and the danger they believe they still face in Mexico, where all three remain. None immediately received citizenship paperwork for their infants, and they are unsure if and when they’ll be allowed to tender an asylum claim.”

Honduras

Honduran coffee exports drop 17% as coronavirus pandemic bites
Reuters, January 4, 2021
“Honduran coffee exports dropped 17.2% in December from a year earlier after demand on the world market fell amid closures of economies in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, an industry executive said on Monday. Central America’s top coffee producer and exporter reported shipments of 281,470.65 bags at 60 kilos in December, down from 339,952.31 bags in the corresponding month a year earlier, preliminary figures from IHCAFE reports show.”

Hospitales sampedranos sin cupos para pacientes con COVID-19
Proceso Digital, 3 de enero de 2021
“Las salas de los hospitales de San Pedro Sula quedaron sin cupos para la atención de pacientes infectados de COVID-19 ante el repunte de casos. Así lo informó el doctor Carlos Umaña, quien es presidente del Instituto Hondureño del Seguro Social (IHSS) de San Pedro Sula. ‘No tenemos un solo cupo en el Hospital Leonardo Martínez, Mario Catarino Rivas y el hospital móvil, solo contamos con cinco cupos en el Seguro Social, tenemos capacidad para 150 y hay 145 hospitalizados’, declaró Umaña a periodistas”.

Honduras acumula 123,623 infectados y 3,181 decesos por COVID-19
Proceso Digital, 4 de enero de 2021
“El Sistema Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos (Sinager), reportó que Honduras acumula durante la pandemia 123 mil 623 casos y 3 mil 181 defunciones por COVID-19. Se confirmó la muerte de una persona que es una mujer de 88 años, procedente del municipio de San Sebastián en el departamento de Comayagua. No obstante, Sinager informó que hay 22 muertes sospechosas de este virus que están siendo investigadas”.

Mexico

Mexico seeks help to get COVID-19 vaccines for migrants in US
Fox News, January 7, 2021
“Mexico said Wednesday it has been trying to get help from nonprofit groups or the U.S.government to get coronavirus vaccines for Mexican migrants working in the United States. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Mexico would keep trying ‘because it is a universal right.’ Migrants without documents often have trouble accessing health services in the U.S.”

Mexico to vaccinate rural elderly, but still awaits vaccine
Maria Verza, AP News, January 6, 2021
“Once Mexico has vaccinated its frontline medical workers against COVID-19, the government will turn its attention to the elderly living in its most remote places, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday. Ten thousand brigades made up of medical personnel and health promoters with security provided by the National Guard will target 3 million senior citizens in rural areas. The brigades will work back from isolated areas to towns and cities.”

U.S. Enforcement

More Immigrants Will Come to the U.S. Under President Biden. That’s a Good Thing.
Jorge Ramos, The New York Times, January 8, 2021
“The restrictive policies of the Trump administration, combined with the coronavirus pandemic, have reduced migration to the United States to its lowest level in decades. However, there’s little doubt that more immigrants will start coming once Joe Biden becomes president. And that’s OK. The United States has a historic opportunity to regain its image as a country of immigrants. But it won’t be easy.”

Biden transition official honing migration policy with Mexico: aide
Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters, January 6, 2021
“A top official in U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition held talks on border issues with Mexico’s foreign minister on Wednesday, as the two sides prepared for a joint push on dealing with migration issues in the early days of the new administration. A transition aide said Jake Sullivan, Biden’s pick for national security adviser, spoke on Wednesday with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. On Dec. 19, Biden’s team said that he and Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador vowed in a phone call to hone a ‘new approach’ to migration issues that ‘offers alternatives to undertaking the dangerous journey to the United States.’”

Asylum-Seekers Stuck In Mexico Hope For Change In 2021
Mallory Falk, Texas Standard, January 5, 2021
“Biden has said he will end the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, but it’s unclear what that means for people like Carlo and his daughters. Will they be allowed into the U.S. while they pursue their asylum claims? If so, how and when will they enter the country? ‘What we’ve been told is giving us hope, which we didn’t have before,’ Carlo said. ‘But in the meantime, it’s just rumors, people saying what they think will happen. We haven’t been informed of anything concrete.’ Biden briefly addressed immigration at a Dec. 22 press conference. He reaffirmed his commitment to undoing Trump’s border policies, but said it would take time.”

Mayorkas to Balance Calls to Abolish ICE With Securing Borders
Shaun Courtney, Bloomberg, January 5, 2021
“President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department faces a delicate balancing act between immigration advocates calling for an overhaul of deportation policy and law enforcement groups that favor strong borders. Biden’s nominee, Alejandro Mayorkas, is a former prosecutor backed by the country’s largest police union. As deputy DHS secretary under President Barack Obama, he helped conceive and carry out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offers legal status to young undocumented immigrants who’d been brought to the U.S. as children. The DHS largely limited deportations to noncitizens with criminal records while Mayorkas was in that role.”

“Theater of Compliance”: New Report Details How ICE Escapes Detention Center Oversight
Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, January 5, 2021
“‘There is a larger concern beyond just failing to document problems,’ reads the report, published Tuesday by Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention and Innovation Law Lab. ‘The inspections process actively legitimizes the detention system and conceals its inherent problems, which upholds a profitable industry for incarcerating immigrants.’ Scholars have documented patterns of performative compliance in public-private sector partnerships ‘where different organizational forces seek to give the illusion that they are conforming to the “agreed” rules of delivery,’ the report said, adding, ‘The theater of compliance via regulation that arises in these public-private partnerships guarantees that any outcomes that could affect the profitability of the partnership are concealed.’”

El Salvador se vuelve cómplice de EEUU en planes antimigrantes, dice experta
Clarín, 5 de enero de 2021
“El acuerdo sobre asilo migratorio entre El Salvador y EE.UU. está ya vigente y por el momento las autoridades salvadoreñas no han informado a la ciudadanía del mecanismo de recepción de migrantes ni de la fecha de llegada de las personas que han solicitado refugio en la nación norteamericana. El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, en inglés) de EE.UU. anunció el pasado 29 de diciembre que El Salvador -junto a Guatemala y Honduras- firmaron el Acuerdo de Cooperación en materia de Asilo (ACA) y que a partir de esa fecha ya entraba en vigor”.

Following a Spike in Migrant Deaths, A New Law Could Help Identify the Dead
Ryan Deveraux, The Intercept, January 5, 2021
“The new law opens up funding for the network of state and local governments, humanitarian organizations, forensics labs and medical offices that respond to migrant deaths on a day-to-day basis. It also provides for the implementation of nearly 200 new rescue beacons along the border and requires the Justice Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Government Accountability Office to submit annual reports with a range of objectives, including disseminating data on the total number of migrant lives lost on the border and assessments of government efforts to identity and resolve the cases of the missing and dead.”

First new DACA applications approved in final weeks of 2020
Larry Neumeister, Nomann Merchant, AP News, January 4, 2021
“Over 170 new applicants have become the first individuals in several years to win approval to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for immigrants brought to the U.S. as young people, the U.S. government revealed in a court filing Monday. A report submitted by the Department of Homeland Security to Brooklyn federal court showed 171 new applications were approved from Nov. 14 through the end of 2020 while 121 applications were denied and another 369 were rejected. In all, 2,713 initial applications were submitted.”

Grim stories from asylum seekers caught up in America’s cranked-up deportation machine
Sarah Towle, The Boston Globe, December 31, 2020
“‘It’s reminiscent of Abu Ghraib,’ says Luz Virginia Lopez, who spent two decades as a civil rights attorney in the US Justice Department and is now with the Southern Poverty Law Center. Lopez spearheads a federal class-action lawsuit, which the SPLC filed last year in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, on behalf of asylum seekers being held in the jurisdiction of the New Orleans Field Office of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). The lawsuit argues that the plaintiffs, held indefinitely in detention, should have been released long ago to their sponsors: individuals who have agreed to take responsibility for the asylum seekers as their claims are being adjudicated — a practice known as ‘parole.’ Instead, they’ve been held inside the world’s largest immigrant detention system, as were the Cameroonian singer and countless other Black refugees before being forcibly deported.”

“They’re true fighters”: The Cameroonian women organising in US detention centres
Joni Hess, Open Democracy, December 28, 2020
“In the facility, more than 500 women are held in cramped, unsanitary cramped cells, sometimes without access to basic needs like soap or showers. Those held in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody have frequently reported ice-cold temperatures, giving these facilities the nickname ‘ice-box’. There’s even been outbreaks of flu, scabies and other diseases. Hutto has also been in the spotlight for allegations of sexual abuse, where one victim claimed she faced indefinite periods of solitary confinement as ICE officials tried to get her to retract her statement. A letter written by Dr. Allen Keller to health officials in Williamson County, Texas, pleaded for the release of all detained at Don Hutto. ‘Crowded conditions and limited healthcare capacity make it unsafe for detained immigrants,’ he wrote. ‘Their psychological distress worsens the longer they remain in detention.’”

US cuts military aid to El Salvador amid intense lobbying
Joshua Goodman, AP News, December 28, 2020
“The U.S. is slashing foreign military aid to El Salvador despite staunchly pro-American President Nayib Bukele’s intense lobbying in Washington to counter criticism he has taken his country down an authoritarian path. Tucked into the omnibus spending bill signed Sunday by President Donald Trump was a provision barring access for El Salvador — as well as for neighbors Guatemala and Honduras — to a State Department program that finances the purchase of U.S. defense equipment.”

What Biden could do about family separations
Nicole Narea, Vox, December 28, 2020
“The Biden administration will soon inherit a crisis of President Donald Trump’s making: the forced separation of at least 5,400 migrant families, many of whom have yet to be reunited even after three years apart. Attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union who have been representing the families since 2018 still haven’t been able to locate the parents of 626 children, and many more families remain separated. In an October campaign ad, President-elect Joe Biden promised he would convene a task force to find and reunify children with their families. He said he would also stop prosecuting parents for crossing the border without authorization, which is how Trump justified separating families.”

To stay or to go?
Hannah Dreler, The Washington Post, December 26, 2020
“In detention centers around the country, more and more people have been asking for the same thing, seeking their own deportation as the novel coronavirus has spread through facilities and sickened more than 8,000 detainees, according to government data. The virus has collided with the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ approach toward people looking for refuge and asylum in the United States. Those policies have led to a record number of immigrants being held in detention, including 7,000 people who had cleared the first steps of requesting asylum when the pandemic began and would normally have been released on bond while their cases were processed.”

Deportations of migrant families spiked in 2020
Maria Sacchetti, The Washington Post, December 23, 2020
“Federal immigration officials deported about 14,500 migrant family members in fiscal year 2020, returning more parents and children in a single year than they did during the first three years of President Trump’s term combined, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s annual report released Wednesday.”

Biden committed to limiting deportations and overturning Trump border policies, advisers say
Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, December 22, 2020
“President-elect Joe Biden is planning to follow through on campaign pledges to implement a 100-day freeze on deportations, limit immigration arrests and overturn some of the Trump administration’s controversial border restrictions for asylum-seekers, transition officials said Tuesday. The seismic changes in immigration policy — especially for asylum programs along the U.S.-Mexico border — will take time and will not be carried out immediately, given the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the advisers cautioned.”

Mexican Enforcement

Mexico eyes plan to deal with migrants left by Trump policies
Reuters, January 4, 2021
“The Mexican government said on Monday it would come up with a plan to deal with migrants stuck in the country as a result of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies, while stressing that Mexico is not to blame for the flows of people. The interior ministry said it and the foreign ministry would work out how to deal with migrants left inside the country by Trump’s so-called Remain in Mexico policy after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden pledged to dismantle the program.”

As Mexico closes migrant shelters due to coronavirus, those seeking refuge face more dangers
NBC News, January 4, 2021
“Dozens of migrant shelters in Mexico have closed their doors or scaled back operations in recent weeks to curb the ravages of coronavirus, exposing people to greater peril just as migration from Central America to the United States is on the rise again. Reuters spoke to people responsible for over 40 shelters that had offered refuge to thousands on a route where immigrants without legal documentation often face assaults, robberies and kidnappings—before the pandemic forced them to shut or limit capacity.”

Root Causes

Corruption Scandals Stain Bukele’s Image Ahead of Key Elections in El Salvador
Robert Looney, World Politics Review, January 6, 2021
“Flush with borrowed money and facing an unprecedented public health and economic crisis, the Salvadoran legislature approved a $2 billion emergency fund to combat the pandemic—equivalent to nearly 8 percent of the country’s GDP. But the sudden inflow of cash has also created ample opportunities for corruption. In recent months, journalists, prosecutors and opposition lawmakers have uncovered evidence of misallocated funds, bloated procurement contracts and other financial impropriety. The scandals have even implicated senior officials in President Nayib Bukele’s government, threatening to undermine his popularity ahead of key legislative elections next month. …”

Aborto en Honduras, entre el castigo con cárcel y el dilema ético
Patricia Méndez, El Heraldo, 7 de enero de 2021
“Así como este, existen muchos casos de mujeres que llegan a los hospitales con infecciones u otras complicaciones debido a un mal procedimiento. Que este caso ocurriera en Honduras es especialmente polémico y sensible porque forma parte de la lista de paises en donde el aborto esta totalmente penalizado sin excepciones. Es prohibido aunque el embarazo sea producto de una violación, la vida de la mujer esté en peligro o que sea imposible que el bebé una vez nacido pueda vivir”.

Guatemala se alista para frenar nueva caravana de migrantes hondureños
El Heraldo, 6 de enero de 2021
“Una nueva caravana migrante partiría de Honduras el próximo 15 de enero (según trasciende en redes sociales) y Guatemala alista un plan para frenar a los compatriotas que se dirigen a Estados Unidos en busca del sueño americano. ‘Caravana 15 de enero 2021. Salimos San Pedro Sula terminal (de autobuses)’, dice la convocatoria que ya es viral en Facebook y que no se atribuye a nadie en particular”.

Salvadoran court orders ex-president to return $4.4 million in stolen funds
Nelson Renteria, Reuters, January 5, 2021
“A civil court in El Salvador on Tuesday found former President Elias Antonio Saca and his wife Ana Mixco guilty of ‘illicit enrichment’ and ordered them to return $4.4 million to state coffers, authorities said. Prosecutors had found irregularities in the couple’s wealth declaration and accused both of transferring public money to their personal bank accounts and to those of broadcasting companies they owned during Saca’s presidency, said Gerver Montoya, an attorney from the prosecutor’s office.”

Guatemala mine’s ex-security chief convicted of Indigenous leader’s murder
Sandra Cuffe, The Guardian, January 4, 2021
“A judge in Guatemala has accepted a guilty plea by the former head of security at Central America’s largest nickel mine who was on trial for killing an Indigenous leader, in a rare conviction over human rights violations allegedly linked to Canadian-owned mining companies in the region. Mynor Padilla was found guilty on Wednesday of homicide for the 2009 fatal shooting of Adolfo Ich, a Maya Q’eqchi’ teacher and community leader who opposed the Fenix mine outside the town of El Estor.”

Crime and anti-crime security policy in Mexico in 2020
Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings, January 4, 2021
“Mexico too has been hit hard by the virus resulting in the recorded deaths of almost 125,000, its economic impact impoverishing many, and the paltry economic stimulus package the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador accorded to Mexico’s citizens. But Covid-19’s terrible toll should not obscure how bad the year in Mexico has also been in other respects: criminal violence and in failing anti-crime efforts.”

One Year Discovering Bukele
El Faro, June 4, 2020
“Nayib Bukele ended his first year in office on June 1 besieged by the Covid-19 pandemic and reeling from the devastation of Tropical Storm Amanda, the latter of which, last weekend alone, left over a dozen dead and thousands homeless. Two enormous disruptions in a country of perpetual crisis. A country that hoped that Bukele—a young businessman at odds with the traditional parties—would offer change, improvement, modernity, a fresh response.”

Honduras cerró 2020 con cifras catastróficas en violencia contra las mujeres
Radio Progreso, 4 de enero de 2021
“La pandemia histórica e invisibilizada de la violencia contra las mujeres en Honduras cerró un 2020 con cifras catastróficas, puesto que la línea 911 reportó más de 100 mil llamadas por violencia doméstica, dijo en Radio Progreso  Cristina Alvarado, integrante del Movimiento de Mujeres por la Paz Visitación Padilla. Según datos del Observatorio de la Violencia de la universidad pública, 2020 cerró con más de 300 femicidios, ‘dato similar al de años anteriores a pesar del confinamiento, donde se dice que lo mejor es quedarse en casa’, dijo Alvarado asegurando que, en Honduras el quédate en casa no es un lugar seguro para las mujeres”.

Gobierno de Honduras miente cuando sostiene que promueve la transparencia y rendición de cuenta
Criterio.hn, 4 de enero de 2021
“El Gobierno de Honduras sigue acudiendo a campañas engañosas para posesionar una imagen positiva a nivel local e internacional al hacer uso de discursos que son fáciles de desmontar. Tal es el caso del secretario de Gobernación, Justicia y Descentralización, Leonel Ayala, quien afirmó recientemente que desde el Poder Ejecutivo se ha dado un ejemplo de cómo manejar la transparencia en la ejecución de fondos públicos”.

Los periodistas trabajan precarizados y expuestos al COVID-19 en México
Témoris Grecko, The Washington Post, 4 de enero de 2021
“La intensificación invernal de la pandemia encuentra a los periodistas en México tan vulnerables como cuando la crisis del COVID-19 comenzó, en marzo del año pasado. Las empresas para las que trabajan enfrentan problemas económicos significativos, sin duda, pero han optado por proteger sus ganancias y no a sus empleados, exigiendo la “solidaridad” de los que no han despedido, imponiéndoles —y sosteniendo indefinidamente— recortes a sueldos ya exiguos, mientras los envían a realizar coberturas sin ninguna protección”.

Berta Oliva: “En materia de derechos humanos el 2020 fue un año trágico”
Riccy Ponce, Defensores en Linea, 1 de enero de 2021
“El año 2020 está terminando, pero deja el país convertido en un caos en materia de corrupción, de derechos humanos y, sobre todo, un país enlutado debido a la pandemia del coronavirus y los fenómenos naturales como lo fueron las tormentas tropicales Eta y Iota que terminaron por agudizar la crisis que ya existía en el país y sobre todo estos acontecimientos vinieron a desnudar más la corrupción y la dictadura en  la que Honduras se encuentra sumergida”.

Asamblea recorta $450 millones en gastos opacos del presupuesto 2021
Jimmy Alvarado, El Faro, 29 de diciembre de 2020
“La Asamblea Legislativa aprobó una Ley de Presupuesto 2021 que recorta 450 millones a la partida de gastos de inteligencia, Fopromid, publicidad, consultorías, compras de bienes y servicios del ejército, además de recortes de asignaciones de 14 ministerios y de Casa Presidencial, de las que no había detalles sobre cómo iban a ser ejecutadas”.

From Fear to Outrage in Guatemala
Elsa Coronado, El Faro, December 28, 2020
“In Guatemala, fear of the virus was overshadowed by outrage in the face of corruption and abuse of power. In late November and early December, public plazas came to life and the powerful trembled. A citizen-awakening unlike anything the country had seen since 2015, when a nonviolent revolution forced the resignation of Vice President Roxana Baldetti and then of President Pérez Molina. Though the events of 2020 did not have the same intensity as five years ago, due to the overtones of violence and the aggressive police response, the root cause remained the same: a population fed up with a political system that serves the few and leaves everyone else vulnerable.”

The Tribulations of Honduras: Pandemic, Hurricanes, Coming Elections
Jennifer Ávila, Otto Argueta, El Faro, December 28, 2020
“The pandemic has exposed the predatory nature of our society, the cruelty that emerges from the dark recesses of home confinement. The stay-at-home orders forced women to live in dangerous proximity to their abusers. As of November 27, the Center for Women’s Rights in Honduras (Centro de Derechos de la Mujer en Honduras) has reported 287 femicides. Many women were more afraid of staying at home with their spouses than of getting the virus at work. Health care workers were seen by their neighbors as dangerous carriers of disease. They were stigmatized, discriminated against, and sometimes evicted from neighborhoods and homes while they fought an unfamiliar illness with precious few resources and tools. ”

Congreso de EEUU aprueba “lista Engel” para sancionar a corruptos del Triángulo Norte
Nosmara Castellanos, Tiempo Digital, 22 de diciembre de 2020
“El Congreso estadounidense aprobó este martes, la Ley de Compromiso Mejorando del Triángulo Norte de los Estados Unidos (HR 2615), que permite la elaboración de una lista de personas corruptas de los países del Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica. La creación de una lista de corruptos de Guatemala, El Salvador y Honduras, será conocida como ‘lista Engel’, la cual incluye prohibirle el ingreso a los actores de todos los sectores que la conformen”.

Urgent: Guatemala resumes arson attacks against indigenous communities despite humanitarian disaster provoked by multiple hurricanes
Guatemala Solidarity Project, December 12, 2020
“The Guatemala Solidarity Project is urgently calling for solidarity as the US-backed Guatemalan military and police have resumed arson attacks against indigenous communities.  We are supporting legal efforts that have successfully blocked some of these attacks, but additional funding is needed to adequately pursue these efforts.  We are also requesting that concerned people in the US call their members of congress to demand that all support for the Guatemalan police and military be suspended until they stop their arson attacks against indigenous communities.”

Actions, Alerts, and Resources

“Like I’m Drowning” Children and Families Sent to Harm by the US ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program
Human Rights Watch, January 6, 2021
“The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has placed more than 69,000 people in its ‘Remain in Mexico’ program since January 2019. This number includes families with children of all ages, some of them with disabilities, including newborns, infants, and toddlers. Experiences like those of Cecilia and Berenice are common among those subjected to the program. Before the program began, people seeking asylum, including those who applied at border stations, would remain in the United States while their asylum case was considered. Court dates were often months away because US immigration courts are chronically understaffed, and the large number of cases that go forward without legal representation slows down proceedings. In the meantime, people seeking asylum could often live with family members or friends and seek help to prepare their cases.”

Process by Torment
N. Craig, Acid in the Chihuahua Desert, January 2, 2021
“AVID and Innovation Law Lab released a report detailing the immigration experiences of individuals who were detained at the Otero County Processing Center. The report covers pre-ICE Detention (Customs and Border Protection custody and Migrant Protection Protocols), experiences in ICE Detention, and Legal Issues that arose while detained.”

Death Flights – Week of 21 December
Tom Cartwright, Witness at the Border, December 26, 2020

Summary: IIC Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration
Lynn Tramonte, Interfaith Immigration Coalition, December 10, 2020
“The Interfaith Immigration Coalition offers these recommendations for initial steps for the Biden-Harris administration to take in reforming executive branch immigration policies; decolonizing the U.S. role abroad; and passing immigration laws in Congress. Read the complete document, ‘Interfaith Framework for Welcoming and Supporting Migrants, Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees,’ here.”