Trump Administration Says That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave

Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade must leave the country, government officials announced Monday. It is the Trump administration’s latest reversal of years of immigration policies and one of the most consequential to date.

1,224 Complaints Reveal a Staggering Pattern of Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention. Half of Those Accused Worked for ICE.

lsewhere in Florida, a man said a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent threatened him with deportation after he refused to engage in oral sex — and that the officer told him he would be deported to Haiti, even though the man is from the Bahamas. In Texas, a Border Patrol agent driving detainees between detention centers pulled over and  let a woman get out after she performed oral sex on him, according to another complaint.

Trump’s Attacks on Migrant Caravan Underscore How the U.S. Outsources Immigration Enforcement to Mexico

The migrant and refugee caravan traveling through Mexico continued its northbound trek on Wednesday, heading towards Mexico City after temporarily stopping in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where they regrouped amid a flood of attention lavished on their journey. Organized  by a migrant activist collective called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an  estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people are participating in the caravan.

Trump Has Quietly Cut Legal Aid for Migrant Kids Separated from Parents

“The government is creating unaccompanied kids, then releasing them to
someone other than parents, and then further restricting their ability
to access counsel,” said Manoj Govindaiah, director of family detention
services for Texas’s Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and
Legal Services (RAICES), which has represented kids through the ORR
funds. “So they’re almost ensuring people cannot successfully navigate
the immigration court process.”

ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody

Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently asked the National Archives
and Records Administration (NARA), which instructs federal agencies on
how to maintain records, to approve its timetable for retaining or
destroying records related to its detention operations. This may seem
like a run-of-the-mill government request for record-keeping efficiency.
It isn’t. An entire paper trail for a system rife with human rights and
constitutional abuses is at stake

Family separation at the border: 2,000 kids taken in just 6 weeks

The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border — taking children from their parents, arresting the parents, and taking the kids into custody — sounds almost too cruel to be real. But the separations are, in fact, real, and new data reported by the Associated Press shows just how many children have been separated from their parents.

Jeff Sessions all but slams asylum door on migrant survivors of domestic, gang violence

Tens of thousands of people who are currently waiting for their asylum cases in the US to be resolved — or waiting for their chance to apply — just got the door all but slammed on them. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a ruling Monday in an immigration case, Matter of A- B-, that will make it hard or even impossible for Central Americans fleeing gang violence in their home countries, and women fleeing domestic violence, to get asylum in the US — or even be allowed to stay in the US to seek asylum instead of being summarily deported. 

Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America

The United States has everything to do with the creation of the monsters that are driving the refugees up to our border. They’re fleeing the cartels. Who are the heads of the cartels? People who were trained in the United States, worked very closely with the United States intelligence throughout the genocide. And we were, of course, severely criticized for that by the United Nations Truth Commission, and President Clinton apologized.