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Helping Migrants ‘Dumped’ on El Paso Streets

National November 1, 2018 at 4:34 pm

In the border town of El Paso, residents and police officers on bicycles recently helped about 100 Central American migrants who had been bused to the center of town by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, following a new policy of “essentially dumping” migrants, who have little money and no way to contact relatives, reports Borderzine. Over the next couple of days more migrants were released onto the streets. “One of the things that concerns me is that one of these days they’ll call and say we have 500,” said Ruben Garcia of Annunciation House, which helps the migrants receive care and shelter.

Khmer and Other Southeast Asians Detained

National October 31, 2018 at 1:43 pm

At least 60 Khmer Americans have been detained at the Krome Detention Center in Florida, part of a larger effort by the Trump administration to round up members of Southeast Asians from various communities including the Lao, Vietnamese, Hmong, Mien and Khmu, reports The International Examiner, based in Seattle. Representatives of Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together (F.I.G.H.T.), said Cambodian consular officials interviewed detainees, most of whom receive travel documents. However, sometimes “the consulate contacted the family members saying, ‘Hey, give us some money and we won’t give him travel documents,’” said Many Uch, a F.I.G.H.T. founder and organizer.

Bilingual College Newspaper Celebrates its ‘Quinceañera’

National October 29, 2018 at 7:15 pm

El Nuevo Sol, a bilingual newspaper written by Spanish-language journalism students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), is turning 15, La Opinión reports. Started as a four-page supplement inside the college’s newspaper The Sundial, El Nuevo Sol evolved into its own outlet with several digital and multimedia platforms, as well as a print edition published periodically. “It’s not just about translating news to another language, but about having a different perspective on the information, and the subjects that we cover,” said José Luis Benavidez, a professor at CSUN.

Former FBI Informant to Be Deported

National October 26, 2018 at 2:48 pm

A former FBI informant now faces deportation to his native country of Lebanon. Having provided information that led to the conviction of a man affiliated with Hezbollah, a political party based in the country, Dearborn father of five Ibrahim Souedan fears being tortured or even killed if he returns. According to The Arab American News, the Lebanese-American community in the Michigan city “does not sympathize with his case.”

NJ Police Chief Derides Chinese Officials

National October 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm

The police chief of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, was recorded making derogatory comments against Chinese public officials, reports World Journal. Sheriff Michael Cioffi called a former Chinese-American council member “chink” and laughed at the last name of Councilman William Woo. Cioffi was previously suspended for 120 days in mid-October after he said he’d like to “kill” Council President Carrol McMorrow.

Finding Friends for Jewish Children of Color

National October 23, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Parents of Jewish children of color often struggle to connect them with kids with similar backgrounds, reports The Forward. They constitute a small but significant proportion of the community: “According to the Pew Research Center, 7 percent of Jews describe themselves as black, Hispanic or of a different racial background,” Ari Feldman writes in The Forward. One effort to connect them, Be’chol Lashon located outside of San Francisco, is now in its eighth session.

In Video, NC Woman Pleads as ICE Takes Husband from Home

National October 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm

A mother filmed her husband sobbing and hugging his children as ICE apprehended him at their home in Clayton, North Carolina. She shared the video with Qué Pasa Raleigh/Durham. The Salvadoran immigrant facing deportation is the father of three U.S.-born girls and a Salvadoran 15-year-old boy who crossed the border recently, after fleeing gang violence. The family suspects that ICE found their home via a chip agents placed on the teen at the U.S. border.

Time to ‘Forgive and Forget’ Elizabeth Warren

National October 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm

An opinion piece by Gabriel S. Galanda in Native News Online calls on Native communities to “forgive and forget” Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Those demanding documentation proving Native heritage fail to consider that such records hardly existed in the late 19th century. Many Natives, instead, learned of their ancestry through their grandmother – like Sen. Warren says she did.

Pope Tells US Immigrants to Keep Fighting for TPS

National October 18, 2018 at 3:04 pm

A group of Latino immigrants from North Carolina who attended the canonization of Monsignor Romero shared with the pope the situation faced by hundreds of thousands of immigrants to the U.S. who received temporary protected status, and the impact that the protection’s termination will have on families if the beneficiaries are forced to return to their countries of origin. The pope told them “to keep fighting, and added that migrating is a human right,” Fidel Campos-Sorto, of the North Carolina Salvadoran Association, told Qué Pasa Raleigh/Durham.

Puerto Rican Activists Warn Equal Rights Protections Are in Jeopardy

National October 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Civil rights activists are concerned that changes proposed to Puerto Rico’s civil code, such as limiting adoption rights to heterosexual couples and giving “unborn children” rights, could set back years of equality struggles and harm vulnerable communities, El Nuevo Día reports. Measures in a bill currently being considered in the Puerto Rican House of Representatives do not recognize U.S. federal legal advances in the past decade, such as same-sex marriage sanctioned by the Supreme Court. The existing Puerto Rico Civil Code, approved in 1930, is in the process of being reformed.

Tips for Chinese Civil Servants on Surviving in the Spy-phobic Era

National October 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm

As the relationship between China and the U.S. turns icy, several Chinese Americans working for government entities such as the NOAA, NASA, and the NSA are either under investigation or have been forced to leave on suspicions that they might be spying for China. Samuel Mok, former CFO of the U.S. Department of Labor during the Bush administration, shared advice for surviving the spy-phobic era at a forum hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in Washington, D.C., reports World Journal. One approach: “”Do not contact foreigners, let alone the Chinese. Do not travel abroad.”

Undocumented Salvadoran Gains Status Thanks to 1997 Law

National October 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm

José Ignacio Zepeda, who survived a kidnapping and a bombing during the El Salvador civil war (1980-1992), gained legal status in the U.S. last month thanks to the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), passed in 1997, after being undocumented for 18 years without knowing that he wasRead More

‘Hugs Not Walls’ in El Paso

National October 11, 2018 at 2:58 pm

The next “Hugs Not Walls” event in El Paso, at which families separated by the U.S.-Mexico border meet in a neutral spot along the Rio Grande, is being moved to another location due to border wall construction work, El Diario de El Paso reports. The sixth edition will move from Barrio Chihuahuita to the Anapra-Sunland Park border stop, where the Border Patrol will allow families to meet for three minutes. “This might be the last event, or maybe not, but we will keep fighting to keep ‘Hugs Not Walls’ going,” said Fernando García, director of Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR).

Double Punishment: Families Drive Hours to ICE Jails

National October 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm

The case of Adriana Santiago Mendel, 35, a mother of three placed by ICE in a private detention center 400 miles from her home in Sacramento, highlights a particular burden for many immigrant families, reports La Opinión. Her husband Agustín Sánchez must drive for six hours with his children to briefly see her in court hearings. “Coming from Sacramento to South California is expensive,” said Sánchez. “On my first trip I spent $1,500 to $1,700 because I rented two vans to bring 30 people to testify in court in favor of Adriana.”

Puerto Rico Mayors Prepare For the Next Disaster without Government Help

National October 10, 2018 at 11:04 am

After the disastrous experience with Hurricane María, Puerto Rican mayors are saying they’ll have to prepare for future weather emergencies individually, reports El Nuevo Día. With hurricane season in full swing, the local agency in charge of managing emergencies (NMEAD) has cancelled meetings, and instead of the eight employees it is supposed to have, it has four. “I’m thinking that this town is on its own. If the central government help arrives, then great, and the same for FEMA,” said Félix “el Cano” Delgado, mayor of Cataño. But “it would be irresponsible” to count on that, he said.