Documented

POTUSPosted by
Documented NY

Migrant Children Developing Panic Attacks and Stress at Shelters

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. A federal volunteer who spent two weeks in May at Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso, Texas, detailed how thousands of migrant children are facing stress and anxiety as they wait to be reunited with their families. Paramedics were called regularly to treat those who suffered from panic attacks so severe, they caused the children’s hands to compress into balls and their bodies to tremble. Other children would develop marks on their arms, which indicated self-harm. The volunteer mentioned the majority of the children spend the entire day sleeping. Some of those children have been at the facility for almost two months. The Associated Press.
Picture for Migrant Children Developing Panic Attacks and Stress at Shelters
Bergen County, NJPosted by
Documented NY

Detained Immigrants Continue Hunger Strike at Bergen County Jail

As surrounding county jails begin to distance themselves from detaining immigrants on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Bergen County Jail has lagged. In late April, neighboring Essex County announced that it would be ending its contract with ICE. In Hudson County, legislators and officials have publicly expressed that they would also be open to ending their contracts with the agency. Elberon Development Group, the developer that owns the building that houses the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility, is suing to break the lease.
Picture for Detained Immigrants Continue Hunger Strike at Bergen County Jail
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

Democrats Demand Answers for DACA Delay

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and a group of Democratic senators sent a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services demanding an explanation of why the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is still seeing processing delays. Cortez Masto told CNN she’s worried the delays could affect DACA applicants in the long run. “While we continue to negotiate on bipartisan immigration reform, which must include a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, we must make sure the DACA program is actually working so that this community has the safety and security it needs,” she said. Executive Director of Dream Big Nevada Astrid Silva hopes USCIS will fix the delays. CNN.
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

Latino Leaders Divided Over Best Mayoral Candidate for NYC Immigrants

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. It’s getting close to the primary elections to determine the candidates for New York City mayor. But some Latino voters feel candidates haven’t made it clear how they’ll serve immigrants. To help these voters figure out which candidates will best fit their needs, community leaders, activists and Latino politicians are preparing to endorse candidates. Alana Cantillo, senior director of advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition, said that even though the organization hasn’t decided to back a candidate yet, they believe candidates should propose specific agendas on immigration. City Limits spoke with some organizations and advocates on which candidates they felt best represent the immigrant community. City Limits and El Diario (Spanish)
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

Latin American Immigrants Can’t Reach Their Consulates

An investigation led by Documented, published in collaboration with Noticias Univision 41, found proof that the consulates of México, Honduras and Colombia in New York have backlogs of months to process ID renewals and give their nationals a passport appointment. This affects immigrants who were affected by the pandemic and are now trying to apply for public programs like the Excluded Workers Fund and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
POTUSPosted by
Documented NY

U.S. Citizen Sues After ICE Detention

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. Carlos Rios, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Mexico, is suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement for holding him in a detention center even after he showed a U.S. passport and insisted he was American. Rios, who identified as a native of Mexicali, has been in the U.S. since the 1980s and became a citizen in 2000. According to the lawsuit, Rios was pulled over on his motorcycle in November 2019 on suspicion of driving under the influence. The next day, two ICE officers who didn’t identify themselves allegedly seized him and brought him to the Northwest immigration jail in Tacoma, Washington. A week after Rios was detained, ICE officials took his biometric information and realized he was a U.S. citizen. The Associated Press.
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

$2 Billion Directed Back to Military Projects From Border Wall Construction

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. After the Trump administration shifted $2 billion in military spending to border wall construction, the Biden administration is redirecting it back. When he stepped into office, Biden quickly paused wall construction pending a review of the project. According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, this move will restore funds for on-base schools, hangars, housing and facilities, including over $10 million for missile expansion and $79 million for elementary school for U.S. military children in Germany. “Building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border and costs American taxpayers billions of dollars is not a serious policy solution or responsible use of Federal funds,” said OMB in its fact sheet. CNN.
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

New York Lawyers for Immigrants Program Could Inspire National Model

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. Last month, President Joe Biden signed a presidential memorandum to expand access to legal representation for low-income people, immigrants and asylum seekers. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, a program that provides publicly funded lawyers to detained or incarcerated immigrants in the state, could potentially be a model for the Biden administration. The project began with a $500,000 grant from the New York City Council in 2013 and now receives $16.6 million in public funding to support over 100 staff, including attorneys, paralegals, social workers and administrators who work to better immigrants’ case outcomes. Advocates and experts believe the New York project has encouraged similar local efforts throughout the U.S. Vox.
Texas StatePosted by
Documented NY

Health Department Threatens to Sue Texas Governor

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is threatening to sue Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) halted the licensing of child care facilities holding migrant children. Texas authorities followed Abbott’s orders and instructed 52 state-licensed shelters and foster care programs housing collectively 8,600 migrant children to begin closing operations by Aug 30. Paul Rodriguez, a top HHS lawyer, sent Abbott a letter saying this declaration would violate the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Abbott has until Friday to clarify if the state authorities’ plan applies to shelters overseen by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. CBS News.
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

Documented Talks: “Immigration Matters,” Strategies for a Future Immigration System

While there is bipartisan agreement that the current U.S. immigration system is broken, the book Immigration Matters, Strategies for a Future Immigration System by Ruth Milkman, Deepak Bhargava, and Penny Lewis, outlines elements of what a different future would look like. This was the topic for Documented’s fifth panel discussion on immigration issues: How do we build a more humane immigration system?
POTUSPosted by
Documented NY

Harris Tells Central Americans ‘Don’t Come’ to U.S. Border

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. During a Monday visit to Guatemala, Vice President Kamala Harris warned Central American migrants against traveling to the U.S. “If you come to our border, you will be turned back,” she said after meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted in response to Harris’ message, writing “this is disappointing to see.” Symone Sanders, a spokesperson for Harris, added via email that Biden and Harris “have been clear in dissuading people from making the dangerous and treacherous journey to the U.S.-Mexico border.” Harris also promised Giammattei that the Biden administration would fight corruption and other root causes of migration. Bloomberg.
Bergen County, NJPosted by
Documented NY

14 Protesters Arrested at Bergen County Jail

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. On Tuesday, 14 protesters were arrested during an anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement demonstration at New Jersey’s Bergen County Jail. One was charged with assaulting an officer. Those arrested were part of a group that held an overnight vigil across from the jail to stop the deportation of Marvin Jerezano Peña. He was arrested in Red Bank and had a federal deportation hearing scheduled for Tuesday in Newark. Some protesters blocked vehicles from entering and leaving the port used to shuttle inmates and detainees. Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton said at one point, demonstrators sat down in front of an ICE vehicle to block it from leaving the jail. Daily Voice.
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

How Green Empire Farms Failed to Stop One of New York’s Biggest COVID-19 Outbreaks

Cassidy Jensen is a journalist who recently graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Toni Stabile Investigative Fellow. Her work has been published in THE CITY, Washington City Paper and TalkPoverty. She will soon be joining the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire, covering criminal justice and the city of Concord. Find her on Twitter @cassidymjensen or read more of her work at https://cassidyjensen.com/.
POTUSPosted by
Documented NY

U.S. Border Officers Collecting DNA from All Asylum Seekers

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. David was one of many asylum seekers who were asked for DNA samples before entering the U.S. A Customs and Border Protection officer asked him to rub a swab on the inside of his cheeks and he ended up waiting for three hours, not knowing where that information was going. According to U.S. immigration authorities, this practice has been required since the end of last year. Advocates contend they’ve only heard of this happening recently and say it could affect the most vulnerable asylum seekers. BuzzFeed News.
POTUSPosted by
Documented NY

India Travel Ban Leaves Hundreds of Employees Stranded

Achintya Sharma was flying to New Delhi, India, when President Joe Biden announced a ban on travel from India to reduce the spread of a COVID-19 variant that has ravaged the country since March. Sharma was making the emergency trip home for his father’s funeral. He was at work in...
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

Harris Arrives in Latin America for Migration Talks

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. Vice President Kamala Harris made her way to Latin America late Sunday to meet with Guatemalan and Mexican leaders to discuss migration. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, who meets with her Monday, described Harris as a straight-talking, detailed-oriented leader who concentrates on the long-standing reasons that people are leaving his country. His goal is for U.S. lawmakers to create stricter laws against traffickers and says Guatemala is ready to apprehend them. According to Giammattei, Harris is open to the idea and should be announcing plans for Justice Department prosecutors to collaborate with Guatemalan authorities to bring action against drug traffickers and other transnational crimes. CBS News.
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

ICE Stays Quiet on Vaccination Rates at Buffalo Federal Detention Facility

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. Even though New York is moving onto the next phase of the pandemic and no longer requiring people to wear masks, this isn’t the case in immigration jails. A few detention centers are still seeing an incline of COVID-19 cases, and some have yet to distribute vaccines to detainees. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hasn’t shared how many vaccinations have been provided, including at the largest detention center in New York, the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility. Public defenders have been fighting for vaccines to be available for detainees when the vaccination process began in New York, but they still have no information on what’s happening in Buffalo. ICE said all detainees at the facility were offered the vaccine, but didn’t go further into detail. City Limits.
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

Unsuccessful Migration Trips Upturn Guatemalans’ Lives

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. Alvina Jerónimo Pérez doesn’t want to face her neighbors after her unsuccessful journey to live in the U.S. To build another room on her concrete block home, Pérez had to borrow money, which she figured she could make back if she made it to the U.S. But instead she fell victim to a smuggler who promised her a job if she crossed the border with her husband and daughter. Jerónimo Pérez paid the smuggler $7,700. But despite her failed attempt to cross the border, Jerónimo Pérez sees no hope for surviving unless she tries again. The Associated Press.
ImmigrationPosted by
Documented NY

Detention and Deportation Isn’t Deterring Migrants From Crossing the Border

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. There are close to 40 percent more people in immigration detention now than when President Joe Biden took office, even though his administration is turning away migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and warning them not to come to the U.S. But research shows threatening migrants with detention and deportation doesn’t deter them from crossing the border, especially if they’re victims of violence and looking to escape from their home countries. Emily Ryo, a professor of law and sociology at the USC Gould School of Law, with the help of Vanderbilt University and Latin American Public Opinion Project, surveyed about 11,000 voting-age adults in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador coming to the U.S. It revealed that even when they knew about the U.S.’s deportation and detention policy, 21 percent of them still wanted to migrate. Vox.
New York City, NYPosted by
Documented NY

7,000 New Yorkers Apply for COVID-19 Rent Relief in 4 Hours

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. More than 7,000 New Yorkers applied for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program within four hours of its launch, causing several technical issues, New York’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance said. ERAP will send money directly to landlords whose low- to middle-income tenants showed they couldn’t pay rent because of the pandemic. To inform immigrant tenants and undocumented residents about the program, six of the city’s largest nonprofit legal service providers and tenant rights’ groups created a Know Your Rights campaign and housing helpline. Attorney Ju-Bum Cha of the MinKwon Center said immigrants were most likely to need to provide documents to access the funds. City Limits.