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I had almost forgotten about that one, actually.

In 2004 or 2005 (I honestly don’t remember by now), I got summoned for some kind of immigration hearing. Scheduled for the 4th of July, which I still find crap amusing.

Anyway, when we got there, it was apparently canceled, and security wouldn’t even let us in the building. And we never heard anything more about it?

No idea what was going on there, but that is about how organized the Home Office has seemed overall. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, tbh.

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If you don’t know Spanish pronunciation, try to copy and paste this into google translate and press “audio translate”

If you’re in a situation where you need to defend ppl that can’t speak English, use these phrases. Try to practice beforehand. If nothing else, just say the english translations.

No digan nada sin abogado. No tienes que decir nada, aun si no tienes papeles!

Don’t say anything without a lawyer! You don’t have to say anything even if you don’t have papers!

No los dejes registrarte sin prueba de un delito federal o violacion de ley del inmigracion! La raza, silencio, o incapacidad de hablar ingles no es prueba! Hay que haber hechos específicos sobre ti que son prueba de violación de ley de inmigración

Don’t let them search you without proof of a federal crime or violation of immigration law! Race, silence, or inability to speak English is not proof! There must be specific facts about you that are proof of immigration law violation.

Remember, if you’re white, you have a responsibility to put stops in immigration enforcement. Do NOT LET ICE INTIMIDATE YOU. STAND YOUR GROUND AND YOU CAN PREVENT ATROCITIES.


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Could ICE maybe stop fucking deporting people who haven’t done anything except come into the country for a better life t h a n k s

(My mom works at an elementary school and someone’s father was detained and sent back to Honduras just a few hours ago. Their mom hasn’t even told the kids, she said he’s “away for work”. The father owned his own landscaping business and he coached soccer and as someone who lives in a half-Latino town, I think deportation is bullshit)

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US ethnic cleansing 2.0…

By Alexandra Mendoza

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Nearly 60,000 Haitian immigrants living and working in the United States are living with uncertainty once again after the federal government granted them 18 months to leave the country by ending their Temporary Protected Status.

This immigration program that was enacted in the 1990s to protect nationals from countries affected by natural disaster or civil wars was granted to Haitians in the wake of the earthquake that devastated their country in 2010.

However, the Department of Homeland Security announced that this benefit will expire on July 22, 2019, considering that living conditions have improved significantly in Haiti so is is time for the to return to home or apply for an alternative immigration status.

But Haitians and human rights activists in San Diego disagree with that observation and believe that this decision is based on politics and not facts.

“Many natural disasters have happened in Haiti, so people try to rebuild, so that could take a long time,” said Jean Elise Durandisse, minister of the United Methodist Church of Christ.

If Haitians are forced to leave the U.S., they most likely seek to settle in another country, because for many of them, Haiti is still in precarious conditions.

“If they return to Haiti it is because they have no other option, people will try to find another place for themselves and their families,” he said.

The decision of the U.S. government also puts the Haitian economy in check, since much of the reconstruction efforts depend on the remittances that come from abroad.

Hope now falls on Congress to intervene to protect the temporary status of the nearly 60,000 Haitians living in the country, half of which have American children.

“(Haitians) who live here pay taxes, work, take care of themselves, have children here, so at least the government could sit down and think about what can be done so that both parties win,” he said.

Although it is estimated that around 100 Haitians reside in San Diego, last year this region of the border was the gateway for thousands who arrived at the San Ysidro Port of Entry requesting entry into the U.S.

Once they were granted a stay, most of them moved to other parts of the country, such as Florida, where an estimated 32,000 Haitians live.

For Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Comittee, this decision by the federal administration goes against the spirit of the Country.

“Even the Statue of Liberty says to open the doors to all people who are seeking refuge and unfortunately, these policies say the opposite,” Rios said.

The decision comes weeks after the Department of Homeland Security announced the elimination of the Temporary Protected Status for 2,500 Nicaraguans and delayed a determination on 57,000 Hondurans residing in the country under the same program.

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I’m stuck trying to write this cover letter for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. The position I’m applying for is legal advocate or paralegal. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is a non-profit that provides legal aid to detainees as well as free legal counseling to detainees, since detainees do not have a right to public defenders. I got to know them through my work at the Church Council. They were a part of getting the Rapid Response Hotline started, which I volunteered for. They have done most of the content and resources for Know Your Rights workshops, a couple of which I was able to attend and was then confident enough to volunteer to give a KYR workshop with Colectiva Legal. NWIRP filed a class action suit challenging the Muslim Ban and they were also at the airport the day the ban was implemented. I want to work with them because I believe they are a community minded organization. They work from the ground up with the best interest of the people they serve in mind. I want to stay close to Tacoma and to the Detention Center, as I know there are plans to expand it and that will be up for discussion at City Council in September. I would be glad to continue to learn about the organizations and the work being done in Tacoma to combat detention. I got to know some local organizations, attending actions put on by Northwest Detention Center Resistance and was in communication with AID Northwest. 

I want to ultimately work on immigration reform because militarization and deportation is not how we should go about solving the issue of undocumentation. It is in the interest of ICE and GEO to make detainees believe they are illegal criminals who do not deserve to be in this country, but what should be illegal is the treatment immigrants and refugees at the detention center receive. 

I got to appreciate NWIRP more this year as they helped a friend of my family’s who was detained. He didn’t have a lawyer but thanks to NWIRP he had a better idea of what was going to happen and what rights he had. 

As I drink my agua de sandía the bright pink drink takes me back to the warmest places of my memory, pero the most fresca ones too. Mami loves blending watermelon and keeps a pitcher of the agua in the fridge all summer long.

The agua de sandía was common for Mami when she was growing up in Honduras, too. I remember feeling prideful of the hot pink drink when I saw it being served out of a huge jarra of the kind that are common at las pulgas. Anyway it was a whole rainbow of jarras de agua fresca and it was beautiful. I remember it because moments where my identity were affirmed in my surroundings were rare growing up.   

I want to work toward immigration reform so that more latinx kids growing up can be affirmed through what they see and how their families are treated. People shouldn’t be in a constant state of not belonging. I want my family to be confident that there is a place for them here.

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Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba is the fifth person to die in immigration detention in 2017

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CIVIC is calling for an independent investigation after a Nicaraguan man, Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba, 32, died while in U.S. immigration detention after months of incarceration at a privately-run detention center that has been accused of medical neglect in the past.

Mr. Gonzalez-Gadba was detained on December 29, 2016, near Otay Mesa in Southern California. He was transferred to and was detained at the Adelanto Detention Facility, a facility run by GEO Group. ICE reported that Mr. Gonzalez-Gadba was transferred to the hospital from the Adelanto Detention Facility on March 22nd, after GEO staff conducting routine evening rounds at the detention center found him hanging in his cell. Medical staff at Adelanto called 911, and according to ICE, began efforts to resuscitate him. Gonzalez-Gadba was rushed to the hospital’s intensive care unit and placed on life support.

Gonzalez-Gadba never regained consciousness. He passed away early Tuesday morning with the preliminary cause of death being heart failure resulting from asphyxiation.

“The Adelanto Detention Facility is known for its substandard medical care. Mr. Gonzalez-Gadba’s death should be fully investigated to ensure that his death could not have been prevented,” said Christina Fialho, an attorney and the co-founder/co-executive director of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC).

In previous statements released by ICE regarding apparent suicide victims, ICE usually immediately mentions that the suicide victim did not seek medical attention. However, ICE made no such comment regarding Mr. Gonzalez-Gadba’s death. Fernando Dominguez Valdivia’s death in 2012 at the Adelanto Detention Facility was deemed preventable by the U.S. Office of Detention Oversight. CIVIC also has documented disturbing circumstances around the death of Raul Ernesto Morales-Ramos in 2015 at the Adelanto Detention Facility.

Mr. Gonzalez-Gadba is the fifth person to die in immigration detention in 2017 according to ICE, and he is the fourth person to die at the Adelanto Detention Facility.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mr. Gonzalez-Gadba.

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Nicaraguan immigrant held in ICE custody dies was originally published in IMM Print on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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CIVIC’s weekly spotlight on crimes committed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This week’s crime: Deaths in Detention

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A demonstrator carries a coffin at the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona. Photo credit: ©2016 Associated Press and Human Rights Watch’s 2016 report “U.S.: Deaths in Immigration Detention.”

Last week, a 32-year-old Nicaraguan man named Omar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba died at the Adelanto Detention Facility in California after hanging himself in his cell.

Isolation characterizes his experience, what little of it we know. He was not immediately discovered and tended to because he was in a cell by himself. He never had a visitor while detained at Adelanto, and authorities are having difficulty locating his next of kin in the United States or in Nicaragua.

This is the fifth death in U.S. immigration detention reported by ICE in 2017. There have been at least 165–170 deaths in detention since 2003, when ICE began reporting deaths to Congress, but the numbers are fuzzy. Suicide, medical neglect, and missing information characterize these events, as deep-dive investigations and human rights reports continue to expose. As CIVIC has pointed out, ICE usually immediately mentions that apparent suicide victims did not seek medical attention before their deaths. However, ICE made no such claim this time. CIVIC demands an investigation of Mr. Gonzalez-Gadba’s death.

If immigration detention is designed to make people disappear, death is the ultimate realization of a system rooted in imperialism and white supremacy.

The use of private prisons also exacerbates conditions that lead to deaths. The for-profit Eloy Detention Center in Arizona, run by CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America), ranks highest in suicides and is deemed the “deadliest” in the nation.

Read “Why Are so Many Inmates Dying at the Eloy Immigration Center?” and “The Strange Death of José de Jesús

A Pattern of Neglect

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Left: Portrait of Teka Gulema. Right: Memorial service held by the #ShutDownEtowah campaign. Photo credit: CIVIC

Teka Gulema died in early 2016 as a result of an infection contracted in the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Alabama. But ICE failed to report his death.

After a failure to properly treat the infection, ICE “released” Mr. Gulema from custody, although he remained immobile in the same hospital bed in Gadsden that ICE had transported him to, thereby avoiding the agency’s obligations to report Mr. Gulema’s death to government entities and the public. His death will not be counted in ICE’s death toll, but we will keep his memory alive.

Members of Adelante Alabama Worker Center, the #ShutDownEtowah campaign, and local faith leaders created and carried Teka’s portrait during a memorial action they conducted on the street outside the center to remember Mr. Gulema and express outrage at his death and at ICE’s attempts to disappear him.

Read CIVIC’s complaint regarding Teka’s death and a pattern of medical neglect at the Etowah County Detention Center.

Suicide: End of Hope, Act of Resistance, Ultimate Plea

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From a suicide letter by Jumah Dossari at Guantanamo Bay from October, 2006. Presented in a lecture by Dr. A. Naomi Paik at UC Irvine, 10/4/16. Photo credit: Tina Shull.

When people are driven to commit suicide in indefinite detention here, in England (where suicide attempts peaked at one a day in 2015), Australia, or at Guantanamo Bay, we must see the shared underpinnings of imperialism behind these events.

We may see these acts as the end of hope. Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, who died at Guantanamo Bay in 2012 after multiple suicide attempts, wrote that he felt he was “living a dying life,” and that “life… has become death.”

We may also see these acts as acts of resistance. In 1981, Haitians who were being detained at the Krome facility in Miami were transferred to Fort Allen, Puerto Rico, an overflow facility that was chosen in part to make detention less visible to the American public. During the flight, three people tried to jump out of the airplane. Nineteen Haitian women wrote a letter to the INS from Fort Allen: “Since we arrived on American soil, we have been mistreated… Now we cannot stand it any more. It is too much. If we have not been freed by the end of November, a good number of us are going to commit suicide. Because we have sworn to die in the United States.” It was signed, “The Unhappy Refugees of Enclave VI.” In 1982, a man named Prophete Talerant hung himself in the bathroom. He was facing deportation and had spent a year at Fort Allen. In defiance, the other men did not allow INS officials to remove Prophete’s body for a week.

Finally, we may see these acts as an ultimate plea to be seen. Jumah Dossari, a Bahraini man held at Guantanamo Bay for five years, three and half spent in solitary confinement, and repatriated to Saudi Arabia in 2007, wrote of his suicide attempts: “There was no alternative to make our voice heard by the world from the depths of the detention centers except this way in order for the world to re-examine its standing and for the fair people of American to look again…and… have a moment of truth with themselves.”

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VOICE: Victims of ICE was originally published in IMM Print on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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by Diana Rodriguez

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The CaliBaja region has become, in recent years, a top notch destination for those who are passionate about good eating. The emerging culinary scene between both Californias has allowed the formation of a unique culinary concept in the world.
The second edition of the Sabor Latino Food, Beer, and Wine Festival was held last Saturday March 18 as part of the San Diego Latino Film Fest.

Renowned chefs like Sabina Bandera, Martin San Roman, Ruffo Ibarra, Carlos Cervantes, Danielle de la Puente, and 15 more Latino chefs, demonstrated their talent, creativity and professionalism, by presenting their delicious creations to assistants who were able to enjoy innovative dishes, fusing their contemporary proposals in an ideal atmosphere with regional wines and craft brews.

Inspired by Mexican agua de jamaica, Barrio Logan’s Border X Brewing captivated savvy palates with their Blood Saison, a tart brew made with real hibiscus, agave and crystal malts.

“This is a very important moment for Baja California,” said Ruffo Ibarra, Founder of Oryx Capital, in Tijuana, for La Prensa San Diego. “We are the state where we all support each other the most amongst colleagues.”

“Chefs like Javier Plascencia, Miguel Angel Guerrero, and Martin San Roman paved the way for us, and today we are a second generation where an open culture exists, a creative culture, a totally new cultural movement was created in Tijuana, which makes us a center of attention as a gastronomic destination, which makes us feel very proud about representing it”, Ibarra added.

“The new gastronomic movement comes up because of the need to merge the old school with the new generations who come hungry and wants to show new techniques of a changing kitchen, all in line with the diner’s needs who is always looking for new flavors and textures, which makes us as chefs go along with this movement”, said chef Carlos Cervantes, who for more than seven years has been dedicated to the cooking of paella with a distinctive seal. “As a Latino, what motivates me is definitely the people you serve, when you see the reaction of the diner, you see the effort of your passion reflected, and it’s what leads me to continue creating”.

As Miguel Angel Guerrero, founder of the Baja Med cuisine style once mentioned: “The relationship between Tijuana and San Diego is like a married couple. It started off with a lot of passion, like a honeymoon, then things cooled off between them and by 2008, they weren’t spending as much time in bed together; Tijuana and San Diego almost got a divorce, but now they’re finding their way back together, passion is coming back because we miss each other and need each other.”
Today, the region’s gastronomy is finally claiming its rightful place and positioning itself as a key attraction in the food world.

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Por media noche
Los tragos todavia
Y ahi estabas
con tus amigos
Y viste
sobre mi botella

Y algo te toco
No se si fue las memorias
de las lagrimas
de la gente
que deportaron a otros paises
Sin saber que le hiba pasar

O tal vez te sientes mal
por el trabajo que hicistes
Al fin, no se, pero
te portaste raro
Y yo al fin me senti raro tambien
A ver un joven
Como yo, hombre latino
Sin oportunidad que
llego hacer el trabajo sucio
de un gobierno que ni le importa
cuatro pepinos
de ti, ni tu familia
y a ningunos de los latinxs

Espero que un dia puedes ayudar
Alguien que lo necesita
Como lo tantos que mandaste
a sufrir


ICE in the Summer

It was midnight
the liquor still
controlling me
and there you were
with your friends
and you read
on my bottle

And something touched you
was it the memories
of the tears
from the people
that you deported to other countries
without knowing what would happen to them

Or maybe you felt bad
because of the work you did
ultimately, I don’t know, but
you behaved strangely
and I felt strange too
to see a young man
like myself, a young latino
without opportunity who
ended up doing the dirty work
for a government who
could care less
about you, your family,
or any of us latinxs

I hope one day you can be useful
to someone
someone who needs it
much like the many you sent away
to suffer.

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🚨 ALERTA: #CHICAGO - La Policía tendrá una presencia en alto nivel con varios retenes durante este fin de semana al noroeste y sur de Chicago, para monitorear continuamente a los vehículos en busca de señales de conductores que conducen bajo la influencia.

Conozca sus derechos y cuidanse mucho mi gente ✊🏾🙏🏾

🎨 vía @alexereyes

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I’m going to do a presentation at the Cesar Chavez Center, and apparently his grandson or son are going to be there…It’s going to be awkward because I’m going to touch on the corruption of the UFW and the problematic words used in El Malcriado and how the UFW would give the migra names of undocumented workers so they would get deported…Oh well. 

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my dad is watching this thing with this really thriller music about how immigration law in the us is allowing people to come here and stay easily. theyre talking about it as if its a problem




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