Detention center puts immigration spotlight on New Mexico town

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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By Milan Simonich  of  The New Mexican |

ARTESIA — Oil, farming and high school football are usually the hottest topics in this dusty town of 11,300 people. But now Artesia finds itself in the middle of the national debate on immigration policy.

Between 400 and 500 immigrants accused of illegally entering the United States were being held last week in a government compound here that, ironically enough, trains every U.S. Border Patrol agent. All of the immigrants being detained in Artesia are mothers and their children, a total of 191 families as of Friday.

Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch says many of those in custody at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center paid thousands of dollars to immigrant smugglers who assured them that they would be accepted in the United States if only they made it to the border in South Texas.

When these mothers with children in tow reached what they thought was a safe haven, a new world full of bright promise, many walked right up to a Border Patrol agent to announce that they were immigrating to America, Burch said. Instead, they landed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Read more

ACLU & NWIRP sue US Gov’t to provide lawyers for child migrants

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Dear Lois,

Just this morning here in Seattle, NWIRP and a coalition of partners filed a national class action lawsuit against the federal government challenging its failure to provide legal representation to thousands of children facing deportation proceedings in immigration court.

 

Let me tell you why.

 

Three of our clients – a 10-year-old boy, his 13-year old brother, and 15-year old sister in El Salvador – watched their father be murdered in front of their eyes. The father had been targeted because he and the mother ran Read more

Central American child refugees – how you can help!

July 7, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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Background on what is happening in Central America: 
Many of you have asked how you can help Central American refugees throughout the border region. Below is a list that the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) has compiled of places where you can donate supplies, volunteer your time, or make a financial contribution to support the refugees, most of whom are mothers and children, who are arriving with little more than the clothes on their back. Our border communities are opening our hearts and lending what help we can, but the need is great and your support is extraordinarily important.   Here are the ways that you can help.


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