News Round Up In-Brief
- Since October, more than 47,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended on the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly in Arizona and regions of South Texas that have not seen such high immigration in over a decade. (The New York Times Editorial Board provides one of the best overviews of the crisis to date, as well as some suggestions.)
- A recent UNHCR report address some of the reasons for the rise, including gang influences and rumors of immigration permits for youth. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared “a level-four condition of readiness” in the Rio Grande Valley and President Obama responded by forming a special task group under FEMA and an initiative to provide child immigrants with lawyers.
- Volunteers with groups such as the Phoenix Restoration Project have struggled to aid women and children “dumped” at bus stations without food, water, or means to contact family members, although there are reports of attempted remedies.
- Hundreds of children are being held temporarily at makeshift shelters at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, in Nogales, Arizona, and at Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma, all locations that, unequipped for medical screenings, leave advocates concerned about the health of detainees (especially in Nogales). Ninety percent of such youths are eligible for immigration relief in the U.S., but reports say most are repatriated.
- In makeshift detention centers, volunteers bear much of the burden of responding to “a humanitarian crisis.” In New York state, too, advocates are being challenged by the surge of child migrants.
- The federal government will begin investigating claims made by legal aid groups that Border Patrol agents have mistreated minors in the U.S.-Mexico border’s infamously unmonitored desert.
- Recent polls suggest that the American populace is more tolerant of undocumented residents, on average, than the current Congress.
- The House Appropriations Committee banned the use of ICE funds to pay for abortions for detained immigrant women except in certain cases, which will be left to the discretion of ICE employees.
- Reporting the results of its five-year investigation, an ACLU report alleges that abuse and cost-cutting measures in ICE facilities have produced harsh and dangerous conditions for immigrant detainees around the country.
- On the same day that White House officials made clear Obama’s strategy to delay any review or changes to deportation policy to satiate House Republicans, ICE officials raided homes and businesses in Milwaukee and were met with protests by local immigrant families.
- The Obama administration will drop its legal fight against the most controversial “show-me-your-papers” provision of Arizona’s immigration law.
- Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughter is one of many advocates supporting increased farmworker protections in New York state.
- A report by the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC-San Diego found that three-quarters of surveyed undocumented youth eligible for Deferred Action felt the program was not enough for them to feel safe in their communities.
- To mark the 10th anniversary of the Irish citizenship referendum (which denied the right of citizenship to children born in Ireland), two blogs have published a summary history of Irish citizenship policies and a memorialization of the referendum campaign.
- An employee of the multinational private prison giant Serco has alleged an anti-immigration culture and uninvestigated sexual abuses at the Yarl’s Wood detention center in Australia.
- A Fijian man in need of a kidney transplant died in a Fijian hospital after being deported from New Zealand.
- French riot police evacuated three tent campsites in the town of Calais that had temporarily housed 600-800 mostly Middle Eastern refugees. The evacuation followed elections in which the anti-immigration National Front party finished ahead of France’s other major political parties.
- A report produced by independent experts enumerated concerns about the delivery of mental and physical healthcare, particularly to children, in Australia’s offshore Nauru detention center.
- Vancouver may become the next Canadian “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants.
- On May 28, more than 1,000 would-be immigrants attempted to storm the razor-wire barrier between Morocco and Melilla, Spain, with about 500 successfully breaching the border.
- In the first week of June, the Italian Navy rescued about 5,200 migrants and recovered three bodies from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Since the beginning of the year, over 50,000 migrants have entered Italy – more than in all of 2013 – and are living in massively overcrowded makeshift shelters such as “Salaam Palace” outside Rome.
- A post on The Conversation discusses Australia’s failure to fulfill its obligations to refugees under the UN Refugee Convention.
Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher
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