A judge on Saturday ordered a stay on the deportation of Pablo Villavicencio Calderón, the Long Island pizza delivery worker who was arrested by ICE after being turned over by military police officers at Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton Army base.
His arrest garnered national attention and spurred community protests and feverish organizing by his attorneys last week. The public outcry seemed to have an effect as U.S. District Court judge Alison Nathan accepted the arguments from an emergency petition and ordered that Villavicencio be kept in the New York City area.
The father of two, a native of Ecuador, is married to a U.S. citizen and has an active application for relief from deportation and permanent residency. Despite the stay, he remains in immigration detention and has a hearing on July 20.
Various restaurants near the military base have said they will stop making deliveries to the soldiers inside. Restaurant owners say they are fearful of sending delivery workers that might meet the same fate as Villavicencio, and some workers have themselves called for a boycott in response to what they have understood to be an attack on the community. “I’m not going either. If they want food, let them come here [to pick it up],” one delivery worker told a reporter. NPR, New York Daily News, New York Post
Death of Bourdain is a loss for immigrant restaurant employees
Celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide on Friday at age 61, will perhaps best be remembered for both exploring cultures and cuisines around the globe. He also shone a light on the creativity and labor from mostly immigrant workers that kept the food world running in the U.S. In a famous 1999 New Yorker article on the underbelly of the New York culinary sphere, Bourdain became one of the first American chefs to directly address the vital contributions of largely Latino cooks, kitchen staff, cleaners, as well as the racism and injustice he saw pervading in the industry. Over his subsequent public career, which took him all over the world, never stopped highlighting and championing these workers. Associated Press
Kobach and Bannon intervened on Census citizenship question
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach contacted Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in July of 2017 to request that a citizenship question be added to the census partly at the behest of then-White House adviser Steve Bannon. Kobach’s connection was revealed in emails made public by the Justice Department on Friday in response to a multi-state lawsuit challenging the question’s inclusion in the 2020 census. cache Ross eventually announced that the question would be added to the 2020 census, citing a desire to enforce the Voting Rights Act as the rationale. In an email to Ross, also made public on Friday, Kobach wrote that including the question would address the issue of undocumented immigrants “who do not actually ‘reside’ in the United States” being counted for congressional apportionment purposes. The Constitution includes a mandate to count all “persons” residing in the United States, not all citizens. The New York Times
Migrant father found dead after separation from son
Marco Antonio Muñoz was found dead in his Texas jail cell last month after agents from Customs and Border Protection forcefully separated him from his wife and 3-year-old child. The family was separated in accordance with a new Justice Department policy of prosecuting all migrants crossing the border unlawfully. Muñoz and his family had crossed into the United States with the intention of seeking asylum, and he became aggressive once his child was taken away, to the point that he had been transferred to a local county jail. There, according to an incident report obtained by the Washington Post, a guard found him unresponsive and with a piece of clothing around his neck.: It is the first known migrant death in custody stemming from the family separation policy.. The Washington Post
Close to 1,800 family separations at border over the 17 months ending in February
A government official acknowledged to Reuters that the number of families that have been separated at the Southwest border neared 1,800 for the period beginning in October of 2016 and ending in February of this year. Combined with the separations from May of this year that were revealed in congressional testimony by a CBP official, the total number of family separations since October 2016 that have been acknowledged by the authorities stands at around 2,400, through gaps in data exist. The separations from that 17-month period occurred before the blanket separation policy was put into place, and the official argued that many had taken place due to medical or security issues. Reuters
Aid organizations and foster parents try to cope with separated children
While there have long been organizations dedicated to placing unaccompanied minors with foster parents in the United States, they are increasingly having to deal with the reality of placing children who arrived with their parents and were then separated. A Texas public defender said that the separations were being done without much in the way of preparation or explanation, with some parents even being told that their children were being taken to bathe and never being brought back. One young Michigan couple who began fostering a year ago is now simultaneously caring for four different children who were all independently separated from a parent at the border, three of whom do not know where their parent currently is. The Boston Globe
Etowah County Detention Center has long history of abuse
The Etowah County jail in Alabama is one of a number of county jails that are being used as long-term immigration detention centers despite having been designed for short-term stays. As far as immigration detention facilities go, the Etowah jail has a terrible track record of documented abuses, including inadequate food access and medical care. Reports issued by the Department of Homeland Security itself, including after an investigation conducted by its civil rights office, found that problems including spoiled food and rough treatment of detainees were persistent and endemic to the facility. One man who had complained of severe medical issues eventually suffered kidney failure and a heart attack that left him in a coma. He settled with the facility following a lawsuit, before being deported to Jamaica. The Daily Beast
Iowa teenager is killed three weeks after deportation to Mexico
Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, a 19-year-old who had been raised in Iowa since the age of three, was kidnapped and murdered last month in Zacatecas, Mexico, a mere three weeks after having been deported. The teen leaves behind a one-year-old son, three U.S. citizen siblings, and his mother, who all still reside in the United States. He had been the recipient of DACA status, but lost it after misdemeanor drug convictions and traffic violations. His mother says he signed a voluntary departure order after struggling in immigration detention. ABC News
- GOP must seize moment on immigration deal, by the Editorial Board. The Detroit News
- I’m A US-Born Army Vet. Why Did Border Patrol Just Try To Arrest Me And My Wife? by Dennis White, former Army infantryman. Task and Purpose
- Abuse sanctioned at border in the name of deterrence, by the Editorial Board. Arizona Daily Star
Washington – Votes gathered to force House immigration action
The movement by moderate House Republicans to force a vote on immigration through the use of a so-called discharge petition seems to have finally come to a head as the group’s leaders announced they have the votes to move forward if votes aren’t scheduled for Tuesday.
This faction of centrist GOP congress members, many of whom are vulnerable in upcoming elections, has been frustrated by congressional leaders’ inability to act on a broadly popular permanent fix for Dreamers. They are willing to coerce a vote in open defiance of Speaker Paul Ryan and other caucus leaders. The Wall Street Journal
The Department of Justice has announced that it will not defend the DACA program in the lawsuit where Texas and six other states challenge the program’s constitutionality.
Despite the fact that DACA is still technically oficial federal government policy, the DOJ referred to it as “an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws” in a legal filing from Friday. The suit was brought by the seven states in response to the government’s frustrated attempts to shut DACA down unilaterally, which have been blocked by multiple courts. CNN
At recent hearings on the 2020 Census held by the House Judiciary committee’s subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice, officials including Steve Marshall, the attorney general of Alabama, have been pressing the government to exclude undocumented immigrants from congressional apportionment, prompting an outcry from civil rights groups. The state recently filed a lawsuit that is attempting to keep the undocumented from being counted for purposes of representation in government. USA Today
Manhattan, New York – May 6, 2018: Views of the Brooklyn Bridge in Chinatown in Manhattan. Photo: Christopher Lee for Documented.