Concepción and Margarito Silva were detained on the Fourth of July while trying to meet their daughter and son-in-law — a sergeant in the 10th Mountain Division — at Fort Drum in Jefferson County, New York. The Silvas were detained after showing their IDNYC cards to the guards manning the front gate. Army officials were skeptical of the IDs and looked into their immigration history and found they had been living in Brooklyn without proper documentation. Their bonds were granted at $20,000. Pix 11
Judges Keeps Family Separation Kids Rooted in N.Y.
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A judge from the Southern District stopped ICE from transporting 70 of the kids separated by the zero tolerance policy from New York. They are also clients of Legal Aid. The organization received a temporary restraining stopping the relocation of their 70 children clients. Politico
Street Vendor Victim of an Apparent Islamophobic Beating
A Manhattan food vendor was beaten in “an act of hate,” he told NY1. Hassane Elbaz was harrassed for weeks by a man who hurled racial epithets at him at his food cart in Soho. On Monday, the man crept up behind the cart and attacked him, leaving Elbaz with bruises to his body and face. The man shouted “I’m going to f–k you up, terrorist m———-r! Arab, go back to your country!” at Elbaz. Documented spoke to Elbaz (who gave his first name as Adam) weeks before for a story on a proposed city ordinance to place GPS trackers in food carts. NY1
Einstein Immigration Letter up for Sale
A Yonkers auction house is selling a letter Albert Einstein wrote to a colleague who was denied a visa to travel to the U.S. “I am terribly sorry that you have suffered this misfortune,” he wrote. “Without doubt this has to do with the state of political insecurity created by the impending presidential elections,” he continued. Live Science
Wealth gap is Widening for Asian Americans
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders now face the widest gap in income inequality of any group in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center. The gap has almost doubled since 1970. One researcher from Pew said the gap widened because of immigration patterns starting in the ’70s. During that time, the population of newcomers became less educated than before. NPR
New USCIS Rules Make Visa Denials Easier
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is allowing employees who review visa applications and petitions to deny requests with lesser notice. They are allowed to deny requests without seeking more information that would complete the application or notifying the petitioner that the agency intends to deny their request. This policy shift will begin on September 11. CNN
ACLU Fear Mass Deportations to Come After Zero Tolerance
Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are concerned that efforts to reunite children separated from their parents at the border could coincide with mass deportations after the families are reunited, according to a legal filing. Lawyers for the ACLU said there are “persistent and increasing rumors — which defendants have refused to deny — that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon reunification.” Federal Judge Dana M. Sabraw temporarily blocked the government from deporting families separated by border authorities under the zero-tolerance policy. The New York Times
Defense Contractor in Phoenix Holds Immigrant Kids in Another Office Building
A defense contractor in Phoenix held immigrant children in a Phoenix office building, where they were forced to bathe themselves in bathroom sinks. MVM Inc. is the main contractor for transporting children separated from their parents under the zero tolerance policy in the Southwest. ICE said they would “coordinate with MVM to dispatch” families separated from their kids. Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting uncovered that the company was housing the children in a Phoenix office building several weeks ago. New revelations show they are also using another office nearby. Reveal
Democrats and Republicans Split on Immigration
Republicans and Democrats are bitterly divided on the Trump administration’s immigration policies, according to a new poll. “There’s such stark differences between Democrats and Republicans on these issues, just worlds apart,” Chris Jackson, a vice president with Ipsos Public Affairs, which conducted the poll, told NPR. Republicans were more likely to support the travel ban, the border wall and changes to visas and other means of legal migration. Most respondents opposed the border wall and Trump’s travel ban and other legal immigration restrictions. Trump’s least popular policy was family separation. Nearly 70 percent of respondents were opposed to it. NPR
85 Percent of Trump Voters Fear MS-13
Close to 100 percent of people who voted for Trump feel the El Salvadoran gang MS-13 is a threat to the U.S., according to a new poll. In a survey conducted by HuffPost and YouGov, 85 percent of Trump voters say the gang is a very serious or somewhat serious threat to the country. They worry they are worried about being personally affected by MS-13, and that they or a family member will become a victim of the gang’s violence. The gang is a common target of Trump’s ire. Out of respondents who voted for Hillary Clinton, 32 percent felt the gang is a threat. HuffPost
Washington – Democrats Introduce Family Separation Countermeasure
Democrats have introduced a new bill that will act as a countermeasure to the effects of the family separation policy on Tuesday. They are seeking to “immediately” reunite 2,600 immigrant children separated from their parents due to the policies.
Sen. Kamala Harris is a sponsor of the bill. She said she was introducing the measure to “ensure that never again will the United States government have the ability or the power to separate children from their parents in the way that has been done.” Other sponsors include Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada.
The bill would write into law some of the directives ordered by federal judges as well as providing measures to help facilitate the reunification process. The bill would order DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services formalize and publish guidance on how they will reunite the families, release parents from detention so they are not reunited in federal custody, provide the children with lawyers and refrain from deporting parents until their children’s cases are complete, among other measures. The Guardian
Republicans Offered to Introduce a Bill to Abolish ICE. Democrats Called Their BluffHouse Speaker Paul Ryan reneged on the offer to introduce a bill abolishing ICE after Democrats said they would vote against the bill in an effort to preempt the apparent stunt. Reps. Mark Pocan, Pramila Jayapal and Adriano Espaillat introduced the bill, and all said they would vote no on it. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus also came out against the proposal. “We know Speaker Ryan is not serious about passing our ‘Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act,’ so members of Congress, advocacy groups, and impacted communities will not engage in this political stunt.” Instead, Republicans say they will vote on a bill that expresses support for ICE. Vox
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