A loose collection of activists, faith leaders and taxi drivers have mobilized to help immigrants cross the northern border.
“We view this as our Underground Railroad,” said Carole Slatkin, an advocate, told The Washington Post.
They provide immigrants with places to rest and supplies to help ease their journey, but their work is less popular north of the border as border officials struggle to cope with an increase in people crossing illegally to claim asylum. The Washington Post
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Separated Children to Return on Tuesday
Eight children who were separated from their parents are set to be returned to Guatemala on Tuesday to reunite with their deported parents, The New York Times reports. After the Guatemalan consulate organized travel documents for the children, they will now board a commercial flight organized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The children, represented by Catholic Charities, received voluntary departure orders in court in recent weeks. The New York Times
Travel Ban Forces Yemeni New Yorkers to Make Tough Decisions
Some Yemenis are considering returning to the war-torn country to reunite with family members that are blocked from coming to the U.S. due to President Trump’s travel ban, which prevents citizens of Yemen and several predominantly Muslim countries from coming to the U.S. Sondos al-Silwi, a New York City charter school teacher, is moving back to Yemen, which has been in a state of war for three years, to reunite with her husband, Abdullah. He was blocked from coming to the U.S. due to the ban, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in June. They’re one of many couples who are unable to be together due to the ban. HuffPost
City Councilman Jumaane Williams testifies in his own trial, defends his protest of Ravi Ragbir arrest, NY Daily News
12-year-old ‘abducted’ from DC airport was picked up by parents who had used immigration consultant to get girl to U.S., PIX11
Detective on mayor’s security detail slaps city with $7 million lawsuit, alleging anti-Muslim bias, NY Daily News
It has been 123 days since Memphis-based journalist Manuel Durán was detained by immigration authorities after first being arrested by the Memphis Police Department while covering a protest. Documented will keep a running tally of how long Durán remains in detention
More Instances of Abuse at Shelters That House Immigrants
Children at a Virginia shelter that housed undocumented immigrant children were disciplined by being strapped to a hard backed metal chair, some while only in their underwear, according to testimony in court documents. Other children at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center were forced to wear a mesh mask, sometimes while strapped to the chair. These are the latest complaints to emerge about the shelters contracted by the federal government to house undocumented migrant children. Sworn statements from a class-action lawsuit against the facility paint a bleak picture of life at the facility. The New York Times
Also: 2 Workers at Arizona Migrant Children Centers Are Charged With Sexual Abuse, The New York Times
Military Spouse Deported to Mexico
Alejandra Juarez flew back to Mexico on Friday from the Orlando, Florida airport, after she exhausted all other options to prevent her deportation. She is married to former U.S. Marine Temo Juarez, a naturalized citizen who voted for Trump, and the mother of two children aged 16 and nine. The breaking up of military families has drawn scrutiny from critics of the government’s immigration policy. Her case spurred local Democratic Rep. Darren Soto to push the Protect Patriot Spouses Act that would protect family spouses of U.S. citizen military members from deportation, but it has yet to be taken up by committee. There are 11,800 military families that may be facing a similar situation to the Juarez family, according to a study by American Families United, a pro-immigration advocacy group. Associated Press
Man Goes Blind in One Eye in ICE Detention
Gonzalo Chavez was arrested during an ICE raid of a slaughterhouse in rural Tennessee and held in detention for three months. He came out blind in one eye as ICE agents did not believe he had diabetes, which left him a week without medicine. He also lost his house, clothing and title to his car. Chavez was one of 97 people arrested in one of ICE’s biggest workplace raids of the past decade. A judge set his bond at $20,000, which he was able to meet due to support from the local community. Nonprofits and other local groups have also helped him since he got out. Nashville Tennessean
How Trump Radicalized ICE, The Atlantic [In-Depth]
The Power of ‘Abolish ICE’, The New York Times [Opinion]
ICE teams up with Nicaragua even a US decries Ortega’s crackdown, The Guardian
How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration, The New York Times
Death of toddler who was held at detention center prompts call for investigation, The Dallas Morning News
Caroline Detention Center expects to house immigrant detainees soon, Fredericksburg.com
Washington – Trump Admin. Suffers Blow in Courts on DACA and Zero-Tolerance
A federal judge ruled on Friday that the DACA program should be fully restored, giving the administration 20 days to do so.
DC District Judge John Bates originally gave the Trump administration 90 days to justify its decision to rescind the program, during which time the government had to renew the status for existing recipients. On Friday, he said it had failed to justify the decision and must reinstate the program entirely.
The ruling sets the stage for two potentially conflicting decisions by federal judges as a separate case is set to be heard Wednesday, where the Texas attorney general and other states have sued the government to have DACA ended completely. CNN
In a separate case in California, the Trump administration suffered another defeat as Judge Dana Sabraw scolded the government for suggesting the American Civil Liberties Union should take the lead on finding the deported parents of children who were separated at the border.
In the ongoing litigation regarding the now defunct ‘zero-tolerance’ policy that led to some 2,500 children being separated from their parents, Judge Sabraw asked both parties to submit plans for finding the deported parents of children who were separated.
The government suggested that the ACLU should carry this burden, but Sabraw ruled that it was “100% the responsibility of the administration” to find the nearly 500 parents who were deported before being reunited with their children. He added that if it does not track down the parents, it would have “permanently orphaned” the children. CNN
Family border arrest levels remain unchanged despite ‘zero tolerance, Politico
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