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The largest immigration legal services non-profit in TX, focusing on under-served immigrant children, families & refugees. "Never willing to help ICE" endorsed.
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3 Jun
Governor @GregAbbott_TX's decision is going to uproot the lives of thousands of children while pushing them into even more sub-standard conditions.
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@GregAbbott_TX This order is clearly another brazen attempt by Abbott to align himself with the former president, who endorsed his reelection yesterday, and demonize immigrants.

Meanwhile, Abbott is doing nothing to solve the problem of the Texas foster care system.
@GregAbbott_TX Abbott is using facilities housing migrant children as a diversion from his terrible governing.

If he cared about children in TX then he would spend money on child welfare rather than pouring tons of $ into an unnecessary armed response at the border to children seeking asylum.
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5 May
The world's 👀 are on Colombia 🇨🇴 as human rights violations rack up amidst peaceful protests.

26+ ppl killed by police
10+ cases of sexual assault
87+ disappearances

🚨 We urge @POTUS to denounce the situation & pressure @IvanDuque to cease the violence
washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/…
To make matters worse, the ruling political party is asking the gov't to declare emergency powers to deal w/the protests, which they say have been infiltrated by illegal groups 🙄

That means taking control of radio/tv, restricting protests...censorship. elespectador.com/noticias/polit…
Let's picture the equivalent to that here in the U.S. ⬇️

Republicans calling for Trump to get emergency powers because....Antifa.

Not a good look, huh?
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14 Apr
Each day, 600+ kids arrive at the 🇺🇸 🇲🇽 border w/o their parents.

Make no mistake, families don't make decisions like this lightly.

But ultimately, however dangerous the trek north may be...staying behind is, many times an assurance of violence and/or poverty.

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Upon arriving, unaccompanied children are supposed to be held in CBP custody for a max of 72 hrs after which they're sent to an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) temporary shelter.

There, they wait to be reunified with a family member/sponsor. But that’s not the full story...
Inside influx shelters like Carrizo, our staff provides Know Your Rights presentations for kids.

Bc we believe it's imperative every child know their rights & have access to legal rep, as their time detained is coupled w/the start of deportation proceedings in immigration court.
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24 Mar
Today our Director of Released Children’s Services is visiting the Carrizo Springs detention center along with members of Congress. We're currently providing the kids detained there with legal services.

As RAICES, we’ve been at the frontlines of this issue for many years.🧵👇🏽
Let us be clear: There is no “security crisis” or “surge” at the border. The situation we are facing is nothing new. Child migration and the numbers of kids we're seeing enter through the border is not unprecedented, unusual or surprising. Statistically this was very predictable.
The number of children coming into the US changes depending on the time of year.

This is normal. This is expected. This is something the government can prepare for.

washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/…
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10 Mar
🧵THREAD: TPS for Venezuelans

Any action to provide relief by the Biden admin is a welcome gesture that'll improve the lives of thousands of immigrants living in the U.S.

This shows us an admin willing to use Executive Action to provide relief to the immigrant community.
With this, we are aware that other countries are in dire need of TPS.

People from places such as Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are unable to return, and require Executive relief as well.
And while TPS would be a huge boost to the lives of many immigrants, we must also seek permanent solutions for immigrants already in the U.S.

We demand that Congress take action immediately and provide permanent protection for TPS recipients.
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9 Mar
To no surprise Operation Lone Star is Abbott's latest attack on the migrant community, an operation upholding racist rhetoric from the previous administration.

Abbott seems to be incapable of protecting Texans under a pandemic, yet highly skilled in criminalizing migrants. 🧵👇🏽
Under Operation Lone Star air, ground, marine and tactical border security units will be deployed to "high-threat areas for cartel activity and drug smuggling".

The data backing this increase of criminal activity seem to stem from Abbott claiming to know "cartel strategy".
Abbott's blatant hypocrisy of stalling efforts to approve federal funds for #COVID19 safety & lifting the mask mandate only supports the xenophobic characterization of immigrants as a risk to public health.

Which is what Title 42 is & what he's using to his political advantage.
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26 Feb
A lot of folks may be celebrating the end of immigrant family detention centers.

We're here to tell you this simply isn't true.
sacurrent.com/the-daily/arch…
.@ICEgov is saying these facilities will simply become “3 day processing centers” for those given Notices to Appear (a charging doc initiating removal proceedings).

But we've been representing families inside of Karnes for years & can pretty much call BS on this.
For the past 3 years we’ve observed up close countless & frequent policy changes directly impacting the lives of people seeking safety, imprisoned by our gov't.

ICE can resume expedited removal & prolonged detention at any moment.

This is a glaring PR stunt by ICE.
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24 Feb
There's a lot of talk & uncertainty around "Emergency Reception Centers" for children like Carrizo Springs & Homestead opening up again under the Biden Administration.

So let's walk through what all of this actually means for immigrant children at our border.

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This move represents a chilling continuity of Trump's attitudes towards immigrants & reinforces the notion that immigrants—including unaccompanied children—are less than human & should be warehoused away from the general population instead of being reunited w/relatives in the US.
FACT: The facilities run by @HHSGov & the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) ARE better than those run by ICE or CBP.

CAVEAT: The Trump Admin showed us that the HHS/ORR system could be weaponized against immigrants.

Think family separation under the Zero Tolerance policy.
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19 Feb
What's happening in Texas is criminal:
Food shortages. Unsafe drinking water. Impassable roads. Flooded homes. A humanitarian crisis like we’ve not seen before.

This is what's going on in immigrant detention centers in the midst of the #TexasFreeze & what you can do to help🧵👇🏾
We have 10 offices across the state and most of our 250+ staff members have been without power for much of the week.

Luckily, we've now been able to communicate with many of our clients & community members both in and out of detention centers.

But things are looking bleak.
Immigrants in detention centers are freezing cold and not able to get the word out about what’s going on inside these prisons.

Take Ubaldo's situation for example 👇🏾
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17 Feb
For 4+ months, Ubaldo Ochoa has been held in an ICE detention center in Pearsall, TX while his son awaits his release.

Today, we received a call from him saying it's freezing inside the jail, yet nothing has been done to alleviate the cold 🥶 #FreeUbaldo remezcla.com/culture/young-…
We're unsure if there have been power outages in the detention center but if their heating is working, it's set very low.

Ubaldo told us they were asking the guards (with no luck) to lower the air from the vents bc it was making them colder.
In lieu of heating, his block hasn't received blankets or any type of warm clothes in order to weather the storm.

And to top things off, our status hearing was cancelled today because of court closures in the state.
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17 Feb
4M+ Texans have been left w/o power for nearly 2 full days in the midst of an unprecedented snow storm & single-digit temps.

Who's been hit the hardest?
Marginalized communities a.k.a ppl w/disabilities, BIPOC and immigrants.

Let's dive into this 🧵⬇️
washingtonpost.com/national/texas…
Ppl w/disabilities are 2-4 times more likely to be injured or killed in a natural disaster, according to @disasterstrat yet they're rarely effectively accommodated in the emergency preparedness plans of gov'ts.

Texas is a blatant example.
Folks with disabilities & chronic illnesses need power for assistive devices and heat to prevent severe impairment.

But how is governor @GregAbbott_TX responding to this & more?
By blaming the Green New Deal...🙄
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9 Feb
🚨 BREAKING: Thanks to efforts with @MPower_Change, @SAALTweets, and the 2,600+ of you who took action...

‼️ MR. F IS FREE ‼️

It's been a cruel 243 days of his incarceration.

@ICEgov's actions proved yet again that our immigration system was built on Islamophobia. 🧵👇🏽
Let's clarify that ICE has full discretion to release detained folks at ANY time.

Yet, they keep folks imprisoned under false claims, coding their anti-Blackness & Islamophobia into the language of "danger for community" or "threat to national security" like they did w/ Mr. F.
It's inhumane to have incarcerated Mr. F for 243 days. He missed his child's birth, his dietary needs weren't met, and his health was deteriorating.

Prisons, jails, and detention centers are always a public health crisis, but especially when #COVID19 is ravaging through them.
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5 Feb
The executive orders have been released, changes are starting to take place but our work continues.

This is what the #BidenAdministration has done in its first few days/weeks in office & what it still needs to act on in order to truly achieve #MigrantJustice

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The 1st batch of immigration centered Executive Orders & memos included things like...

- Halting wall construction
- The Muslim & African Bans rescinded
- DACA restored
- A repealed census order excluding undocumented people
- Restoring deferred enforced departure for Liberians
With the additional new orders announced yesterday that include:

- Creating a task force to reunify families separated under the Trump administration
- Implementing a 3-part plan to improve access to the asylum system
- And an EO reviewing the existing legal immigration system
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3 Feb
Today, as the Biden admin announced its family reunification taskforce, Ubaldo Ochoa-Lopez sat in an ICE prison - in danger of being deported.

He & his son, Fernando came to the US seeking asylum from Guatemala. What awaited them here was a cruel & stunning reality. #FreeUbaldo A bright pastel green rectangle divided in half with a photo
They were both separated during Trump's Zero Tolerance period in 2018 and remained away from each other for two months.

Fernando was only 6 years old when this painful and traumatic experience happened.
Now, @ICEgov has separated them again.

Ubaldo has been detained at Pearsall Detention Center since October - 4 months - and is in danger of being deported back to Guatemala, leaving his son behind.
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11 Jan
The wall was a sham. This visit is too.

Trump is using his tried & tested formula of attacking immigrants in an effort to rally his army of xenophobic white supremacists.

And we're not here for it. Neither should you.

(A thread 🧵 👇🏾)
thedailybeast.com/trump-to-visit…
The attack on Congress last week established that walls don't work, yet the half built one on the U.S. - Mexico border remains a symbol of all the hate Trump has spewed & generated during the last 4 years.

As Texans, we will not sit idly by and let Trump use Texas and his racist border wall as a backdrop for his hate-filled platform.

We demand Senator @JohnCornyn publicly denounce Trump’s visit to Alamo and support the calls for his removal from Office immediately.
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7 Jan
Big FYI to the media (and everyone else)👇🏽

Y’all should know better by now but with the #CoupAttempt we’ve seen far too many of these statements, so here’s an informational thread 🧵 on why this is problematic.
1) The use of this term is not only outdated, but factually incorrect. Much like the use of “underdeveloped” countries.

“Underdevelopment isn’t a stage of development, it’s a consequence,” as Eduardo Galeano writes in his book, The Open Veins of Latin America -> a must read 📖
For 5 centuries European colonizers and U.S. corporations, have plundered the Global South’s abundant natural resources in order to extract & enrich “1st world” foreign interests AND fueling migration north due to economic and social/political violence in the south.
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6 Jan
Grassroots organizers along w/Black and brown voters have done it again in #Georgia 💪🏿💪🏾🎉

The election of @ReverendWarnock & @ossoff to the Senate with pro-immigrant agendas, makes the demands of our communities clear.

#MigrantJustice is a mandate.
FYI: Pres. Trump had no legislative success and was still able to make 400 changes to immigration ‼️

Trump's Admin showed us it can be done. Quickly & effectively.
There's no reason it can't be undone in the same manner.
"At a time when people are dying at the border, of #COVID19 in detention centers, & millions continue to live under the shadows, we have no time to lose. It is imperative that @JoeBiden take bold executive actions on immigration IMMEDIATELY and w/o delay." - @ErikaAndiola
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16 Dec 20
🚨 While the election results have been a respite for many, in its final weeks the Trump Admin is still hell-bent on destroying the U.S. asylum system.

5 dangerous regulatory changes are set to go into effect on Jan 11, 2021.
raicestexas.org/2020/12/16/las…
The changes would, among other things, do the following: 🔽

1⃣Require all asylum apps be filed within 15 days of an asylum seeker’s first court hearing.
2⃣Assess a filing fee for all asylum apps, for the 1st time in U.S. history with no opportunity for a waiver of the fee.
3⃣Place onerous burdens on asylum seekers to ensure their apps are accepted by the immigration court, including permitting outright rejection of applications that do not conform to specific form-filling instructions and providing limited opportunity to remedy errors.
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23 Nov 20
🚨 BREAKING: @AliMayorkas will be the new Secretary of @DHSgov.

Leading this department will be no easy task, but we hope that as the 1st Latinx & someone who has advocated for immigrant rights, he'll change the direction of DHS once and for all.
Mayorkas played a crucial role in the creation of #DACA as the Director of USCIS under the Obama Admin.

We look forward to the immediate expansion of the program AND the dismantling of the detention and deportation machine that was created under Obama and expanded by Trump.
@DHSgov is a department that was built in the wake of 9/11 to protect the U.S. from terrorists — only for it to now be used to terrorize immigrants.

The new Biden admin must recognize this and immediately change course.
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23 Oct 20
Can someone explain who is "very well" taken care of and where these "very clean" detention centers are?

We're confused. 👇🏽 #Debates2020

americanprogress.org/issues/early-c…
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21 Oct 20
Our advocacy chief @jacobsoboroff is live now with @jacobsoboroff discussing our new podcast "Homeland Insecurity"

Listen live now: instagram.com/jacobsoboroff/…
@jacobsoboroff "The podcast talks about the truth about DHS. Things are not as simple as they seem. People associate the deterioration of the immigration policy as just Trump, but the Democrats are not free of guilt too. You guys are not shy about talking about that."
You can listen to new episodes of the podcast here: homelandinsecuritypodcast.com
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