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.
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.
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.
A thread 🧵⤵️
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.
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...🙄
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
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.
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.
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
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.
@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."