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Feb 25 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Our hearts are with the people of #Ukraine and everyone impacted by Russian aggression. War serves only to create death and destruction, and will lead to a humanitarian crisis and the mass displacement of millions of people.
This is not new: we have witnessed how devastating war and conflict can be in places like Haiti and Afghanistan. The US must be ready to respond immediately, and welcome all those who are forced to flee their homes.
Feb 23 • 7 tweets • 9 min read
Last week was the Black Immigrant Advocacy Day of Action! We joined in celebrating the leadership of Black immigrants in the work to expose + eradicate racism in the immigration system. But fighting for Black Immigrants isn't just a one time event. Here's what we can STILL DO: 👇🏽
Support + follow Black immigrant-led immigrants rights organizations, including:
We are absolutely disgusted by the Biden Administration's decision to deport thousands of Haitians one month after the devastating earthquake and storm that resulted in 2,200 deaths and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. 🧵👇🏾
Families who lost everything to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake are now living through flash floods and mudslides. The destruction is large-scale and unprecedented, worsening Haiti’s already unstable political and social infrastructure.
Sep 20, 2021 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
The Senate parliamentarian just recommended that a path to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, and Essential Workers should not be included in the budget reconciliation bill. We are disappointed to hear the news, but we know that this fight is far from over. 🧵👇🏾
We have spent decades fighting for a path to legalization for all undocumented immigrants in this country. We are not giving up now. Democrats in Congress can still keep their promise, without compromising on increased enforcement.
Sep 17, 2021 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
We are extremely disappointed in the Biden Administration's decision to appeal the federal court ruling that would block #Title42. @POTUS has a moral obligation to stop using T42 to harm families and children seeking asylum.
It is immoral and inhumane.
Here's our statement:
We at RAICES have a front row seat to the horrors of Title 42. Our clients are stuck in Mexico. Families fleeing violence are turned away. U.S. and international Asylum law is flouted.
Sep 11, 2021 • 16 tweets • 5 min read
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we honor the lives lost in the attack, but we also acknowledge the thousands of lives, especially immigrants, who have been affected since.
In addition to the nearly 3,000 people who died on Sept. 11, approximately 801,000 people have been killed directly in the violence of the subsequent wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
Aug 20, 2021 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Late last night, the 5th Circuit issued a 3-0 ruling denying the DOJ’s request for a stay. This ruling allows the Remain in Mexico Program known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, to go back into effect as early as tomorrow, Saturday.
MPP is a an abhorrent policy meant to cause the highest levels of suffering on people seeking asylum and safety for themselves and their families.
Aug 18, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
We have a moral obligation to protect, evacuate, and resettle Afghan allies who served our nation as special contractors before it is too late. They and their families face the very real threat of torture and even death at the hands of the Taliban for their support of our troops.
More than 90% of RAICES refugee resettlement service recipients are Afghan SIV holders. Our team works with them to find housing, identify employment pathways, secure public benefits, and register their children in school and recently launched in-house mental health services.
Aug 6, 2021 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
BREAKING: We've been working inside Pecos for the past few months and the conditions are some of the worst we've ever seen. Children are kept in cage-like conditions. Where is the accountability & oversight from @SecBecerra? It's time to #ShutDownPecos. nytimes.com/2021/08/06/us/…
A few weeks ago we learned about horrific conditions at Fort Bliss. Pecos is the breaking point. Children are desperate. Some have been held for over 90 days. Uncooked food is making them sick. They’re not given adequate undergarments to stay clean.
Aug 5, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
RAICES is proud to announce the launch of our Rural Legal Services team to assist migrants fleeing abusive and dangerous situations. In the first six months, our team is already at capacity - with over 130 active cases - proof that there is an urgent need for these services.
The Rural Legal Services Team connects with migrants living in 80 small counties throughout Texas. The team addresses the legal needs & protection of migrants, many of whom are survivors of sexual and domestic violence both in their home countries and in the U.S.
Aug 3, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Today on the 2nd anniversary of the #ElPasoShooting we stand in solidarity with our siblings of El Paso to honor the lives of those we lost that day. #ElPasoStrong#ElPasoFirme
El Paso is the heartbeat of the border, a city that unites cultures & languages. It shines as a beacon of hope for refugees, asylum seekers & immigrants from all over the world.
👉🏾The U.S. has uprooted millions from their homes through war, trade agreements & interventions
👉🏾Climate change displaces people
👉🏾We're a rich nation.
So why welcome refugees & asylum seekers? Because it's our moral obligation.
In the U.S., we often view immigration as a domestic policy issue. However, when viewing other regions of the world, it’s clear that government responses to migration today are creating a global human rights crisis.
Jun 19, 2021 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
Happy #JuneTeenth2021! Let's take a minute to remember what this federal holiday symbolizes and the ongoing fight for freedom.
On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, promising to free slaves in states controlled by the Confederacy if the Civil War was won.
After the war was won on April 9, 1865, the news of the promise began to be communicated across the Slave States of the Confederacy.
Texas was one of the most remote of these states, and the news of the liberation of slaves was suppressed until June 19, 1865.
Jun 3, 2021 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Governor @GregAbbott_TX's decision is going to uproot the lives of thousands of children while pushing them into even more sub-standard conditions. dallasnews.com/news/politics/…@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.
May 5, 2021 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
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
🚨 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 🙄
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...
Mar 24, 2021 • 13 tweets • 2 min read
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.
Mar 10, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
🧵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.
Mar 9, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
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".
Feb 26, 2021 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
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.
Feb 24, 2021 • 14 tweets • 4 min read
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.