Anti-Muslim Protests on First Day at Houston’s Arabic Immersion School

Protestors denouce Arabic immersion school for kindergarten and preschool students as “anti-American.”

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Judge Rules Federal Government Must Release Children From Detention Centers

The clock is ticking for the federal government to open family detention center doors and release immigrant children who are seeking asylum. In her recent ruling in Jenny Lisette Flores v. Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ordered the government to release detained children by October 23, 2015.

In the end, Gee said the government should not hold children for longer than 72 hours unless it has proof that they are dangerous to themselves or others, or at high risk for flight. She also said that the goal should be “family reunification” and so they should be released with their parents as a first resort.

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Obama plan leaves child migrants adrift

By David Rogers


One year later, child migrants from Central America are still paying a heavy price for President Barack Obama’s decision last summer to rush them into deportation proceedings without first taking steps to provide legal counsel.

New government data this week offer a first, full-year tally for the immigration courts, and the numbers show that among the 13,451 cases completed since July 18, 2014, barely half the children had legal representation.

The picture has improved over time, but in 38 percent of the cases completed since last Christmas, the child was still without counsel. Even since mid-April, there have been an average of 100 case completions per week in which there is no record of a defense attorney.

At one level, this picture is skewed by the stubbornly high level of deportation orders issued by judges “in absentia,” when the child defendant does not appear in court. But migrant rights attorneys argue that this is a Catch-22 situation: Without access to counsel, more children stay away and have no realistic chance of appeal.


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Freedom of movement. No double standards.

US border patrol violated agency rules in deporting thousands of children

US Customs and Border Protection deported unaccompanied children from Mexico and Canada without documenting how they knew minors would be safe

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How Failure to Fix Immigration Affects a Young Girl — Again

Outside the chambers and hallways of the Capitol, the immigration reform debate isn’t political. It’s personal. When Washington, D.C. resident Cindy Monge saw the images of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border it hit home. Eight years ago she was one of them.


Powerful Cartoon Asks Americans To Consider The Potential Of The Children At The Border

Invoking well-known undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas who came to the U.S. as a child, the cartoon wonders about what could be.



I will start asking people, “What kind of refugee was your family?”


  • War refugee
  • Economic refugee
  • Political refugee

Pope Francis: Migrant Children Must Be ‘Welcomed And Protected’

“This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected,” Pope Francis said.


President Obama: “urgent humanitarian situation” #MigrantChildren


Two female detainees sleep in a holding cell, as the children are separated by age group and gender, as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.

CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.


They are sent to shelters for several weeks as the government tries to reunite them with family in the U.S. The network of some 100 shelters around the country has been over capacity for months and is now caring for more than 7,600 children.




It seems Central America is in a major crisis right now.

I listen to the news every day and haven’t heard what has lead to this sudden urgency in migration. I mostly hear about the chaos in Iraq on the news.


Does anyone know what is happening in Central America that would cause parents to send their kids alone. Have thousands of parents been kidnapped or murdered?


One would think that the U.S. would have an interest in stabilizing Central America. Maybe I haven’t heard about stabilization efforts because I’m not tuned into the right media channels?