THE U.S./MEXICO BORDER - A CONSTITUTION-FREE ZONE
By David Bacon
Stand - ACLU Magazine, June 2014
Under the Fourth Amendment, the people of the United States are not supposed to be subject to random and arbitrary stops and searches. But within 100 miles of a U.S. border, these rules don't apply.
Border Patrol agents park on a hilltop and watch anyone near the border wall.
Last July, a worker phoned Alejandro Valenzuela, a young staff member at the Southside Workers Center in Tucson, Arizona. The police were at his home, the worker said, and were detaining him for deportation. Valenzuela and a friend drove over to observe - "to make sure his rights were being respected." Over the next half hour the police grew increasingly hostile, demanding identification from Valenzuela, despite the fact that he was not driving the car, which was parked at the curb. They then detained Valenzuela and the worker.
Police then drove the two to Border Patrol headquarters. Neither was ever arrested or accused of a crime. Valenzuela was detained and intensively questioned for five hours, and finally released only when he could show he qualified for Deferred Action, which allows undocumented young people (DREAMers) to apply for deferred deportation and work authorization.. The worker was eventually deported.
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Julia Preston. NYT. June 17, 2014.
McALLEN, Tex. — Exhausted and dazed, hundreds of Central American migrants, mainly women with small children, come to the bus station of this border city every day now, spilling into a church next door that has opened its doors. Having crossed into the United States illegally, the new arrivals are often grimy and famished. In the church, they eat, bathe and sleep, changing into donated shoes and clothes.
With no immigration detention site equipped for women with children in the area — the closest one, in Pennsylvania, is overbooked — they are freed by the Border Patrol with a bus ticket to travel to where they have relatives in this country, and an order to appear in immigration court in 30 days.
They are among at least 30,000 migrants released this year, border officials and federal lawmakers said, amid a surge of illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Unprecedented Flood of Young Latino Immigrants
A new center in McAllen, Texas, is part of the Church response to the surge triggered by harsh conditions in Central America and changes in U.S. deportation policies.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
QUE: RALLY POR REFORMA DE IMMIGRACION
DONDE: EDIFICIO FEDERAL (650 Capitol Mall Sacramento CA 95814)
FECHA: Lunes 16 de Junio de 2014
WHAT: RALLY Pro- Immigration Reform
DATE: Monday June 16, 2014 TIME: 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: H.S. BUILDING
650 CAPITOL MALL Sacramento CA 95814
Bring your Family and Friends!