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whitecolonialism:

Images of the Border Crisis in the United States.
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An estimated 52,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States from Central America since October. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $3.7B to improve security along the border, provide better housing for the undocumented immigrants while in custody and to speed up the deportation process. 

Despite the horrible conditions these children are attempting to escape, conditions that include extreme poverty and violence, the White House has said that “they expect most will ultimately be repatriated,” despite the fact that about 60% of children coming over from Central America are eligible for some kind of humanitarian protection, according to a report from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

While the problem before us must be handled immediately, it cannot be addressed without first examining it’s root causes. While our American elected officials and media would like to make us all believe that this issue is unrelated to American behavior and that it is simply the result of the inability of Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to protect their borders and reduce through policing their crime the truth is quite the opposite. This immigration issue that the United States is currently facing is the result of American economic and military intervention in Central America.

For decades the United States has toppled governments in Central America, fueled civil wars and most recently has escalated the War on Drugs within countries in Central America. The connection between the United States foreign policy and it’s current immigration problem cannot be ignored, every action has an effect and due to the actions taken by the United States in the past, we today see families from all over Central America attempt to flee the violence that the United States was instrumental in creating.

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These poor children.

thepeoplesrecord:

1,000 unaccompanied minors are being ‘warehoused’ in Arizona, sleeping in plastic tubesJune 8, 2014
Unaccompanied children entering the United States at almost double the rate of last year are testing the limits of Department of Homeland Security capacity, as some 1,000 minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on their own weretransferred to an Arizona “warehouse” that has not been used to hold people in years, according to the Associated Press. The children — including pregnant teens and a 1-year-old with diarrhea — are sleeping in plastic containers and haven’t showered in ten days, according to the Honduras consul to the United States, who visited the site.
The Obama administration declared an “urgent humanitarian situation” this week, and is now ordering thousands of toilets, cots, and other basic provisions for the thousands of migrant children in federal custody. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared “a level-four condition of readiness” in the Rio Grande Valley in May after seeing a McAllen, Texas Border Patrol facility overcrowded with children earlier this month. Photos released by conservative news site Breitbart purport to depict packed processing centers in Texas.
Thus far in the 2014 fiscal year, about 47,000 children have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border — a 92 percent increase over the previous year, according to Customs and Border Patrol figures. Federal officials have been transferring minors from Texas to other states to handle the surge. Almost all of the 750 children already transferred to Nogales, Arizona this week are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, where crime and corruption are associated with a surge in migrants fleeing the country. Another 300 were reportedly transferred to the facility by early Sunday morning.
Officials are reporting improved conditions in the facility, after photos shared online earlier showed children wrapped in aluminum blankets. Federal agencies have set up medical treatment at the center, including vaccinations and checkups. But the Arizona Republic reports that members of the media have not been allowed into the facility. Some of the children there will be reunited with family members in the United States. Many others, however, will be transferred to other temporary shelters at military bases.
There are several potential causes for the surge of migrants — particularly unaccompanied children — from Central America. It is clear that many are fleeing violence that goes largely unchecked by the government, and lack of opportunity. Others are traveling to join family members already in the United States. On Mother’s Day, Secretary Johnson and his wife visited a Border Patrol station. Hetold the New York Times the issue of unaccompanied children became “vivid” for him when Johnson asked one 12-year-old girl where her mother was, and she tearfully replied that she didn’t have one but was hoping to find her father in the United States,.
Some are also claiming that migrants are motivated by rumors of a welcoming political climate for migrants. But White House Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Muñoz has reiterated that these immigrants would not qualify for either temporary legal presence under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or for legal status under the Senate immigration bill. She said anecdotal evidence suggests these children have no knowledge of immigration reform and are simply fleeing violence in their home countries.
Under current law, unaccompanied children are subject to deportation just like other undocumented immigrants, but federal law does require that they be turned over to a refugee resettlement office within 72 hours, where officials must try to find an adult who can care for them while their immigration case proceeds. During their immigration cases, however, reports suggest that juvenile status is not given special consideration. Instead, they are treated as “adults in miniature,” according to the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and Kids In Need of Defense. Under both the Senate immigration bill and House Democrats’ proposed bill, children would be given access to a lawyer during these proceedings, who would both be a watchdog to ensure their humane detention, and give them a fighting chance to argue that they are eligible for asylum or other exemptions from deportation.
Migrant kids are also vulnerable to abuse while being held in shelters. A May Houston Chronicle investigation found that at least 101 instances of reported abuse of minors by shelter workers.
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thepeoplesrecord:

1,000 unaccompanied minors are being ‘warehoused’ in Arizona, sleeping in plastic tubes
June 8, 2014

Unaccompanied children entering the United States at almost double the rate of last year are testing the limits of Department of Homeland Security capacity, as some 1,000 minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on their own weretransferred to an Arizona “warehouse” that has not been used to hold people in years, according to the Associated Press. The children — including pregnant teens and a 1-year-old with diarrhea — are sleeping in plastic containers and haven’t showered in ten days, according to the Honduras consul to the United States, who visited the site.

The Obama administration declared an “urgent humanitarian situation” this week, and is now ordering thousands of toilets, cots, and other basic provisions for the thousands of migrant children in federal custody. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared “a level-four condition of readiness” in the Rio Grande Valley in May after seeing a McAllen, Texas Border Patrol facility overcrowded with children earlier this month. Photos released by conservative news site Breitbart purport to depict packed processing centers in Texas.

Thus far in the 2014 fiscal year, about 47,000 children have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border — a 92 percent increase over the previous year, according to Customs and Border Patrol figures. Federal officials have been transferring minors from Texas to other states to handle the surge. Almost all of the 750 children already transferred to Nogales, Arizona this week are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, where crime and corruption are associated with a surge in migrants fleeing the country. Another 300 were reportedly transferred to the facility by early Sunday morning.

Officials are reporting improved conditions in the facility, after photos shared online earlier showed children wrapped in aluminum blankets. Federal agencies have set up medical treatment at the center, including vaccinations and checkups. But the Arizona Republic reports that members of the media have not been allowed into the facility. Some of the children there will be reunited with family members in the United States. Many others, however, will be transferred to other temporary shelters at military bases.

There are several potential causes for the surge of migrants — particularly unaccompanied children — from Central America. It is clear that many are fleeing violence that goes largely unchecked by the government, and lack of opportunity. Others are traveling to join family members already in the United States. On Mother’s Day, Secretary Johnson and his wife visited a Border Patrol station. Hetold the New York Times the issue of unaccompanied children became “vivid” for him when Johnson asked one 12-year-old girl where her mother was, and she tearfully replied that she didn’t have one but was hoping to find her father in the United States,.

Some are also claiming that migrants are motivated by rumors of a welcoming political climate for migrants. But White House Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Muñoz has reiterated that these immigrants would not qualify for either temporary legal presence under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or for legal status under the Senate immigration bill. She said anecdotal evidence suggests these children have no knowledge of immigration reform and are simply fleeing violence in their home countries.

Under current law, unaccompanied children are subject to deportation just like other undocumented immigrants, but federal law does require that they be turned over to a refugee resettlement office within 72 hours, where officials must try to find an adult who can care for them while their immigration case proceeds. During their immigration cases, however, reports suggest that juvenile status is not given special consideration. Instead, they are treated as “adults in miniature,” according to the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and Kids In Need of Defense. Under both the Senate immigration bill and House Democrats’ proposed bill, children would be given access to a lawyer during these proceedings, who would both be a watchdog to ensure their humane detention, and give them a fighting chance to argue that they are eligible for asylum or other exemptions from deportation.

Migrant kids are also vulnerable to abuse while being held in shelters. A May Houston Chronicle investigation found that at least 101 instances of reported abuse of minors by shelter workers.

Source

(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via shethinks-shespeaks)

Best headline ever.

If you have 45 min to spendon wartime photography, this is fascinating and horrific.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Yesterday, the New Orleans Police Department announced that its officers will begin wearing cameras to record all of their interactions with the public. This video is an example of why that might be necessary.

The video above, which appeared on WorlstarHipHop yesterday, shows a Jeffersons Parish Sheriff’s Department officer forcing his way into a man’s home, pushing the man onto his couch, and handcuffing and arresting him, all while the man pleads “You’re scaring me” and “Why are you doing this?” The cop orders the bystander recording the interaction to “get out of here,” to which the bystander replies, “But this is my house!” At one point the man being arrested begins to panic, yelling “Please don’t shoot me!”

The Times-Picayune identifies the man who was arrested as Donrell Breaux, and says that Breaux was charged with “battery of a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.” Breaux says that he had a verbal dispute with a neighbor, and the officer who arrested him is a friend of that neighbor.

These sorts of videos are all too common . From sea to shining sea.

globalvoices:

Protests continue in several cities across Venezuela. Social networks, especially Twitter, have been flooded with images documenting the activities in each region.

Protests Continue Across Venezuela

(via shethinks-shespeaks)

thepoliticalfreakshow:

An earthquake has struck near the South Carolina-Georgia line.

The US Geological Survey said the quake registered 4.4 on the Richter scale, and was 7 miles west-northwest Edgefield, South Carolina. Witnesses say they felt the quake in Atlanta.

Tags: nature news

ISTANBUL — A passenger aboard a commercial airline flight from Ukraine to Turkey tried to hijack it to Sochi, Russia, on Friday after the Winter Olympics had started, but the plane landed safely in Istanbul and the hijacker — apparently deluded by the crew into thinking he was in Sochi — was taken into custody, Turkish news reports said.

dropthosegloves:

A short list of current happenings that are more important than Justin Bieber’s arrest:
An Indian village council sentenced a woman to be gang-raped as punishment for having a relationship they didn’t approve of.
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) explains in his recent memoir that it is the wife’s role to “voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”
Political unrest in the Ukraine
There are known carcinogens in some of your favorite drinks.
The justice system once again confirmed that it’s okay for cops to kill unarmed law-abiding PoC for no reason. 
South Sudan has signed a truce.
There are still states that give parental rights to rapists.
A brain-dead woman is being kept alive, against the wishes of her family, because she’s carrying a severely disabled fetus.
Childhood poverty has reached record levels in America.
Mike Huckabee proves to everyone that he’s still a moron when it comes to women and birth control.
The weather is basically drunk right now. 
A bill in Montreal seeks to ban “overt and conspicuous” symbols of religion.
The inflation rate is 30% in Argentina
A second chemical was spilled in WV and the company didn’t admit to it until now.

Tags: news

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The United States and Afghanistan have finalized an agreement that would allow U.S. troops to remain in the latter country through 2024. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the deal on Wednesday, and it now has to be approved by the Afghan government before it can take effect.

According to The New York Times, “the security agreement defines a training and counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan lasting at least 10 more years and involving 8,000 to 12,000 troops, mostly American.” 

In exchange, American forces are shielded from possible Afghan prosecution while in the country, and are allowed to conduct counter-terrorism raids on private homes as well.

The agreement is intentionally vague about a number of things, leaving open a few doors. For one thing, U.S. military assistance is not required if Afghanistan is attacked. The agreement only says that the U.S. ”shall regard with grave concern any external aggression.” Similarly, the deal allows for an American troop presence, but does not require one. Whether or not military members will be stationed in the country for another decade is currently unclear.

Afghanistan seems to have ceded a number of demands that appeared in earlier iterations. Earlier drafts prohibited any American action, but the current one allows it if it is supplementary to Afghan operations. On Tuesday, an aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that it would not accept any agreement if President Obama did not apologize for military malfeasance during the war in Afghanistan. Secretary Kerry said that the current arrangement had been reached without Obama issuing a mea culpa.

 While the estimated 10,000 members of the U.S. military expected to be stationed in the country are immune from Afghan law, private contractors—military or otherwise—are not.

The current arrangement between the two nations is only to last through the end of 2014. If the Afghan government voting body, made up of more than 3,000 members, does not approve the agreement, the country will be left without codified American assistance.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow, via generalbriefing)

Tags: news