Immigration advocates worry that the policy, which is in effect in California, sends migrants fleeing danger towards more violence.
I heard the author of this piece (posted below), Christy Thornton, on Democracy Now today. She presents an original and incisive analysis, both in her essay and in the Democracy Now interview… For so long, I have cringed at the coverage of Mexico’s human rights catastrophe presented as a drug war telenovela. So much popular journalism presents this disaster that has cost the lives of at least 300,000 people, as a series of gory and funny anecdotes that depict the violence in Mexico as the product of “kingpins” and their entitled “juniors” who behave as evil clowns and spoiled rich kids. This story should not be about the perpetrators, but about the hundreds of thousands of victims who are criminalized at the moment of their deaths. A lot of the mainstream coverage of these tales gets converted into the fictions of novels, movies, TV series’ that now @realdonaldtrump spews back at us as his warped reality… https://www.vox.com/2019/1/27/18198729/women-duct-tape-trump-truck-border And: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/17/trumps-stories-taped-up-women-smuggled-into-us-are-divorced-reality-experts-say/?utm_term=.ee992d8b604d
As I’ve recommended here before, see the daily coverage by Keegan Hamilton at VICE NEWS, @keeganhamilton on twitter. Also Alan Feuer of the New York Times @alanfeuer and pieces in The Guardian by Ed Vulliamy, most recently: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/02/el-chapo-trial-revealed-betrayal-torture-bribe
Trial of El Chapo Highlights Failure of U.S. War on Drugs, But Will U.S. Ever Be Held to Account?
El Chapo’s trial continues this week, brimming with sordid tales of kingpins and cartels. But what the media spectacle can’t justify is a failing “war on drugs” that has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Over the first three days of February there were 15 homicides in Juarez. Added to the total for January of 108, there have now been 123 people murdered in the city in 2019. The dead include 4 bodies exhumed from a clandestine burial on Saturday along the Casa Grandes highway during a police search of the desert area. molly molloy
El mes de enero sumó 108 homicidios dolosos por lo que son 123 víctimas de este delito en lo que va del 2019
El Diario de Juárez
Ciudad Juárez.- Este fin de semana se sumaron 15 víctimas a la estadística oficial de homicidios con que cuenta la Fiscalía Zona Norte.
El viernes 1 de febrero cuatro personas murieron por asesinato, el sábado otras seis y ayer domingo se sumaron cinco más, dio a conocer Alejandro Ruvalcaba, vocero de la dependencia ministerial.
El recuento establece los cuatro cuerpos del sexo masculino localizados en una fosa clandestina en una brecha de la carretera a Casas Grandes, dijo el portavoz de Fiscalía.
El mes de enero sumó 108 homicidios dolosos por lo que son 123 víctimas de este delito en lo que va del 2019.
Localizan 4 cuerpos en carretera a Casas Grandes
Fueron encontrados en una fosa clandestina durante un rastreo
El Diario de Juárez
Ciudad Juárez— Elementos de la Fiscalía Zona Norte localizaron cuatro cadáveres en una fosa clandestina cerca de la carretera a Casas Grandes durante un rastreo efectuado el pasado sábado, informó la dependencia.
A participant in last year’s events mourned Galton’s death — suggesting that he had been targeted by cartels because he was competing with them — but said he was not afraid to return to the resort town in the state of Guerrero, which had a homicide rate in 2017 of 64.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, more than twice that of Chicago.
“You gotta have common sense about it, but I’d say it’s safer than any big city I’ve lived in in the U.S., like way safer than Chicago or something like that,” Galton said in the March 2017 interview, titled “John and Lily on the Run.”
February 4 at 7:08 AM
Pentagon sending 3,750 extra U.S. forces to border with Mexico
A growing number of asylum seekers are crossing the border in the remote, southwest corner of New Mexico known as the Bootheel. Some need medical attention, and regional hospitals and clinics are tasked with taking on their care.
Medical services are hard to come by in the Bootheel, where migrants often arrive in need of care.
ANTELOPE WELLS, N.M. – Half a dozen children gazed up at the camera, their eyes wide beneath hats and hoodies, hands buried in their pockets or nuzzled in the necks of their mothers. Floodlights illuminated some faces and left others in darkness.
It was after midnight in New Mexico’s remote Bootheel region, and with the temperature hovering near freezing, a Border Patrol agent snapped the photo. Nearly 150 miles away, the tiny emergency room of the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City – the nearest 24-hour hospital – was on notice. Some of the children would need medical care for illness, others for injury.
Are there any proposals in Congress to reform the excessive cruelty of immigration detention in the USA? This is not new. My own experience with these systems goes back to the mid-1980s and Oakdale Federal Detention Center in Louisiana … We must reiterate whenever we can: the vast majority of immigration detainees have committed NO CRIME. Many long-term (two years or more) detainees have presented themselves at ports of entry and asked for asylum (a right under US and international law), so they are not even guilty of entering the US illegally. So, this cruel treatment of prolonged detention, solitary confinement, and the attempt by detainees to resist by refusing food, and then to be subjected to force-feeding…an action that has been equated to torture at Guantanamo and other sites associated with the “war on terror…” People who are refugees are now experiencing this torture at immigration detention centers… right here in our communities. And the congressional bargaining over border security is most certainly going to consider adding thousands more “detention beds” … perhaps as some sort of exchange for less “wall…” This is not a legitimate bargain. The privately-run, tax-payer funded, cruel and unusual detention of people seeking asylum in the US should never be expanded and it needs to be abolished.
Immigrants have gone on hunger strikes over the past month to protest conditions inside detention facilities, prompting officials to force-feed six of them through plastic nasal tubes at a Texas location, The Associated Press has learned.
More reporting by Bob Moore in Texas Monthly:
Citing Inhumane Conditions, Detained Asylum Seekers in El Paso Go On Hunger Strike
The Washington Post reports today that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to implement its “Remain in Mexico” (or, as officially known by its Orwellian name, Migrant Protection Protocols) at the El Paso/Juárez border crossing. Under this policy now in effect at the San Diego/San Ysidro border crossing, people who have passed a credible fear interview are being returned to violent border cities to wait indefinitely for a hearing in immigration court in the United States, with no procedures in place for how asylum seekers will meet with U.S. immigration lawyers, or how they will survive in a dangerous foreign country where human traffickers and violent gangs flourish on extortion, kidnapping, and street-level drug dealing.
There were 109 homicides in Juárez in January 2019, according to the statistics compiled by the Fiscalia of the state of Chihuahua for the Northern Zone. In January 2018, there were 70 homicides, so this is a 55.7 percent increase from the beginning of last year. Last month, December 2018, ended with 100 homicides.
Termina enero con 109 asesinatos
Ejecuciones aumentan 55%
El Diario de Juárez
El mes de enero terminó con 109 homicidios dolosos, de acuerdo con cifras de la Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE) en la Zona Norte.
La estadística indica que respecto al mismo mes del año pasado, ese delito se incrementó en un 55.7 por ciento, al registrarse entonces 70 asesinatos.
El recuento de víctimas de enero de 2019 es de 94 hombres y 11 mujeres, así como cuatro menores de edad, entre ellos una niña de 5 años apuñalada en su casa del fraccionamiento Sierra Vista Sur el pasado día 16, junto con su hermano de 11 años.
De los homicidios, 62 fueron con arma de fuego
En enero de 2019 la Fiscalía registró cuatro menores de edad asesinados, 94 hombres y cuatro mujeres.
De los 109 homicidios cometidos en el mes que acaba de terminar, 62 fueron con arma de fuego, 11 con arma blanca y cinco a golpes.
La autoridad ministerial tomó conocimiento de dos cuerpos decapitados, cuatro asesinatos mediante la asfixia y dos calcinados, así como el hallazgo de una cabeza humana.
De acuerdo con el fiscal en la Zona Norte, Jorge Nava López, un 75 por ciento de los crímenes de este tipo ocurrió en el sector suroriente de la ciudad, donde el detonante habría sido una disputa territorial por dos grupos de la delincuencia organizada.
En esa zona están ubicadas las pandillas “Artistas Asesinos” y “Mexicles”, según identifica la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública Municipal en detenciones.
Servicios Periciales de la FGE levantó de la vía pública los cadáveres de 13 personas envueltos en cobijas, se informó oficialmente. Otros cuatro cuerpos se localizaron maniatados.
El lunes 28 fue el día más violento de enero, cuando en se registraron nueve homicidios dolosos en diferentes partes de la ciudad, de acuerdo con el seguimiento oficial. (Staff / El Diario)
I am going to nitpick some numbers here… What a surprise! I don’t see any mention of the homicide rate in Ciudad Juarez in this article. Juarez is also a major border city where people are repatriated. And where thousands of migrants and refugees from Central America and other world regions wait to cross the border legally to ask for asylum. According to the numbers reported by the Chihuahua state Fiscalia (and my own tally from local media), there were about 1,250 homicides in Juarez in 2018, an increase from 772 in 2017. To get the murder rate (# of homicides per 100,000) you divide the city’s population (Juarez = about 1.3 million) by 100,000 = 13. Then divide the # of homicides by that number. 1,250 / 13 = 96. So the murder RATE in Juarez last year was 96. For comparison, during the worst year of the hyperviolence in Juarez, the rate was between 200 and 300, so things are not as bad as they were in 2010.
Based on the numbers provided for Reynosa in the WaPo article below, there were 225 homicides in a city of 600,000. So, 225/6 = 37.5. That means the murder rate in Reynosa is 37.5. Thus, Juarez is 2.5 times more violent than Reynosa… Yet according to the article, Reynosa is the most violent city on the border. That is simply not true. Although, it is generally believed that the media in Tamaulipas has been threatened into virtual silence in terms of reporting the criminal violence in the city, so it is possible that the place is more violent than the official numbers indicate.
Facts are difficult to come by on many border issues. I don’t disagree with the main thrust of the article. While Trump and co. holler about the chaos and crisis and disaster on the US side of the border, the real issue of the security crisis on the Mexican side of the border (that primarily affects Mexican citizens and migrants and refugees) is underreported and misunderstood. US border towns, cities and counties experience practically zero cross-border violence. The homicide rate in El Paso is generally one of the lowest in the United States…about 2.5. For other comparisons, Chicago has a murder rate of about 24. St. Louis (one of the most violent cities in the US) has a murder rate of about 60.
I have effectively reached the limit of my mathematical ability. But I think these numbers are important. molly molloy
TORNILLO, Texas – About 40 miles southeast of El Paso, past the billboards for fast food joints and rugged desert hills, residents of this small community sometimes can see the lights of the nearby detention camp glowing in the night.
Some of them have brought gifts for the roughly 2,300 children inside, only to be turned away by guards.
Months after the government erected a tent city in the desert, most of what happens inside the encampment remains hidden, even from curious neighbors in the nearby town of 1,600 residents. The only images of the minors in the camp, standing outside in an orderly line or playing soccer, have been released by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The keyword is FAMILIES. As I said before many more PEOPLE were apprehended in earlier years… in the early 2000’s there were more than 1 million for several years in a row. But by far, most of those were individuals and most were men. At that time, very few women with children or unaccompanied children came… When families (including children) cross together, they are counted separately as family units and also the total number of individuals. So the number of people crossing in these family groups is now higher than it ever has been on a monthly basis, at least according to the CBP numbers.
BURNETT: Well, a Homeland Security spokesperson told me that they’re compiling the year-end figures right now, and she says the numbers of immigrant families arriving at the border will likely break records on a monthly basis. Now, it’s important to keep this in context, Mary Louise, because back in 2000, they were arresting 1 1/2 million undocumented immigrants a year. So far this year, it’s been under 400,000. But still the Trump administration is upset and frustrated. They continue to blame everything on Congress for allowing what they call catch and release loopholes in the law. The DHS spokesman told me that the agency is examining all options to secure the border.
But if they put it into practice, the question is, where would they detain all these families? Currently there are a little over 3,000 spots for family members in what are called special family residential centers. But you’re talking about thousands of these immigrant families that are arrested every week at the Southwest border these days. The government doesn’t have enough detention beds. So for the foreseeable future, you’ll see the continuation of families being arrested. They’re processed for a few days. And then most are released with ankle monitors with their kids to show up for immigration court. And that’s what’s been bedeviling the Trump administration all along.
I hope this explanation is helpful in terms of the hyperbolic Trump and media pronouncements about the “huge numbers” of people crossing our border.