Update: Border Crisis, Criminalization, Uniting Haitian Families


Both Administrative and congressional action on the "border crisis" is looming, with Congress headed for its month-long summer break at the end of next week. Obama is meeting today with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and he will reportedly urge them to step up their "public relations campaign" to deter people from leaving their homelands -- not exactly the policy response we think the U.S. should take -- to provide refugee status for the tens of thousands of children and their families who have and are continuing to flee the violence in Central America (although the Administration is reportedly drafting a proposal for refugee status for kids from Honduras - we'll see).

Proposals from the House of Representatives working group on the border crisis would ramp up border enforcement and revise the 2008 law that provided an opportunity for unaccompanied migrant children from Central America (and other non-contiguous countries) an opportunity to remain and apply for some form of relief.

In the meantime, proposals and practices to bring the National Guard to the Texas border, expand family detention, expedite removals of children and their families abound, not to mention the resurrection of anti-immigrant hate groups arising to oppose the influx of migrants and refugees and bar relocation of refugee children and their families to "their" communities.

Please stay posted for an upcoming action alert! In the meantime, you can check out NNIRR's website section on Border Justice, that is still in progress, but which already includes key information sections:


NNIRR member the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) has just released a great new video describing the links between mass incarceration, race and immigrant criminalization. Here's what BAJI has to say: "Everyday, people of color in the United States are being criminalized for their economic condition, their race, their migrant status, gender and so much more. There is a pandemic of mass criminalization that is ravaging our neighborhoods and our society. Structural racism and oppression would have us believe that we are inherently flawed, that we are criminals. However, the real crime is demonizing, criminalizing and imprisoning millions of young men and women, relegating them to the margins of society as disenfranchised, unemployable pariahs. African Americans and other communities of color, including immigrants, are being profiled, surveilled, locked up and locked out of society."

Watch the video and join this important and timely discussion with BAJI!

Uniting Haitian Families

We are supporting the Campaign to Unite Haitian American Families, called by the Black Immigration Network, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, BAJI, and others. We invite you to sign the petition to President Obama, to take executive action to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, which would allow families to be reunited in the US while those in Haiti with already approved visas continue to go through a lengthy backlog process (some waiting 12 years).

This is just one more example of immigration policies and practices that contribute to family separation, trauma, and desperate measures to be united with loved ones. Click here to read a blog from BAJI, "10 Reasons to Reunite Haitian-American Families."

Click here to sign the petition!

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