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MADRES INMIGRANTES EN HUELGA DE HAMBRE ENFRENTAN REPRESALIAS

IMMIGRANTES INDOCUMENTADOS SON PADRES, NO PROBLEMAS

En un reciente artículo de los New York Times, Roberto Suro, un profesor de políticas públicas y periodismo en la Universidad del Sur de California, y Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, el decano de la escuela de posgrado de educación y de los estudios de información de la Universidad de California, Los Ángeles, hablo de los efectos nocivos sobre los niños en la amenaza de la deportación de sus padres, que la deportación puede causar, y resultar en atraso de desarrollo cognitivo, bajo desempeño educativo, y niveles clínicos de ansiedad. Según los autores del artículo, uno de cada quince niños viviendo en los Estados Unidos tiene un padre no autorizado. Piensa en esta estadística de ''uno de cada quince" la próxima vez que pases por un parque o una escuela y mira a esas caras bellas eh inocentes. Esas criaturas son castigadas todos los días con la amenaza de que un día llegara el gobierno federal y les arrebatara a sus padres, y a lo mejor nunca los volverán a ver. El Presidente Obama ha tratado de dirigir este problema en Noviembre del 2014, por medio de una reforma executiva, llamada Acción deferida de llegadas de paternidad (DAPA), cual otorgara permiso a los padres de ciudadanos Americanos y residentes legales a permanecer en los Estados Unidos por tres años y para trabajar legalmente siempre y cuando puedan cumplir con ciertas condiciones. Sin embargo, la reforma ejecutiva está pasando por ciertas complicaciones ahorita. Desafortunadamente, no hay un caso razonable por la cual castigar a esas criaturas. El sentido Americano de equidad y sistema de justicia han comprendido el concepto de que "los pecados de los padres" no tienen por qué caer sobre los hijos. Y aun así estos niños están siendo castigados todos los días.

HUNGER STRIKING IMMIGRANT MOMS FACED RETALIATION

The case is Pineda Cruz et al. v. Thompson et al., case number 5:15-cv-00326, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Three immigrant mothers held at a Texas detention facility who had fled to the United States with their respective children to escape widespread life-threatening violence and sexual violence in their home countries, filed a lawsuit alleging that they were held in isolation in retaliation for their hunger strike to protest their detention and conditions at the center. Per the lawsuit, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials coordinated with the GEO Group Inc., the private operator of the Karnes County Residential Center, to attempt to intimidate the women by telling them they would be deemed "mentally unfit" to care for their children if they continue to protest their treatment at the facility. The lawsuit does not seek monetary damages but an injunction that prevents the detention centers operators from continuing to violate their civil rights, which includes the right to first amendment. The women claim that the despite the U.S. Department of Homeland Security finding them to have credible fear claim to seek asylum, they are continue to be detained at the facility, which is unjust to them and their children. The plaintiffs seek that the putative class include not only past and current detainees but those who will be detained at Karnes in the future.

Undocumented Immigrants Are Parents

In a recent article on New York Times, Roberto Suro, a professor of public policy and journalism at the University of Southern California, and Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, the dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, talked about the harmful effects on children on threat of parents' deportation can cause, which could result in delay cognitive development, lower educational performance, and clinical levels of anxiety. Per the authors of the article, one of every 15 children living in the United States has an unauthorized parent. Think of this one in 15 statistic when you next time pass by a park or school, and look at those beautiful innocent faces. Those children are punished every day with a threat that one day federal government would take their parents away from them, and they might never see them again. President Obama has tried to address this problem in November, 2014 by issuance of one of the executive reform, Deferred Action of Parenthood Arrivals (DAPA), which would grant permission to parents of American citizens and legal residents to remain in the United States for three years and to work legally as long as they meet a number of conditions. However, the executive reform is facing legal challenges right now. Unfortunately, there is no reasonable case to be made for punishing those children. The American sense of fairness and system of justice have long embraced the notion that the "sins of the father" should not be visited on the children. Yet these children are being punished every day.

UPDATE ON OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION AND TEMPORARY INJUNCTION

Today, after a hearing on the whether temporary hold on President Obama's executive actions on immigration should be lifted, the United States Court Of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit did not rule and took both sides argument under advisement. Nor did the judges indicate when they would rule. In the event the appeals court lifts the temporary injunction, the administration for Obama could quickly move to carry out the executive orders which consists of expanding the immigration and extend deportation protection to certain parents of U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who have in the country for several years. The provision was slated to begin on May 19, 2015. Even if the injunction is lifted, opponents could still block the executive order by appealing to the Supreme Court. Moreover, even if the program proceeds, the underlying lawsuit challenging the President Obama's executive action could still continue in Texas. The briefs on the merits of the underlying lawsuit is due in mid-May, and a hearing could come in early as June. Therefore, there are many challenges lies ahead for the Obama's executive immigration action.

MADRES DE REFUGIADOS EN EL CENTRO DE DETENCIÓN DE TEXAS INICIA HUELGA DE HAMBRE

De acuerdo a los Refugiados y los Inmigrantes Centro de Educación y Servicios Legales, una organización comunitaria que ofrece servicios legales gratuitos a los inmigrantes y refugiados desatendidos, unas 25 mujeres detenidas en el Centro de Detención Familiar Karnes han comenzado una Semana Santa de huelga de hambre, exigiendo la liberación de sí mismas y sus hijos. La huelga de hambre surgió porque muchos de los niños no comen bien estando en reclusión y su salud no está bien. Algunas de las mamás y los niños en el Refugio han estado por más de un ano en el centro de detención. Madres refugiadas quieren ser tratadas con respeto y dignidad y sus derechos en el proceso de la inmigración sean respetados.

REFUGEE MOMS IN TEXAS DETENTION CENTER START HUNGER STRIKE

According to Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a community organization that provides free legal services to underserved immigrants and refugees, about 25 women held at the Karnes Family Detention Camp have started a Holy Week hunger strike, demanding the release of themselves and their children. The hunger strike arose because many of the children aren't eating well in confinement and their health being isn't doing well. Some Refuge mom and children have been held in detention facility over a year.  Refugee moms wants to be treated with respect and dignity and their rights to the immigration process to be respected.   

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