Deported Migrants Are Stripped of Their Dignity. They Shouldn’t Also Be Stripped of Their Belongings.

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By Astrid Reyes, ACLU Human Rights Program

Sisters Imelda and Sandy traveled to the U.S. to reunite with their families in New Jersey when Border Patrol apprehended them near Columbus, N.M. According to Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional, a Mexican human rights coalition, the sisters were natives of a rural town in Tlaxcala, a southcentral state in Mexico. It took all of their strength, courage, and savings to come to the U.S. to provide for their families and send their children to decent schools. After being detained for four months, they then found themselves repatriated to Ciudad Juárez, an enormous and perilous border town completely foreign to them. The U.S. government took what little they had left and deported them without their money, identification cards, cell phones, photos, and other mementos. Imelda did not even get her wedding ring back. Through tears they explained they could not remember their mother’s phone number to call for money so they could go home. After immense sacrifices to secure a better future for their families, Imelda and Sandy had been left empty-handed.

Appeals Panel Hears Arguments On President’s Immigration Action

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By Jean Guerrero, Associated Press

Noise from hundreds of chanting immigration activists outside a federal appeals court building in New Orleans competed at times Friday with lawyers arguing inside over President Barack Obama’s proposal to shield an estimated 5 million people from deportation who are in the U.S. illegally.

In San Diego, members of the Immigrant Rights Consortium also gathered to watch the hearing, which stems from a Texas challenge to the orders.

National Commission on Human Rights Public Service Announcements

San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium supports the work of the National Commission on Human Rights (Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos; CNDH)

The following videos are three of their Public Service Announcements (PSA).  One of the PSA’s discusses the importance of reporting human rights abuses to the CNDH if the abuse was perpetuated by a Mexican Government Agency. The other two videos discuss the significance and necessity of creating a “Plan of Action” in case of family separation (for example, when a family becomes separated due to deportation).

San Diegans Unite and Take Action on May Day!

SAN DIEGO– A broad coalition of San Diegans will rally and march in downtown San Diego and in the city of Vista in two separate, but coordinated events this Wednesday, May 1st. The May Day commemoration is part of an international day of action, with similar events taking place in other cities around the nation and throughout the world.“Workers are the foundation of all economic progress and their rights must be upheld,” states Genoveva Aguilar, organizer with SEIU-USWW. The call to action also comes at the heels of controversial immigration enforcement practices against unionized janitorial workers. An immigration audit by ICE may force over 500 janitors from their unionized jobs. On May Day many will march and stand in solidarity with these workers and their families.

PBS: The Undocumented By Marco Williams

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Chronicling Arizona’s deadliest summer months, award-winning documentary and fiction film director Marco Williams (Banished, Two Towns of Jasper, In Search of Our Fathers) weaves Marcos’s search with the efforts of humanitarians and Border Patrol agents who are fighting to prevent migrant deaths, the medical investigators and Mexican Consulate workers who are trying to identify dead border crossers, and Mexican families who are struggling to accept the loss of a loved one.

This is not a passive dialogue. The characters in The Undocumented don’t just talk about migrant deaths; they are immersed in it. They patrol the desert and rescue people from the brink of death. They discover piles of bones picked apart by wild animals. They wheel bodies in and out of refrigerated storage rooms and express their distress over a missing family member. And when the film arrives at the home of a migrant family in Mexico, that family is captured at the very apex of their grief.

In true cinéma vérité style, The Undocumented by Marco Williams reveals the ongoing impact of immigration laws and economic policies on the very people who continue to be affected by them. By going beyond politics, the film also tells a story that is deeply personal.

 http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/undocumented/