Al Jazeera: “For migrants in Arizona who call 911, it’s Border Patrol on the line”

For migrants in Arizona who call 911, it’s Border Patrol on the line

Puck Lo, Al Jazeera, March 25, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. — Ely Ortiz, 42, spends many of his weekends combing Arizona’s sprawling deserts on foot, searching for people whom 911 rescue workers didn’t, or won’t, look for: lost and distressed undocumented migrants making the perilous journey from Mexico into the United States. Continue reading Al Jazeera: “For migrants in Arizona who call 911, it’s Border Patrol on the line”

Chicago Sun-Times: “Booted across the border with bogus checks”

Booted across the border with bogus checks

Marlen Garcia, Chicago Sun-Times, March 12, 2015

The first step for immigrants deported from the U.S. to Reynosa, Mexico, is to check in with Mexican authorities at the Tamaulipeco Institute for Migrants at the end of their walk on the International Bridge. Continue reading Chicago Sun-Times: “Booted across the border with bogus checks”

Trial to begin for 13 Tucson activists that stopped Operation Streamline buses

Contact: Maryada Vallet 520-240-1641, email, Twitter @NoMoreDeaths

TUCSON, AZ—A trial will begin for 13 activists on Monday, 16 March 2015, for charges stemming from a direct action that took place on 11 October 2013 blocking two buses transporting undocumented immigrants to the daily proceedings of “Operation Streamline.” Continue reading Trial to begin for 13 Tucson activists that stopped Operation Streamline buses

How the deportation shakedown works (video)

Would you believe that mass deportation robs migrants and immigrants of millions of dollars a year and puts their lives at risk? We collaborated with the Binational Defense and Advocacy Program (Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional) on this video that shows how.

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Our  contribution to this video is based on the work we did to prepare our report Shakedown: How Deportation Robs Immigrants of Their Money and Belongings.

Al Jazeera: “The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns”

The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns

John Washington, Al Jazeera, January 14, 2015

On Jan. 31, the U.S. Border Patrol detained a migrant named Alejandro in the Arizona desert and stripped him of his belongings: $226.24 in cash, his cellphone, his ID and his only change of clothes. After 60 days in jail, he was put on a bus headed across the border. It was 3 a.m. Continue reading Al Jazeera: “The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns”