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After Trump’s immigration crackdown, a desert clinic tries to save lives without breaking the law

After Trump’s immigration crackdown, a desert clinic tries to save lives without breaking the law

Eric Boodman, Stat, July 6, 2017

When the man walked in with fang marks on his leg, the volunteers knew the protocol: In the case of a rattlesnake bite, you call 911. But like all of the patients who end up here, his very presence in this desert clinic meant he had broken American law. Continue reading After Trump’s immigration crackdown, a desert clinic tries to save lives without breaking the law

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Arizona aid group questions Border Patrol surveillance following a raid on its camp

Arizona aid group questions Border Patrol surveillance following a raid on its camp

Ryan Devereux, The Intercept, June 17, 2017

A three-day showdown in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert between Border Patrol agents and a humanitarian group, which culminated in a raid and the arrests of four undocumented immigrants, has aid workers raising questions about government surveillance and operational practices. The arrests took place Thursday evening at a camp run by the group No More Deaths, also known as No Más Muertes, which is located on private property near the unincorporated community of Arivaca, roughly 11 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. The humanitarian group said approximately 30 well-armed Border Patrol agents descended upon the location looking for “bodies” in a coordinated and alarmingly militarized operation, leaving with the four men in tow. Continue reading Arizona aid group questions Border Patrol surveillance following a raid on its camp

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“Shameful” raid on aid camp at US-Mexico border puts lives at risk, volunteers say

“Shameful” raid on aid camp at US-Mexico border puts lives at risk, volunteers say

Tom Dart, The Guardian, June 16, 2017

Border Patrol officers have raided a humanitarian aid camp set up to give shelter and water to migrants crossing the scorching Arizona desert, in an operation that activists said puts lives at risk. Continue reading “Shameful” raid on aid camp at US-Mexico border puts lives at risk, volunteers say

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The Nation: “The financial firm that cornered the market on jails”

The financial firm that cornered the market on jails

Arun Gupta, The Nation, August 1, 2016

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Numi’s highest profits may come from jailed migrants. As Paul Wright, executive director of the Human Rights Defense Center, points out, “Large numbers of [jailed] people are deported to countries where they aren’t able to use the inmate debit cards.” The balance on these uncashed cards would be absorbed by Numi and the issuing bank through maintenance fees. Continue reading The Nation: “The financial firm that cornered the market on jails”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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USA Today: “Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs”

Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs

USA Today, Bob Ortega, December 10, 2014

PHOENIX — US authorities often needlessly endanger deportees by sending them back across the border into Mexico without returning their money, IDs, cell phones, medicine and other belongings, a human-rights groups charges in a report released Wednesday. Continue reading USA Today: “Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs”

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