Artesia on Our Minds -- Diary of an Immigration Detention Camp

Artesia on Our Minds — Diary of an Immigration Detention Camp

Earlier this month immigration attorney Helen Lawrence joined a team of 10 Bay Area lawyers for a week-long stint providing free legal aid to immigrant detainees being housed at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. The center holds between 400-500 inmates, all women and children who began arriving in July as part of a larger wave of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

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In Search of a Sanctuary for Migrant Children

In Search of a Sanctuary for Migrant Children

OAKLAND, Calif. — Edwin can hardly understand Spanish and is slowly learning English, but his biggest dilemma now is finding a way to save his mother from the violence in his native Guatemala, and how to pay the $7,000 he owes lawyers.

Edwin, 14, is a native Mam speaker (the Mayan language of his ethnic group). In spite of his youth, he has already made a dangerous escape from the gang violence of his homeland, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and spent two months in the El Centro Service Processing Center, an immigrant detention facility south of Los Angeles.

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The Latino Political House is Divided: Which Side Are You On - Immigrant Families or the Democratic Party?

The Latino Political House is Divided: Which Side Are You On – Immigrant Families or the Democratic Party?

Those concerned with immigration reform, deportations, family separations, and unaccompanied minors surrendering at the southern border, are caught in a transfixed credibility debate about President Obama’s announcement to delay any decision to exercise executive action of administrative relief for the estimated 11 million undocumented migrants currently in the country.

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Why Latino Leaders Are Wrong to Stand With Obama on Immigration

Why Latino Leaders Are Wrong to Stand With Obama on Immigration

Sometimes, it is impossible to stay silent regarding one’s own friends. This is one such time. As someone who is involved in the Immigrant Rights Movement (IRM) in Bakersfield, California, where Ms. Dolores Huerta lives, too, I am highly disappointed and profoundly disagree with her decision to lend her public support for the decision by President Obama to delay taking executive action to bring urgently-needed administrative relief to the millions of immigrants who live in fear and continue to be deported at a rate of a thousand a day by his administration – breaking his promise that he would act by now, as he has several times before.

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