This 14 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
7-year-old Jakelin Caal died in Border Patrol custody
Jakelin Caal died of dehydration, shock, and finally, cardiac arrest, in Border Patrol custody. Kirstjen Nielsen, Fox News, and the Trump administration blame the father who tried to deliver her from certain death back home, but look.
From Latino Victory in the USA today:
Last week we learned the shocking news that 7-year-old Jakelin Caal died while in Customs and Border Patrol custody.
While the government has blamed Jakelin’s journey to the U.S. from Guatemala with her father for her dehydration and death, there’s much we don’t know about her care in CBP custody, including why she wasn’t given medical care for at least 90 minutes. It also took the Department of Homeland Security a week before they publicly announced this horrific news.
We know Jakelin isn’t the first child to die in our government’s custody, and as long as this Administration continues its cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum-seekers, including throwing out thousands of jugs of water left for migrants in the desert, it’s likely more innocent lives will be lost in their hands.
If you’re as disturbed and angry by this as we are, add your name to our petition and demand Congress investigate the deaths of children while in our government’s custody.
Add your name here.
Together, let’s work together and fight for justice for Jakelin and innocent children like her who come to this country for a safer, better life, only to tragically meet their death in detainment.
Vice President of Communications, Latino Victory
CONGRESS CAN’T INTERVIEW BORDER AGENTS The Department of Homeland Security has informed members of Congress that they cannot interview Border Patrol agents who detained and processed a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in their custody. [Reuters]
BORDER BABY HOSPITALIZED A 5-month-old girl who traveled with the migrant caravan has been hospitalized with pneumonia after spending five days inside freezing cells operated by border authorities in California. [BuzzFeed]
The Trump administration announced a new policy that effectively guts the right of asylum for refugees from Central America. From now on, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin expelling non-Mexican refugees as soon as they have made application for asylum after crossing the US-Mexico border. They will be immediately deported to Mexico instead of being allowed to stay in the US pending the adjudication of their asylum claims: here.
CARLSON DOUBLES DOWN ON MIGRANT RACISM Fox News host Tucker Carlson refused to walk back his claim that immigration makes the U.S. “poorer and dirtier,” doubling down on his racist rhetoric about the migrant caravan in Mexico, telling viewers: “It’s true.” In response, several advertisers have ditched the show. [HuffPost]
SOME ADVERTISERS STICK WITH TUCKER A string of advertisers have bailed on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson after he said immigrants make the country “poorer, and dirtier.” Here are the advertisers that have not. [HuffPost]
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The courts have delivered yet another victory to immigrants, and a blow to President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Yesterday, a federal judge struck down most of Trump and his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policies that blocked survivors of domestic abuse and gang violence from seeking asylum in the United States.
Not only did the court put an end to these cruel policies, but it demanded the Trump administration return those individuals who were wrongfully deported and denied asylum under them. For example, when these policy changes were first announced, Sessions reversed a grant of asylum for a Salvadoran woman who escaped an abusive partner back home. Not only was this reversal heartless, but it was against the law.
As Trump continues to push for billions of dollars to ramp up border militarization and build his outrageous border wall, this case is yet another example of the justice system rebuking this administration’s ugly and unlawful anti-immigrant agenda.
I want to thank you for all you’ve done this year to stand with immigrants, including the many asylum seekers facing persecution from this president.
Thank you. Muchas gracias,
Vice President of Communications, Latino Victory
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Like millions of people across the country, I’ve been following the disturbing images coming from the border: families stranded, children still being torn from parents, and two children dying last month thanks to U.S. border policy.1
There is deep heartbreak happening at the border, but stories of organizing and resistance urgently need to be heard–to hold the U.S. government accountable and to learn from activists protecting people who abandoned everything for safety and stability in the United States.
I learned about these stories from ordinary people in the border region–the majority of them women. They’re lawyers sitting in courtrooms to support families appearing in mass trials; advocates following each and every case with phone calls to lawyers, detention centers, and shelters; volunteers bringing refugees food, water, women’s hygiene products, medicine, and–most precious of all–dollar-store flip-flops; and people organizing civil disobedience actions to stop border patrol from hurting families.
These stories need to be heard. That’s why UltraViolet is partnering with Strong Arm Press to publish these stories in Angry Tías and Guerilla Lawyers: A Summer of Resistance on the U.S.-Mexico Border. And I’m asking for your help in seeing it through.
Will you contribute $5 so UltraViolet and Strong Arm can publish this important collection of stories?
We are not working with a corporate publisher, so we’re relying on members like you to help us fund this project.
Right now, even with Trump shutting down the government to force the new Congress to give him more funding for his border wall, the horrors at the border are no longer in the media spotlight. Advocates all over the country are doing powerful work to make sure Congress refuses to give Trump more funding for his bloody border plan.2
With national news media’s attention already elsewhere, what happens when the government returns to operating under the radar? It is the stories on the ground that will keep fueling grassroots organizing and resistance–stories like those in Angry Tías and Guerilla Lawyers: A Summer of Resistance on the U.S.-Mexico Border.
These stories urgently need to be told, but we’ll need your help.
Will you contribute $5 to publish Angry Tías and Guerilla Lawyers: A Summer of Resistance on the U.S.-Mexico Border?
Thanks for all you do.
— Shaunna and the UltraViolet team
1. U.S. Border Chief Defends Using Tear Gas that Left Migrant Children Choking, Vice News, November 26, 2018
81 children separated at border since Trump’s executive order on dividing families, CNN, December 6, 2018
‘A Breaking Point’: Second Child’s Death Prompts New Procedures for Border Agency, New York Times, December 26, 2018
2. Trump threatens to close ‘Southern Border entirely’ if Dems don’t fund wall, The Hill, December 28, 2018
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