Lie of the week: Family migration

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To end the week, we have the presidential lie of the week about family immigration and a runner up on the travel ban.

And in other news:

  • LGBT and ICE
  • Kids and families on the border
  • Remembering TPS
  • Guatemalan migrant: It could have been me

Lies of the week

FactChecking Trump’s Nashville rally (5/30/18)

The claim: “So they go and they take this man, right? And he got here and he’s got 22 people that came in — his mother, his father, his grandmother, his uncle, his brother, his sister. He got — 22 people come in for this one guy. That’s called chain migration — 22 people.”

The facts: Trump is talking about Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbekistan-born immigrant charged with killing eight people in New York City on Oct. 31. But, as we have written, there is no evidence that Saipov brought 22 people with him to the United States. In fact, as a green card holder, Saipov could not have sponsored anyone other than a spouse and children, and he married and had children in the United States — so he could not have been responsible for bringing in the relatives cited by Trump.

Government claims it has ‘extensive’ evidence backing travel ban. It’s not true. (Cato Institute, 5/24/18)

“In response to a lawsuit by the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, the government disclosed that its final secret report filed in September was just 16 pages with a one-page attachment. Yet the president claims it reviewed “more than 200 countries,” meaning it covered each country in less than a tenth of a page. On a typical 600-word page, that’s fewer than 60 words—significantly shorter than this paragraph—to review the identity systems, information practices, and security situation in every country in the world….

“In any case, to fully appreciate how absurd it is to claim that this 17-page report was exhaustive, consider that the State Department issues an annual report on terrorism including details of the policies and situation in most countries in the world. Last year’s report was 447 pages. The travel ban has nine such factors that the government claims to have extensively studied, yet its entire 17-page report is 4 percent as long.

“Beyond its length, contradictions in the known contents of the report further raises the suspicion that the government might be misstating its conclusions.”

LGBT and ICE

Transgender Honduran woman’s death in U.S. ‘icebox’ prompts outcry (The Guardian, 5/31/18)

The Transgender Law Center (TLC), a leading transgender advocacy group, called Hernández’s treatment in US custody “negligent”, and – along with other civil rights groups – has issued a list of demands, including that Ice stop detaining transgender women altogether.

“If you have an incoming immigrant that shows signs of medical distress – including being HIV positive and having pneumonia – it is negligent to place them in the ‘ice box’ for any amount of time,” said Flor Bermudez, the legal director of TLC. “They might have wrongfully caused her death.”

ICE’s rejection of its own rules is placing LGBT immigrants at severe risk of sexual abuse (Center for American Progress, 5/30/18)

“The Trump administration’s policy of detaining immigrants without parole or bond pending the resolution of their case or deportation—combined with its rejection of policies meant to protect vulnerable populations from abuse in detention—has led to horrifically high rates of sexual abuse and solitary confinement of LGBT immigrants. Not only are these abusive conditions inhumane, but they are also in violation of the department’s own rules…”  

Kids and families on the border

This is what’s really happening to kids at the border (Washington Post, 5/30/18)

“Yes, it’s new that children are separated from their parents upon entry into the U.S….

““Parents whose children are taken from them at the border are not told how to find them, communicate with them or reunify with them. Even ICE and ORR do not track the whereabouts of separated children in any systemic manner.”

Does separating families at the border discourage immigration? Here’s what the research says. (Washington Post, 5/31/18) Bottom line:

“[F]amily separation is meant to be punitive. For an administration that has made no secret of its hostility to immigration, punishing unauthorized migrants may be a good in and of itself. But it isn’t clear that it is an effective policy tool.”

Families seeking asylum wait days at Nogales port of entry, advocates say (Tucson Daily Star, 5/27/18)

“Since about May 12, dozens of parents with their children have been lining up at the pedestrian entrance of the port waiting to seek humanitarian protection. Most are Guatemalans; some are from Honduras and Mexico.

“On average, families are now waiting four days to be processed, which raises health and safety concerns, she said.”

And in other news

Going home, after half a lifetime (Washington Post, 5/30/18) As the end of Temporary Protected Status draws closer, hard decisions loom.

“At 36, he had achieved his version of the American Dream: Married, with two children, a work permit, a six-figure salary as a construction safety manager, a sprawling house in Silver Spring, Md.

But his permission to live in the United States was soon to expire, because of the “Trump administration’s decision to end federal programs that allow Mendoza and some 300,000 other immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti to work legally on U.S. soil.” 

The Guatemalan migrant shot in the head could have been me (The Guardian, 5/31/18) The author, Aura Hernández, is currently living in sanctuary in New York. She has two U.S. citizen children.

“Looking at her photo, I’m suddenly transported 13 years earlier to the time when I entered this country. Like Claudia, I didn’t know what lay before me, and I never imagined that something terrible would happen to me. I’m reminded of my own innocence, fear, humiliation, and truncated dreams. I was also the victim of abuse by the Border Patrol when I crossed. An agent sexually abused me while I was detained in Texas. This memory is why I’m so affected by Claudia’s killing. But what pains me more than anything else is knowing that she had no opportunity to live her American dream. That’s the difference between us. I survived the Border Patrol. She was killed, without any remorse.” 

 

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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