STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S RESCISSION OF DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)
On February 5, 2017, Martin Mendez Pineda, a 25 year old journalist from Acapulco, Guerrero fled Mexico seeking asylum at the El Paso Port of Entry. Martin had written news articles in the Acapulco daily, Novedades, critical of the federal police which resulted in him receiving a series of death threats and beatings by 8 officers.
ICE’s denial of Martin’s parole request signals an inhumane, criminalization of the asylum process as well as a blanket policy of imprisoning Mexican refugees fleeing state violence. Of particular concern is the alarmingly increasing violence against Mexican journalists which has resulted in the recent murder of Miroslava Breach Velducea, a well-known Chihuahua journalist as well as the closure of the El Norte de Cd. Juarez daily newspaper.
On March 1, 2017, Martin passed his credible fear exam. Thereafter, he sought to be released by ICE from their prison which was denied on March 28, 2017 due to him being considered a flight risk as well as for having insufficient community ties.
According to the highly reported Paris based Reporters Without Borders, “during 2016 itself, 11 journalists were murdered in Mexico, as of 2010, 35 have been murdered, which places this country as one of the most dangerous of the world for the journalism profession.”
The young people who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program represent many of the best and brightest that our country has to offer. The Borderland Immigration Counsel (BIC) condemns the decision of the Trump Administration to rescind DACA protections for roughly 800,000 young people who were brought to the US as children.
The announcement today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the DACA program will be rescinded is a betrayal of core American values. DACA beneficiaries go on to be doctors1, lawyers2, teachers3, paramedics4 and nurses5, and give back to our communities in enumerable ways. Their contributions are vital to the strength and stability of our country. The decision to end DACA is not a reflection of the value of these young people to our communities but is simply one more policy from an administration that promotes fear and xenophobia to score with its political base.
The Borderland Immigration Counsel calls on members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to work immediately to protect DACA program beneficiaries from deportation, and to pass legislation that will provide a path to permanent status for immigrants living and working in our communities, many of which cannot obtain status because of the byzantine and antiquated immigration laws that currently exist. To our immigrant brothers and sisters: We stand with you. The Borderland Immigration Council is committing to work for local and national policies that reflect what we already know- Immigrants make this country great. Today is a dark day, but we will continue to fight together to find the light of justice. Si se puede.
September 5, 2017
Jessica K. Miles, 915-228-2300
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