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US Insist on Deporting Vietnam War Refugees

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US Set to Deport Vietnam War RefugeesAfter deporting about 40 Cambodian immigrants on Monday 17 December, United States is now ramping up the effort to deport refugees of the Vietnam War who were convicted of crimes after their arrival in the country.

The Cambodian immigrants deported is one of the largest groups the US has ever deported at a time, but a larger group may soon be deported as about 9,000 Vietnamese immigrants who came to America decades back when they escape the Vietnam war now face possible deportation. In this regard, the US and Vietnam officials held a meeting earlier this month to address reinterpreting an agreement between the countries that has been shielding the refugees from deportation.

This is just one of the many instances of Trump’s aggressive move against immigration that has seen deportation surpass entry into the US. Many who have been in the US almost all their life, with very little or no connection to their home country, have been victims of such a hard stance against immigration by Mr. Trump’s government.

Mr. Washington Approved Protection

In 2008, Washington inked an agreement with Hanoi which protects all Vietnamese war refugees that entered the US before 1995 against deportation.

While addressing issues surrounding reinterpretation of the agreement inked, litigation director at Advancing Justice – an Asian-American civil rights group, Ms. Phi Nguyen revealed that the refugees were granted green cards when they entered the US hence becoming permanent residents of the country, but because of fund or the process involved, many did not apply for citizenship.

Ms. Phi Nguyen also said that neither Vietnamese officials nor the US Department of Homeland Security officials had discussed the outcome of their meeting.

Mr. Trump deported many Vietnamese immigrants early last year when he initially attempted to reinterpret the agreement. August this year, the administration appeared to have backtracked on the reinterpretation but is now at it again.

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105 Immigrants Arrested In New Jersey in Latest ICE’s Operation

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105 Immigrants Arrested In New Jersey in Latest ICE’s Operation

105 Immigrants Arrested In New Jersey in Latest ICE’s OperationA day after New Jersey’s Attorney General, Gubir Grewal, ordered law enforcement (local, county and state) to limit their level of involvement with federal immigration authorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began a five-day period operation in the state and have since announced the arrest of 105 people.

Plans for the operation have been put in place before Attorney General Gubir Grewal gave his orders according to the official statement released by ICE.

Director of ICE’s Newark field office, John Tsoukaris, said ICE’s unflinching commitment to public safety in the state is highlighted by these outstanding results achieved by ICE’s officers in collaboration with law enforcement agencies. He hence emphasized that the agency will not shy away from the focus of arresting illegal aliens who are convicts of serious crimes as well as those who are considered dangerous to public safety.

Details of the Arrest

The operation was led by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and resulted in 105 arrests across the state. 80 percent of the total arrests involve people with prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges according to immigration officials. The arrests include 24 in Hudson County, 14 in Monmouth County, 11 in Passaic County, 10 in Middlesex County and 6 in Essex County.

The arrests include people from Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Korea, Egypt, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Honduras, El Salvador, Columbia, Philippines, Taiwan, Spain, Venezuela, Trinidad, Dominican Republic and Slovakia.

The failure of local police departments and County jails to refer criminals and gang members they come across to ICE for review leaves the agency with no option than to conduct additional enforcement operations via which they can make arrests for immigration violations according to a statement released by the agency.

Sequel to the arrests, ICE has been tagged a rogue agency by a community organizer for Movimiento Cosecha, Carlos Rodriguez. He said it is a shame that ICE director, John Tsoukaris, is trying to destroy the trust the new AG is trying to foster between law enforcement and the immigrant community.

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Months after Reversal of Zero Tolerance Policy, Family Separation Still Thrives

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Family Separation Still Thrives in the USPresident of the United States, Donald Trump, signed an executive order on the 20th of June implying a backtrack from his highly controversial immigration enforcement policy tagged zero-tolerance policy. Zero tolerance policy empowers authorities to expose adults caught crossing the border illegally to criminal prosecution. The policy also allows authorities to separate such parents from their children.

A week after the president retreated from this policy, Dana M. Sabraw, a federal judge, ruled against the separations and called on the government to bring the affected families back together except in cases that pose a danger to the safety of the children.

It has now been revealed that immigrant families are being quietly separated at the border. Sometimes, the separation is based on unproven allegations of misconduct or insignificant violations. Catholic Charities lawyers have discovered at least 16 new separation cases over the past three months. Catholic Charities Lawyers provide legal services to the children of immigrants in government custody in New York. They claimed to have discovered these new cases chance as well as through looking into things after the placement of children in temporary foster care and homes with or without traces that they got to the border with their parents.

A Case At Hand

A Salvadoran father called ProPublica, in the latter part of last month, to report one of such separations. Julio, detained in South Texas, said a Customs and Border Protection agent took his four-year-old son from him after seeking asylum across the border. Reacting to the situation, Jodi Ziesemer, a supervising attorney at Catholic Charities, said she had no idea the boy was separated from his father.

These attorneys said Immigration Officials are taking advantage of any justification in their grasp to disqualify parents, with or without worthy proofs in their claim. They are equally empowered by an administration that does not totally shy away from family separation.

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US Agents Fire Tear Gas as Group of Migrants Attempt to Cross Borders

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US Agents Fire Tear Gas as Group of Migrants Attempt to Cross BordersEarly on Sunday, a peaceful march was staged by a group of Central American migrants with the aim of appealing for the asylum claims process. Thousands of them have camped in Tijuana with the hopes of applying for asylum in the United States but fewer than a hundred asylum petitions were processed daily by agents at the San Ysidro entry point. Irineo Mujica, part of an aid group, said the objective of the match toward US border was to the plight facing the migrants more visible to the Mexican and US governments.

They pushed past a Mexican police blockade quite easily without any sort of violence – some of the migrants were in fact heard calling out to each other remain peaceful. They were shouting with hand-painted Honduran and American flags aloft in their hands: We are international workers…! We are not criminals..!

The demonstration took a new turn when some of the group saw an opportunity to breach the border as they near the US crossing. They tried to find ways through several points along the border including – squeezing through gaps between mounted wires, peeling back metal sheeting and climbing over fences.

In order to stop the attempt, several shots of tear gas were fired by US agents according to an eyewitness. In this confusion, children were heard screaming and coughing. People who were not attempting to enter the US were not left out as the wind carried the ensuing fumes. Ana Zuniga, a Honduran with a 3-year-old daughter, said the more you try to run, the more the gas chokes you.

Borders Closed

The pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro were closed as a result. South bound and the North bound vehicle lanes were also closed. All were reopened later in the day according tweets from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security secretary, said the closure of San Y Sidro was a matter of public safety because projectiles were thrown at CBP personnel. He reaffirmed that this kind of lawlessness would not be condoned, and ports of entry will be shut without hesitation for security and public safety reasons.

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Latest US Immigration Move Tagged Political Opportunism

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Latest US Immigration Move Tagged Political Opportunism

800 US troops are moving to the Texas border as well as 5, 200 troops expected to be deployed to the south-west region by the end of the week according to the head of US northern command, General Terrence O’Shaughnessy. The government’s is responsible for the thousands of Central American migrants who are presently in southern Mexico and are heading north. They are said to include families, children and elderly people.

US President Trump, en-route winning the presidential election in 2016, fueled fear and anger concerning illegal immigration. His latest move is coming just days before the midterm elections. He is leveraging on the caravan situation in his campaign for next week’s midterm polls with the expectation of firing up his core support. In a tweet on Monday, he ordered the migrant caravan to go back as they won’t be received into the US except through legal process. He also stated that the Military is waiting for them at the border as their movement is seen as an invasion of the country.

Critics Response

This latest move has been condemned as political opportunism by the American Civil Liberties Union, a human rights organization.

Policy counsel, Shaw Drake said the military is being forced into furthering the president’s anti-immigrant agenda of division and fear. He continued to say it is another aggressive move by Trump to trump immigrant families including children seeking the country’s protection. He concluded by saying military personnel are not permitted by the law to be involved in immigration enforcement, and nothing justifies this move.

Mexico is equally tightening the security on the country’s southern border. Migrants usually use rafts to make their way across the Suchiate River on the southern border. It is not known if the US has a hand in Mexico’s move, but their move is obviously in favour of the anti-immigrant agenda by the Trump government.

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The US Government Says ‘NO’ to the Migrant Caravan

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The US Government Says 'NO' to the Migrant CaravanA large number of migrant Caravans moving across Mexico are relying on the strength of numbers to gain access to and seek Asylum in the US. At the Guatemalan border town of Tecun Uman, more than a hundred Central American migrants are said to have forced their way past a customs gate in order to gain entry into Mexico. In the same vein, thousands of Central American migrants are also reportedly making its way through southern Mexico in order to get to the US border.

In response, the president of the United States, Trump is making plans to shut the US borders to Central Americans as well as not granting them the opportunity to seek asylum in the US. 10000 additional US troops are to be deployed to the southern border to help in security operations for the imminent arrival of the migrating caravan.

Once on American soil, overseas candidates are eligible to apply for asylum, but the government currently putting such provision on hold as a result of the threat it poses to national security according to officials. Taking advantage of the authority offered him by the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 212(f), it’s legal for the president to declare some migrants ineligible for asylum.

What do officials say?

Nothing is finalized yet according to the White House officials. The above is only one of various methods under consideration, and the United States will not forecast to caravans or smugglers the exact strategy to be used; hence no final decision has been made according to a white house official who spoke under anonymity.

According to the latest estimates from Mexico, caravan migrants still have more than 900 miles to get to US border and have dwindled to 3000 people. Those moving through southern Mexico are said to be largely poor families traveling with children and surviving on handouts. It is to be noted that despite the threat claim made by Trump’s administration, no evidence has been provided to show that dangerous criminals are part of these migrants so far.

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