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    Trump’s ‘Dreamer’ Proposal Can’t Thread Legislative Needle

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    “No deal on immigration should trade the lives of one group of vulnerable individuals for another,” said KatharinaObser, a policy adviser at the Women’s Refugee Commission, on a conference call with reporters. “Children and adults escaping violence are not exploiting so-called loopholes, nor do they pose a threat to border security.”

    Office Hours: Dreamers, Legal Experts and Advocates Break Down the Latest on the Immigration Debate

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    Women’s Refugee Commission firmly believes in the need to protect the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who are an integral part of communities around the United States. However, no deal on immigration should trade the lives of one group of vulnerable individuals for another. Children and adults escaping violence are not exploiting so-called “loopholes,” nor do they pose a threat to border security. Instead, they are desperate to find safety and fairness in an immigration process they have a legal right to access. Gutting those protections in the name of border security does not make America any safer, nor our borders more secure.

    Trump immigration plan draws criticism from top Senate Dem

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    “Proposals that seek to trade one set of lives for another just cannot be a starting point for this,” Katharina Obser of the Women’s Refugee Commission said on a Friday call.

    Inmigrante arrestada aborta

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    "Mujeres embarazadas que buscan asilo en Estados Unidos están siendo detenidas sin necesidad y recibiendo insuficiente o inadecuada atención médica”, dijo a La Opinión, Katharina Obser, asesora de derechos de migrantes de la Comisión de Mujeres para Refugiados.

    “Esta situación es totalmente inconsistente con la política interna de la Agencia de Inmigración y Aduanas y el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, que desde agosto de 2016 indica que las embarazadas no deben estar detenidas en la medida de lo posible."

    Deadly smuggling case changed police policy

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    “We didn’t know if this was human smuggling or human trafficking, if these individuals were there against their will or willingly, all we knew was we had 10 body bags. It certainly opened up everyone’s eyes to a duty of care we have for people who are in our city, regardless of their status.”

    As U.S. Separates Families at Border, Human Rights Groups File Complaint

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    Although the forced separation of children from parents in the custody of U.S. immigration officials is not yet a policy, it’s already a practice along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to eight human rights groups that filed a complaint against the Department of Homeland Security.

    Husband murdered, son taken away, mother seeking asylum tells judge, ‘I have lost everything’

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    Under orders from President Donald Trump’s administration, the federal government would begin broadly prosecuting parents who enter illegally, forcing the removal of their children. That enables the administration to detain parents until they are deported or win asylum, rather than freeing them with their children to wait for their cases to make their way through the backlogged civil immigration courts, a practice known as “catch and release” that Trump has vowed to end.

    Her husband murdered, her son taken away, a mother seeking asylum tells a judge, 'I have lost everything'

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    "It's a chain of violence that will never end. I've tried to forget, because to remember is to suffer."

    Fathers separated from children at border join other families in formal complaint

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    Several nonprofits filed a complaint earlier this month with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security documenting at least 15 cases of asylum-seeking families split apart and sent to different detention facilities. Not all of the cases described in the complaint are indicative of a policy change, but circumstances in some of the cases suggest that the new proposal is already having an effect.

    [OP-ED]: Happy New Year? Really?

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    Somehow the usual “Happy New Year” wishes sound hollow and make little sense this time around.

    Department of Homeland Security could separate immigrant families illegally crossing the border

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    The Department of Homeland Security is considering a new measure that would send immigrant children to one detention center and their parents to another while they wait to see if they’ll be admitted into the U.S. as refugees, or sent back home.

    Trump Administration Considers Tearing Families Apart In New Immigration Crackdown

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    Advocacy groups decried the possible measure. “Formalizing a policy of forcibly separating families seeking asylum in the U.S. is inhumane, traumatic, and unnecessary and will not make America any safer,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Trump administration considering family separation policy for asylum seekers

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    The policy could have devastating effects on children, immigrant groups say.

    Trump Administration Considers Separating Families to Combat Illegal Immigration

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    The Trump administration is considering a new policy that would separate parents from their children when families are caught entering the country illegally, according to officials who have been briefed on the plans. The forceful move is meant to discourage border crossings, but immigrant groups have denounced it as draconian and inhumane.

    Our government must stop separating asylum-seeking families

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    ICE and the Department of Homeland Security are teaming up to tear apart families. We're doing something about it.

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    Federal Investigation Finds 'Significant Issues' At Immigrant Detention Centers

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    Immigrants detained at four large centers used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement are subject to inhumane treatment, given insufficient hygiene supplies and medical care, and provided potentially unsafe food, according to a federal report.

    ‘Will They Take Me, Too?’

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    More than a thousand children are counting on Nora Sandigo to become their guardian if their undocumented parents are deported. How many of those promises will she now have to keep?

    Denuncian que administración Trump está separando a niños de sus padres solicitantes de asilo en frontera

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    Una tendencia alarmante a lo largo de la frontera de Estados Unidos con México se habría intensificado en el último año: la práctica de separar a los niños inmigrantes de sus padres a manos de los funcionarios de inmigración de los EE.UU.

    Complaint Accuses DHS Of Increasingly Separating Families At The Border

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    “Forcibly separating vulnerable women, children, and families at the US border is both unnecessary and un-American,” said Katharina Obser a senior policy adviser with the Women’s Refugee Commission. “The current practice of family separation, as documented in the complaint, does not make America any safer, but instead punishes those who are fleeing violence and lawfully seeking access to protection.”

    Immigration-rights advocates say Homeland Security is using minors as 'bait'

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    The complaint is on behalf of the approximately 400 people arrested this summer in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement effort that the groups allege used unaccompanied minors as bait: When parents and other relatives came forward to sponsor children who would otherwise be kept in detention centers, they were arrested and detained.