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    Texas groups push back against family separation policy at the border

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    A group of attorneys from the Texas Civil Rights Project, Washington, D.C.-based Women’s Refugee Commission, the University of Texas Law School’s immigration clinic and McAllen-based law firm Garcia & Garcia filed an emergency request Thursday with the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to order the U.S. to end its family separations policy. The coalition filed the request on behalf of five families separated in or near Hidalgo County.

    Complaint targets separation of immigrant families at border

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    Immigration lawyers and advocates say parents are being held in jail without knowing where their children are.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission and the University of Texas School of Law’s immigration clinic also joined the complaint.

    Local attorneys file emergency international request to stop family separations at border

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    Stories like hers are not unique, said Efrén Olivares, racial and economic justice director of the Alamo-based Texas Civil Rights Project, one of the four legal advocacy groups that filed the complaint on behalf of five Central American families arguing that the U.S. government’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating migrant parents and children who enter the country illegally violates international law.

    The other attorneys include McAllen-based Garcia & Garcia law firm, the University of Texas School of Law’s immigration clinic and the Washington-based Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Rights Panel Urged To Take On Family Separations At Border

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    The emergency request for precautionary measures was brought by the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the University of Texas School of Law’s Immigration Clinic and Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law PLLC.

    Trump migrant family separations protested as U.S. is accused of violating human rights

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    "The request for precautionary measures is grounded in the current ongoing and future violations of human rights as enshrined in inter-American treaties and instruments that the U.S. is legally bound to," said Leah Chavla of the Women's Refugee Commission. She said one of those instruments is the 1951 Convention on Refugees, which prohibits prosecution or punishment of asylum seekers, she said.

    Texas-based attorneys push to end separation of families who enter U.S. illegally

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    The petition was filed by attorneys with the Alamo-based Texas Civil Rights Project, the Washington-based Women’s Refugee Commission, McAllen-based Garcia and Garcia law firm and the University of Texas at Austin’s school of law. The filing is on behalf of five families who were separated by Customs and Border Protection agents in South Texas.

    Immigrant fight heats up

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    “Asylum is not a loophole,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission. “Other loopholes are not loopholes but laws designed to protect children.”

    Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges

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    Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission, said in a statement: "Family separation is NOT required by any law, this is a Trump administration policy clearly designed to punish parents, who are just trying to get their children to safety."

    This is what’s really happening to kids at the border

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    The situation remains complicated, messy, and often misunderstood. Let’s sort it out.

    Activists launch nationwide day of action for #WhereAreTheChildren

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    Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said forcible separations have become Trump administration policy in order to discourage and prevent families from trying to enter the U.S. In the first two weeks after its implementation, more than 600 children were separated from their parents. 

    Activists Call For Day of Action After Asylum Seekers Separated from Children

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    Michelle Brané is with the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    "They are literally pulling children away from their parents, physically, after convincing a parent that the best way to minimize the trauma to their child is to stay quiet," she said.

    Trump's 'zero tolerance' at U.S.-Mexico border is filling child shelters

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    “Families are more reluctant to come forward,” Chavla said, and children are reluctant to identify their parents to Health and Human Services for fear they will be deported.

    “They’re going to languish in custody. We’re going to see the length of stay creep up” for unaccompanied children, she said.

    Fact checking the Trump administration on immigration

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    "To be clear, asylum is not a loophole. Seeking asylum and the right to asylum is not a loophole, it is an international right and a right that is guaranteed by our own laws," said Michelle Brané, the director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission, on a call with reporters Tuesday afternoon.

    History will never let Donald Trump escape the shame of separating parents and children at the border

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    “In many cases they may never,” Michelle Brané, executive director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told the Houston Chronicle. “We have seen children as young as 18 months deported without their parents and more commonly, parents deported without their children. Parents arrive in Central America with no idea of how to get their children back.”

    Trump administration defends family separations at border

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    “Reunification after these kinds of separations are very difficult,” said Michelle Brané, executive director of the migrant rights program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a national advocacy group. “Even finding each other after separation is exceedingly difficult.”

    Trump falsely blames Democrats for family separation

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    WRC Director of Migrant Rights and Justice Michelle Brane joins All In With Chris Hayes to discuss family separation at the border. 

    White House Outlines Long-Term Plans For Detention Of Immigrant Families

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    "Family separation is not required by any law as alleged by the Trump administration. And in fact, it's very clear that the administration's own policy - which has been clearly designed to punish parents who are just trying to get their children to safety."

    A father is still struggling to find his son after being deported a year ago

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    In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Michelle Brané, executive director of the migrant rights program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said: “We have seen children as young as 18 months deported without their parents and more commonly, parents deported without their children. Parents arrive in Central America with no idea of how to get their children back.”

    'National Shame': US Immigration Activist Calls out ICE's Losing Track of 1,500 Migrant Children

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    In an interview with Mother Jones, Michelle Brané, the director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission and a leading expert on immigration detention and the ORR, said, Wagner's comment implied, "Children may have moved—they may have gone to live with another family member—and things may be OK. Or there have been cases where these children end up in the hands of traffickers. So it is possible that some of those [children] could be in very dangerous and vulnerable situations." 

    Star Opinion: Trump's attack on children

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    “In many cases they may never” find them, said Michelle Brané, executive director of the migrant rights program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a national advocacy group.

    “We have seen children as young as 18 months deported without their parents, and, more commonly, parents deported without their children. Parents arrive in Central America with no idea of how to get their children back.”