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    Trump Blames the Democrats for Family Separation at the Mexican Border

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    “The new practice of separating children from their parents at the border is just exacerbating an already inefficient system,” Michelle Brané, the director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission and a leading expert on immigration detention, told Mother Jones. “You’re throwing hundreds—thousands—more children into this system. You’ve actually separated them from a parent and then you give them to ORR, whose job it is to reunify them with a parent. [It] is a colossal waste of money, and is overwhelming our system, and is just plain cruel.”

    Here’s How the Government Managed to Lose Track of 1,500 Migrant Children

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    Once a child is released to a parent or a sponsor—and very often a sponsor is somebody who is not in any way related to the child—ORR does very little to no follow-up. ORR’s position is that they no longer have any responsibility for that child. In most cases, they will do a follow-up phone call to check in. If there is no answer or if there is a problem that is uncovered by that phone call, I think they said [at the hearing] they may call child protective services. But other than that they don’t do anything. As a result, they have numerous cases where they have identified that that child is either no longer in that house or not reachable, but they have done nothing to follow up.

    Trump’s Crackdown On Immigrant Parents Puts More Kids In An Already Strained System

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    “They’re crippling an already overwhelmed system,” Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said of the administration’s decision. “You take that situation in which children are released, and then there’s little to no follow-up, and add hundreds and hundreds of children ― thousands of children, eventually ― and you’re multiplying the level of the problem.”

    Immigrant families separated at border struggle to find each other

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    “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.”

    Women’s Groups Slam Separation of Immigrant Families

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    “We have documented with horror and dismay as this administration has systematically dismantled this country’s systems to protect those who are fleeing persecution and harm,” Obser said during the event. “In particular, the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice seem intent on targeting women who are often facing unimaginable gender-based and gang violence at home and who flee to protect the lives of their children.”

    ONG demandan a EU y México suspender negociaciones sobre acuerdo del Tercer País Seguro

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    Diez organizaciones no gubernamentales defensoras de los derechos humanos y de los migrantes demandaron a los gobiernos de Estados Unidos y México suspender las negociaciones sobre el acuerdo del Tercer País Seguro.

    'Anguish' at southwest border as more immigrant children are separated from parents

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    “They are saying either you take your kid back and live in danger and don’t try to save your kid’s life by claiming your right to asylum, or insist on applying for asylum where we are going to separate you from your child and endanger your child,” said Michelle Brané, director of immigration policy at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    EE. UU. quiere que México se encargue de los migrantes en busca de asilo

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    “La realidad es que México no es una opción segura para muchas personas, menos para los migrantes y las familias que buscan asilo”, dijo Michelle Brané, directora de Derechos de los Migrantes y Programa de Justicia en Women’s Refugee Commission, un grupo de activistas. Tal acuerdo, añadió, “no sería otra cosa más que otro ataque de parte del gobierno de Trump contra las mujeres, los niños y las familias que buscan seguridad en nuestra frontera”.

    US and Mexico negotiating new asylum deal that could put immigrants at ‘risk of kidnapping, sexual assault, and trafficking’

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    The United States currently has a “safe third country” agreement with Canada, but Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice for the Women’s Refugee Commission, says that creating a similar deal with Mexico makes little sense. 

    Citing rising violent crime rates in the country, sparked largely by powerful and dangerous cartels, Ms Brané said that, for many asylum seekers, forcing them to stay in Mexico would limit their ability to seek safety.

    The haters are still wrong

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    The New York Times reports that at least 700 youngsters have been taken from adults claiming to be their parents since October. Michelle Brane of the Women’s Refugee Commission told the Times: “The idea of punishing parents who are trying to save their children’s lives ... is fundamentally cruel and un-American.”

    U.S. Pushes Plan to Make Mexico Handle Asylum Seekers

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    “The fact is that Mexico is not a safe option for many people, least of all migrants and asylum-seeking families,” said Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, an advocacy group. Such a deal, she said, would be “nothing more than another attack by the Trump administration on women, children and families seeking safety at our border.”

    Trump administration looks to military bases in Texas to house immigrant children

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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.”

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Sen. Kamala Harris bills to place moratorium on ICE detention centers

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    The bill, titled Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act, aims to keep a close watch of the ICE detention centers and proposes to halt the funding for any new construction, and expansion of such facilities.

    Governments Exchange Views on Refugee Compact’s Second Draft

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    The EU called for ensuring that the compact will be mainstreamed by all UN agencies at all levels, and urged doing this in consistency with the UN reforms. Canada and the Women’s Refugee Commission said they would welcome a reference to sexual and reproductive health, which is not currently in the text. Türk said this is an area of divergence between delegations. Iran stressed the need to include time-bound targets.

    Hondureña pasa el Día de las Madres refugiada en un santuario de los EEUU (Video)

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    Michelle Brané, madre y directora del programa de Justicia y Derechos de los Migrantes de “Women’s Refugee Commission”, hizo hincapié en el giro “ilegal” y “cruel” que ha dado la Administración al querer bloquear la entrada de personas que huyen de la violencia y persecución, violando de paso los derechos humanos de los migrantes.

    The twisted legal logic behind Trump’s decision to separate immigrant children from parents

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    During the Obama administration there were some scattered cases of family separation, often driven by local decisions, says Katharina Obser, senior policy advisor for migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit advocacy group. Trump “has formalized into policy what is just a cruel and inhumane practice.”

    Questions Swirl Around ICE’s ‘Inhumane’ Treatment of Pregnant People

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    The American Immigration Council, in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Women’s Refugee Commission, filed requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act earlier this month, seeking more details on ICE’s policies, guidelines, or procedures “regarding the treatment of pregnant individuals in custody and any system used to track and monitor pregnant detainees.”  

    Two Dozen Moms Stage Walkout During DHS Secretary's Testimony to Protest Planned Separation of Migrant Families

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    Two dozen mothers from women’s and immigrant rights groups demonstrated as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was about to testify in front of a Senate subcommittee Tuesday, walking out of the room as they carried their children in their arms. 

    OPED: Asylum seekers face 'grim fates'

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    The Women's Refugee Commission and Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services have documented severe abuses, many directed against children, in family detention facilities. Isolating detained immigrants even more creates a culture of impunity.

    ICE’s policy for detention of pregnant immigrants is a new low

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    ICE’s new guidelines represent yet another attack on immigrants by this administration. There is no justification for this costly and cruel policy, which will not make us any safer. ICE must change course, stop traumatizing women when they are exceptionally vulnerable and return to a policy of basic human decency.