Stanford Law School’s Immigrants Rights Clinic created a clear, easily readable guide to “Getting Asylum Protection in the United States,” a 36-page booklet fully online. Asylum seekers, their friends and families, and advocates will likely reaffirm important lessons, learn new…
"People are really scared. It’s really, really clear that the fear is real. And they’re not getting tests."
From Alvaro Enciso: "the purple cross, barely visible, is for marco antonio tapia nunez, a 27-year-old mexican migrant. . . "
Noted artist Alvaro Enciso has planted crosses to mark the deaths of more than 900 migrants in the Sonoran desert south of Tucson, each marked with a red dot like those marking men and women who have perished on the “death maps” published by Humane Borders. This is his report from the borderlands earlier this week.
Amid a contradictory set of public reports (and public policies) about who can cross the U.S./Mexican border today, we are learning that most humanitarian volunteers are making it through.
These testimonies add the details of full and productive lives as Americans cut short – the work of men and women as laborers and professionals, as neighbors and parents and mentors and pastors, now halted; the end of refuge.
These realities fundamentally shape the material, psychological and social foundations of romantic relationships and families.
Unlike much commentary, the report is based on direct evidence drawn from person-by-person medical support for thousands of migrants, and 480 direct interviews. The voices of the people living through this crisis are at the forefront of this documentary report, and the conclusions are dire.
The trade-off is a challenging one: in some cases, volunteers are providing counsel; warm human presence to people confused and in need; healthcare services; and much-needed advocacy. In other cases, well-meaning folks show up and tell their own stories - variations of "here's me helping at the border."
Four volunteers for the humanitarian group No More Deaths had their misdemeanor convictions overturned, based on a novel application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.