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Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America

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  • In our special broadcast from the U.S.-Mexico border, we speak to human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury, who has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for over 40 years and has been active in the response to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband’s murder and torture. Now she continues to work with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
  • Related: Column - Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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June 28, 2018 | Amy Goodman: We’re broadcasting from Brownsville, Texas, ahead of a mass protest later today at the federal courthouse that’s right behind us, that’s calling on the Trump administration to end the “zero tolerance” policy, which has separated more than 2,000 children from their parents, who have been charged with a crime for crossing the border. In a minute, we’ll be joined by the person who helped draw attention to this crisis when she shared audio with ProPublica of some of the disappeared children in a CBP, a Customs and Border Protection, facility. The children are estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 10, and can be heard crying “Mami!” “Papi!” This is an excerpt. A warning: The audio is disturbing.

Child: [crying] Papá! Papá! Papá! Papá! Papá! Papá!

Amy Goodman: The person who made that recording asked not to be identified, for fear of retaliation. And they were able to share it with the help of our next guest, Jennifer Harbury, who is a human rights lawyer,well-known activist. She has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley for over 40 years, has been active in the response to the “zero tolerance” policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante guerrilla in the Highlands of Guatemala. He was disappeared after he was captured by the army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, that she found here was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband’s murder and torture. We will talk about this in the show, in a post-show, which we’ll post online. And she works with people who are fleeing violence from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and come here to the United States for political asylum.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.
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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times
http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180706/ARTICLE/307069997/AR/0/AR-307069997.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=68821A young girl grasps her mother's hand as dozens of undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 26, 2018. Trump administration officials said on Wednesday that it would be difficult to comply with the timetable in a federal court order requiring the reunification of migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. (Callaghan O'Hare/New York Times)

  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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"Criminal Aliens" Vs. The West's Crimes Against Humanity, James Thindwa, Portside

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Thousands of people walk down Harbor Drive during the Families Belong Together rally and march in San Diego. Hayne Palmour IV/U-T
 

  • There is not enough space to catalogue all the crimes committed collectively by western countries that now feel besieged by migrants of color.
  • Related: Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. DirtyWars  in Central America.


 

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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate

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A young girl grasps her mother's hand as dozens of undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 26, 2018. Trump administration officials said on Wednesday that it would be difficult to comply with the timetable in a federal court order requiring the reunification of migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. (Callaghan O'Hare/New York Times)

  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times 

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July 6, 2018 | Over the past several months, the debate over immigration, crime and ? most recently ? the policy of removing children from parents detained for illegally crossing the U.S. border, has raged across America. As professors and social scientists, we?ve watched this debate with some dismay, as facts on immigration have too often been overtaken by opinions and politics. So we want to share some facts we have learned through years of research.

While we understand the political arguments made for and against various immigration policies, our job as scientists is to objectively evaluate the data used to support various policies and stances and use research to more accurately predict the consequences of our actions.

A group of immigrants from Central America, who were detained after entering the United States, walk away after being released at a bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 22, 2018. Many were given ankle monitors and notices to appear in court. (Todd Heisler/the New York Times) 

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Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018 (1)/5 Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Klaus%20Marre%20and%20DonkeyHotey.jpgThe Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’ * The delusion of deporting the country’s troubles away by banishing “criminal aliens” * I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President * Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges * ‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father.
  • Related: Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods.

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First They Came for the Migrants

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Men from Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras being detained by Border Patrol officers north of Penitas, Tex., last week. Credit Lynsey Addario for the New York Times.

What is happening is the sort of moral enormity that once seemed unthinkable in contemporary America, the kind captured in the Martin Niemöller poem that’s repeated so often it’s become a cliché: “First they came …” There is no reason to believe that undocumented immigrants will be the last group of people deemed beyond the law’s protection.

Michelle Goldberg, New York (NY) Times 

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June 11, 2018 | The sci-fi writer William Gibson once said, “The future has arrived — it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” In America in 2018, the same could be said of authoritarianism.

Since Donald Trump was elected, there’s been a boom in best-selling books about the fragility of liberal democracy, including Madeleine Albright’s “Fascism: A Warning,” and Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny.” Many have noted that the president’s rhetoric abounds in classic fascist tropes, including the demonization of minorities and attempts to paint the press as treasonous. Trump is obviously more comfortable with despots like Russia’s Vladimir Putin than democrats like Canada’s Justin Trudeau.

We still talk about American fascism as a looming threat, something that could happen if we’re not vigilant. But for undocumented immigrants, it’s already here.

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Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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  • The Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’ * The delusion of deporting the country’s troubles away by banishing “criminal aliens” * I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President * Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges * ‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father.
  • Related: Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’, Klaus Marre and DonkeyHotey, Who.What.Why. 

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January 28, 2018 | The Trump administration and allied news outlets are rallying disenchanted whites around the idea that Hispanics are to blame for their position in society. Their rhetoric and actions send a clear message: Brown people are not welcome here.
MAGA Is No More Than a Hollow Nationalistic Slogan

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On April 17 the Supreme Court handed down a ruling that limited some of the excuses the government can use for deporting people. At issue in the case, Sessions v. Dimaya, was the meaning of “crime of violence” in immigration law; immigration judges have relied on this very broad category to order some non-citizens deported as “criminal aliens.” The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2015 that the category was unconstitutionally vague and therefore not a basis for deportation, and the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision upheld the Ninth Circuit’s ruling.

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I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President*. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Speaks%20at%20a%20Rally.jpgJune 8, 2018 | The New York Times had a story on Friday that should’ve brought shame and derision upon anyone who voted for the racist monster in the White House, and upon the racist monster that the other racist monster installed at the head of the Department of Justice. The United States government is now committing human rights atrocities within its own borders and against the most vulnerable people it can find. I don’t need to “understand,” much less take seriously, anyone who still supports this president* and his administration* because, if you do, you’ve taken the idea of America and run battery acid through its veins.

What his administration* is doing to these migrant children is a national disgrace.

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Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges, Gillian Edevane, Newsweek 

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The ACLU released a new report detailing abuse allegations minors have made against CBP officers. 5/23/18 | Migrant children under the care of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were allegedly beaten, threatened with sexual violence and repeatedly assaulted while in custody between 2009 and 2014, according to a report released Wednesday from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.

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‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father. Miriam Jordan, New York (NY) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigrant%20Youngster%27s%20Drawing%20of%20His%20Family.jpgJune 7, 2018 | When he landed in Michigan in late May, all the weary little boy carried was a trash bag stuffed with dirty clothes from his dayslong trek across Mexico, and two small pieces of paper — one a stick-figure drawing of his family from Honduras, the other a sketch of his father, who had been arrested and led away after they arrived at the United States border in El Paso.

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Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods. Jill Colvin, Associated Press  / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

 

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  • Misleading tweets by liberal activists fuel Trump.
  • Related: How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump

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Special Report | Obama Paved the Way for a Torturer to Become CIA Director

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  • Part 1: Ray McGovern: Will A Torturer Become CIA Director
  • Gina Haspel faced a confirmation hearing on Wednesday to become CIA director despite her record of supporting torture, which even the Pentagon admitted does not work
  • Part 2: Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable
  • The elephant in the room of all of this is that the CIA and the U.S. military’s darkest elements, they’re in a golden era right now.

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Part 1: Ray McGovern: Will A Torturer Become CIA Director

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America, the Jesuit weekly, asked Ray to do a short article on Gina Haspel before Wednesday’s hearing on her nomination to head the CIA.  First, Ray sets out to disabuse America readers of the notion that “torture works.”  He then delves into the moral implications and hits so close to home that the editors end up withholding an imprimatur to protect one of their own.  Actually, the whole thing is really sad — you might even say scandalous.

Ray McGovern, Ray McGovern.com / Consortium News

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May 8, 2018 | The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled on Wednesday to decide whether to recommend that Gina Haspel be confirmed as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The mind boggles.

It is no secret that Haspel oversaw detainee torture, including waterboarding, at a CIA “black site” base in Thailand. The nonprofit National Security Archive, housed at The George Washington University, reports that Haspel later drafted a cable ordering the destruction of dozens of videotapes of torture sessions, including some from before her arrival. Haspel also helped feed repeated lies about the supposed effectiveness of torture to CIA superiors, Congress, and two presidents.

https://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Ray-Headshot-cropped-150x150.jpeg Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Savior in inner-city Washington, D.C.. A Fordham alumnus, he spent 27 years as a CIA analyst, from the Kennedy administration to the first Bush administration. He holds a certificate in theological studies from Georgetown and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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Part 2: Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable

The elephant in the room of all of this is that the CIA and the U.S. military’s darkest elements, they’re in a golden era right now. Trump is an ideal person for them. Establishment neocons hate the man, but they love what’s going on right now. And, unfortunately, they’re in an alliance increasingly with liberals.

http://cache.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2010/09/18/1284856024_4238/300h.jpg May 10, 2018 | On Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, announced she would not restart the CIA’s interrogation program. But she repeatedly refused to call the CIA’s post-9/11 treatment of prisoners “torture,” and declined to state whether she believes torture is immoral. Haspel’s comments came in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, as she made her case to become the first woman to head the agency. Haspel is a 33-year CIA veteran who was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002, where one prisoner was waterboarded and tortured in other ways. Haspel also oversaw the destruction of videotapes showing torture at the black site. At least two Republican senators have come out against her—Rand Paul and John McCain, who said her “role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing & her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.” But Haspel may still be confirmed with the help of Democratic lawmakers. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has already announced he will back Haspel.

We speak with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of the Intercept and host of the weekly podcast “Intercepted.”

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