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The Children Of Migrants Need People To FIGHT For Them, These Organizations Make Doing So Easy

The situation faced by thousands of migrant children in United States detention centers is dire, to say the least. Regardless of your own political inclination, or whether you believe their parents did the right choice in seeking asylum in the United States, there is no denying that they are experiencing a humanitarian crisis. Stories of children being separated from their families are heartbreaking, and it seems that the system is so overflown that many unaccompanied minors are expected to take care of younger children who bear to relate to them. Their accommodation has been described as “cages” and many sleep on the floor. Bathrooms are scarce and they are receiving little or no legal counsel.

1. KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)

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This organization specializes in providing legal representation for migrant children. It also does lobbying efforts to make sure that the rights of these kids are protected. They offer services in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. It was founded by actress Angelina Jolie and by Brad Smith, from Microsoft.

Learn more here.

2. Raices

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This fantastic organization has mobilized quickly to face the current crisis, offering legal advice (free or low-cost) to immigrant children and families. You can donate or volunteer if you have legal qualifications.

Learn more here.

3. Al Otro Lado

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This organization is based in Tijuana. Its name refers to how migrants call the United States: the other side. It has representation in both sides of the border and its mission is:  “Al Otro Lado is a bi-national, direct legal services organization with offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees, that is deeply engaged in efforts to protect the familial rights of migrants”. They have been quite active in the face of the current situation.

Learn more here.

4. Neta

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This media platform is one of the fastest growing for people of color in the United States. Its vision is “is to inspire and move people to change the world by creating content that amplifies the voices of border residents in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border.” They create content to see the human side of the issue. See, for example, this moving story of a trans-Honduran woman and her journey to the US.

Learn more here.

5. Fronterizo Fianza Fund

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This organization raised funds to pay bonds for migrants that have been detained. It is a very practical and extremely amazing effort. Their philosophy: “We believe no one should be held in a cage, no matter their status. Abuse, despair, hyper-exploitation, and due process violations are inherent to detention. While people remain detained simply because they can’t pay for their freedom, we will work with them and their families to pay bonds, support people inside, and navigate the long and confusing road to freedom.” Wow, just wow.

Learn more here.

6. Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

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This organization based in El Paso, Texas, provides legal representation to migrants who can’t afford it. Its Detained Deportation Defense Program “serves detained migrants in the El Paso Processing Center, Otero Service Center, and West Texas Detention Center, providing high-quality, free, deportation defense services.”

Learn more here.

7. Immigrant Justice Now

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Sometimes the best way to incite action is through peaceful protest. This entity organizes protests and takes action. Their philosophy: “We oppose the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the US border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S. We protest the appalling conditions in which families, and indeed all migrants, are kept. We protest the irreversible trauma that has already been perpetrated on these children and their parents for the crime of seeking a better life.” To learn about what you can do, go here.

Learn more here.

8. ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)

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Sometimes the one thing that migrants need is to know their rights. You can attend a training session or get up to date information of basic rights. Visit this site for more information: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights You can also donate directly to the protection of immigrant rights, including detained children.

Learn more here.

9. South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

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This organization is currently supporting more than a thousand unaccompanied children housed in detention centers in the area. The number might seem modest, but each case requires hundreds of legal hours and considerable resources. You can donate to the cause.

Learn more here.

10. Justice in Motion

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This group builds networks among NGOs across Mexico, the United States and Central America to share information on parents and children that have been separated so they can be eventually reunited. You can donate here.

Learn more here.

11. The Florence Project

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This immigrant and refugee rights project, a ” nonprofit legal service organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona”. Arizona is one of the states that receive less help, even though there is a high number of migrants entering through its border and far-right vigilante groups have been identified in the area.

Learn more here.

12. Project Corazon Travel Fund

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This amazing project run by Lawyers for Good Government foundation has sent 37 volunteer lawyers and law students to the border. They do this pro bono. Donations help cover travel and accommodation costs for volunteers.

Learn more here.

13. United We Dream

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This activist organization has an amazing motto: “When you’re undocumented, you face a lot of discrimination, and that creates a lot of fear. At United We Dream, we transform that fear into finding your voice. We empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.” It helps migrants along all stages of their journey. One of their main projects is the Deportation Defense Program, which empowers migrants by highlighting their rights.

Learn more here.

14. Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

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This project uses digital technology to encourage connection among asylum seekers. They represent individuals, including children, who arrive at the US-Mexico border. Their model has three components: “online community support, emergency legal aid, and nationwide systemic reform.”

Learn more here.

15. America’s Voice

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Their mission is “to harness the power of American voices and American values to enact policy change that guarantees full labor, civil and political rights for immigrants and their families”. They are a lobbying group that advocates for full rights for immigrants and has tried to hold the Trump administration accountable for injustices.

Learn more here.

This situation has been at the forefront of politics in the past few months, and legislators such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have even toured the facilities. There have been worker strikes in companies such as Wayfair that provide products or services to these facilities, and community organizers have been busy trying to ameliorate the situation. Businesses have also put su granito de arena by either donating money or raising awareness using their social, political and financial networks. Here’s 15 projects and organizations that have contributed to the cause. You can also help by donating to some of these.

ICE Has Made It Clear That The Cruelty In Its Policies Is The Point, Meanwhile An 8th Person Has Died In Their Custody

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ICE Has Made It Clear That The Cruelty In Its Policies Is The Point, Meanwhile An 8th Person Has Died In Their Custody

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As the influx of undocumented immigrants continues to surge, there’s a great distinction that should be made about this group. There are currently hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants that are being detained in detention centers across the United States. There are also thousands of undocumented immigrants that are currently seeking asylum. Some are in the U.S. and others are waiting in Mexico under the Trump’s Administration “Remain in Mexico” policy.

So, understanding that there are undocumented immigrants both in the U.S. and in Mexico, the ones that are technically in the custody of the U.S. officials are the ones in this country and not a foreign one. We point this out in order for readers to understand the fatal casualties that occur in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and others that occur on the border (including those that die in the Rio Grande), and people that die or go missing in Mexico. The records for all of these deaths are separate. 

ICE is reporting that a 37-year-old undocumented man from Mexico died in their custody. He is the eighth person to die in ICE custody. 

According to a press release statement by ICE, Roberto Rodriguez-Espinoza was pronounced dead by medical staff at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois on Sept. 10 at 9:35 p.m. The doctor that was treating Rodriguez-Espinoza said the preliminary cause of death as a subdural hematoma. A subdural hematoma “is a collection of blood outside the brain,” according to WebMD. “Subdural hematomas are usually caused by severe head injuries.”

Despite the preliminary cause of death, ICE is reporting that his death was caused by his alcoholism.

Here’s the ICE report: 

“On the day of his arrest, during his intake screening, Rodriguez-Espinoza admitted to daily consumption of alcohol. On Sept. 7, facility staff observed Rodriguez-Espinoza acting confused and the facility’s physician ordered Rodriguez-Espinoza transported to the Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital emergency room in Woodstock, Illinois, for further evaluation due to his confusion and history of alcohol consumption. On Sept. 8, the hospital transferred him via ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, in Huntley, Illinois, where he was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage. He was then transferred to Central DuPage Hospital for a neurosurgery consult. Rodriguez-Espinoza failed to respond during a neurological exam performed upon arrival at Central DuPage and the attending neurosurgeon advised that Rodriguez-Espinoza was unlikely to survive the surgery.” 

ICE is also reporting that Rodriguez-Espinoza was allegedly a member of the Latin Kings gang. 

According to Latino USA, the Latin Kings gang first began in Chicago back in the 1950s. Other outlets report that the Latin Kings have gang members situated all over the country, and elsewhere. It is unclear whether Rodriguez-Espinoza was actually affiliated with that gang, but ICE is reporting that he had two convictions, one in 2016 on a burglary conviction and another in 2008 and was charged with a theft conviction. “ICE contacted the Mexican Consulate to inform them of Rodriguez-Espinoza’s medical status and to request assistance locating his next of kin. Mexican Consular officials subsequently advised that Rodriguez-Espinoza had no known next of kin.”

ICE is also stating that 8 deaths within the fiscal year (Oct. 2018-present) is not many compared to the number of detainees they have.

Courtesy of  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“On an annual basis, anywhere from 300,000 to 500,000 individuals are processed into ICE custody, many of whom have never had regular healthcare and suffer from severe acute and chronic medical conditions,” ICE stated. “The following chart [pictured above] shows that ICE is at a 6 year low regarding deaths on custody and the trend has been declining since 2004.”

However, as we previously noted in this article, ICE is not counting the overall number of undocumented deaths that occur at the border, or asylum seekers, or that of children. 

report that is public information on the ICE website shows six deaths since October. That number does not include the death of Rodriguez-Espinoza or that of Pedro Arriago-Santoya, who died on July 21 at the Stewart Detention Facility in Lumpkin, Georgia. ICE reports that Arriago-Santoya died of “cardio-pulmonary arrest secondary to multi-organ system failure, endocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy with a low ejection fraction and respiratory failure.” 

Furthermore, an NBC News report from June shows that 24 undocumented immigrants died while in ICE Custody. So while ICE can say that this latest death is only the eighth death this fiscal year in ICE custody, that number is actually higher. 

ICE reports that they treat each person with the medical treatment needed and that each detainee has medical help available to them 24 hours a day. “Comprehensive medical care is provided to all individuals in ICE custody. Staffing for detainees includes registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, licensed mental health providers, mid-level providers like physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and a physician.”

READ: A New Documentary Is Showing An Untold And Heartbreaking Side Of The Undocumented Life In The US

Ana Navarro And Meghan McCain Got Into A Screaming Match On National TV, And People Are Praising Every Second Of It

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Ana Navarro And Meghan McCain Got Into A Screaming Match On National TV, And People Are Praising Every Second Of It

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We love a good throw down in the name of reality TV. Drama is what makes TV worth watching — it’s like a real-life telenovela, and we don’t care if people on TV are doing it just for the ratings. We live for it. One of our favorite reality shows — which is technically not a reality show, but rather a talk show — is “The View.” Those ladies can fight about anything. In this political climate of us vs. them — a/k/a the Republicans vs. the Democrats — you will not get a better TV experience, while also getting informative perspectives, than “The View.” 

And today’s episode did not disappoint. 

This might not come as a surprise, but Ana Navarro And Meghan McCain literally yelled at each other on “The View” and left viewers gasping for air. 

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The two “View” co-anchors got into a fighting match while discussing the latest Donald Trump scandal. Navarro, who typically appears on “The View” on Fridays, was discussing the topic of a whistleblower who came forward to say that President Donald Trump had talks with leaders of Ukraine in secret. 

McCain attempted to make a point — which didn’t actually make any sense — that liberals didn’t like how Julian Assage released classified documents yet had issues with the whistleblower disclosing information about Trump and Ukraine.  

McCain tried to correct herself and inadvertently began interrupting Navarro while she was speaking.

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Once McCain realized that her point didn’t make sense, she tried to correct herself as Navarro was talking, and she really wanted to every one to hear her, which is why she began speaking very, very loudly. 

“Excuse me, maybe I was clumsy in the way that I said it,” McCain said rather forcefully. Then Navarro said, pretty calmly, “you don’t have to scream at me.”  

McCain said to Navarro, “I don’t know what you just said.” Navarro responded by saying, I said, don’t scream at me. I’m two feet away!”

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The audience was clearly in shock, and McCain said, “you know, that’s so rude, Ana.” They quickly cut to a commercial break, but the camera definitely caught McCain walking off the set. By the time the show returned, it was as if the whole thing never happened. It was so weird! They began to talk about another topic, and the two ladies behaved pretty chill toward each other. It almost reminded us of how we are during Thanksgiving dinner when one moment we are fighting with everyone and the next, we’re all good friends again. 

Even though the spat lasted two seconds, people on social media ate up the drama with a spoon.

We love a good fight, but that doesn’t mean they have to get physical. That would be the end of “The View”! 

You know we had to pick a side. 

We’re always rooting for our girl, Ana. Always!

Why did the segment get so heated in the first place?

These ladies can throwdown about anything, honestly. McCain has a thin skin because she always gets frustrated that enough people do not agree with her. 

The two women have gone head-to-head in the past, and we can see why they have more tension lately. 

McCain’s husband has made fun of Navarro on Twitter. What the heck?

We can always count on Navarro to piss her off. 

This is not the first time Navarro and McCain have not seen eye-to-eye on a topic; in fact, fighting is what they do best. We’re just a bit surprised at the tone that it got to today. 

McCain was clearly more pissed off at the fact that she messed up her point entirely.

McCain didn’t explain herself well in the first place, so we’re thinking her error plus the fact that everyone else was not seeing her point is what made her upset. Navarro has never backed down if she has felt disrespected.

McCain is going to have to toughen up if she wants to last on the show.

Lots of women have left “The View” because they’re tired of the bickering, so McCain better get a grip or she going to end up going back to Fox News. Girl, we are begging you DO NOT LEAVE “THE VIEW”! 

If McCain leaves, who will fight with Navarro or any of the other women?

Out of all the other Republican hosts on “The View” McCain is our favorite, so we are pleading. Stick it out, girl. It’s Friday, let’s get a drink and pretend like this never happened. 

Check out the whole exchange below, and get some popcorn too!

READ: Watch Ana Navarro Take Down Meghan McCain On ‘The View’ While Debating DACA