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Hondurans, Listen to the Children!

By Kausha Luna, August 20, 2015

The surge of Central American minors and families immigrating to the United States continues. Nevertheless, this influx is accompanied by a hopeful protest. The Honduran youth has spoken – they do not want to migrate to the United States.

Or, at least, that's the message the government is trying to send.

As part of Honduras's "No Migrant Month", an initiative by the Ministry of Education and the Office of the First Lady, a series of interscholastic debates were held in the cities of San Pedro Sula and Santa Rosa de Copan to discuss the topic of migration. Read more...

No Illegal Alien Left Behind

By Kausha Luna, August 19, 2015

Last year, the Obama administration reached a settlement that allows certain former illegal immigrants to return to the U.S. An agency in Mexico announced a campaign over the weekend to ensure that as many people as possible take advantage of it.

In 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the government of California filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of nine Mexican nationals and three immigrant advocacy groups. The complaint in Lopez-Venegas v Johnson alleged ''that as a matter of regular practice, Border Patrol agents and ICE officers pressure undocumented immigrants to sign what amount to their own expulsion documents,'' formally known as "administrative voluntary departure.'' This is commonly referred to as ''voluntary return" and is an alternative to appearing before a judge and being formally deported. Read more...

Univision's Biased Reporting, Maryland Edition

By Kausha Luna, August 17, 2015

In January, soon after taking office, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan decided to participate in the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Gov. Hogan's move is appropriate but very limited, merely cancelling former Governor Martin O'Malley's policy of non-cooperation with ICE; the state continues to give illegal immigrants in-state tuition and driver licenses, with some restrictions. Read more...

Guatemala's New Migrant Campaign: Don't Do It, But if You Do, Here's a 'How-To'

By Kausha Luna, August 12, 2015

Yesterday, a U.S. Border Patrol delegation from Arizona visited Guatemala to discuss the dangers of illegal immigration and measures to protect migrants. During this visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), presented a new campaign titled "¿Qué pasa, Qué hago?" or "What Happens? What do I do?" The campaign, also supported by the local Catholic bishops' conference, is an initiative to "inform child migrants and their families on the steps to be taken if they are detained at the U.S. border." The campaign consists of comics, videos, and other materials to be distributed in schools, and via radios social media, and national consulates. Read more...

CBP Warns Central Americans Against Immigrating Illegally

By Kausha Luna, August 11, 2015

On Monday U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a media campaign in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The 30-second radio and TV public service announcements are titled "Conozca los hechos" or "Know the Facts". The commercials address the dangers faced by prospective illegal immigrants intending to cross the border into the United States. Watch the Spanish-language ads here. Read more...

Mixed Messages from ICE on Immigration Enforcement

By Kausha Luna, August 6, 2015

Univision, the most-watched network in July, broadcast a report yesterday on ICE's new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP).

The Univision segment (in Spanish) opens with the anchor's introduction to ICE’s new alert to immigrants on the dangers of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the newscaster, ICE’s forewarning resulted from a slight increase in arrests at the border. Read more...

CPAC Cancels Educational Session on Immigration History

By Kausha Luna, March 2, 2015

Last week conservatives gathered outside Washington, D.C., for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In addition to speakers taking the main stage, the convention also included a plethora of break-out sessions. The subjects of these sessions varied greatly, ranging from media training to the interaction of democracy and Islam. Read more...