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An Evening Stroll, a Volley of Fire: A Senseless Death in Mexico

An Evening Stroll, a Volley of Fire: A Senseless Death in Mexico

By Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties at 11:00am
On the night of October 10, 2012, U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. At the time of the shooting, Jose Antonio was unarmed and walking peacefully down a major street in Nogales, Mexico, directly across from the metal border fence separating the United States and Mexico. An autopsy report revealed that Jose Antonio had been struck by 10 bullets, virtually all of which entered his body from behind.
Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

By Lia G. Melikian, ACLU at 4:20pm

As Congress debates how to respond to children's migration from Central America, we must not forget that Customs and Border Protection is in dire need of improved oversight and accountability. Here are three examples of how the system is failing and…

Artesia

Afraid, Lawyerless, and Warehoused: The Mothers of Artesia

By Vicki B. Gaubeca, ACLU of New Mexico at 4:46pm

The road to Artesia from Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a scenic three-hour drive past pristine white sand dunes, through chilly, foggy mountain ranges, and across flat, open pampas spotted with yucca plants. Artesia, itself, is a dusty town of around…

Many Deported as "Recent Border Crossers" Are Neither Recent Nor Anywhere Near the Border, Nor Crossing It

Many Deported as "Recent Border Crossers" Are Neither Recent Nor Anywhere Near the Border, Nor Crossing It

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:32pm

This piece originally ran on MSNBC.com.

In an attempt to convince the public that its enforcement of immigration laws is fair and compassionate, the Department of Homeland Security emphasizes its supposedly careful targeting of "recent border…

The Kids Aren't Alright: America Fails to Protect Youth in Crisis

The Kids Aren't Alright: America Fails to Protect Youth in Crisis

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 4:40pm

Earlier this year, I sat in an immigration office in Nogales, Mexico, surrounded by children who had just been deported from the United States. All of the children I spoke with, ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old, traveled to the United States…

You Heard the Court, Gov. Brewer: Give the DREAMers Their Licenses

You Heard the Court, Gov. Brewer: Give the DREAMers Their Licenses

By Orion Danjuma, Skadden Fellow at 9:54am

Until now, thousands of young Arizonans have been prevented from getting jobs, going to school, or even attending to sick children – all thanks to Gov. Jan Brewer's ban on granting them driver's licenses.

That situation is set to change soon.…

Doing Right by the Unaccompanied Children on Our Border

Doing Right by the Unaccompanied Children on Our Border

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 1:28pm

There are children in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. And more are showing up every day.

Three-quarters of these kids ­– some as young as four – are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and the "murder capital" of the world, Honduras.…

Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

By Sandra Hernandez, ACLU of Southern California at 10:39am

Eleven-year-old Luisa was too young to apply on her own for a visa to come from Guatemala to the United States where she hoped to be reunited with her mother. But since federal immigration authorities detained her last year in Texas, Luisa has learned…

America Should Always Be a Refuge From Violence

America Should Always Be a Refuge From Violence

By Layla Razavi, Regional Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:34pm

This past weekend's Fourth of July holiday made me nostalgic for the Independence Day celebrations of my childhood.

My parents are immigrants from Iran, and the Fourth was a big deal. We would barbeque kabob and rice at the beach in San Diego…

Un-American Justice: Chilling Scenes from a Southwest Courtroom

Un-American Justice: Chilling Scenes from a Southwest Courtroom

By Patricia Flynn, Communications Fellow, ACLU at 11:46am

Imagine a courtroom where the accused face a judge 50 at a time. They are handcuffed, and their feet are chained together. The judge calls them before the bench in groups of eight to face the charges. His message to the group: either plead guilty to…