Friday, April 27, 2018

Following Up: CBP Abuse, “Immigrant Crime,” the Tennessee Raid

Protesters block street after acquittal. Photo: Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star
Border Patrol agent found not guilty of murder in Mexican teen's 2012 death
Almost six years after José Antonio Elena Rodríguez died in a cross-border shooting, activists condemn US jury’s ‘inconceivable’ finding

By Rory Carroll, The Guardian
April 24, 2018
José Antonio Elena Rodríguez was on Calle Internacional, four blocks from his home in Nogales, when 16 shots punctured the night. Ten bullets struck him: eight in the back, two in the head. He died where he fell.

The 16-year-old was not a victim of street crime. All the shots came from the United States, from the gun of a Border Patrol agent aiming through the fence which separates Arizona from Mexico.[...]

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How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents

By Debbie Nathan, The Intercept
April 23, 2018
LAST NOVEMBER, REPORTS that a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents had been attacked with rocks at a desolate spot in West Texas made news around the country. The agents were found injured and unconscious at the bottom of a culvert off Interstate 10. Agent Rogelio Martinez soon died from his injuries. Early reports in right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart suggested that the perpetrators were undocumented immigrants, and President Donald Trump quickly embraced the narrative to bolster his campaign for a border wall.

To people familiar with the harsh terrain and the habits of undocumented border crossers, however, the news made little sense. Why would immigrants seeking entry to the U.S. hang out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the border, waiting to randomly attack law enforcement officers?[…]

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Criminal Conviction Rates in Texas in 2016

By Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute Blog
April 23, 2018
Cato published my recent Immigration Research and Policy Brief that relied on Texas state criminal data to compare the conviction rates of native-born Americans, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants. That Texas state data was of such high quality that I was even able to compare conviction rates by the type of crime. The result was that in 2015 the criminal conviction and arrest rates for illegal immigrants were below that of native-born Americans for virtually all crimes including homicide, sexual assault, and larceny. This is just further evidence that illegal immigrants are less crime-prone than native-born Americans.[…]

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Deportations Under ICE’s Secure Communities Program
The top 10 offense categories where Secure Communities removals grew the fastest since President Trump assumed office were generally misdemeanors or petty offenses.

By Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)
April 25, 2018
Immediately upon assuming office, President Trump issued an Executive Order terminating what was known as the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) and "reinstat[ing] the immigration [enforcement] program known as 'Secure Communities.'" This program is widely portrayed as the cornerstone of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts for stepped up deportations.

Recently released ICE removal-by-removal records from Secure Communities—current through October 2017—provide a portrait of deportations of immigrants from each state and county in the nation by the Trump Administration. This report examines first how the level of Secure Communities deportations has changed under the new administration, and then turns to what types of crimes are now being targeted through this program.[…]

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In Rural Tennessee, a Big ICE Raid Makes Some Conservative Voters Rethink Trump’s Immigration Agenda

By Jonathan Blitzer, New Yorker
April 19, 2018
April 5th began in the usual way at the Southeastern Provision meat-processing plant, in Bean Station, Tennessee—some workers were breaking down carcasses on the production line, while others cleaned the floors—until, around 9 a.m., a helicopter began circling above the plant. Moments later, a fleet of cars pulled up outside. Agents from the I.R.S., Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ice), and the Tennessee Highway Patrol emerged, and proceeded to arrest ninety-seven people, most of them originally from Mexico or Guatemala, for working without legal papers. It was the largest workplace roundup of immigrants in a decade.[…]

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An ICE Raid Has Turned The Lives of Hundreds of Tennessee Kids Upside Down

By Jonathan Blitzer, New Yorker
April 24, 2018
In the spring of 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested three hundred and eighty-nine workers, most of them Guatemalan, at a kosher slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. The headines at the time focussed on the fate of those who’d been arrested, but the consequences of the raid went much further. For months afterward, parents and teachers in and around Postville reported that their children had trouble focussing at school. The kids studied less, and acted out more. Their performance in class generally declined. “Young kids are developmentally sensitive to stresses involving family separation, and large-scale raids are an extreme form of that stress,” Nicole Novak, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa, told me. Novak led a study that examined the birth certificates of children born in Iowa in the year after the raid: among the babies born to Hispanic mothers, there had been a spike in the number who were born abnormally small, a mark of maternal duress during pregnancy.[…]

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