Angelo Fichera Factcheck.org Published 1:44 p.m. UTC Jun 20, 2018 The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. “Are there really children being separated from their parents at the border and being kept in cages?” one reader asked. We answer that and other questions here. Background In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero-tolerance policy” regarding illegal immigration at the Southwest border. That was followed by a reported May directive by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen instructing her department to refer all unauthorized immigrants who cross the U.S. border to federal prosecutors for criminal prosecution. Such prosecution has resulted in the separation of parents and children who were apprehended … [Read more...] about Fact check: What’s really going on with children being detained at the border?
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According to reports, Ana Suda and Mimi Hernandez, who are both Mexican-American, went to a convenience store in Havre, Montana, around midnight last Wednesday to pick up milk and eggs. According to Suda, they were waiting in line to pay when they were stopped by a uniformed agent, who asked them for identification. "We were just talking, and then I was going to pay," Suda told the Washington Post. "I looked up [and saw the agent], and then after that, he just requested my ID. I looked at him like, ‘Are you serious?' He's like, ‘Yeah, very serious.'" Suda started recording the incident on her cellphone when the conversation moved to the parking lot. In the video, Suda asks the agent, who identifies himself as "Agent O'Neal," why he is detaining them. He responds that it's because they were speaking in Spanish. Suda asks the officer if she and Hernandez were being racially profiled, … [Read more...] about Border Patrol Agent Stops US Citizens for Not Speaking English (VIDEO)
A woman said she plans to take legal action after a Border Patrol agent detained and questioned her and a friend - both US citizens - after overhearing them speak in Spanish at a petrol station. The incident occurred last week at a shop in Havre, Montana, a town in the northern part of the state, near the border with Canada. Ana Suda said she and her friend, Mimi Hernandez, were making a midnight run to the store to pick up some eggs and milk. Both Mexican American, they were chatting in Spanish as they waited to pay, when a uniformed Border Patrol agent interrupted them, Ms Suda said. Read more Immigration spokesman resigns over ‘misleading’ claims on arrests “I looked up [and saw the agent], and then after that he just requested my ID," she told The Washington Post. "I looked at him like, 'Are you serious?' He's like, 'Yeah, very serious.' ” Ms Suda said she felt uncomfortable and began … [Read more...] about US Border Patrol agent detains two American citizens after hearing them speak Spanish in Montana
On the wall of Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman’s design lab at the University of California at San Diego, there’s a giant map made by a group of former students. The map shows an unnamed region fronted by a broad seaboard and bisected by a perfectly straight line, rendered by the students as a length of yarn. Absent any place names, it’s hard to recognise the locale at first, but the string is a clue: this is a chunk of the westernmost portion of the US-Mexico border, running about 15 miles from the Pacific to the mountains. As seen in the map, the border itself is reduced to a mere afterthought, something tacked on, superficial. “We call it Mexus,” says Cruz. Destined for the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture – the design world’s premier showcase for new ideas, opening this May – Cruz and Forman’s Mexus project uses maps, renderings and diagrams to send a pointed political message. As Forman explains, … [Read more...] about The architects defying Trump and blurring the US-Mexico border
“My mom’s story is like a fairy tale,” the boy said before he fell asleep on the living room sofa. His mother calls him her little angel. They live together in an unpainted shack at the back of a dirt cul-de-sac among trailers and birds of paradise on the outskirts of Houston. Sunshine filtered through the window. The light was at once welcome and bitter, because the rain had only just lifted after Hurricane Harvey in September and much of the city was still flooded. Water had not forced them out of the house, and the boy’s mother, a 42-year-old undocumented woman who requested anonymity for fear of being deported, thanked God aloud; had the floods come, she doesn’t know where they would have gone. She has already been deported to Honduras once before and lost her asylum case upon returning to Houston three years ago. Every time she sees someone in uniform, she said she thinks she might never see her son again. “Recently, a cop stopped me, and I felt … [Read more...] about How Trump moved the Mexican border north