Over the past few weeks the stories of child refugees fleeing unspeakable violence in Central America, as well as their uncertain fate in the hands of U.S. policymakers, has been the focus of headlines around the country. What has been more difficult to follow is what is happening to the influx of refugee mothers who have recently fled to the U.S. with their children, many just toddlers and babies.
We Belong Together's Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, discussed the humanitarian crisis on the border on the Thom Hartmann show on Friday. Watch here:
This past weekend, anti-immigration actions swept the country; on Tuesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry sounded the call for the immediate deployment of 1,000 national guardsmen to the U.S. border; and our leaders are currently considering gutting a bill that allowed for the humane treatment of child migrants from non-contiguous countries.
The White House said Friday the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras will meet with President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joseph Biden next Friday to discuss the surge of children on the U.S. border children.
Amnesty International and We Belong Together held a late afternoon rally on Thursday outside The White House to urge President Obama to protect the rights of unaccompanied children, fleeing organized crime, gang violence and insecurity.
La organización de derechos humanos Amnistía Internacional (AI), el grupo We Belong Together y otras organizaciones protestaron la tarde del jueves 17 de julio frente a la Casa Blanca para exigir al presidente Barack Obama soluciones humanitarias a niños que ingresan solos por la frontera.
WASHINGTON -- As Congress considers rolling back a law meant to protect unaccompanied minors from being summarily deported to unsafe countries, protesters rallied outside the White House on Thursday, calling on President Barack Obama to stand up for the children.
They carried signs denouncing the idea of expediting deportations. "Ni una mas deportacion," one sign read -- not one more deportation.
"You ran on a campaign of hope!" cried one protester as the crowd cheered. "Where is the hope for these children?"
Republicans continue to deny fulfilling President Barack Obama’s multi-billion request for emergency funding to deal with the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Charlie, an 11-year-old born in Florida, experienced a devastating rupture in his family when his father was detained and deported one day while he took his older children fishing. When he tells this story of how his father didn't come home that day, Charlie articulates the worst fears of millions of children.
Charlie's mom is now a single mother, struggling to care for her family on one income rather than two. Charlie and his siblings have a hard time concentrating in school.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is demanding answers about why thousands of undocumented children are being housed by the Department of Homeland Security in an Arizonan warehouse. Critics contend the thousands of families are abandoned without food or water after a short detention at the DHS facility. The US Border Patrol began sending children and their mothers caught illegally crossing the US-Mexico border to Nogales, Ariz. RT's Lindsay France discusses the plight of the undocumented workers with Pramila Jayapal, co-chair of We Belong Together.