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Undocumented Woman Speaks Out About Her Miscarriage While In The ICE Detention Center

In recently issued complaints to the Department of Homeland Security, various immigration organizations are accusing ICE of violating its own guidelines regarding the treatment of pregnant asylum seekers. Jennye Pagoada López is one of the fifteen women whose stories of being detained while pregnant is being included in the complaint filed to DHS. The 32-year-old fled El Salvador after gang members killed her brother and threatened her and her family. Pagoada’s experience is attached to the complaint alongside other women with similar experiences. Their stories are urging a probe into the inadequate care being given to pregnant women in immigration custody.

“I told them, ‘I’m bleeding.’ And they kept telling me to keep waiting.”

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In an article published by HuffPost, Pagoada describes her experience of being two months pregnant and seeking asylum at the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego. Pagoada provided proof to a U.S. border agent that she was pregnant. Still, she slept on the center’s hard floor that night. The next morning the expectant mother woke up with pain in her abdomen. “I started bleeding, but a lot,” Pagoada explains in the interview. “It was like that the whole morning, in pain and bleeding.” Instead of being sent to a doctor, Pagoada was soon transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Otay Mesa Detention Center — a family detention center for children and pregnant women. “They took my information, my fingerprints, photographs,” she recalls. “I told them, ‘I’m bleeding.’ And they kept telling me to keep waiting.”

Despite her pleas for help, Pagoada was not seen by a doctor until three days later. By that time she had already miscarried.

Under ICE policy, pregnant women are not supposed to be detained.

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ICE policy underlines that pregnant women are not to be detained. Yet, the agency has admitted to detaining hundreds of women in recent years. It’s an alarming number to look at especially considering the physical toll a detainment center’s stressful setting can take on a pregnant mother. Even more disturbing is the fact that the department has acknowledged the occurrence of three miscarriages in its custody this year as well. This is all despite the fact that a 2016 memo states that the pregnancy policy only counts women who pose a national security threat as exceptions.

Over the past year, 525 pregnant women have been detained by ICE.

Since the start of this fiscal year, which began in October 2016, 525 women have been detained and held by ICE. Whether or not these numbers have gone up under the Trump administration is still unknown. Still, various advocate and legal groups claim to see an increase in the numbers. “We are gravely concerned with the agency’s failure to abide by its own policy against detaining pregnant women, the detention conditions that have been reported by pregnant women in various detention facilities across the country, and the lack of quality medical care provided to women who are pregnant or have suffered miscarriages while in custody,”  seven immigrant rights and legal organizations wrote in a complaint.

Immigration and women’s rights advocacy groups fear these trends raise new alarms. After all, if ICE is violating their own family detention center guidelines, who’s to say their adult center policies are being followed? ICE has a very detailed policy that outlines and restricts the detainment of pregnant women. Ensuring that these policies, which are meant to protect human beings, are followed should be of their upmost concern.

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School


A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

A 9-year-old U.S. citizen was separated from her mother for 36 hours after agents at the border accused her of lying about her citizenship.

Like thousands of students in our country, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina’s daily commute requires her to cross the U.S. border.

The fourth-grade student attends Nicoloff Elementary School in San Ysidro, California and was in a carpool to school from her home in Tijuana when she ran into traffic. Medina, was commuting to school in a car driven by her mother’s friend Michelle Cardena, Cardena’s two children and her own older 14-year-old brother, Oscar. When the long line to get into the U.S. seemed to be jampacked upon their 4 a.m arrival, Cardenas instructed the kids in her car to walk to the border. She assured them that when they reached it, she would call them an Uber to get them the rest of the way to their school.

But Medina and her never made it across the border or to school that day.

According to the New York Times who talked to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, two Amparo and her brother arrived at one of the San Ysidro port of entry facilities for pedestrians at 10:15 a.m. last Monday.

Upon their arrival, Amparo and her brother presented their U.S. passports to a CBP officer who soon accused her of being someone else. Note: Amparo’s passport image which was taken years before so she did not look exactly like herself. They also accused her brother of smuggling.

A CBP spokesperson has said that Amparo “provided inconsistent information during her inspection, and CBP officers took the 9-year-old into custody to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

After CBP officers the confirmed that her brother was a U.S. citizen, he was permitted to enter the U.S while his sister stayed behind. It wasn’t until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, that Amparo was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen as well and was released and admitted to the U.S. to her mother.

Speaking to NBC7, Amparo said she was “scared” of her detention and that she was “sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself.”

According to Amparo’s mother Thelma Galaxia, her daughter claims that she was told by an officer that she and her brother would be released if she admitted to being her cousin. Galaxia claims that officers also convinced her son Oscar to sign a document that Amparo was his cousin and not his sister.

When Galaxia was alerted that her children had been detained she contacted the Mexican consulate.

After being notified by the consulate that her daughter would be released at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. While the family felt relieved to be grateful to be reunited with their daughter, Galaxia says the separation should never have happened.

Over the weekend, Twitter was swift to express their outrage over the incident.

Some even expressed their dismay of having a similar situation happen to them.

Many are using the incident as an example of the racial issues plaguing so many U.S. citizens like Amparo.

So many of the comments included outside opinions from those who have yet to experience the direct targetting of ICE.

Over all, nearly everyone was quick to point out the saddest aspect of Amparo’s experience.

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