Monday, April 30, 2012

Unaccompanied child migration

The media and commentators have paid a lot of attention to net zero migration from Mexico. From the Associated Press, here is a troubling downside:


While the issue of unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S. isn't new, the scale of the recent increase is. From October 2011 through March, 5,252 kids landed in U.S. custody without a parent or guardian — a 93 percent increase from the same period the previous year, according to data released by the Department of Health and Human Services. In March alone, 1,390 kids arrived. 
"The whole community right now is in triage mode," said Wendy Young, executive director of Kids in Need of Defense, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that matches pro bono attorneys with unaccompanied minors navigating the immigration system. "It's important that the resources and the capacity meet the need, and we're not quite there yet."


I spend a lot of time in my Politics of Latino Immigration class discussing incentives and unintended consequences of immigration policy. Both are in evidence here.

This week, the first ladies of Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala spoke at a three-day conference on unaccompanied minors in Washington, D.C. Mexico's first lady, Margarita Zavala, and Honduran counterpart Rosa Elena Bonilla de Lobo noted that tougher U.S. border security made it more difficult for parents working in the U.S. to return for their children, a suggestion as to why parents increasingly would put their children in a smuggler's care.

The "triage" part is indicative of the fact that no one in the Obama administration thought about how greater enforcement might change migrant behavior. No sane person should support an immigration system that produces this outcome. The article mentions a five year old girl. Five! So say all you want about Mexican economic growth, but don't pretend it ends misery.

And as I keep repeating, remember that net zero does not mean zero migration.

h/t my dad

3 comments:

Vicente Duque 8:53 AM  

VIDEO, J. T. Ready, Best Nazi Friend of Russell Pearce kills little Children and committs suicide, Rachel Maddow Traces Relationship B/W Mass Shooter, J.T. Ready, & - Best Friends of Sheriff Joe Arpaio - "De Pipí cogido" Racist Friends

Best Racist Friends of Mitt Romney murdering little Children. The end of a life of Violence, Racism, Brutality, Nazism, Harassment of Latinos. The Racism and Brutality of Mormons.

Rachel Maddow shows the worst Nazi Scoundrel of Arizona killing Children, Neo Nazi Vigilantes killing Latinos and "Illegals" with total impunity in Arizona and with the complacency of best friends Governor Jan Brewer, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and recalled former Arizona senator Russell Pearce.

These Nazi Vigilantes of "Minuteman American Defense" or MAD also killed little beautiful girl Brisenia Flores and her father Raul. MAD is the most apt acronym in World History for a criminal organization.

Mitt Romney is in bed with all these Brutal Scoundrels, he is the best choice of Ku Klux Klan, White Supremacists and Murderous Skinheads.


According to Mitt Romney Arizona is a "Model for the Nation" in Immigration Matters.


Published on May 3, 2012 by imnewshound

The relationship between Arizona mass shooter, J.T. Ready and former GOP Senate President, and current number two man, Russel Pierce, is highlighted in this video. This is a perfect case of extremist meets power and shows the risk the country runs by allowing Republicans gain control of government.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMQzA2F8e74


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Vicente Duque 5:22 PM  

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman of the University of Houston Law Center says that SB 1070 is Orwellian and Kafkaesque : "SB 1070 itself requires racial or ethnic profiling but the law also (very cleverly) expressly prohibits civil rights violations"


For the Professor SB 1070 is a Civil Rights Nightmare and can be challenged again for Civil Rights Violations, even if the Supreme Court upholds it.


Jurist Organization
SB 1070 and the Impending Police State
Although racial and ethnic profiling arguments were not addressed last week in Arizona v. United States, SB 1070 has significant civil rights implications for those of Latino descent...
May 3, 2012

By Professor Geoffrey Hoffman of the University of Houston Law Center


"http://jurist.org/forum/2012/05/geoffrey-hoffman-immigration.php



Some excerpts :

Is it premature to call a place a "police state" where authorities are given authority to detain a person until their immigration status is verified, without regard to the length of the detention? Will a tipping point be reached if the US Supreme Court validates all (or even a portion) of Arizona's SB 1070? The law requires among other things that local law enforcement determine status where a "reasonable suspicion" exists that the person is an undocumented alien.

The so-called "papers, please" law is an apt title because the law will require any person who is "lawfully" stopped, detained or arrested to prove his status, including a fortiorari his US citizenship. When he does not or cannot, then the person can be held for as long as it takes for the state to get confirmation from the federal government and return with a definitive answer — provided such information even exists in federal databases.
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The issue of racial or ethnic profiling did not even come up in oral argument, as Chief Justice John Roberts made clear right off the bat in his opening questioning. But racial or ethnic profiling is actually required by this law. What must the law enforcement authorities do if they are to determine whether they have "reasonable suspicion" someone is in the US illegally? Well, it cannot be just the failure to produce a certificate of citizenship, since most Americans have never even heard of one. It cannot be the failure to produce a passport, since almost no one travels with their passport on their person (if they even own one). So, what type of suspicion will be imposed?

The only answer is that law enforcement will now have to determine, after a "lawful" stop which people "look," "act," "speak" or "seem" to be "American."


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Minoristranierinonaccompagnati 5:51 PM  

on the issue of unaccompanied children, i suggest you an international website http://minoristranierinonaccompagnati.blogspot.it/?m=1

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