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A U.S. Border Patrol truck drives along the fence separating the cities of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico. A new report is the latest to take aim at the policies of U.S. border agents, with recently-repatriated migrants alleging abuse ranging from physical to verbal.
A new report is the latest to take aim at the policies of U.S. agents on the border, this time in the form of complaints of abuse from more than 1,000 recently-repatriated migrants.
The report was put together by the Immigration Policy Center, a Washington, D.C. -based organization which advocates on behalf of immigrants, with help from the University of Arizona and George Washington University. It tracks and quantifies the alleged abuse of illegal border crossers at the hands of the agents they encounter, with complaints that range from "physical blow" and "non-blow physical force” to verbal abuse and, to a much lesser degree, sexual abuse.
From the report summary:
Overall, we find that the physical and verbal mistreatment of migrants is not a random, sporadic occurrence but, rather, a systematic practice. One indication of this is that 11% of deportees report some form of physical abuse and 23% report verbal mistreatment while in U.S. custody—a finding that is supported by other academic studies and reports from non- governmental organizations.
Another highly disturbing finding is that migrants often note they are the targets for nationalistic and racist remarks—something that in no way is integral to U.S. officials’ ability to function in an effective capacity on a day-to-day basis.
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The etched-glass door of the Downey Brewing Company still reads "Foxy's" -- all that's left of the restaurant that occupied the space for decades, catering to a long-gone crowd.
Pub co-owner Sergio Vasquez remembers the place as "a coffee shop which served Scandinavian food." But, he says, as the city's demographics changed, "The population didn’t catch up with it. The only people that really attended were elderly people. They decided to shut it down. And that’s where we came in.”
Today, the five-year-old boutique brewpub buzzes with the sounds of craft beer pouring out of taps, clanking glasses and dishes, and a crowd of patrons that - like the population on the outside - is mostly Latino.
In some ways, the pub's story reflects the story of Downey, a onetime aerospace hub which, like nearby Whittier and a cluster of other Southern California communities, embodies the latest chapter in the evolution of Latino L.A.
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Young people waiting in line to enter the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles office on August 15, 2012, the day the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program kicked off. It's estimated that about half the young immigrants eligible for the program, which provides a two-year-reprieve from deportation, have yet to apply.
Advocates struggle to reach immigrants eligible for deferred action - New York Times While close to half a million young immigrants have been approved since last year for deferred action, a two-year reprieve from deportation, many have yet to apply. From the story: "By some estimates, about half of the eligible immigrants have not applied, with participation particularly low in some immigrant-rich states like New York and Florida and among some large immigrant groups, including the Chinese, Dominicans and Filipinos."
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U.S. Rep Xavier Becerra (standing) makes the case for a national museum devoted to the history of the American Latino.
For something that doesn’t even exist, the National Museum of the American Latino sure is popular.
The Facebook page for the proposed Smithsonian museum is up to 129,000 “likes” – many more than well-established institutions can claim.
But as supporters of the would-be museum said at Friday’s town hall meeting at the University of Southern California, those “likes” must turn into dollar signs. The estimated cost of the project tops a half-billion dollars.
"If we can show that we can put money on the table - probably half of that - then we can probably work in Congress to get the other half,” Congressman Xavier Becerra told an audience of about 100.
Becerra, D-Los Angeles, is lead sponsor of a bill in the House that would authorize the Smithsonian Institution to operate an American Latino museum out of the vacant Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall.