Mexican president: US dumping criminals at border
Posted: 10/20/2011 02:51:30 PM MDT
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the United
States is dumping criminals at the border because it is cheaper than
prosecuting them, and he says that has helped fuel violence in Mexico.
Calderon also says some immigration laws in the U.S. are "absurd" and
"irrational" because they hurt the American economy and help allow
drug cartels to take over migrant trafficking.
Calderon told an immigration conference Thursday that net migration
of Mexicans to the United States is approaching zero, as fewer people
leave and more come back.
Note: May or may not be true, but nothing compared to abuse of the
smugglers. Just like their comrades in the "environmental" groups,
never even a harsh word, let alone action against the cartels ( now
TCO's) and their drug and human smuggling operations.
185 cases of sexual abuse of detained crossers alleged
Mcclatchy Newspapers Mcclatchy Newspapers | Posted: Thursday, October
20, 2011 12:00 am |
The American Civil Liberties Union has released government documents
containing 185 allegations of sexual abuse against female immigration
detainees in federal detention centers since 2007.
The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, include
detailed narratives by three women who describe sexual assaults by
guards while the detainees were being transported in prison vans.
"Immigrants in detention are uniquely vulnerable to abuse - and those
holding them in custody know it," Mark Whitburn, senior staff
attorney for the ACLU of Texas, said in a statement. "Many do not
speak English ... and may not be aware of their rights, or they may
be afraid to exercise them."
The documents reflect "just the tip of the iceberg" for detainees at
risk of sexual abuse, Whitburn said.
The ACLU, which called on the federal government to take steps to
protect detainees, released the documents Wednesday in conjunction
with a class-action suit filed in Texas on behalf of three women who
say they were sexually assaulted. Those women, along with other
female detainees who filed assault complaints, were seeking asylum in
the U.S. after fleeing sexual assault in their home countries.
"The fact that these women sought sanctuary in the United States -
only to find abuse at the hands of officials they thought would
protect them - is wholly inconsistent with America's self-proclaimed
reputation as a beacon of human rights," Lisa Graybill, legal
director of the ACLU of Texas, said in a statement.
The Texas suit names as defendants three officials from Immigration
and Customs Enforcement; a guard accused of assaulting the women; and
Corrections Corp. of America, the country's largest private-prisons
contractor, which runs the detainee facility in Taylor, Texas, where
several assaults allegedly occurred.
Among the 185 complaints of sexual assault contained in the
government documents, 56 were from facilities in Texas and 17 from
California, the ACLU said.
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"Many do not speak English ... and may not be aware of their rights,
or they may be afraid to exercise them."
senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Texas
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