Monday, October 24, 2016

AZMEX I3 23-10-16

AZMEX I3 23 OCT 2016

Comment: Re: AZMEX I3 22-10-16" As have been reminded by a friend, the progressive island paradise of Cuba is very close. Santiago de Cuba at about 250, Cienfuegos at 580, and Havana at about 720 miles.
The progressive non island paradise of Venezuela is also much closer than Nogales, AZ, Caracas at about 666, and Maracaibo even closer at 550 miles. Managua, NI at a long 1030 miles.
Parle français? New Orleans, LA at 1,365, and Montreal, QC at 1,860 miles.
( Distances are from Port au Prince. for Km. multiply miles by 1.609 )
Unknown why groups like the Clinton Global Initiative, etc. are not providing good union scale jobs in Haiti for these young men to stay and rebuild their country.
( comments solely of your correspondent )


Refuting refugee rumors: Mayor says asylum seekers not crowding into Yuma County
By Blake Herzog,
Updated 16 hrs ago (0)

The wave of refugees from Haiti and other nations seeking entry into the U.S. at the Mexico border has spread eastward from Tijuana into San Luis Rio Colorado, giving rise to a variety of rumors in Yuma County.

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls said at a press conference Thursday that he, San Luis Mayor Jerry Sanchez and Sheriff Leon Wilmot met with federal officials to learn more about the current situation.

"There is no large group of Haitians or foreign nationals without legal status to be in the U.S. being released into the Yuma community," he said. Most are attempting to enter the country legally, turning themselves in to officials at the border ports in hopes of being granted asylum.

Single adults are being taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as their cases are being heard, and families are transported to Phoenix for further processing, he said.

"The second rumor is the Haitians are bringing diseases into the community, such as the Zika virus, open sores and parasites. When the process of CPB and ICE is to conduct a medical exam, as part of the regular processing of taking them into the center, those with any medical conditions are escorted to Yuma Regional Medical Center, and they would be under guard or accompanied by an agent," he said. "No such diseases or conditions have existed."

He added there is no "large, chaotic unrest at the San Luis port, particularly on the Mexican side," as has also been claimed. American and Mexican officials have been working cooperatively to schedule court hearings for refuge in a way that doesn't interfere with regular crossings.

And there's no expectation that most refugees currently seeking entry at San Luis will eventually be granted asylum, at which point they could choose to settle in or around Yuma.

"All Haitians currently in custody, from what I've been told, are slated for deportation to Haiti. There is a slight situation in Haiti right now with the hurricane (Matthew) and the pending elections, (prompting the U.S.) to accept them at this time, but once the new leaders are in place they fully expect the repatriation of all the Haitians currently scheduled for deportation," he said.

Haiti's first round of voting, delayed because of the hurricane, is now scheduled for Nov. 20, with a second round on Jan. 29.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that several thousand Haitian citizens had traveled from Brazil, having emigrated for work after the 2010 earthquake, to Tijuana in recent months, while immigration authorities are only able to process a few dozen cases each day.

It's not clear how many refugees from Haiti or other nations are currently seeking entry to the U.S. via San Luis, Ariz. Public Affairs Officer Annica Zacarias said Friday that figures are currently being tabulated for the 2016 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 31, so no data will be available for a couple of months.

Zacarias said there has been an "uptick" in the number of Haitians coming to the San Luis port with no credentials for legal entry: "We are processing arrivals on a case by case basis. After CBP processes an individual with no status to legally enter the U.S., the person is placed in removal proceedings, according to their situation, and placed in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody pending further disposition."

Nicholls' remarks only referred to Haitian refugees, apparently the subject of most of the rumors, and he said his main concern would be whether local agencies would be able to provide enough food, shelter and other assistance to those who needed it. "And the rumors we heard were concerning because they would probably be too much for our local nonprofits to handle, and we would have to have an alternate plan," he said.

Asylum seekers from Central American countries have been reportedly massing at Mexican crossings into the U.S., with the numbers peaking two years ago, then rising again in 2016, according to a report released last week by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The same report included a statement about the growing numbers of Haitian asylum seekers, and said that as of Sept. 22 CBP was detaining Haitians apprehended coming to the border without authorization, as is the practice with most foreign nationals. The policy for Haitians was relaxed after the 2010 earthquake there, and they were generally allowed to enter the U.S. on temporary humanitarian parole.

Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti Oct. 4, killing hundreds and leaving an estimated 1.4 million needing food, shelter or other assistance. Johnson said the storm would delay deportations, but wouldn't affect the policy.

"DHS and the Department of State are working with the Government of Haiti and other key partners to ensure that removals occur in as humane and minimally disruptive a manner as possible," he said.

Yuma County Interfaith has been operating a shelter near Immaculate Conception Church in Yuma for families crossing the border who are being sponsored by relatives in the U.S. Interfaith coordinator Melanie Nelson said the overall number of people coming through has been fluctuating in the last few months.

But just a small percentage have been from Haiti, with most of the rest coming from Central American nations wracked by poverty and violence.

"I have heard things about there being large numbers, but where people are seeing them are at the border, not here," Nelson said. "They'll say it took me an hour to get through with my SENTRI card instead of half an hour."

Most of the immigrants who do come through the shelter stay only about 12 to 24 hours while waiting on tickets purchased for them by their sponsors to arrive. None that she is aware of have stayed in the Yuma area, or even Arizona.

Sheriff Wilmot said since he, Sanchez and Nicholls met with border officials on Wednesday, his department has still been getting questions from the public and the media, but the level of concern seems to have been dropping.

He added that the key to handling the volume of refugees at the border will be to have adequate federal funding for additional employees, as well as for housing those who are taken into detention. Otherwise, the costs could be passed down to the state and local level.

"From Yuma's perspective, we're asking Senators (John) McCain and (Jeff) Flake, and (Rep. Paul) Gosar to give them the personnel they need, because it's going to put a significant stressor on them," he said.




From several days ago: (mostly computer english )

Alert on both borders of massive influx of Haitian migrants
Organizacion Editorial Mexicana
October 12, 2016
Nidia Marin

The two borders of Mexico are prepared to the increased migration of Haitians after the hurricane "Matthew". Both the south and the north have been taking measures not only contention, but attention to these groups, in the second case after the meeting between the governor of Baja California, Francisco Vega and Interior Minister, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, as there are estimates that warn of a new wave that could reach 10,000.

And the resumption of humanitarian permit the United States had granted via the Department of Security (suspended since last September 22) will depend on who wins the electoral process in that country on the eighth of November. If Hillary Clinton wins it may decongest the border. If the victory is for Donald Trump it will be the problem for Mexico (unless the current government of Barack Obama take emergency measures).

Hence, in our country the authorities are watching both scenarios in search of strategies leading because African migration has continued, in the same way that Central Armerican, while the Haitian accelerates.

In addition, new guidelines from the Ministry of the Interior and the Government of Baja California, are part of the response to the National Commission of Human Rights makes a few days considered imperative that in coordination between federal and local authorities the designated entity urgently to ensure adequate humanitarian aid measures are implemented, as well as through diplomatic channels with countries involved in the transit and destination of foreign-mentioned actions are generated to have an orderly and respectful migration of its human rights.

Meanwhile, Haitians begin to cover several border cities. Until a few days ago they were located in Tijuana and Mexicali in Baja California, but they arrived early to San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora and there is also the consideration that they might reach Nogales.

Amnesty International recently warned:

"Hundreds of Haitians and African and Mexican internally displaced persons, are stranded in the Mexican cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, many of them waiting for appointments with the Customs Service and Protection of US borders, across the border" .

In addition, it warned about the short term, after the interruption of humanitarian permit that had been granted to the Haitian people after the earthquake of 2010, noting that it also "announced the resumption of regular expulsions, which intensified the flood of Haitians to the border between Mexico and the United States before they start again deportations ".

So far discouragement has not spread among Haitians who are still in their Caribbean country and intend to emigrate, however, that the main Haitian migration in 2016 came largely from Brazil, "where they had worked temporarily after being displaced by the earthquake 2010 "in their homeland, according to AI.


And the problem more disappointments are added, as just a health scare was presented by the case of malaria combined with tuberculosis in a migrant stranded in Tijuana. And it is that as Amnesty International warned, the influx of African migrants, Haitians, Central Americans and Mexicans seeking to cross the border "has overstepped the shelters" that were already at full capacity with many Mexicans deported and some Central Americans fleeing violence . 14 shelters.

Such situations have already been identified, including the Sudcaliforniano published yesterday that "the Metropolitan Archbishop Monsignor Francisco Moreno Barron said at the end of the religious ceremony yesterday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be taking agreements to prepare" for something to flare up ".

But it is in both borders where there is some alarm. In the south before the arrival of Haitians (according to Ruben Zuniga), the mayor of Tapachula, Neftali Armando del Toro Guzman, will ask the federal government "to increase health services to this population group."

He also said he already asked the Federal Ministry of Health, specifically the secretary Jose Narro, support in the field and an analysis of such a situation "because the number of foreigners exceeds the possibilities of care."

According to AI, Mexican authorities should work together with the US to ensure proper detection of those seeking to cross into the United States and immediately send officials to these areas "to ensure proper selection of migrants that they can be entitled to international protection, ensuring close cooperation with the US authorities and giving priority to respect for human rights and the principles of family reunification ".


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