[The Guardian] ‘Our country is not a safe place’: why Salvadorans will still head for the US

(The Guardian chose to quote CLUE in a long piece about how those who have been deported back to El Salvador readjust to new circumstances in their country of origin.)

Poverty and gang violence are driving an exodus, regardless of US asylum reforms

TheGuardianImage.jpgGang violence fuels insecurity and particularly affects young people. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

Outside the migrants’ attention centre in San Salvador, 19-year-old Berenice Cruz’s eyes dart around nervously before she whispers that she had fled El Salvador “because of the crime”. Nearly all her family in the east of the country belong to a gang, she says, but she refuses to get involved. The gang threatened to kill her, so she attempted the perilous journey to Reno, Nevada, in the US, where an aunt lives and where sanctuary lies. She failed.

“If I go back to where I live, they’ll kill me,” she says, shortly after arriving back in her home country from a detention centre in McAllen, Texas, where she was held after crossing the border. She is one of 11,748 Salvadorans deported from the US and Mexico since the start of 2018.

Migrants have been under relentless attack since Donald Trump began his run for office. The US authorities’ policy of separating children from their families in the name of a “zero tolerance” immigration strategy sparked outrage last week from Washington DC to San Salvador, and Trump was eventually forced to back down with an executive order which critics say still does not go far enough. But his policy continues to ignore the difficult realities of thousands of migrants fleeing violence and misery in the so-called Northern Triangle, the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras plagued by corruption, gang crime and impunity.

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[Rising Up With Sonali] Rising Up In the Streets: Rally Against Family Separation and Detention


(Sonali Kolhatkar, whose national show is on KPFK, dedicated a long segment to the multi-faith protest of family separations that CLUE participated in on June 21, 2018 in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles.)

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(Immigrant magazine published our statement against the Trump administration's actions and on behalf of immigrant families in full, with pictures. Read on!)

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[La Opinión] Elevan oraciones frente a edificio de inmigración y piden un alto a la separación de familias

(Here is coverage from the newspaper La Opinión of our action on June 21, 2018 in front of the Federal Building to protest the Trump Administration's separation of immigrant families and its later decision to detain the families together in isolated facilities.)


Un día después de la firma de una orden ejecutiva del presidente Donald Trump, que prohíbe la separación de menores de sus familias cuando son detenidos por inmigración, un grupo de clérigos y activistas proinmigrantes dijo que se necesita hacer mucho más.

El jueves por la mañana el grupo se reunió frente al edificio federal de inmigración en el centro de Los Ángeles para elevar oraciones y cantos a favor de los niños separados de sus padres en la frontera México-Estados Unidos.

Se estima que hasta el momento más de 2,300 niños han sido separados de sus padres cuando intentaban cruzar la frontera en busca de asilo. Activistas aseguran que incluso muchos padres ya han sido enviados a sus países de origen sin sus hijos.

“Es completamente vergonzoso que nuestra nación, con su promesa de libertad y justicia para todos y con una Estatua de la Libertad, proclame una cálida bienvenida a los inmigrantes, adopte tácticas similares a la Gestapo para aplastar los espíritus de miles de padres y mate el futuro de niños inocentes “, dijo Jonathan Klein, director ejecutivo de la coalición Clérigos y Laicos Unidos por una Justicia Económica (CLUE).

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[Forward] Meet 3 Men On The Front Lines of the Immigration Crisis


On a typical weekday, Rabbi Jonathan Klein can often be found marching alongside ministers, monsignors and janitors. Irv Hershenbaum could be pressuring multimillion-dollar almond growers to provide their workers with shade to protect them from the blazing California sun. And “Rabbi Dr.” Aryeh Cohen might well be phoning his Talmud students to let them know he’ll be late because he’s been arrested for civil disobedience. Again.

But on a typical Saturday, you can find all three men in a tiny, dusty, 110-year-old rented Yiddish cultural center next to a Petco, dancing with the Torah to Shlomo Carlebach melodies. They are all active members of the Shtibl Minyan, a small, lay-led independent community that describes itself as “Hasidic Egalitarian” and meets at a Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring cultural center in Los Angeles’s heavily Jewish Pico-Robertson neighborhood (full disclosure: I am a member as well). In the tradition of The Workmen’s Circle and the aid it provided to Yiddish-speaking newcomers to America, these three members are carrying on a modern version of that mission.

Klein, Hershenbaum and and Cohen are all Los Angeles-based activists, deeply involved in today’s high-intensity struggle to protect immigrants from the stepped-up ICE raids, roundups and deportations of the Trump administration.

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