Apr 1, 2020
In today’s episode, Sara and Misasha share how COVID-19 has had
a much bigger impact on the rights of immigrants in the United
States and detainees at the border than what they originally
Listen in to learn more about immigration, as it a key issue in
this election year. Sara and Misasha bring you compelling
information on those that are being held at our border, discuss the
alarming public charge rule and other legislation that may be
making its way down the pipeline.
- In early March, the Trump Administration announced that they
were going to start taking DNA from immigrant detainees at the
- Thankfully, there are organizations who have team members still
working alongside asylum-seekers and immigrants to achieve justice
in the ICE detention centers and courtrooms.
- At some detention facilities, there’s a lack of soap and hand
sanitizer for those who are detained there.
- The decision to close immigration courts has been left to
- The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the
ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without a
trial during emergencies.
- President Trump has cited the recent pandemic as a reason for
heightening border restrictions and restricting asylum
- The Department also asked Congress to pause the statute of
limitations for criminal investigations and civil proceedings
during national emergencies and for one year following the end of
- President Trump recently declared the Corona Virus a national
- “Immigrants face a very tough choice during this crisis: risk
exposure or risk homelessness”, states Louise McCarthy is the
President & CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles
- The public charge rule “enforces a long-standing law requiring
aliens to be self-sufficient, reaffirming the American ideals of
hard work, perseverance, and determination” is the official DHS
definition. Misasha delves further into the rule.
- Since the new rules announcement, there has been a nationwide
uproar from civil rights groups.
- Immigrants and low-wage workers will not fare well in the
recently-passed Stimulus Package.
- Suggestions from Sara and Misasha on ways to help the
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