CARECEN-LA condemns attacks on asylum seekers and refugees by US Agents

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018, armando2k7@gmail.com  CARECEN-LA condemns attacks on asylum seekers and refugees by US Agents Continue reading

Central American Refugees Asking U.S. for Humanitarian Aid and Protection Decades of Ineffective U.S. Foreign Policy Major Factor in Regional Crisis

  For Immediate Release Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018, armando2k7@gmail.com  Central American Refugees Asking U.S. for Humanitarian Aid and Protection Decades of Ineffective U.S. Foreign Policy Major Factor in Regional Crisis Continue reading

CARECEN Stands Against the Detention of Migrant Children

  For Immediate Release: September 7, 2018                                                                                                          CARECEN Stands Against the Detention of Migrant Children “No child belongs behind bars, we call for an end to the inhumane detention of ALL migrants.” Continue reading

Somalia TPS: DHS Secretary Continues Effort Strip Legal Immigrants of Status

For Immediate Release July 20, 2018 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018, Armando@ndlon.org   Nationwide – On Thursday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued an extension of TPS for 18 months without redesignation to TPS giving Somali TPS holders a year and a half to leave the United States. While the Temporary Protected Status for Somalia was extended, a continued effort remains to pass legislation in Congress that achieves full residency for all TPS holders.    Zack Mohamed, Somali Refugee and Organizer at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration issued the following response: “Being a Somali refugee myself I know firsthand what the many hundreds of Somali TPS holders went through seeking refuge from a war-torn country. I am elated to hear Trumps Administration extend Somalia TPS for 18 months, but this is a small victory as we still have many hurdles left in the fight to seek a more permanent status as there is nothing temporary about the lives of the 400,000 TPS holders and DED holders. The fight still remains with Congress and we should urge them to bring forth opportunities for the pathway to citizenship especially for people and families who have been in the U.S. for 20+ years.”   The Black Alliance for Just Immigration issued the following statement: “We are relieved that the Trump Administration decided to temporarily spare Somali TPS holders from its egregious family separation policies, but make no mistake that the President’s racist, anti-Black, and xenophobic agenda continues. While this decision is a welcome reprieve for current Somali TPS holders and their families, it does not go far enough to provide the freedom, dignity and respect deserving of all Black and immigrant communities.”    

CARECEN Denounces Family Separation and the Detention of Refugee Families

Los Angeles, CA- After facing public outrage over his administration’s policy of forcibly removing immigrant children as young as four months old from their parents, President Trump signed an executive order that will result in the prolonged incarceration of refugee families.  The executive order does not provide a path for the immediate reunification of the approximately 2,300 young children who were already taken from their parents by the Trump administration in recent weeks. Furthermore, this executive order may allow children to be removed from their parents if their parents are detained longer than twenty days.   The Trump administration is well aware of humane alternatives to immigration detention but chooses instead to hold immigrant families hostage in exchange for funding for a costly and ineffective wall on the southern border. This abhorrent strategy is part of a larger effort by the administration to engage in tactics that target asylum seekers, in particular those from Central America. Asylum seekers who arrive in the United States after fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries now face prolonged incarceration in immigrant detention centers with deplorable conditions, as well as legal obstacles intentionally put in place by this administration.  Attorney General Session’s recent decision to undo existing asylum protections for domestic violence victims from countries that are unwilling or unable to protect them from their abusers confirms that this administration desires to exclude modern-day refugees from the United States. CARECEN was founded in 1983 by Central American refugees that fled the bloody and repressive civil war sponsored by the United States. Social inequality, gang violence, and ineffective justice systems in Central America have sparked the current migratory crisis. The current administration ignores the United States’ direct role in creating this situation, focusing instead on cruel treatment of migrants, border security, and deportation as deterrence strategies. This approach will only worsen conditions in Central America, creating future refugees and economic migrants. We condemn the forcible removal of young refugee children from their families as well as the prolonged incarceration of refugee families.  We further denounce any efforts to deter refugees from seeking asylum in the United States including: threats of prolonged detention, inhumane detention center conditions, attempts to interfere with immigrants’ Constitutional right to access legal representation, and judicial efforts to exclude victims of domestic violence and victims of gang violence from asylum in the United States. We further condemn the practice of using refugee asylum seekers for corporate profit by placing them in prolonged, costly detention at taxpayer expense. We call on our elected officials to advocate for asylum seekers by demanding that they are given a meaningful opportunity to seek refuge in this country without suffering human rights violations.  Furthermore, we encourage our elected officials, community members, and allies to continue to advocate for immigrants’ rights by resisting the President’s attempts to hold refugee families hostage in exchange for punitive and draconian immigration laws that disproportionately target Central American immigrants arriving at our southern border.

Honduras TPS

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Name: Silvana Lezama                                                                                  May 4, 2018 Phone Number: 424- 261-4390 Email: silvanadlezama@gmail.com CARECEN CONDEMNS THE ADMINISTRATION’S DECISION TO TERMINATE TPS FOR HONDURAS The Cancellation of TPS Honduras threatens the lives of over 57,000 Hondurans, their families and their community Continue reading

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CARECEN SOTU Response

Press Statement January 31, 2018   CARECEN Denounces President Trump’s State of the Union Statements Criminalizing Central American Immigrants   Los Angeles, CA – CARECEN-Los Angeles, an organization founded by Salvadoran refugees in 1983, condemns President Trump’s comments on Unaccompanied Minors and the MS-13 gang during his first State of the Union address. Central American gangs like MS-13 are a distinctly U.S. phenomenon, born of long-standing systematic racism and the failure of the U.S. government to adequately acknowledge the refugees it created through death squads and dictatorships in Central America. This U.S. problem was then exported/deported to Central America, where gang and state violence combine to make life unlivable for a huge section of the population, including the child refugees or unaccompanied children. “Utilizing this ongoing, long-term tragedy to justify further repression against Central Americans, Latino immigrants, and unaccompanied minors is yet another way this Administration is pushing forward a xenophobic and anti-immigrant agenda”, said Martha Arevalo CARECEN Executive Director. “If the U.S. government truly wants to find a solution to the Central American gang crisis, it must first take responsibility for its role in its creation, admit that the gang war, drug war, and further militarization of Central America are failed policies, and recognize the humanity of Central Americans. We will continue to organize and defend against these vile and politically motivated attacks directed against our immigrant and refugee families.”