[FREE CHARLES DAVIS] LA residents denounce the deportation of migrant youth

Dozens of people rallied today outside the US federal building in downtown Los Angeles to show solidarity with tens of thousands of migrant children who have sought refuge in the United States – and to denounce President Barack Obama’s efforts to send them back to the countries they fled.

“I call upon the president not to deport any of these children and to embrace them as refugees,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who joined other speakers in attributing the recent influx of children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to decisions made in Washington. “They are products of our foreign policy. They are seeking an opportunity.”

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Joe Biden: “Los niños van a ser devueltos a sus países”

Ciudad de Guatemala, GUATEMALA. “Los niños van a ser tratados humanamente y con justicia en nuestro país antes de ser devueltos”, dijo el vicepresidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, en un pronunciamiento junto al presidente guatemalteco, Otto Pérez, en el Palacio Nacional de la Cultura de la capital.

“La situación que se está sucediendo es insostenible e inaceptable (...). Todo el problema de la migración es un problema compartido entre Estados Unidos, México y Centroamérica”, agregó el vicepresidente ante la prensa, tras concluir una reunión bilateral con Pérez en el despacho presidencial.

Biden arribó la mañana de este viernes a Guatemala en la última escala de una gira que inició el lunes en Brasil y continuó luego en Colombia y República Dominicana.

Tras la reunión bilateral, ha sostenido una cita multilateral con Pérez; el presidente de El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén; el secretario de Gobernación (Interior) de México, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, y un alto representante del gobierno hondureño, para tratar conjuntamente el éxodo de niños centroamericanos.

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White House Announces Plans to Expand Immigration Detention Centers for Families with Children

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WASHINGTON— The Obama administration said today, it will open new detention facilities to house immigrant families crossing the border illegally, amid a surge from Central America. The administration said it also plans to surge government enforcement resources to increase their capacity to detain individuals who bring their children with them as quickly and efficiently as possible while also protecting those who are seeking asylum.

ACLU Legislative Counsel Joanne Lin had this comment:

"The answer to the humanitarian and refugee crisis at our southern border should not be to detain families with children. Many of these families have fled crime and violence in Central America, and have suffered trauma during their treacherous journeys to the U.S. in search of legal protection.  Human rights require that detention be the last resort, not the first. Families should be moved out of detention as soon as possible and be released under humane and reasonable supervision, including community-based alternatives to detention which have proven to be cost-effective and efficient."

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