Venezualan Embassy Fiasco – Jacqui Voltaire

Our four Embassy protection collective out of jail and out from the first court hearing. The arraignment under which they are able to leave —-the next hearing is June 12. I got back on line at 3PM and have been watching and adding all these videos to this Update. There may be more from the Code Pink House where they are now so I might do a Third Update if so.
Love,
jacqui

This is them at the Code Pink House giving a briefing.

Ann Wright

Ann Wright was live.

Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin was liv


Our four Embassy protection collective out of jail and out from the first court hearing. The arraignment under which they are able to leave —-the next hearing is June 12

Ann Wright

Our four Embassy protection collective out of jail and out from the first court hearing. The arraignment under…

 

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Update from Ann Wright regarding the status of the four arrested Venezuelan Embassy Protectors and the building itself.
Attached is a video from RealNews that describes what happened at the Embassy over the last month and gives a complete overview of the situation.
The four Embassy Protection Collective members, Kevin Zeese, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Dr. Adrienne Pine and David Paul arrested yesterday will appear today at 1:45pm at the Federal “Pettyman” Court, courtroom 5, 333 Constitution Ave. Bring your ID.
Remember Saturday at noon-big demo at the Venezuelan Embassy to continue our protests of the US government violating international law.
The Real News has a great video about the violation of the Venezuelan Embassy and the arrest of four Embassy Protection Collective.

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After more than a month of living in the Venezuelan embassy, DC police and secret service broke…

HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!!!!! Love,jacqui

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A meeting between Guaido’s team and the US Southern Command is being organised.
A scholarly 21-page analysis of how US sanctions have created (and/or contributed to) the severe humanitarian crisis in Venezuela that’s now being used as the rationale for US-supported regmine change.
Words cannot express quite how much I admire the brave people at CODEPINK and how proud I am to count Medea Benjamin and Tighe Barry as my true friends …
The day before the Trump administration broke international law by US police entering the embassy, this Press briefing at the UN by the Venezuelan UN mission wa

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‘I lost my son’: Guatemala mum mourns boy who died in US custody

Transito Gutierrez last saw her son at the beginning of April
Transito Gutierrez last saw her son at the beginning of April [Jeff Abbott/Al Jazeera]
by Jeff Abbott/Al Jazeera

Tizamarte, Guatemala – Transito Gutierrez did not want her 16-year-old son, Juan de Leon Gutierrez, to migrate to the United States from their small town in southern Guatemala, near the border with Honduras. But Juan assured her he would make it.

“He told me, ‘Mommy, I am going to cross over the border and I will send you money. It may not be every day, but I will when I can.'” Gutierrez, 46, told Al Jazeera.

Juan was one of Gutierrez’s six children. He was hoping to join his older brother who migrated to the US in 2011.

The teen left the small village of Tizamarte in the arid, rain-starved mountains over the town of Camotan, Chiquimula on April 4 with a friend from a nearby village. They travelled with a migrant guide, commonly known as a coyote.

He was detained by US authorities as he tried to cross the US-Mexico border a little over two weeks later. He was eventually sent to a migrant youth shelter, and on April 30 he died following surgery to relieve pressure in his head caused by an infection, according to local media.

16-year-old migrant boy dies in US government custody in Texas

Juan is the third minor from Guatemala to die in US custody along the southern border since the beginning of December. His death has left the family devastated.

“I’ve lost my son, but his soul is still with us,” Gutierrez said, as she held back tears.

The family is waiting for the return of Juan’s body to Guatemala. This is especially important for his mother, who laments that she does not have a photo of her son.

‘He was healthy’

Juan was detained on April 19 as he attempted to cross into the US near El Paso, Texas by US Customs and Border Protection. According to US media, he was transferred a day later to Southwest Key Casa Padre, an Office of Refugee Resettlement facility in Brownsville, Texas built in an old shopping centre.

In an emailed statement to Al Jazeera, Evelyn Stauffer, spokesperson for the Administration for Children and Families of the US Department of Health and Human Services said “no health concerns were observed” prior to the teen being transferred.

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On April 21, Juan woke up with chills, a fever, and a headache. According to Stauffer, he was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released. His condition did not improve.

On April 22, he was taken to the emergency room and placed in intensive care. He died eight days later. The exact cause of death is currently under review, Stauffer said.

According to Gutierrez, Juan’s pain began to develop while he was en route to the US border, but he was taking medicine to limit the pain.

“When it use to rain here, he would go work in the field and return saying that his head hurt,” Gutierrez said. “But he was healthy.”

Gutierrez didn’t want her son to travel to the US [Jeff Abbott/Al Jazeera]

While Juan was sick, his mother was informed of developments in his condition by US officials. At times they came in Spanish, other times they came in English, which she didn’t understand.

Juan’s older brother, who was already in the US, also kept his mother informed of the teen’s condition, Gutierrez said.

At one point, officials from the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs called to ask her if she would be interested in travelling to the US, but this only brought her more concern.

“I don’t have the money to travel or to pay for a passport,” she said.

Poverty and climate change

Juan was one of many migrating from the southern regions of Guatemala, an area known as the dry corridor.

The situation has grown worse in the last two years. According to Gloria Amador, a 41-year-old nurse who has worked in the village of Tizamarte and the surrounding region for nine years, people began to migrate to the US in July 2018.

“Many people are migrating due to necessity,” Amador told Al Jazeera. “There is little work, there are families with few resources, and there is a severe drought.”

The region where Juan is from is experienced a drought and severe poverty [Jeff Abbott/Al Jazeera]

The drought has heavily affected the region, Amador said, adding that farmers in the area lost 80 to 90 percent of their crops last year due to drought.

The dwinding capacity to work the land also drove Juan to seek opportunities in the US.

“Now that it doesn’t rain, we cannot produce anything,” Gutierrez said.

“[Juan] told me that the coffee plants were dying. He said he was desperate,” she added. “He said he could earn more there in the United States than here. He could earn more than the $4 a day working in the field.”

Sixteen-year-old Juan de Leon Gutierrez travelled to the US to join his older brother and send money home to his family.

Maine: non-tourism businesses suffering from delay in H-2B (migrant worker) visa release

Smokey’s Greater Shows, which operates at fairs and festivals across Maine, may not be able to set up carnival-style rides at as many events this year due to staffing shortages.
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TOPSHAM, Maine — Maine’s non-tourism businesses are suffering from worker shortages and are blaming the delay in receiving H-2B visas.

The visas allow non-citizens to come to the United States to work on a temporary or seasonal basis.

“Normally we get our foreign laborers the H2 B visa program but […] there’s no guarantee when we’ll get our employees for the 2019 festival and fair season,” said Smokey’s Greater Shows owner Robby Driskill.

Driskill plans to host a job fair to try to attract people in Maine to work seasonally for his company touring Maine and New England. The event goes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1 at the Topsham Fairgrounds. They plan to hold another on May 8 from 1:30-3:30 and from 4:30-6:30 at the fairgrounds.

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He said people are concerned they would be replaced or laid off for workers from away who could be paid less. Driskill said he would not do that.

“I would hire them first and if I fall short I would make the adjustment with the foreign labor but at no time will I hire the foreign labor and then lay off the American workers,” Driskill wrote in a text message. “That seems to be a concern when people talk to me about the job fair.”

“This season could be in jeopardy of not having enough people operate the rides,” Driskill wrote.

He said that means they may not have as many rides available.

This story will be updated

Pope donates $500,000 for migrants stranded in Mexico

Central American migrants board train wagons in an attempt to make their way to the US border, in the municipality of Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico, 25 April 2019Thousands of people from Central America are using any means necessary to reach the US

Pope Francis has donated $500,000 (£387,000) to help migrants stranded in Mexico as they try to reach the US border, the Vatican said.

The money comes from the Catholic Church’s Peter’s Pence fund, from church collections around the world.

A statement said vital aid for the migrants was falling as global media coverage of the crisis decreased.

The Pope has previously criticised US President Donald Trump’s aim of building a wall to keep migrants out.

The US has put pressure on Mexico’s government to stem the so-called caravans of people from Central America heading north.

“In 2018, six migrant caravans entered Mexico, for a total of 75,000 people. The arrival of other groups was announced,” the Peter’s Pence office said.

“All these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood. The Catholic Church hosts thousands of them in the hotels within dioceses or religious congregations, providing basic necessities, from housing to clothing.”

Pope Francis looks on as he addresses reporters aboard the plane bringing him back following a two-day trip to Morocco March 31, 2019Pope Francis has encouraged governments to help those fleeing poverty and violence

Many of the migrants say they are fleeing persecution, violence and poverty in their home countries.

Last week officials detained nearly 400 migrants travelling through Mexico’s southern Chiapas state trying to reach the US.

“Media coverage of this emergency has been decreasing and as a result, aid to migrants by the government and private individuals has also decreased,” the fund added.

“In this context, Pope Francis donated US $500,000 to assist migrants in Mexico. This amount will be distributed among 27 projects in 16 dioceses and among Mexican religious congregations that have asked for help in order to continue providing housing, food and basic necessities to these our brothers and sisters.”

In March, the Pope criticised political leaders who tried to erect barriers to keep migrants out.

“Builders of walls, be they made of razor wire or bricks, will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build,” he said.

US: Massachusetts judge charged with helping man evade ICE

Charges mark latest skirmish over immigration enforcement between Trump and local gov’ts that resist his crackdown.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enter an apartment complex looking for a specific undocumented immigrant convicted of a felony during an early morning operation in Dallas [File: LM Otero/AP Photo]
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enter an apartment complex looking for a specific undocumented immigrant convicted of a felony during an early morning operation in Dallas 

US federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a Massachusetts judge and court officer with conspiracy and obstruction, saying they blocked an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)officer from arresting an undocumented immigrant at a 2018 court proceeding.

The charges mark the latest skirmish over immigration enforcement between US President Donald Trump‘s administration and local governments that have resisted his crackdown.

The charges target Massachusetts District Court Judge Shelley Joseph, 51, and Massachusetts Trial Court Officer Wesley MacGregor, 56, who came under federal investigation last year after authorities said the duo schemed to let the man escape from the Newton court.

ICE intended to arrest the unidentified suspected undocumented immigrant from the Dominican Republic facing a drug charge.

They described a huddled conversation between the judge and the defendant’s lawyer in which Joseph asks, “ICE is gonna get him?” and later says, “I’m not gonna allow them to come in here”.

Joseph then arranged for the suspect to be released through the court’s rear door while the ICE agent waited in the court room’s lobby for him to emerge.

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MacGregor was also charged with perjury for allegedly lying to a grand jury that heard evidence on the case.

Not a political message

Massachusetts US Attorney Andrew Lelling said the case was not intended to send a political message.

“We did not bring this case in response to the public debate over immigration enforcement,” he said. “This is isn’t a policy seminar, it’s a law enforcement action.”

Representatives of the judge and court officer did not respond to requests for comment from Reuters news agency.

The state Supreme Judicial Court suspended Joseph without pay following the charges, noting its move “in no way reflects any opinion on the merits of the pending criminal case”.

The charges carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The suspect has since been caught and is now in federal custody.

Massachusetts’s top court in 2017 ruled that state police cannot detain undocumented immigrants solely to buy time for federal officials to take them into custody.

Trump says he may ‘call up more’ troops to the US-Mexico border

One of Trump’s top priorities in office has been cracking down on undocumented immigration and he has regularly railed against “sanctuary” cities and states that do not cooperate with all aspects of federal immigration enforcement.

Trump earlier this month floated the idea of busing undocumented migrants stopped at the border to “sanctuary cities”, a move that critics called illustrative of the White House’s callous approach to the issue and some Trump allies called impractical.

Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval?

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The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an “armed fascist militia organization.” His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.