In a portrait Jorge Joyal, 29 of Honduras spent between two and three months walking to the border with the hopes of coming to the United States. With the assistance of the Mexican government, Mr. Joyal has applied for permission to work at one of the many high-tech companies offering employment assistance to migrants. He has a six-year old daughter waiting for him in Honduras.
Jesús Landeros, of Santa Barbara, California is a volunteer with SBRN or the SantaBarbara Response Network; Landeros is also employed with Montecito Union school . “This was a learning experience for me too,” he said referring to what he leared at El Barretal while describing the similar health, safety, and security responsibilities for students, faculty, and the school building itself during the grip of the Thomas fire and the subsequent mudslides. In this photo Landeros distributes personal health-care items donated by Direct Relief. #hero
As of Tuesday December 4th, 2018 a total of 2,331 people were residing in the covered shelter area designated for families - with children. This data was provided by DIF.
Also pictured are Mariana Caña and Maritza Escobedo of Tijuana, Mexico. The two young women are students in Psychology at the UABC (The Autonomous University of Baja California ) Both Caña and Escobedo are student volunteers, conducting health questionnaires of the refugees in affiliation with the NYU School of Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Allen Keller. According to his bio: “Dr. Allen Keller is Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT) and Director of the NYU School of Medicine Center for Health and Human Rights.”
Caña writes that she hopes “to start giving psychological attention to those who need it most at the shelter.”
**UPDATE: On Thursday December 6, 2018: via the twitter account of acting
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood:
"13 AGs are filing an amicus brief today to challenge the Trump administration’s efforts to restrict applications by immigrants seeking asylum. This is a de-facto denial of asylum. It is illegal, it is inhumane, and it must end.
She goes on to tweet:
More than 6000 Central American immigrants, including over 1000 kids, are stranded outside CA’s ports of entry waiting to present their asylum claims.
They are living outside in extreme weather, without access to basic services, so that they can have a chance at a better life."
(UPDATING AS NEWS COMES IN)
**UPDATE: Friday Night, December 07, 2018:
Court refuses to allow Trump asylum ban for immigrants entering illegally
"The president “may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden”, the judge said in his order."
“Just as we may not, as we are often reminded, ‘legislate from the bench’, neither may the Executive legislate from the Oval Office,” Judge Jay Bybee, a George W Bush nominee, wrote for the majority."
via The Guardian
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UPDATE: Wednesday December 19th, 2018:
Today "Judge Emmet Sullivan struck down the policy for being contrary to the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Refugee Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. As part of the injunction, **the court ordered the government to bring our plaintiffs who were wrongfully removed under this policy back to the United States so that they can pursue their asylum claims."