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Can and How Will Immigrants Get Justice in Abuses Endured By Border Patrol?

Though this devastating reality is a reality for far too many immigrants, sometimes being reminded via things such as the following help keep those not impacted by it reminded that it is not a topic that has gone away and is in need of our attention now more than ever. As obvious as this may be, it is a sad but needed reminder for too many… Please take the time to read and share… Link to original post and more info is in link at bottom.

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HOUSTON — Within hours of being booked at a Border Patrol station in far West Texas, two teenage sisters from Guatemala came forward to allege that an agent conducted an improper strip search.

The agent in question denied the allegations, including the sisters’ claims that he touched their genitals. He insisted he had only fingerprinted the sisters before taking them back to their cell.

Investigating the case came down to the sisters’ word versus the agent’s. And as in dozens of similar cases, government investigators sided with the agent.

Advocates say the case — outlined in a report compiled by internal investigators — shows the kinds of hurdles detained immigrants face when they make claims of misconduct, even when they come forward immediately, as the sisters did.

“These women were actually, for lack of a better word, lucky that their case was investigated,” said Christina Mansfield, co-founder of the advocacy group Freedom for Immigrants. “They are in the extreme minority in that regard.”

The sisters, ages 17 and 19, entered the U.S. without legal permission in July 2016, several days after leaving their home village in Guatemala. They were detained by Border Patrol agents shortly after crossing the border.

The Associated Press received a redacted copy of the investigative report through the Freedom of Information Act. It shows that investigators determined that the sisters’ allegations could not be substantiated due to a lack of physical evidence.

The station where the sisters were detained did not have cameras in the booking area. The room where the sisters say they were taken, later described as a supply room or a closet, wasn’t processed for fingerprints because the sisters said they didn’t touch anything. And the agent in question said he was alone with the sisters due to manpower shortages, the report says.

Immigration advocates say the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, which reviewed the sisters’ case, rarely recommends action against officers. A study by Freedom for Immigrants found that between January 2010 and July 2016, the inspector general received 84 complaints of coerced sexual contact against U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes Border Patrol. The inspector general opened just seven investigations, none of which are known to have led to charges, according to the study, which was conducted by examining government records.

The study found a similarly low number of cases were investigated by the inspector general for detention facilities operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

CBP would not directly address the sisters’ case or whether it disciplined the agent involved. The agency said it was committed to treating detainees with “professionalism and courtesy.”

Immigration authorities detain and process thousands of people every month who cross the U.S. border without permission. Border Patrol chief Carla Provost said in a recent interview that her agency takes any allegations against any of its 19,000 agents “very, very seriously.” Provost previously led CBP’s internal affairs division, which also investigates allegations of employee wrongdoing and that the agency has taken steps to strengthen in recent years.

“They are very few and far between,” she said, speaking generally about misconduct complaints.

The sisters were taken by agents to the Presidio Border Patrol station and booked into the same holding cell. The agents who detained them went out on another call.

According to the report, a third agent then took the elder sister out of the cell. He told investigators that he processed and fingerprinted each of them before returning them to their cell.

The elder sister told a different story. She said the agent took her into a back room that had a table filled with snacks and drinks. There, she says, the agent told her to lift her sweater and dress. The woman said that after a small photograph fell out of her bra, the agent pulled up her bra. Then, she said, he told her to remove her pants and underwear, then touched her genitals with the outer part of his hand.

The younger sister would accuse the agent of conducting a similar search.

Border Patrol guidelines prohibit male agents to strip-search female detainees “except in exigent circumstances,” and only then with another agent present to observe. Under the guidelines, a vaginal cavity search must be done by a medical professional at a medical facility.

When the agent later heard one of the sisters accusing him of misconduct, the report says, he “became upset and told the girl he didn’t make her do that.”

According to the investigators’ report, one agent said that “this is exactly the reason cameras are needed in the processing area.”

The accused agent would speak to investigators three times. The last time, an investigator noted the agent “appeared to be nervous and removed,” and he “had to constantly review a prepared statement” from his initial interview. But a month after the last interview, investigators took their case to a federal prosecutor, James Miller, who agreed with their conclusion that there was a “lack of evidence.”

Miller declined to comment on why he didn’t pursue a prosecution. The agent did not return phone messages from The Associated Press, nor did his attorney, Raymond Martinez.

The sisters were eventually released and went to live with their mother in California. One of the sisters has since sued the U.S. government. Court filings show both sides are now discussing a settlement.

Lauer reported from Philadelphia. Associated Press writer Colleen Long in Washington contributed to this report.

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Kop Kills Unarmed Alfred Olango & Walks-Video

Alfred Olango Is Executed For Holding An E-Cigarette. This channel needs your attention; but more importantly, right now, this video needs your attention. This man is my friend and my family, my big brother; and he can speak truth and tell you it how it is like no other person can. This is the sick reality from the mouth of a brilliant and truth speaking man. First, I gotta say….something even if it has been said a million times before.

I know people who knows how this has been going will already know; I don’t think anyone who knows how the Amerikkkan government works thought any different would have occurred. I am not trying to be cold but I am very angry and bitter; at them for doing it- and at the people for not organizing. At all Black and Hispanics and whites and Asians and whomever else that knows there is an issue but can’t get over their own petty BS.

Yes, drugs and guns and the brain washing is horrible and it is gonna take a lot to overturn but with determination, saying no to the capitalistic government by, IN UNISON, of ALL ‘colors’, uniting and saying until things change, the money we have is out of reach as is the labor. Not paying rent; not working, not using public transport, etc.  for 100 or 400 people alone won’t make a dent. Unity. I’m down but me or me and you doing it on our own will accomplish nothing.

Keep educating. Keep fighting for knowledge and keep trying to wake up the sleeping. I am so upset over this and past cases, I’ll end my writing here.

They’re Trying to Silence this VERY Brilliant Black Male From Speaking.. PART 1

I don’t usually plead with you guys to listen but I am now. Not just to my video below, but to the ones from the Black male who is being targeted for speaking truth of all sorts; from being PROUD to be Black to history to metaphysics and ALL in between and all of it, is spoken in such a way that you he is not only exceptionally intelligent; but he also is not out to hurt people. He is here educating. Or trying. But he is being accused by someone called “Dr Maat” (a disgrace to the name MAAT and women) saying he threatened her in  his videos yet… well watch the videos. No where, has he ever showed a gun, let alone, the machete she claims he used to threaten her life.

If we let people just slip into these racist hands we have no hope. Most of what I have to  say or at least most of what I can utter out beneath this rage I feel…, I’ve posted below. Within the hour I will have another blog posted up and that one is far more important for that will be 2 or 3 of his videos, info on his situation as well as another revolutionary man speaking up on his behalf.

If you want to ask why I’m not posting more now, I want to and will, but first and annoyingly, I have a few things I must first do off line… But please, please do come back within the hour, check back please, listen to him as well… Unless you are sleep walking through life, you’ll see the truth right away.

So again; within the hour, a new post will be up with more info as well as including him speaking out on all this, as well as 1 other “OG”….

 I truly  beg you to listen to what is happening to him; and then to LISTEN to my friend and activist in Philly, Tony Soto; being held without any reason on 900,000 bond… (post on what is happening with him and his story, of CLEAR racism as is this one, can be found by clicking here. Opens in new window). Please share his story, too.

This man did not ask me or anyone to speak out for him. Again; for whatever dumb legal purpose; let me say once more a bit slower…

I am doing this on my own accord because what they are trying
to do to him needs to be on the lips of every person who
is fighting against racism against the Black community in particular.

If we don’t do something they’ll start killing off people in plain day light as they already do with so many other race related issues, and not only has this been going on FAR TOO DAMN LONG; it’s time tables change. I don’t promote violence; but I promote equality, I promote self defense and I demand change and that the people suffering are fuking heard! I won’t stop this life or the next til the RIGHTFUL people are in places of power AGAIN.

I am very furious… I’m scared also that you guys aren’t going to take all this as serious as it is… Same for Tony… We gotta do something yea; so let’s START for real… We been saying it, when we gonna do; when can we start PROTECTING life?!

Hope- Feeding the Homeless Like They Aren’t Homeless… Check it Out

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And this is how the world could be;
And this is how the world SHOULD be…”-Tupac Shakur

Sad something so obvious is amazing and wonderful… In the following tweet I link a video that shows what this CEO is doing to help homeless people eat, work and LEARN via vocational programs. They go out of their way to help give work experience and other aid to the homeless… Additionally,….The food is healthy food, served like you’d be served anywhere…treat the homeless GOOD and build a better world.png

I love that quote… How true…. Additionally, there are no trays, no lines, none of what the regular soup kitchens tend to be like. More people with money should be reaching out like this… Everything does come down to money, and that’s a problem. – Video follows in link ->

Watch the video by clicking the link above to see how the homeless are treated; fed and given a chance at this ‘soup kitchen’; they are treated like anyone else going out to eat…Exactly like the human beings they are. THE CEO HOPES TO EXPAND AND OPEN 5 MORE BY 2018. That is a real, respectable and good soul… Where are the rest?

What is wrong with this world; how can anyone be so cold as to turn down the simple act of giving and receiving respect, dignity, care and concern for fellow souls?

This life shouldn’t be about money. Yes, we need it, sadly. But making it all about the money, all about your ‘status’ or what you have…you are truly lost and need to do some soul searching, I’d say.

For those interested, here is a link to the above for more information and other resources -> click HERE.

 

“The whistleblowers are the new generation of American patriots” – agrees

This article is brilliant; I have fallen in love with the truths within. The author I have the utmost love and respect for as he speaks the truth just as it needs to be spoken. Love it-Follow the author on twitter @ garyyounge – link below.
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The whistleblowers are the new generation of American patriots

When Darrell Anderson, 22, joined the US military he knew there was going to be a war, and he wanted to fight it.

“I thought I was going to free Iraqi people,” he told me. “I thought I was going to do a good thing.”

Until, that is, he realised precisely what he had to do.While on patrol in Baghdad, he thought:
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