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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.

13 Yr Old Black Child, Shavon Randle, Found…

This hit me hard; due to the horrific nature of what this girl went through, due to the lack of attention or concern at least from what I saw… Maybe because I was getting alerts while she was still alive & feel I should have been able to do more than tweet and share random stupid posts about what was going on.

The search for the Lancaster girl, who was the subject of an Amber Alert, came to a heartbreaking conclusion. Her body was discovered inside an east Oak Cliff home late Saturday night.

Shavon Randle, 13 year old Black female… Her body was found along with her 19 year old kidnapper. She was being held ransom over drugs. As stated by local reporters:

” Perkins girlfriend is identified as Ledoris Randle, a relative of Shavon. Randle told police that she received a call at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday from a private number and the voice on the other end said they had Shavon and warned if she called the police, the 7th grader would be killed.

The arrest affidavit says a co-worker of Ledoris Randle confided to her that one of the men that had the narcotics stolen was Fields and that “Fields has history with kidnapping people.”

An anonymous informant told the FBI the a male she knew advised “he was going to kidnap a child to get his narcotics back”, according to the affidavit. The male is identified as Owens. “

Why would anyone involve a child…!? I know this happens far too often; innocent kids victim of stray bullets or other horrors they shouldn’t be anywhere close to. And that’s sickening but they targeted and picked this child all over… drugs? I don’t know what to say other than…

May your new journey, Shavon Randle, be peaceful and full of love… you deserve no less…

URGENT NOW!!! A Black, 13 Yr Old TX Female Kidnapped & “in Grave Danger,” PLEASE SHARE!

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“…believe this child to be in grave or immediate danger.”

This is an emergency; as we know Black women -including innocent children!!!; For some unknown sick reason!- won’t make national news or state news even in this case… Remember the D.C. girls? That wasn’t an isolated case….

In any case, on my iPhone my “system alert” for the Amber Alert system has been going off a lot; usually it goes off and never comes back on but this sweet little girl must be in serious fear and harm as it’s gone off at least 3-4 times. The alert even popped up on my email so… please share….!!!! And if you are in Texas, please keep your eyes open, or send to anyone you know in Texas….

What if this was your precious child? Your baby girl? … Gods can only imagine….

Current Info on Child & Vehicle ETC
Missing date – Jun 28, 2017

    • Missing From – Lancaster, TX
    • Age Now – 13 years old
    • Sex- Female
    • Race- Black
    • Hair Color- Black
    • Eye Color- Brown
    • Height- 5 feet 5 inches
    • Weight- 120 pounds
    • Description- The child’s date of birth is 6/22/04. The child was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue basketball shorts.

Vehicle Information

    • Color: White
    • Description: The vehicle is a 4 door sedan with a damaged or dark-colored paint transfer on the rear passenger side quarter panel.

Other Info

The Lancaster Police Department is searching for Shavon Le’Feye Randle. Police are looking for an unknown male suspect in connection with her disappearance. The suspect is driving the listed vehicle. The suspect was last heard from in Lancaster, Texas at 10:00 am on 6/28/17. Law enforcement officials believe this child to be in grave or immediate danger.

Deanna Robinson; 38weeks Pregnant; Cops Punch Her Stomach, Beat Her & Remain Active

“I’m 38 weeks pregnant, and with my stomach again repeatedly pressed into that counter, and with my 18-month old son watching his mother be assaulted, and him screaming in fear,” she says. “There’s nothing that warrants what they did to me.”

She remembers the officers telling her ‘We’re here to remove your son,’ and her replying, ‘Nobody is touching my kid without a court order or a warrant.’ The officers reportedly did not present any papers…” – Deanna Robinson, victim of police brutality and cruelty.

Call the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department at (903) 453-6800. Express your outrage, say whatever is on your heart; voice your feelings… And please, spread the word; I explained how I’ve seen Deanna’s video (below) and pictures and that the period of cops beating and killing without punishment will come to an end. These inhumane, remorseless acts of brutality will NO LONGER be tolerated.

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Deanna’s bruised stomach and legs after police beat her.

I wrote a massive article on this earlier and somehow it has vanished… This case enrages me so much I ended up making the following video about Deanna Robinson and the twisted cop who punched her numerous times in the stomach despite her shouting “I’m pregnant!” Despite her being 38 weeks pregnant and clearly showing that she would be giving birth to a new life any day. All of this happened in front of her toddler, whom they took from her.

He watched, 18 months old, as two cops kept his mother, Deanna Robinson, in the corner of her kitchen as she tries to protect her stomach. In between the sadistic punches aimed clearly at her pregnant stomach, she was then handcuffed and arrested. These criminals came in to her home with force, hurt her physically and emotionally, traumatized her 18 month old child who had no say in anything and had been through enough in his short life. No one showed any sign of caring for the SOUL, for comforting the struggles and pain in which Deanna, as any of us would, tried to cope with. They wanted to take away her son due to her previously abusive ex-boyfriend. Her hormones are so out of control given how far along she is in pregnancy…all she needed was some kindness.

But again; even with their cruelty, she did no wrong! The COPS did, but they had to come up with something, so they arrested her, charging her out of no where and for no reason with:

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New Page For Women and Abortion – & Emergency in Texas!

I have my new page up, not really completed yet but –

Please click HERE to access it, it will take you to my latest post, which is for the women of Texas. No matter what, please, please don’t stay silent. Please at least share the page, tell someone… We must help these women and clinics…. Please check it out, again link HERE.

Abortion is a Not Evil and Anti’s Are Not Pro-Life

I don’t understand why more people are not upset and outraged over how this world is; from police brutality to lack of women’s rights as well the stigma placed upon important things such as abortion, mental illness, etc.  What I am currently furious about is the term “Pro-Life” being used by anti-choicers. Here is why.
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Abortion is Not Evil & Shouldn’t be ILLegal- & Why Has Billions Been Given to Anti Choice Groups?

1209417_10151835176877722_1216278133_nLies the anti’s tell… The past few days I’ve been reflecting a lot after reading how corrupt and money hungry these religious zealots in office are. What if last year had happened this year; how would I have saved my life? I couldn’t have. I’d be dead. It’s not me I worry about now so much though… It’s the women who feel like I did, what is to happen to them and their lives? How many deaths are we going to see…?

Before I go on, again, I apologize that I still haven’t completed the abortion video much to my annoyance; I am trying to make it organized as possible, but with all the work, volunteer and other projects I do, editing this video has proven to be a mistake. If I can’t finish the final version soon I’ll just upload the original. Same with articles and emails/messages; I’ll be back on top of things shortly.

On to the post. Due to time related issues I’ve had to wait longer than I anticipated in posting the abortion question video as well as articles on abortion and other problems in society.

Hearing from and speaking to so many women has inspired me to fight even more for the rights of women and for the right to abort. However, knowing my story; and hearing theirs has also brought me great rage.

Anti’s want to close clinics claiming they aren’t safe for women to have surgical abortions in them because one woman was taken in a car as opposed to an ambulance during a complication, and other stupid claims made up by the anti-choice government and religious zealots.

However, as the article and research below will show they are very wrong and it is not care of women they are after. This is Continue reading Abortion is Not Evil & Shouldn’t be ILLegal- & Why Has Billions Been Given to Anti Choice Groups?