Tony Cardenas says Human Rights Violations in the United States must STOP.

Last year the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, condemned the conditions of detention in which refugees and migrants were being held. “Utterly appalling” and “inhumane,” were the terms used. The Trump administration maintained it had improved conditions by increasing the presence of medical providers in the detention centers. 

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Why SOME U.S. born children do not qualify for relief benefits during the COVID19 Epidemic

About 31 percent of U.S. born Hispanics and 45 percent of immigrants saying they did not receive their first stimulus check. Why? The Trump administration decided that if there is one member of the family with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), then the whole family, including U.S. -born children do not qualify to receive relief money to feed the family. This means that EVEN THOUGH taxes were paid, benefits were not received!

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The Trump Administration’s New Expedited Removal Rule

What you should know…

Last month, the Trump administration began using a new expedited removal rule as a fast-track deportation method that bypasses the judicial review process to quickly target and deport undocumented immigrants in the United States who are unable to provide immediate documentation that they have been in the country for two years or more. The new strategy will apply to immigrants anywhere in the country, a change from the administration’s policy for “expedited removal” that had been limited to individuals apprehended within 100 miles of the U.S. border and arrested within 14 days of arrival.

What Tony has to say…

“This new change in deportation policy is further proof that Donald Trump wants to ‘send back’ everyone who does not look like him. This cruel method is meant to cause fear and panic in immigrant communities and communities of color. If Donald Trump truly wanted to fix our broken immigration system, he would address the root cause of the problem and not make decisions based on winning reelection. As President Trump continues his attacks on people in America, Democrats will not stand idly by and we will fight to end this administration’s heartless and failing immigration policies that separate families, hurt our economy, violate human rights, bypass judicial review, and make us less safe.”

This is a humanitarian crisis.

This new policy shift comes as the Trump administration continues to enforce its cruel separation and detention practices that have resulted in a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Thousands of migrant children and women seeking asylum are currently being held in ICE detention facilities that are in a state of disrepair. Overcrowding and life-threatening conditions have made the facilities uninhabitable. Recent reports found that children are not allowed to bathe or brush their teeth and are being forced to look after infants as young and as eight months.

Tony Cárdenas is an original cosponsor of the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act (H.R. 3239) that addresses the humanitarian crisis at the border and ensures accountability and oversight of the detention facilities.

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Multilingual “Know Your Rights Guides”

It’s 2019 and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is hard at work in Southern California. Tony Cardenas would like you to know your rights. The images below come from the ACLU.

These “Know Your Rights” cards are available in other languages. Click through for Español, ‎Português, Kreyòl Ayisyen, اردو, Tagalog, 中文, 한글

Tony is committed to fair, balanced, comprehensive immigration reform. 

In 2017, after he had seen reports that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would begin targeting 16- and 17-year-olds who they “suspected” to be gang members,  Tony Cardenas stated, “I’m proud to live in a country where our Constitution affords every man, woman and child due process. Today it appears President Trump and his Administration are once again attempting to dismantle one of the reasons why we have been admired for so long by everyone around the world.” In his emergency letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security, he then wrote, “I have  It is an attack on constitutional rights and liberties and employs overly-vague criteria which could put innocent children in jeopardy.