What’s happening at the U.S border?

The U.S government is separating kids from their families who seek asylum by crossing the border illegally. Since May 2018, at least 2,342 children have been detached from their parents as part of an immigration strategy, and there is no process to reunite the families.

Even thought there is no official Trump policy that says that every family entering the U.S illegally has to be separated, if somebody get caught crossing the board illegally, they supposed to be criminally prosecuted (and when this happen to a parent, separation is inevitable).

Within 3 days on the shelters, children are supposed to be transferred from immigration detention to the Office of Refugee Resettlment (ORR), – organism responsible for identifying and screening the nearest relative or family friend living in the U.S to whom the child can be released.

The Associated Press, visited on Monday 18, described a “large, dark facility” with separate wings for children, adults and families:

“Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.”

The ORR is trying to find family members, foster parents or sponsors to take in the children. Parents are the preferred option but maybe thats not a possibility for those who remain in detention. We don’t know how long is going to take to find a home for the kids, but again, ORR says that the process takes less than two months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OAS Resolution about Venezuela

The Organization of American States (OAS) just approved a resolution that can expel Venezuela from the organization, blaming the South American nation for turning its back on democracy and abusing human rights.

The OAS passed the resolution with a vote of 19 to 4, and 11 abstentions, which proves that Maduro has lost almost all the support from countries like Ecuador, Haiti and Nicaragua.

Dominican Republic (ally of the Venezuelan Government in the past) recognizes that the government of Venezuela has no intention to seek a way out from the economic and political crisis marked by severe food and medicines shortages.

However, it would take a supermajority (or 24 members) to separate Venezuela from the group.

Why is this important?

Firstly, it calls on members states to adopt “the measures deemed appropriate at the political, economic and financial levels to assist in the restoration of democratic order in Venezuela”. Which gives legal cover to others governments like Chile to impose financial sanctions agains Nicolas Maduro regime officials.

It will also encourage the members of the European Union (EU) to expands its individual sanctions against top Venezuelan officials. ( The United States has imposed individual visa and financial sanctions to more than 50 Venezuelan officials, EU has only targeted seven)

The U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “That suspension is not a goal unto itself, but it would show the OAS backs up its words with action and would send a powerful signal to the Maduro regime — only real elections will allow your government to be included in the family of nations.”

Either if Venezuela remains in or is expelled from the OAS, it send a powerful message to the world from the Venezuelan people after the fakes presidential elections on May 20, that the whole world is seeing Maduro as an illegitimate president.